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1. Drive around with the heat blasting in the car
2. Overdress for workouts
3. Spend time in the sauna and hot tub
4. Did a sweat test to figure out how much water I needed to replace in the heat
5. Space heater in front of tmill and trainer
If you can get there at least a couple days early do some short workouts in the heat. It will give you a feel for how you will react to it.
The key that I found is to never get overheated during the race to begin with. My best race performances have been in 95+ degree heat and I started cooling myself before I got hot. I wore a bandana around my neck and got it wet every chance I got. I just stayed wet. Once you overheat is is very difficult to cool down without completely stopping. I wore a visor so the top of my head could release heat but the sun was off my face. The arm cooler sleeves can be nice. Just poor water over them but I never ran in high humidity and they may never evaporate enough for the cooling to help.
I hope this helps.
"In order to keep a true perspective on one's importance, everyone should have a dog that worships him and a cat that will ignore him." - Dereke Bruce
I had a base coming off IMFL 2011, but "officially" kicked off IMTX training on Jan 1 this year. I definitely spent a lot of time on my trainer in the basement as well as on the treadmill and / or indoor track at the gym. I didn't go as far as a space heater in the basement, but I did wear long sleeves and capri bike pants for most of my long rides. My longest trainer ride was 6 hours and no, it was not fun, but I managed with the help of trashy tv on the dvr. I also bundled up and rode outside when it was feasible (not much).
I would say that I averaged 2 short trainer rides during the week and one long ride on the weekends pretty consistently up to the race. Given the long winter last year, I didn't get outside for many long rides in the spring prior to the race.
In April I was able to attend the ST Womens Weekend, which, while still a bit chilly out, gave me a few great days of outdoor riding just when I needed it.
I was concerned about the heat, especially during the week leading up to the race - I struggled just begin outside - but somehow on raceday, the only time I was uncomfortably hot was in the water. The bike and run were fine! (though I WAS happy to see the frozen watermelon at one of the aid stations on the run!). Let me know if you have any questions - I could go on all day :)
Let us know what you decide - and consider heading out to the ST Womens Weekend too!
Studies have shown that those who cool themselves before hot workouts can workout longer, so even if you aren't too hot in T2, grab ice and start the run cool. Or maybe every other aid station in the 2nd 1/2 of the bike, that :30 seconds of a stop can make a HUGE difference at mile 13 and on of the run.
Our weather is comparable, so I'm lucky I'll be able to acclimate. I plan to do a good number of workouts outdoors in the middle of the day. Try to get out in the sun and let it beat down on you, even if the air temp isn't hot. If you have a laundry room, put some sopping wet towels in the dryer and dry them on high heat while you ride the trainer in the laundry room to simulate the humidity.
Even though I live in Houston, I was nervous about the weather. There is a reason there aren't any long events here after mid-April... I found a couple hot yoga classes were very helpful. Not only did the heat help but it also was a good break and provided an opportunity to stretch.
I absolutely LOVE the IMTX course. The crowd support is amazing. I am hoping I can do it again in 2014.