Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Lift- Legs/ back. Solid over-all and I'm seeing progress on my squats.

Run- 4 miles. Pushed a few of the climbs to what felt like hard. No HR or time but I felt great.

 I find this fascinating. The descriptions make me want to try some of them. These almost sound like beer or wine tasting... in hell.
 I've been stung by a ton of Yellowjackets and I totally get the hot and smoky. The Harvester ant when I was a kid, don't remember it vividly but "bold" works.  

Schmidt Sting Pain Index
1.0 Sweat bee: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.
1.2 Fire ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.
1.8 Bullhorn acacia ant: A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.
2.0 Bald-faced hornet: Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.
2.0 Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine WC Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.
2.x Honey bee and European hornet.
3.0 Red harvester ant: Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.
3.0 Paper wasp: Caustic & burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of Hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.
4.0 Pepsis wasp: Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath (if you get stung by one you might as well lie down and scream).
4.0+ Bullet ant: Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail in your heel.


Trev said...

It'd be interesting to see a Cycling Pain Index.

1.0 Warm feeling in the legs.
1.1 Heat in the legs; mild discomfort breathing.
... ?
2.0 ?
3.0 ?
4.0+ Taste of blood, no sensation in crown of head, nose, feet or hands. Feels like you're breathing fire - but your lungs feel cold. Legs have just been doused in liquid lead.

Brian Rader said...

You need to check out this guy that puts on gloves with Bullet Ants. It gives perspective.
(if the video link doesn't work, type in Hamish & Andy bullet ant gloves) It appears quite painful!