Thursday Track Report: Dewy Decimal System
- Written by Bwana Bwana
August 11, 2016
It was hot, mostly sunny, and extremely moist as CJ Wagner, Bob Shafer, Mike Martin, Mike Zimmerman, Seth Senior, Allison Machnicki, Mike Casper, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. How much more of this summer can we stand? We’ll see. August still has a lot of humidity in it. At least we got some rain!
If you had to pick one number, just one, that would tell the tale of how your summer run is going to feel (besides the number of beers you had last night), what would it be? Temperature? Nahh. As they say, it ain’t the heat, it’s the humidity! Those days in June when it first got over 80 sure didn’t feel like today! But what about the relative humidity? Well it’s almost always relatively *very* humid in the morning. That’s why we get dew. But 100% humidity when it’s 50 feels nothing like 90% humidity when it’s 20 degrees warmer. Well, what about some combination of temperature and humidity? Nope: I said *one* number. And for me the best number is the dew point. No matter what the temperature is, if the dew point is above 60, I ain’t likin’ it. If it’s above 70, life sucks. And if, like today, it’s over 75, that *really* sucks! The only other variable that modifies that is whether the sun is out or it’s cloudy, and maybe whether there’s a breeze. And thank goodness we had a light breeze and a few clouds today! Bwana gave the Crew a light workout of short pace work with relatively long rests. 8X200 at mile race pace with 200 meter slow jogging rest. Not too horrible on a day like today, thought the reps when the sun peeked out were pretty bad.
Maybe it’s a good thing the mOUnTaiNBACK is a little later than usual this year, on October 30. When the race used to tend toward early October, we’d be getting into some of the tough training legs of the Discovery Series about now, and those would be done in dire humidity. Hopefully by time the Series starts on September 1, the swampiness will have abated.