Day #25 January 14 2019

Weather: Stunt Run!

Cold as ever and maybe better.

Minutesaverage hrtotal heartbeatsKMbeats/km

Todays run was with friends – one old friend and one new. Under one heartbeat per meter too 🙂

We were one blinky-disco gang!

We started at Javaroma, and took a tour of the city including the lights of Somba K’e Park and Rycon Drive. My socks were only my second-best pair, but my feet were warm enough. I’m pretty sure though, that running on the pavement is colder than running through the trails.

There could be two reasons for that. One is that it might be simply clearer near my feet, allowing more wind to reach my feet on street routes. The other, which seems more likely to me, is that on trails, my feet do a lot more flexing and moving, with the terrain being a bit more irregular.

Either way, I was still fine for tonight’s short run.

I’ve put a quarter of a million heartbeats into this challenge so far. I wonder how many it will be over the whole season?

Training Tip: What am I wearing – overview

This is not what I wear every day, but it IS what I wore yesterday (which was nearly a ‘coldest’ day)

Going over the items quickly, they are:

Icebreaker socks. These are great. I tried wearing multiple pairs of socks before, it doesn’t work. I recommend one sock (on each foot) good enough to do the job.

Driwear undies. OK wicking layer. Doesn’t often chafe.

Driwear sweater. Decent, cheap sweaters which take a beating. Almost always a mid-layer for me.

Icebreaker Merino 260 base layer sweater. No chafe. Good wicking. Takes a disturbingly long time to accumulate stank.

Icebreaker Merino 260 base layer longjohn. No chafe. Good wicking. Similar stank properties.

Mid-layer sweater. Not critical, but it’s nice to have an extra head-cover if needed.

Garmin Heart Rate Monitor. Doesn’t provide much warmth, but still gets into every rotation.

3/4 Fleecy Singlet. This is an altered garment. I had a fleece singlet, but cut the arms and neck off. This item goes from my thighs to my chest, and helps to keep my middle (tummy, butt and genitals) warm through even high winds.

Neoprene skidoo face mask. Welcome extra layer during cold runs. Keeps the ice buildup from my beard, most of the time.

Red merino wool buff and toque. What is against your skin needs to be most comfortable. I got merino because of this. I chose red because I like to call this piece of kit my ‘foreskin’, and red seemed the best choice, style-wise. The usual frost accumulation only adds to the aesthetics. Any toque seems to get the job done.

Craft mitts under sealhide gauntlets. Craft mitts are great down to around -20, but for really cold weather, I enjoy having the sealhide gauntlets over them. Honestly, when they get a bit warm, I prefer to pocked the Craft gloves and use only the sealhide. It makes it a lot easier to slip one off to take a photo or such.

Sweater vest. This one has a few extra pockets, where I keep some of my emergency supplies.

Sugoi Alpha Hybrid Jacket. This is a favourite jacket. With the body covered with wind-breaking material, and the arms left more breathable, I find it a more comfortable choice. (see todays’ feature pic for a decent view of its breathability). I think it’s really tough for a material to be waterproof AND breathable at -30C, so this seems a best compromise.

MEC ski pants. Nothing special here, except they are ALWAYS perfect. Zippers have worked for years, and I’ve NEVER lost the waist-string. Suspiciously stank-free after years of use and abuse.

Inov8 Rocklite 290. These shoes, recommended to me years ago by a local trailrunner, have been great. A bit tricky to put on, but they do a great job once installed. Also, note that after hundreds of trail kilometers, they look pristine, clean and flawless. I think it’s from so many kilometers run on snow and ice. Important, but not as important as my sock choice.

I’ll likely go over some of these items in more detail in future posts, as some are MUCH more important than they might seem at first.

Previous model of the Sugoi Alpha Hybrid jacket, but you’ll see some familiar layers showing through

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