Today was an awesome day to be outside doing some high heat training conditioning! With the humdity the temperature felt like 100+F. Most people would avoid it and try and do the workout before it gets hot or wait until the sun is down and away. NO WAY! Get out there and get it done. Who knows what the waether will be on a race day, I took full advantage of the high heat and humidity to prepare for that potential.
My workout today was some interval run work on the road. Rather than do intervals I decided to do a faster tempo run as part of a brick. So, I did an 11k ride, 10k run and 11k ride. I figured that 50% of the interval would be at Zone 3 so that is how I did my workout overall. My warm up on the bike was fairly quick, with high humidity it was like riding in a sauna. Thank goodness I spent the day consciously hydrating. My ride out was at a 34kmh average(flat and no wind), it felt easy and smooth. I did not push hard on the bike as this was a run day, a good relaxed ride in low Zone 2.
As soon as I finished I jumped back on the bike for the ride back. I did the same route, uphill bias coming back in 34.6km/h average. There is a 1.5k uphill that has set me back about 10-15% in hte past, today, I picked up speed at the bottom and held it all the way to the end. It felt good to tackle it under my terms and be able to manage the whole thing. It was a great ride home and again the transition onto the bike was no effort.
With the heat today I thought it would be a great day to check out how much I sweat on a workout. I am a heavy sweater to begin with, so getting a concrete base point is good knowledge to hold as the summer starts. So, my total workout time was 90 minutes and my weight loss was 6.5lbs. I consumer 1.5 x 12oz water while out(not sure of weight of that) So assume 1lb, that is more than 7 lbs on a short workout! CRAZY! That is a great testament of the importance of hydration!
What an awesome day of training!