Rocky M wrote:
103 F is NOT accurate for that day in Boulder, it never got that hot. Like I said, 93 F is the hottest I had seen & even timeanddate.com shows at 2:47 PM on June 10th, the hottest recorded in Boulder was 95 F. It did not even feel like 103 F...I've been in that kind of weather a lot & it wasn't 103 F. Maybe out towards Longmont in a small pocket of land, but certainly not on the run at any location in town.
What made that day so difficult with the heat was very little shade. Running from the Rez is entirely open and there are several long sections of grades & false flats. Jay Rd itself is a 1-2% grade variation depending on very specific sections of that short portion. Then the grade going West towards the Elk's Club is a 1-2% grade fairly consistently from about 2.5 miles in...that is a tough dog-slow section on any day.
Strange. Any my wife did Chattanooga '16 and her Edge said 106* at a few points on the second half of the bike course, but the quoted temp for that race (in this thread or one of the other Boulder ones) was lower.
The point is, ladies and gentleman, that speed, for lack of a better word, is good. Speed is right, Speed works. Speed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.