Holiday, good to get away. We really did get away this time, to Singapore and Sydney. I found races to do in each city, will leave greater detail for later once GoPro pictures are ready.
You know you're not in Canada (or Kansas, Dorothy) when you see a lizard walking casually down the street. Going outside I'd be hit with such a heat blast, it gave me pause for thought: "back inside?"
Near enough to the equator that daylight hours only vary by about half an hour during the year, the heat and humidity is a similar story. I started my first run before dawn, and even then it's like running in a malfunctioning sauna.
before landing in Singapore I thought 42 minutes would make a good hard tempo run. First step outside the airport instantly changed this to 45 minutes. 5 minutes into the first run changed it again to getting to the finish line and being able to correctly answer "what's your name?"
I slept in and started my second run late. The humidity was ferocious, you notice yourself dehydrate very quickly.
Hottest race ever
It worked extremely well: evenly paced throughout, spectacular views, and continual making up of places.
There was always room to overtake the suffering half marathoners - they started at 5am - and bring it to the finish.
Beaches 'n' stretches
...and how to laze around like a kangaroo.
An other worldly race
One runner took a very bad fall in front of me and I had a few minor slips myself.
A holiday with races rather than destination races, both countries were fine challenges. The heat and distance traveled don't really lend themselves to quick times, so I made it all an experience from which to come away smiling. & I did.