Here is the Zunis Foundation $646.26 Wonder Trainer
- Meet at the San Antonio, Texas, Airport at 11 a.m. on August 1st. Travel by car to San
Pedro Park. At 2 p.m., in the Park, the average Heat Index will be 97°F on August
1st. (An air temperature of 87°F with relative humidity 70%, the Galloway experiment
conditions, also gives a Heat Index of 97°F. In fact, the effect of sunlight at the Park
in San Antonio would probably raise the temperature another 8 degrees, to about 105 °F.
You will get even more than your money's worth!) Ride a stationary exercise bicycle in the
Park at a work load of 70% of your maximum for as long as you can. This will probably take
about 52 minutes.
- After finishing your ride to exhaustion in the Park in San Antonio, take a shower and go
back to the Airport. Get a one-way ticket to Phoenix ($144 on Southwest Airlines) and fly
there. In Phoenix, get a one-way ticket to Nome, Alaska ($502.26 on Air Alaska) and fly to
Anchorage arriving at 1:47 a.m. At 6:50 a.m., catch a connecting flight to Nome, arriving
at 7:38 a.m. You have now spent your $646.26.
- In Nome, travel by car to Submarine Beach, where another stationary bicycle ride awaits
you. Start this ride at 8 a.m. On August 2nd at 8 a.m. in Nome, Alaska, the average Heat
Index is 51°F, a figure identical to that in the Galloway experiment. This ride will also
be at 70% of your aerobic maximum, and you should expect to reach exhaustion after riding
about 94 minutes, 42 minutes longer than you could go just one day before! This is an
overnight improvement of nearly 78%!
Although this exercise in exercise and travel may seem a bit unusual as a training
technique, it drives home a very important point: The conditions in which a competition
are held may have a major influence on the outcome of the competition. It is our feeling
that many summertime competitions held in the US are carried out in climatic conditions
which are terribly unphysiologic. (Remember: The mean surface temperature for Earth is
59°F.) Humans do not perform very efficiently in conditions of high heat and humidity. To
see every player at his or her best, it is essential that events be held in conditions as
close to the peak of the aerobic power curve, 51°F, as possible. Furthermore,
punishing players for failure to perform well in the face of severe heat stress is