We are slowly being cooked here in the ‘deep south’: the worst time of day is during the evening show when the tent has boiled up all day in the heat and high humidity and then 250 people come in and add their heat and sweat. The boss has brought in portable air conditioners but they are incredibly noisy: the performers continue to sweat and get distracted. Still, so far, we are getting by on this tour – just!
The only time we can really do our vital strength training is about six in the morning, when it is coolest and least humid. Everyone in the camping bus is sleeping naked with no covers (although the naked bit I guess is normal) – a metal vehicle is also quite good at heat absorption, and I swear it was nearly raining in there yesterday afternoon.
This morning – amazingly – I slept long after Dave had slipped out of our bunk and the rest of the crew were hard at work in the clear center area of the bus. Dave and Gary making human benches for the ladies to do their dumbbell presses: Zach fighting with the kids (all three, with Jaymee appearing to be stamping on his face) – not sure what any of them were training for at that point. However, when he caught my eye, Zach swung himself up alongside me and zapped the curtains closed. Now we never use those curtains normally, but having the kids with us has prevented us, by and large, from us gay guys indulging ourselves in – ahem – what gay guys like to do. Even though we can partner up any which way as a result of our sworn Tuan Jie agreement. This time, Zach whispered his own frustration in my ear and…
There is an unwritten rule that when curtains are closed, no-one interferes. The kids know that too. So that was one major frustration for Zach and I dealt with – in about five ‘snatched’ minutes.
I said at the outset that I didn’t really think I would enjoy my short stay with this circus tour. I have a UK reader sending me pictures of cool Appalachian scenes, and I can’t stop myself thinking of this:
The good news is that the kids and I will actually be there in about three week’s time – something of a contrast from steamy Louisiana! – although I do not expect snow on the mountains in July – not even in ‘wet-and-windy’ Wales UK. We’ll see…
Oh, enough whinging. Let me share some pictures of fit guys doing their fitness things in a temperate zone with normal humidity!!
Straddle lift to handstand.
Oblique abs crunches.
Rock climbing. One suitably shirtless and one wrapped in an anorak and hood. Guess the weather conditions!
Mates enjoying the workout.
Time out from the bench press.
Time to stretch those hamstrings.
If you’re going to arm-wrestle on the gym floor, make sure that your opponent has had a tougher workout than you…
…and, if your favourite resistance machine in the gym develops a fault, there are other ways of working out your frustrations! Just effect a quick repair with the equipment provided!