A few months back, in January, I ran the Chilly Chili 5k and it was a balmy nine degrees.
This weekend, for the Cayuga Trails 50, it is going to be nearly eighty degrees and humid.
That’s a pretty substantial difference! Fortunately, it finally warmed up the last few weeks, so I have at least partially acclimated to the heat. With that being said, running fifty miles in nearly eighty degrees is going to be HOT.
Luckily, it won’t be this hot:
As I pointed out in a previous post:
Most of the improvements in heart rate, core and skin temp, and sweat rate are acquired in just one week of heat exposure. Heart rate adaptations are seen in just four to five days. However, increases in sweating can take up to one month to occur.
More is gained from a one hundred minute bout of heat exposure exercise than one fifty minute bout, but adding bouts beyond one hundred minutes of exposure did not quicken adaptation.
Heat exposure adaptations have been studied to disappear as quickly as one week if the subject is not re-placed in the heat, but may last as long as three weeks in some individuals.
I guess we’ll just have to see what happens!
How do you prepare yourself for training/racing in adverse conditions?
What are the worst conditions that you have raced in? Where was it? How did you do?