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Intervals in the heat?(9 posts)

Intervals in the heat?CritLover
Jul 10, 2003 7:11 PM
The weather here on the east coast has been unbearable the last couple of weeks (the humidity is brutal), and I have had some difficulty determining how or if to do intervals. I am completely inefficient if I ride early in the morning, so I have been trying to get them in between 6 and 8pm. Unfortunatley, the weather can still be over 90, so there is little relief (except on some shady roads).

How do people cope with the training in the heat? How does the heat effect one's performance during intense workouts? Even when I try to go easy and drink plently of liquids, my hr goes up much easier and I feel really beat in no time. I've trained hard in the past, but I was living right near the ocean where it was cooler.

I have beenlonefrontranger
Jul 10, 2003 9:43 PM
It's been 105 / 40C here, dry with cloudless skies. We don't have the humidity but I've been out in the middle of the day on lunch rides doing some pretty intense stuff. Right now my program has so much in it that I'm riding 2 and even 3x per day depending on what's there.

Today it was in the 90s and stupid me didn't check to see what I was grabbing for my bag when I left in the early AM. So I was out riding intervals in knickers! Oh, well.

6-8 PM, especially with humidity, can actually be one of the worst times of the day depending on the pollution index. If it's humid, make sure you are taking enough electrolyte and that you're not having trouble breathing. The last thing you need is a lung infection from pollution.

I used to think I wasn't an early riser either, but that cool early morning air is a really nice reward.
Crits here r during the afternoon, thats when I train.Canidraftyou
Jul 10, 2003 11:02 PM
If the military only trained when the weather was ideal, we would have a fair weather military.

"It's a mind set". I think about my intervals days prior to the day of the training ride. I schedule my recovery rides with the purpose of doing well during my intervals/climbing days/group rides and so on. The heat becomes a factor im sure. How do I prep for the hard days, I prep all week. I drink a lot of water, Force drink! Eat right and tell yourself its all for cycling. You gotta want to do the intervals. I dont think you spoke anything about over training and then dealing with the intervals in the heat.

One thing I got working for me, is that I work the grave shift. When I wake up its 1pm/2pm I have no option but ride in the afternoon and I must finish before the kids getting home from school. Often the air is thick here in Arkansas...95 deg. w/Humidity @ 90 even at times 100% humidity, thats w/out rain or fog. Im riding after getting my sleep, but yet its in the heat of the day. I would say take a power nap prior to your ride if time allows and do your water all day every day. Maybe even take a form of supplement with carbs prior to the ride, get you up for the ride (Revenge and a carb boom).

peace out
re: Intervals in the heat?tigermilk
Jul 11, 2003 9:01 AM
Just give it a week or so to get used to it. I'm in Houston, so high dewpoints and high temperatures are common. I do 2x20s, 6x6s, and 10x1s all in this high heat and humidity. I actually prefer to do them in the afternoon/evening due to the lower relative humidity despite the higher temperatures. At 630 AM with upper 70s for temps and close to 100% humidity I'm dripping wet in no time. At least once the 90 degree temps kick in it's 'only' in the 50-70% humidity range. I just drink loads. I don't worry about electrolytes for the interval workouts. Anything under 2 hours isn't enough to justify the replenishment during the ride.
Jul 11, 2003 9:23 AM
I've grown used to heat. Temps here in NM are 96-102 F. lately, albiet only 10-15% humidity. I take extra time between reps to allow for cooldown. HR seems to climb faster and higher in this heat - I'm not sure what that means beyong perhaps some blood thinning.
But here's a question: do any of you become flushed with drowsiness moments after sprints? This symptom has just developed this year, happens only occasionally (and does not appear to be heat-related),lasts a minute or two, but can be pretty potent. What the heck does it mean?
I'm no doctor, but try this.Canidraftyou
Jul 11, 2003 10:34 PM
Bring up your red blood cell count. Eat more cabbage, liver if your able and maybe take in more vit. B's.

Give it a try.

peace out
re: Intervals in the heat?Matt Britter
Jul 11, 2003 4:48 PM
Here in Central Cal we are getting the high heat also and it can be discouraging to do the intense stuff in the heat. I find that intervals either sprints or hills I try to do in the morning more for the pollution/ozone build up than the heat. Most of my recovery rides I do in the hot evenings, just because it is easy to be lazy and ride slow, like you should for a recovery ride.
re: Intervals in the heat?CritLover
Jul 11, 2003 5:34 PM
Thanks for all the great input. I think I really need to step up my water intake when the temperature rises so quickly. We kinda skipped a season here in the east and went from cold and damp to hot and humid. I definitely have to force myself to drink more.

The nutrition board talks a lot about Hammergel and other supplements that can be added to water bottles. Might be a good time to experiment, though, I don't know where to start.

I've also experienced some of the tiredness after difficult intervals but not enough to make me concerned. It's more my legs and hr that concern me. I think there is a possibility that I have been overtraining. Luckily there are no races around this weekend, so I will have a chance to take it easy and see how the intervals go next week.

Dealing with the extremes in weather is greatly dependent on mental attitudes. The heat is definitely one of those things that makes me want to skip a race and stay in the AC. My attitude just stanks! Kinda the same with me and climbing. Needs work... where's the cyclotherapist when you need 'em!

Stay cool! Thanks.
defeat the sun!! re: Intervals in the heat?brad nicholson
Jul 12, 2003 6:34 AM
i ride in southwestern oklahoma where the hills, heat, and wind are our natural enemies. heart rate does indeed climb quickly when riding at high temperatures becuase the heart is working twice as hard to cool the body and keepl blood flowing. if you wear sunscreen, spf 30-50 + whether or not you need it or not it will significantly affect your hr my helping to regulate how hot your skin gets.