That's the headlines today. Glad I had an inside workout planned! Forty minutes on the bike trainer.
But I couldn't help but wonder how many of my runner/tri friends would be out in this stuff.
Years ago, I was crazy too and found out exactly how -25 felt.
A group of us traveled to a favorite winter race, a 5k and 10k. It was amazingly crazy, I know. At least I only chose the 5k.
What did I wear? About 4 layers of clothes, including a gortex jacket and pants over tights and long johns, face mask, hood, scarf around my face, two pair of mittens, and sun glasses--so my eyes wouldn't freeze shut! Also to block the glare of the bright white snow.
It was so cold, and my breathing caused so much steam on my glasses, that they literally froze over and I couldn't see a thing! I barely remember the course, since I could only see about one inch out of the glasses. I had to keep lifting them slightly and looking down so I could see my footing.
Coming into the finish chute, I picked up the pace the best I could, waddling like the Michelin Man with all my clothes on. The problem was, as people finished, the friction from their shoes caused the ice/snow on the street to melt, and the cold caused it to immediately refreeze. So as I'm coming into the finish line, I try to stop and slid on into the volunteers timing the race! I think I took out two guys and was caught by someone. What was more amazing was my finish time: 25:42.
I would gladly run in -25 degrees again if I could achieve that time again! Ah winter! It will be over soon, right??