Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Heat acclimatization

Every year I forget how long this process takes.

Today I ran 6 miles around the neighborhood. It was only about 86*F, but it sure felt hotter. (I know, in July I'll be begging on my knees for an 86*F day).

I just kept telling myself how much worse it was going to be on that shadeless, merciless Eagleman course in 12 days from now. And I'd already have 57+ miles in my legs for the day. And 6 miles won't even get me to the turnaround point on the run course.

Yep, that's good training!


IM Able said...

I hear you! This weekend I had a 40 mile bikeride that simply kicked me around. The plan was a double loop, but by the time one loop was done in 90 degree heat and 75% humidity, I was d-o-n-e.

At first, I was very disappointed. Then I realized I learned a number of great lessons along the way -- like how much to drink and the value of a 5 minute break in the shade.

Oh, and the value of sunscreen.

Good luck on the big race next weekend!!

Brent Buckner said...


But you're right, that's what it takes. All the best for Eagleman!

Kewl Nitrox said...

Good to see you are well back in action. Whatever you and the gals had last week must have jumped across the oceans and landed on me. [ACHOO!]

TriGirl 40 said...

You are so right! The whole heat thing can make such a difference. I forced myself to run in the heat of the day on Monday to prepare for Eagleman. Not easy - and hard to accept some of those nice cooler weather gains are out the window. But from reading your blog, it sounds like you are so ready for Eagleman. Hope to meet up with you while you are there.