Sunday, February 10, 2008

-25 WINDCHILL WREAKS HAVOC ON THE ROADS. (Pic from a skycam in GR).

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??

9 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Running in -25 windchill sounds like pure insanity to me.

You may have been faster back then, but I think you are wiser now. :)

TriBoomer said...

-25 just ain't right. Hopefully it will all be over soon and you can get out there enjoying the trails and roads.

Stay tuned...

Sunshine said...

Yes, spring will come... And while we are waiting and hoping we are keeping up on your valiant training.

bunnygirl said...

-25 is just insane. Of course, 70 where I am is pretty insane too, for February, but at least our temps are a good type of crazy.

Stay warm!!!

SWTrigal said...

Oh my god-that is colder than I can imagine running in. I impressed vickie!

bill carter said...

Hi Vickie

It sounds like that was one cold 5k with one hot time! I have never run in anything even remotely that cold and hope I never have to.

This winter better end soon or else..

Marcy said...

OMG that is just nuts! LOL I can't wait for Spring myself. *sigh*, will it EVER be here? LOL

cindy said...

What a crazy finish to a race, and also a fast time!!

I feel so bad for you having to endure such a cold, cold winter. You are doing so much better than I would with your training. Hang in there!

Sunshine said...

I think you have had more snow than we have.. but we make up for it in ice and frozen slush along the shoulders of the roads.
We have a lot in common this long winter. Keep trying/tri-ing.