Today was one of the best holy hot training days I have had. I am not talking medium hot, I am taking sweating before the workout even started. I tuned my bike in the garage with no AC, by the time I was done I was soaked! But, that was only the beginning of enjoying the heat.
I am adjusting my training this week as I have a crazy weekend that i can only get one workout in. Over the course of this week it is my intention to get the other workout done and them some! As I get into the heavy build time, the extra training won't hurt me a bit. I am meant to be building so I will likely end up with a few extra miles along the way. As long as I use my recovery days wisely I can only think that it will help.
Today I went out for a long'ish ride in the heat. I spent a little over 3 hours on the bike with a target of staying in ZOne 1-2 even thought the heat was trying to ramp that up all along. The heat did slow me down a bit, however speed was not the strategy of this one. I did just over 90k including a couple of monster hills for fun. The hills were the only time that I got out of my zone, but I did not feel bad as I was able to kick the hills in the butt. The same hills last year, I was taking a break half way up so that I would not bust a lung.
I followed the ride with a 25 minute run, once again focusing on keeping my HR in ZOne 1-2. That was a little more difficult. I did slow my pace to make sure that I managed to stay in the zone. It was a tough run as I my nutrition was off and I started to cramp a bit towards the end. However, a great lesson learned.
As the training get longer, the nutrition plan that I have started is truly going to be tested. When I have a 'bad' session, I treat it as a lesson rather than a negative. It is my own fault that I did not take on enough electrolytes on my ride. Kinda stupid seeing as I had it with me and that I was sweating like a mad man most of the ride. I now know a little more than I did yesterday and had an overall great workout to lead me to it.
That was not the end of workouts though. Tonight is a LULULEMON run club event, so after some water some food and a brief rest, I put my shoes back on and hit the road. With the crazy heat I did shorten the run tonight. The purpose is to promote and build a run community, not to scare off the people who come out by trying to race them in the heat. The group were troupers, they ran at a great pace and managed a strong negative split although it was so hot. Although short another great training session.
As the heat is here I am making the best of it. Why not take advantage of it? Race day will be what race day is. I can control when I get there and what training i have done. I can not control what the weather will be. Wisconsin 3-4 years ago was one of the highest drop out IM rates because of the heat, ideally this can only help me avoid that eventuality should it be a hot day! And, if it isn't, this is only going to make me smarter about my nutrition and stronger with tough training days~!
Hope you are managing to stay cool and enjoying the summer!