Picture the scene: You've just started a fun cardio kickboxing class and they say squats so you squat and that's fine. Then they say pushups and you get down to do them and suddenly... Whhooooosh. You're six hundred million thousand degrees inside. It feels like the blood in your veins is boiling and gurgling like lava and there's sulfur and steam that wants to come out of your head. While you're struggling to do pushups. And then they say mountain climbers and you... just... can't...

I mean, gah. Being hot and sweaty is one thing. I am used to that. I was assuming, poor innocent thing that I was, that hot flashes were more or less like being hot except without much of an excuse for it. Spontaneous sweating, as it were. I wish! It's a lot more overwhelming than that.

I'm fairly new at this perimenopause thing. Apparently, if I'm lucky, I can be looking at 10 years... and *then* the real menopause. So I guess I'll have to learn to manage it because it's not going to go away soon and I'm not about to quit training. We'll find out who's most stubborn. But if you've successfully trained hard through it and have wonderful tips to share, please don't be shy and tell me.