Jul 29, 2021
Coach Patrick covers some of the
most effective ways to mitigate the costs associated with training
in the heat - and still reap all of the benefits. If you have been
struggling with the heat, see if any one of these five tips can
make a difference for you!
- Train earlier in the day to avoid the peak
temperature periods. Do so strategically to hopefully still be able
to get enough sleep.
- Reduce the effort by using your heart rate
monitor as the training guide instead of just power or pace. This
will allow you to keep your effort consistent and put bigger pieces
of work together without accumulating too much stress.
- Optimize your setup for frequent and early
access to fluids that have electrolytes. Whether that's gas
stations or outfitting / retrofitting your car to be a mobile aid
station if needed.
- Consider targeting cooler weather races where
you have the opportunity to bring your heat acclimatization to the
event and use it strategically to outperform the
- Be sure to write down your lessons learned so
you can get smarter every go round whether it's from session to
session, week-to-week or even season-to-season.