Mar 19: Day 35
- Run: 5 minutes Z1, 60 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1
- Swim: 250 yd Z1, 500 yd Z2, 15 x (50 yd Z4/20″ rest) 250 yd Z1
Today got up to 86, and I waited until later in the morning to do my run. A little on purpose, because heat has been my bugaboo for years.
4 years ago I did a TRI where I was out in front of my AG for the first 2 legs, but then the heat got up to 90 with a ton of humidity and killed me on the run. 2 years ago it was the Legend 100m TRI, where I had my one and only DNF. After months of mild temperatures that day chose to be the first one of the year at 90+ degrees, and I had to DNF with a serious case of heat exhaustion. Last year it was the USA TRI Nationals in Omaha. That race started late in the day for my wave and we ended up once again in high humidity, and 90+ degree temps, with no shade on baking concrete. I saw runners getting emergency medical attention during the run. Thankfully that wasn’t me, but it did slow me down seriously and made my run completely non-competitive.
So as you can see, heat is a problem for me. I actually picked an October race to avoid heat, but I’m not a fool. I know it can still happen. So I was actually kind of glad to see it this early because I want to train for it.
Doesn’t make it any easier. The run took a ton out of me.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a solid, good exercise day. I nailed all my intervals. But man, do I feel it right now, and it was only 86 with mild humidity.
Part of it is acclimation. If I can train for it, I can be prepared for it, and with any luck AT ALL I will have milder conditions for the race than the ones I train in. But this is seriously my biggest fear: not the distance, not injury, not strain or fatigue, but heat. If it’s hot that day, I know it will be difficult for me to finish. And I didn’t start this thing not to finish it.
Let’s hope it doesn’t happen that way, but I have to prepare as though it will.
Meanwhile, may all of you enjoy the last of your weekend, and rock your own goals today. Cheers!