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in: Bash; Bash > 2016-05-28

May 29, 2016 11:39 AM # 
You are ready lots of miles under your belt now nice job!
May 29, 2016 1:12 PM # 
Nice job. You did much better then me at managing the conditions yesterday. After 2 laps I was done.
May 29, 2016 1:32 PM # 
Congrats - nice going!
May 29, 2016 1:35 PM # 
@Timato, smart decision to pull the plug when you did. The important race is in 4 weeks and you got a 40K run under your belt at a good pace. No sense suffering for hours longer just to say you finished. You have nothing to prove!

@Baloney, thanks for giving me a relaxed start to a long day - not to mention the awesome coffee! I arrived at the race 10 minutes later than planned because it was just so nice at your place. :)
May 29, 2016 2:52 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
So great to hear that you haven't had an injury in a long time. You say that maybe you could have squeezed in more, but an overtraining injury is the other end of the spectrum. Much nicer to go to the big event with the body working well :). Sounds like things are lining up quite well!
May 29, 2016 2:53 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Aren't those Sugoi sleeves the best?! Better cooling effect than anything else. I wish I could get an ankle-to-wrist onesie made out of that stuff!
May 29, 2016 2:55 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Good strategies, with the ice bag, the sponge, the hat.
May 29, 2016 3:27 PM # 
Haha! I like the onesie idea. Agreed, I think it's easier for me to do a long event with a mix of moderate training and lots of recovery, rather than heavy training and minimal recovery. Part of that is just being older but recovery is great for everybody!
May 29, 2016 3:57 PM # 
Way to go Bash! Seems like you had a good race, despite the heat ( I don't miss Ontario's humidity at all!).
May 29, 2016 4:02 PM # 
Forearms are ideal for cooling bc the blood vessels are close to the surface. I've seen firefighter cooling stations set up for forearm dips in cool water. So the sleeves make sense in that way. But still a bit puzzled as to how another layer equates to cooler body temp.
May 29, 2016 4:55 PM # 
Interesting - I didn't know about forearm cooling!

I was dubious too. I'm a heat princess but before the Canadian Death Race in 2012, I started working on it since my poor life choices make heat unavoidable. My first "cooling" purchases were a Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero T-shirt and buff. I really don't notice much difference when I wear them - and if there is a difference, I'm not sure it is in the right direction. I carried the buff yesterday, thinking I might fill it with ice and put it around my neck but I don't think it would be better than any other piece of cloth filled with ice. It might have worked in the same way that my patent-pending Ziploc-Sponge method worked without the fuss of carrying the ziploc, but that's about it.

I've tried the Sugoi cooling sleeves on one or two previous runs and did notice a difference. It's not huge but everything helps on a really hot day. When they're wet or when there is even a small breeze, there is an obvious cooling sensation. If they dry out and the breeze dies, then they feel like an extra layer. It has something to do with making better use of evaporative cooling, I think. I was sweating enough that they always stayed at least damp so the sensation never got worse than neutral; the slightest breeze gave me a little jolt of cooling. Once in awhile, I squeezed the sponge on them, which felt awesome. They are very lightweight and silky compared to regular arm warmers.

The features of IceFil fabric are listed below. I wouldn't give the sleeves 10/10 and I've only tried them on mega-hot days, but they are the only cooling clothing that has done anything for me so far.

- High-performance IceFil fabric reduces your skin temperature and protects you at the maximum level from harmful UV rays. Comfort elastic bands stay put and won't slide down your arms.
- IceFil fabric with UPF 50 absorbs and disperses sweat
- Xylitol treatment process generates a cooling effect when it comes in contact with moisture
- Xylitol treatment effectively turns sweat into a micro-refrigerant for topical temperature control
May 29, 2016 7:40 PM # 
Great job out there you looked fresh as a daisy seeing you after all those ks in the heat!
May 30, 2016 12:39 AM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Isn't Xylitol an artifical sweetener?
May 30, 2016 1:27 AM # 
coach ld:
Bash's arms won't get cavities at least.
May 30, 2016 2:26 AM # 
Xylitol is poisonous to dogs so I'd better start being more careful with those sleeves!
May 30, 2016 2:53 AM # 
Well done Bash! There's no way it will be that hot in Italy, up in the mountains there will at least be a breeze.
May 30, 2016 4:23 AM # 
:) Current 14-day forecast is rainy every day with some thunderstorms. Let's hope all the bad weather is gone before we get there!
Jun 2, 2016 9:00 PM # 
Well done Bash! Tough conditions but you managed it well!
Jun 3, 2016 4:22 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
Holy crap, nice. Such challenging heat.

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