24 July 2011

It. Is. Hot.

Only two classes this past week. I went back to work after vacation and you know it always takes a few days to catch up and get back in the normal workweek rhythm. The great part about those classes was that my Sweetie got back in the room after six weeks! Her work schedule had been horrid (six day workweeks) and there had been precious little time for her to do much of anything. She had been missed at the studio, and it was great to have her back, practicing near me!

The biggest enemy to practicing right now is the heat. No, not the heat of the room, the heat outside. Today will be the 23rd straight day where the high temperature hits 100 (38 C) or more. Worse, there is no end in sight, with highs predicted to reach 106 (41 C) in the coming days.

With these extreme temps, it is even harder than normal to stay properly hydrated. Last Tuesday, I drank 3.5 liters of water during the day before the evening class... I drank 4 liters after class. The next morning, I still felt dehydrated. Thursday was better, but I still drank almost 6 liters of water/Gatorade that day. The two classes last week were really tough. My hips and legs screamed at me both nights... don't know if my body is finally beginning to open up or I wasn't hydrated enough.

I could go to class this afternoon, but have decided to take an extra day to rest before going back in  tomorrow night.

I cannot wait for that first good cold front of the fall to get here!!

In the meantime... hydrate!! 

Stay cool.   Peace.



  1. Hi Mark, do you take an electrolyte supplement as well? When it's hot outside it's extra important to take more than just water. Try a big pinch of Himalayan Salts in your water through out the day. If you don't like the taste add fresh limes and honey. It's natural and less sugar than Gatorade, won't rot your teeth as much either!!!

  2. If I can't find those salts, do you have other suggestions? I currently do not use any sort of supplements... are there any that are reasonably priced?

  3. Hi Mark! I recently stumbled upon your blog. I enjoy it a lot! Please keep writing :) I just wanted to add that pink Himalayan salt can be found at trader joes if you have one near you. For hydration during challenges or especially hot weather, I drink a coconut water(also cheapest at trader joes) and at least one electrolytes supplement during the day. I like Electro Mix by Emergen-C. I buy it at Whole foods or online. It's only 30 or so cents per packet. No sugar, but nice lime flavor :)
    All the best!! Simmm

  4. Hi Mark! Thank you for stopping by my blog :) That's great that you are using Emergen-C already. If you haven't, you should definitely try their formula for replenishing electrolytes, called "Electro Mix"... That's my fave! This one here : http://www.amazon.com/Emergen-C-Electro-Mix-Lemon-Lime-packet/dp/B002HWRY5S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314044248&sr=8-1

    Be well!