Today’s AP Headline:
If it’s only going to get worse, I can only imagine what I’ll turn into before summer’s end.
It “supposedly” takes 2 -4 weeks for the average person to adapt to the change in heat and humidity of their environment. I keep thinking I’ve got it nailed, then the mercury spikes a bit more and humidity rises again or the damn sun comes out at 5am instead of hiding behind the morning clouds. At about the 2 mile point my skin feels like it’s a steak searing on a BBQ grill and I’m sweating so profusely that I look like I’ve just come out of the bayou that runs behind our house. Then I become very irrational and start to bargain with the Gods above for people to please, please have their sprinklers on just today. I promise to run slow. Hell, I’ll even stop and walk. Just give me some waterrrrrr. Of course, no luck. People in my neighborhood NEVER water their grass…EVER !!
Ahh, so goes the quest to achieve heat
I get the science behind it all….sweat glands need to grow, dilate adapt. The heart rate and respiratory system has some adjusting to do and so I need to modify workouts and slow down. But quite frankly, it’s impossible do the scheduled “easy” run when the conditions are as such. My RPE is a 8/10 simply standing in the driveway attempting to lock on satellites. Not good!
This, quite frankly, is the shitty part of training. I LOATHE this time of year. Some hate the cold (ie.. AquaDoc), but heat is my kryptonite. Normally, I wuss out and head indoors to an air-conditioned gym treadmill. Yes, I understand all races and events are held outdoors with all the wonderful experiences oppressive heat and humidity have to offer. Yes, I realize I don’t acclimate if I’m not out there in the thick of it. And yes, I realize my performance will always be sub-optimimal if I don’t train in the conditions in which I plan to race. I KNOW all of this. It’s just so damn HOT!
So in the words of a new friend I guess it’s time to HTFU, right??? Just deal with it and get over it, right??? It is what it is. I can’t change it, only how I deal with it.
Studies say 2-4 weeks to acclimate? Well, I’ve been at it about 4-6 weeks now, so I guess I’m a slow acclimater. My pace however has picked back up towards normal. I guess that shows some sort of progress. Although my RPE and heart rate are still through the roof at times.
My fuel belt has now become my sprinkler system. My main problem seems to be with a rapid rise in core temperature so it’s imperative that I shower myself every mile or so. Running in the rain may be a good solution as well. If it ever rains again that is.
For now, I think I’ll hit the pool, do some laps and avoid the heat for today.
Y’all stay cool out there!!