1.0hr. treadmill (zone 2)
I am sorry to say that I was thwarted when it came to today's Stroke and Stride race - it was postponed until next week (when I will be back in New York with the semester fully underway), for the very good reason that Hurricane Gustav is headed this way!
The weather is still very pleasant here, but first thing tomorrow morning we will head off-island and indulge in a bit of the rock-star lifestyle....
In the meantime, 5.5 slow, hot and rather uncomfortable treadmill miles at the conveniently located but underventilated resort fitness center next door. I wouldn't have minded doing six, but the treadmill switches to cooldown mode at the one-hour mark and I was also having significant stomach distress - I think it's the heat, your body's just under more stress even when you're going so slowly. So I hopped off, hastily wiped down the machine and made a run for the bathroom....
(In the immortal and laconic words of Jack Daniels, "Be aware that any speed of running on a treadmill is slightly less demanding than it would be on a track or level road, yet because of the greater chance for heat build-up you might get an equal or even higher heart rate.")
And then I had a delicious little dip in the sea, with the assistance of a new pair of shoes that I've been obsessing about ever since I first saw them at Comm's blog. I could not get them out of my head, I coveted them, and last week I took the plunge and ordered a pair.
They are delightful! I did not run in them, other than a few steps to test 'em out, but I wore them into the sea, which is very good, because I have been slightly stymied (given tender New York soles - as a child, though I was not at all outdoorsy in temperament or opportunity, I went barefoot whenever I could, mostly due to an acute dislike of socks that remains with me to this day) by the uncomfortable stuff you need to walk over to get into this bit of sea right here. When we do the Friday sea swims, they're from Sunset House, where you can climb in via a nice ladder. But these shoes are great, you can swim in them and everything, and walk over prickly things!
(I would prefer not to step on fish in general, but particularly I would prefer not to step on them with my bare feet.)