Summer took a stronghold on the Okanagan this week and man was it hot hot hot. I’m not complaining. I’ve found that as long as I’m not directly in the sun’s rays, I can actually tolerate the mid-30s heat. It’s quite nice to sit in the shade and still feel the heat. That said, the heat still interferes with outdoor workouts in a big way. Typically easy walks start to feel like major challenges and I’ll spend hours trying to quench my thirst after any outdoor adventures. On the plus side, I suppose I’m drinking a lot more water than I used to. Alas, let’s see what the week had in store.
Activity: mini hike
Relevant Stats: 5.5 km
Observations: I dragged my parents up a short-but-moderately-challenging viewpoint trail close to home. It was already hella hot depsite only being mid-morning, but on the plus side their was more shade on the trail than I remembered. We also took a stroll downtown after our hike, and refuelled our tanks with beer and appies. After nearly a full day in the sunshine, I was exhausted by about 7pm and struggled to do anything other than sit on my patio staring off at the hillside. That’s the mark of a good day, though, right?
Activity: family walk (i.e. rest day)
Relevant Stats: 4.6 km
Observations: Although I’m not considering this a workout day, it was a good slog uphill and felt infinitely harder because of the heat. There’s even a giant staircase at the start of this trail, and obviously stairs = legitimate exercise. I made my father walk through tall grass, though, which he did not enjoy given his life-long fear of ticks. I also dragged them up to another viewpoint because, well, I suddenly felt the urge to show them everything they could possible want to see in our new town. It was exhausting but I am pleased to share we all emerged unscathed (at least physically) and enjoyed an otherwise quiet Sunday at home.
Activity: strength training
Relevant Stats: 35 min.
Observations: A weekend of outdoor and sunshine time left me feeling all sorts of tired on Monday. I tried my best in my workout but I am not sure that it was all that challenging. I’ll give myself one point for making it to the gym, but zero points for pushing myself. That’s still a net positive, though. Otherwise, I spent the day hiding from the sunshine and heat.
Activity: mini hike
Relevant Stats: 40 min./4.3 km
Observations: Tuesday in a nutshell was so. very. hot. And yet we still chose an outdoor workout, because who really wants to go to the gym when it’s gorgeous out? We hit the local trails for a short loop. While not particularly tough, I promise you that the heat made it seem like Everest. It was a welcome relief from an incredibly long and busy work day, but at least I was able to do some of my work from my shady (and yet still super hot) patio.
Activity: personal training session
Relevant Stats: 60 min.
Observations: This week’s torture was bear crawl squares, which is when you do bear crawls forwards, then sideways, then backwards, then sideways in the opposite direction. They were as unpleasant as they sound. She also doubled down on walking lunges by making me do them for not one but two lengths of the track and with more weight than usual. I have said it before and I will say it again: walking lunges for one length of track is okay but two lengths is not.
Activity: strength training + trail walk
Relevant Stats: 45 min. strength + 40 min. on the trail
Observations: I had to make this an early morning workout, which you know I hate. I planned to focus on my arms, but sometimes when I’m tired working on my legs just seems so much easier and more appealing. So, as I’m sure you’ve deduced, I ended up mostly doing leg work. My most proud accomplishment of the day, though, was heading out after work, in the extreme heat and slightly smokey air no less, to hit the trails. It was hot as hell, I felt like I was going to die from thirst, but I still did the full loop. And then I ate a bunch of ice cream. Sigh.
Activity: unplanned rest days
Relevant Stats: shopping + golf + pizza
Observations: Look, I’m not one to make excuses so I’ll spare you the rationalizations. I felt like taking a rest day so I took a rest day. Sometimes I just have to listen to my body. So instead of working out, I did a couple hours of work in the morning, went to find some shorts because this week of heat has taught me that I do not own enough shorts for this climate, and watched a lot of British Open coverage. And I don’t even feel guilty about it, which tells me it was the right call.
And with that the weekend is here in full swing. On my docket, I’ve got some hiking, some golf (playing), some more golf (watching) and some good old-fashioned lazy time. I’m also pleased to announce that we’ll get a brief reprieve from the heat in our neck of the woods, which is always nice every once in a while. Hope that your weekends are similarly balanced with fun and activity. Happy weekend y’all.