Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Fun Without Oxygen

This morning, the top headline on the Summit Daily announced "Summit County Sweats Through Summer Heat"

I read the headline as I stood in arm warmers and an extra base layer at 0600, having biked to the Rec Center in Breckenridge for my first "Brick in Paradise." I just shook my head at the local HWPs (Hot Weather 9*ssies). So far, Breck is about 10 degrees and 50% humidity shy of anything a Houstonian would call "Summer Heat." We are ensconced in the Greyhound HATC (High Altitude Training Camp) and LOVING IT!!

This was, however, the first day of high altitude training, and I did not know quite what to expect, having never swum effectively at 9600 feet above sea level. Coach Book said to do some swimming and some "long hills" on the bike, so I did. Or at least I tried. I did 2600 yards of pulling and swimming to work on those stubborn, injured muscles on my right side, and then went 8 times up Ski Hill Road for my hill reps. (Imagine that, hill reps up a real hill instead of on a spin bike in a city with no hills.)

Thankfully, my body went from panic mode in the first 200 yards of swiimming to realizing that it was not actually going to die in its hypoxic state.

Actually, the lack of oxygen and low humidity are ideal for one thing. This afternoon, we're turning Superpounce and her kid guests loose to play in the Blue River until they are played out. We will repeat all this week with those guests and do more of the same next week when Trimama and the tribe arrive. All the grownups have to do is lie in the shade and watch. No.Oxygen.Necessary.

Is this heaven? No, it's Colorado.

Now, why do I live in a city where you can see the moist, fetid air and sweat is constantly rolling down one's spine?

I can't recall.

11 comments:

JohnnyTri said...

not to mention traffic jams for no particular reason...

I can't figure out why im here either. :)

rockon` in that HATC!!

Joe V said...

Are you impplying that Colorado is not heaven? Blasphemy!!!

Spokane Al said...

You can have your summers but I would not mind experiencing your winters.

mishele k said...

I think the lack of O2 is going to your head and making you write crazy nonsense. You're forgetting the two-fer of getting water with your oxygen every time you breathe. It's like a respiration coupon!

Or something. The real hills, on the other hand, is quite enviable... enjoy it.

Sascha said...

No, it's BETTER than heaven. Who needs heaven when you've got Colorado and the Rocky Mountains?

Jane said...

Has been raining here and will be back to the high 90's with high humidity. I don't know why I live here either.

Iron Pol said...

A. It's where your job resides
B. It's where your wife lives
C. Your a true Texan who considers anywhere else totally odd
D. Ummmmmm..........

I'm here to help.

a.maria said...

:)

what iron pol said.

especially C !!!!

No Wetsuit Girl... overseas! said...

I've heard that some people want to make high altitude training illegal. How do you feel about this? Are you ashamed about cheating? :) Are you ashamed about cheating on your true love, Texas?

Sounds supercool. I'm jealous!

GeekGirl said...

Yeah, why DO you live there? They need lawyers in many more pleasant places - like Albuquerque. or Boulder. Arid, temperate places.

rueschmike said...

Since I started visiting a friend in Colorado - I have refered to Colorado as God's country. I'd give my .... to be able to live there.