Over the past few years, I have been traveling across the country trying to figure out where to live. Not only that, but I also like to try new things. So over the past 5ish years, I have had numerous things that made me realize I hate the heat. And not just uncomfortable, and I can deal with it like I did when I was younger, but more feel like I am going to pass out, heat is the worst, type of situation.
Let me start with our trip to Austin Texas...
I grew up on the East Coast of the US. If you have been there, you know it's pretty darn hot and humid. I lived in New England, the south, Florida, and lots of places in between. It's one of those things that I used to just deal with. Put some shorts and flip flops on, or even jeans and a sweatshirt in Florida, because they don't understand how to use air conditioning, but I was fine. I would eventually get inside and be alright. Fast forward to adulthood and my husband and I went to Austin, Texas, in November. We enjoyed walking everywhere, and it was just un-walkable. It didn't have that humidity that the East Coast has, but it was brutally, deathly, HOT! Needless to say, we loved Austin, but it was too darn hot for me. I didn't even want to go outside....AT ALL. I did a workout with a friend, came home, threw up. I didn't even feel like I could workout anymore, I didn't quite figure out why I hated this heat so much until we went to Washington.
In Washington, I met a co-worker and friend who was into yoga and since my husband likes yoga, I figured I would give it a shot again. By the way, I am not a yogi. I have given it a pretty solid chance, but it's just not for me. Regardless, we went to bikram yoga, or hot yoga. It was my first time doing hot yoga, and I made it about 30 minutes into the hour or 90 min session. At the 30 minute mark, I had to lie down and I was so hot I just felt like I was dying. I didn't have a headache, I didn't feel dizzy, I just felt beyond hot with no escape. I eventually had to leave the room, went and stood outside in the cold rain in a t-shirt and shorts. It took me about 20 minutes to feel almost normal. We went and tried yoga again, and this time, we didn't sit under the heater, and I actually didn't even make it 30 minutes. I had to do the same thing. I felt drained, beat-up, and defeated.
It was during this recovery time that I remembered having heat stroke when I was a little kid at sports camp. I remember not wanting to drink anything and having to go home early because I had overdone it. This is exactly what I felt like, but I didn't make the connection because other than just drained, I felt ok. However, this connected with all the other experiences I have had in the past 10ish years and I realized, I just don't do well with heat. I HATE heat. My body doesn't like it. I think there is another component to this, but to keep things short, that's it. Due to all this, and not having a good response to heat for at least the past 5 years, I am scared of the heat. I can deal with sharks, waves, no wind, etc,...but being stuck in the heat, with no escaping scares me.
Maybe I need to incorporate this into my training, but this is something I need to be aware of and I am glad that I got the chance to remember it when I saw the boat the other day. I even have a medical background and know about heat stroke, but it's crazy when it is happening how you don't think about it because I didn't feel that bad. Now I know!
HEAT = SAD AMANDA
I got to see my first ocean rowing boat in person!
You might be wondering if it scared me...but it just made me more excited!
Every time I talk to someone for the podcast, or meet an ocean rower (this was the first one I met in person), I get more and more excited! And I think...I can do this...I WILL do this!
I got to meet Bryant Knight from Fight Oar Die, who rowed in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) 2018. He is doing amazing things! He has a huge vision and plans on having a team row this boat, and more in the TWAC every year. He already has an all women's boat and a guys boat scheduled over the next two years! The mission is simple...row together...fight for change! The boat is made of all veterans, and last year was their first year as an all veteran team to cross the Atlantic.
Fight Oar Die wants to let Veterans know that "despite anything that has happened in their lives - Veterans can grow, develop, excel, and achieve ANYTHING they want." - Fight Oar Die
I got to ask Bryant lots of questions over the two hour period I helped him clean equipment. He was kind enough to let me walk around and in his boat as well as just see everything. I know that next time I see a boat I will be more curious and look around more, but just climbing into the cabin was pretty cool. It's pretty hot in there, and it was a cooler day, so I can only imagine what the heat is like in the middle of the Atlantic in December. I have to say...out of everything that I could encounter, the heat is what scares me the most...shocking...I know!
Stay tuned and tomorrow I will share why I am most scared of the heat!
Here are some pictures from when I got to see the boat the other day. More stories to come in the near future I hope.
Thank you Bryant for the amazing experience and being willing to put up with me for a couple of hours. I hope I did okay cleaning the lines!
Episode 4 releases today!
This is an update episode....but what does that mean?
Well, it's basically me chatting and give you a brief update on where I am in my planning to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Not only that, but I am also going to answer some questions that people have had.
Here are some of those questions...
1. What is the difference between ocean rowing and rowing on a lake?
2. What's the best way to practice/train for ocean rowing if you live in a land area and not near an ocean?
3. What kind of boat am I planning on using?
4. Am I looking to get a record? Just have fun? What's the reason/plan?
5. What kind of campaign do I want to run?
Find out the answers...or my answers as of now... by checking out the podcast. It's a short episode, so you can easily fit it in, but get your answers on where I am roughly 3.5 years before I take on this adventure.
Here is a blog/vlog documenting my journey from thought to execution. Current plan: 2021 - hike to Everest base camp. 2022 - row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.