Getting ready for a hot race
In Copenhagen where I live fall has arrived. The temperature is much lower than it was a month ago and calling it the end of the season seems natural – but for many the season is far from over. In triathlon the biggest race of the year takes place in October in Hawaii which offers brutal heat and high humidity – something very different that the weather we are experiencing in North Europe at the moment.
If you go back and look at results from the race from past years you will notice that it is often dominated by athletes from colder countries – the athletes that succeed have gotten ready for the race – not only the physical challenge but also for the conditions. For a professional it is easy to go some place warm but for others certain strategies can be used in order to get ready.
When I have to do a hot/humid race I do a lot of riding inside. 3-4 weeks out from the race I will begin to wear a bit extra clothes on my short but harder workouts. As time progress I also use this on longer workouts. I make sure to weigh myself to make sure I don’t dehydrate too much because this would require extra recovery from the workout.
When I arrive at the race location I do my training before the race at the warmest point of the day. Many try to avoid the heat but in order to get used to it I recommend you get out – of course don’t nuke yourself but do get used the conditions. For what it’s worth I never had a problem coming from cold climate to hot races but I came prepared!