Thursday, May 08, 2008

Getting Cold Feet

Spokane Al shared this little gem with us:

Ironman athletes prepare for frigid waters in June

It seems that there was record snowfall in the Idaho mountains this year, which means the lake is still being fed by melting snow. Typically, the lake temperature is in the low 60s in June. This year, they're predicting it will be in the 50s. Possibly the low 50s.

The swim was the leg I was actually the least worried about. I want to have a fast bike and a nice even run, and was just going to do the swim slow and steady. But now they're sending out hypothermia warnings and saying that the swim could be worse than last year, when they offered a Duathlon option for people who were concerned of the choppy water. (Of course, we could have both icy waters AND wind this year.) So there's more to freak out about.

Somehow global warming must be to blame. Where's Al Gore when you need him?

3 Comments:

Blogger Shelley said...

You're kidding right..50's?? I remember when I did IMCDA the day we arrived the water was in the upper 50's. Come race day the air temp was 94 and the water temp was 64. I thought even at that temperature that my teeth were frozen along with my face and mouth...wow..have fun eh? :-)

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

look, there's shrinkage! it's shrinkage!!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Bigun said...

just bundle up...how bad can it be, right?

8:40 AM  

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