Over the past several weeks, the heat index in the DC area has topped 105 numerous times. Two weeks ago, I found myself on training ride where I had to simply pull over and find the nearest 7-Eleven and down a Slurpee and a bottle of Gatorade as possible to keep my core temperature in check. Prior to that day, I can’t remember the last time I had a slurpee…
On the East Coast, we are no stranger to heat and humidity, and most experienced athletes know how much it can adversely affect performance. In fact, I wrote about effectively training in the heat several years ago and you can find the entire article here , where I mention numerous tips which include things like slowing down or training indoors. However, what happens when you are in a competition, and racing indoors or reducing intensity simply isn’t an option except in the most dire of circumstances? So how do we effectively race when it’s hot and humid? Here are 6 tips to help you race better in the heat:
While adhering to these principles may not generate a personal best during a hot race, they could very well keep you from a heat-related disaster while striving for one. So, the next race where the temperature soars, remember these tips to ensure you cross the finish line safely!