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Discussion: Shorts

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2015-11-08

Nov 8, 2015 9:01 PM # 
We definitely have the same metabolism :)
Nov 9, 2015 8:09 AM # 
Likewise, although I can take it too far sometimes - once almost got frostbite after going out in shorts in -16 when I was at a conference in Albuquerque. (There's a certain irony to this because I got misled by the relative mildness of the airport site which is off the valley floor a bit, given that one of my areas of scientific specialisation is the sensitive dependence of extreme low minimum temperatures on local topography).

These days -5 is about my lower limit for shorts, higher if it's precipitating.
Nov 9, 2015 3:53 PM # 
You guys are so strange. I'm covering my knees as soon as it's below 10C. Warm muscles work better. I'm not even going to tell you when I pull out the long sleeved shirts...
Nov 9, 2015 4:05 PM # 
Warm muscles do work better, but usually my more pressing concern is getting rid of excess heat. You know, like from my feet while skiing.
Nov 9, 2015 5:04 PM # 
People are different.

(I was chastised by a guy I know from hang gliding when he heard that I was going out for a run when it was somewhere down around -15C. He told me to go find a treadmill, and that it was dangerous to the lungs to exercise outdoors when it's below something like -3C, and that he learned this in his collegiate track days. I said that would make nordic skiing pretty impractical. And I headed out for a run, suitably clothed.)
Nov 9, 2015 8:03 PM # 
I blame a high school cross-country coach of the old guard who thought that wearing shorts in the coldest possible weather (not that Canberra exactly compares with Oslo or Boston in that department) was a way of instilling toughness. It worked for me.

(By the way, Norwegians will get the chance to comment on my late autumn running attire, or relative absence thereof, in a couple of weeks).
Nov 9, 2015 8:27 PM # 
Nov 9, 2015 9:12 PM # 
Must have taken some serious googling to find that - mid-2000s maybe?
Nov 9, 2015 9:27 PM # 
Nice legs.

During these cold, dark, damp days in Oslo I do dress warmer because that makes it easier to get out the door. It's nice not to feel cold when starting and once I get going and start to soak my clothes with sweat it's too late, I'm already running. For instance, this morning it was about 5 degrees and wet and my run was downhill, so I wore 3/4 length tights. Cozy!
Nov 9, 2015 10:08 PM # 
It's the 5th image that Google comes up with for your name. The 11th one is:

And the 25th:
Nov 9, 2015 10:39 PM # 
Order of presentation is slightly different in my search - more interesting is this pic that showed up relatively high (just after the one above):
Nov 10, 2015 2:18 PM # 
Now that is weird :-).

I'm assuming (possibly incorrectly) that YouTube has not yet found my local TV quiz-show appearances as a seventh-grader in 1983.
Nov 10, 2015 3:54 PM # 
The above picture (without Blair) was taken from - supposedly a website you visit from time to time or maybe even get mentioned on?
Nov 10, 2015 4:41 PM # 
Never heard of it before, but being mentioned on a news website's quite possible - I've been amazed at some of the places where my quotes have turned up before (once an interview I gave to the Sydney Morning Herald turned up in Dagens Nyheter in Sweden).
Nov 10, 2015 11:16 PM # 
The Dalai Lama pic is from an article just below one about the hazards of having the World Cup in Qatar, which includes a quote from Blair.
Nov 11, 2015 9:03 AM # 
I presume I said that it was a Really Bad Idea? (or words to that effect). Passing through Qatar airport in August a couple of years back did give me the opportunity to discover what a dewpoint which starts with a 3 (in Celsius) feels like.
Nov 11, 2015 9:06 AM # 
That is something I am glad not to experience. Any dewpoint beginning with 2 (in Celsius) is already unpleasant, especially for running, I can't imagine one starting with 3.
Nov 11, 2015 11:57 AM # 
The 15 seconds or so it took to walk from the top of the aircraft steps to the door of the terminal bus was plenty. (That said, I do have experience of running in a 29C dewpoint in Beijing, which at least gave me some good stories to scare aspiring Olympians with).
Nov 12, 2015 3:27 AM # 

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