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thothmes From: thothmes Date: 17th November 2012 01:33 (UTC) (Link)
Are you sure this isn't Inappropriate Jacket for Speed Skating is Innappropriate (and Hereinafter Sweaty)?
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 17th November 2012 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
He doesn't look too hot -- well, he does look hot, but in the way he always does.

Given that he does, in fact, overheat easily (being a Minnesota boy), I sometimes wonder how he's survived the years of being under the lights for filming.
thothmes From: thothmes Date: 17th November 2012 17:33 (UTC) (Link)
Actually I'm betting that he overheats more because he has been a trained athlete (in a non-swimming sport) and less because he is a Minnesota boy. I remember reading some studies back in the 80's about swimmers which pointed out that one of the reasons that swimmers who don't cross-train have a bit of a reputation for being a bit clutzy on land is that doing all their training in the water extinguishes (or more accurately - delays) the body's sweating response. They said that one of the characteristics that separate trained athletes from the sedentary is that athletes bodies are conditioned to sweat early and often, keeping core temperature low, and improving performance as a result. Swimmers' bodies, if they trained purely in the water and not on land, gained no benefit from sweating early, and thus tended to have the delayed response more typical of the average couch potato, affecting their performance on land.

Flash forward to 2004, and I'm in cardiac rehab. They are putting me on a series of machines (treadmill, eliptical, stairstepper, rowing machine, stationary bicycle, and nordic trak ski machine) and gradually building up my exercise tolerance under controlled and monitored conditions. They have some trouble with me initially because they want me to give them a number for how hard I'm working on a scale of from "not noticeably" to "the hardest workout you've ever done". I keep giving unacceptably low numbers. Well, swim team workouts were hard. I learned to take the number I would have given and add a fudge factor for how easy they thought a maximal workout would be, and then everything was fine, except for one thing. I was sweating early and often. They were concerned (although my biometrics said I was quite fine, thank you very much). They worried about stress and strain I didn't feel. I told them I didn't feel it, and was secretly a little proud. All those summers of switching back and forth between swimming one day and running the next had paid off. I was sweating like a land athlete!

I think the cardiac rehab folk were thrown off a bit because most of the people they see were not 45 year olds who had been exercising on-and-off depending on whether there was a baby in the house who needed their time and attention. Most of the other people there were sedentary folk in their 60's and over whose damage was considerably worse than mine (my cardiologist says that I now have an essentially normal heart that bears watching due to past history), and who were unlikely to return to running regularly as I have.

And yeah, I agree that he doesn't look that kind of hot. Still, hot. Yeah, definitely. Hot.
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 17th November 2012 18:02 (UTC) (Link)
Ooo, that is a very cool thing to know. (Pun not actually intended, but not avoided, either.)
thothmes From: thothmes Date: 17th November 2012 20:07 (UTC) (Link)
As an appreciator of puns you would have enjoyed this dialogue which went down during the time I was in cardiac rehab:

Cardiac Rehab Staff: You seem to be prespiring rather a lot. This is a little concerning. Your numbers look fine though. How do you feel?

Me: Just fine. I think I'm just a sweat-er.

Them: [blank look]

Me: A sweat-er.

Them: [blanker look]

Me: One who sweats easily?

Them: Oooohhh!

Me: [regards entire room of t-shirt clad individuals and is concerned for the intelligence of the Cardiac Rehab staff]


I have no doubt that RDA assumes all that sweating is due to being a Minnesota boy. He's very proud of that. I also bet he sweats easily now because he still assumes his body will react to ambient temperature the way it did when he wasn't carrying quite so much...ahem!...insulation. Welcome to the world of the rest of us Rick!

On the other side of that equation, I lost 95 lbs. and had to buy myself a wet suit to teach swimming in, because without it having been in and out of 70 degree water from 8:55 until noon, I was getting rather notably hypothermic. I genuinely hadn't needed it before.

Edited at 2012-11-17 20:09 (UTC)
lothithil From: lothithil Date: 17th November 2012 03:46 (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to the twirl and dip!
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 17th November 2012 15:16 (UTC) (Link)
hermit From: hermit Date: 17th November 2012 13:57 (UTC) (Link)
I nearly snorted coffee through my nose!

I should KNOW better than to drink anything while I'm perusing LJ...
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 17th November 2012 15:17 (UTC) (Link)
I could also have captioned this "Insert fangirl projection here -->", I suppose. ;-)
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