April 15, 2012
Although not as serious, this is life threatening for some; the temps on Monday are supposed to be in the high 80's or low 90's. Why is this life threatening? The Boston Marathon is Monday and for people around here, the temps are way higher than what they have been training in. First time runners may be too inexperienced to take heat exhaustion and heat stroke signs seriously, and those that have had recent health issues (colds, stomach virus etc.) may be weakend enough that running in the heat will stress them too much.
The heat is such a concern that not only have course officials decided to keep the race open an extra hour, they have offered deferment to those that believe they should sit this one out. Deferment will allow those people to run next year's marathon without having to qualify (or at least that is my interpretation).
"For many people, running the Boston Marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience," B.A.A. executive director Tom Grilk said on Saturday. "We don't want people to feel they have to run, because perhaps it's not the wisest decision under these conditions."
Monday will be the first day I will get to ride to work. The morning will be in the 50's (morning's have been in the 20's up till now). It may be raining early, but that's why I have gear. Definitely don't want to miss the warm riding for the afternoon!