Training For the Heat

Happy Tuesday, friends!  How was your day?  I kicked things off this morning with a 75-minute indoor bike trainer ride.


At first glance, this setup looks like a usual ride, but I made an important change today:  I wore an Under Armour top, which is normally reserved for chilly outdoor runs.

So why rock cold weather gear during an indoor spin?

One of my main concerns about the Nautica South Beach Triathlon (in t-minus 18 days!) includes the heat.  Since I grew up in the tundra Central New York, freezing temperatures don’t bother me, but high humidity is a different story.  Basically, aside from high school field-hockey practices (and the very end of a few long runs this past summer), I don’t have any experience working out in the heat, and I have no idea how my body will respond.  Obviously, I can’t become totally used to warm temperatures during the upcoming weeks, but I do want to get a rough idea of how my body will respond—and how much I can push.  This morning’s ride was a little toasty, and during tomorrow’s Full Throttle Endurance indoor cycling workout, I plan to wear more layers.  And even though my normal spot isn’t next to a fan, I need to choose a seat that’s in the middle of the room that has zero chance of getting a breeze.  Andrew also suggested spending some quality time in the sauna, so I’ll probably camp out there Thursday and Friday post-workout.


My appetite has been out of control the past few days, and this morning was no exception.


Post-biking and strength training coffee, water, and overnight oats.


I haven’t been posting pictures of my meals because I eat literally the exact same thing every day.


Spicy black bean quinoa that I almost forgot to photograph with an unpictured side of carrots.  A strawberry banana Chobani served as an afternoon snack.


The usual suspects made appearances tonight.


Baked salmon seasoned with EVOO, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, lemon pepper, and a sprinkle of basil, plus some peas and roasted sweet potatoes.

Do you prefer warm or cold weather?  Any tips for preparing for hot and humid races?

22 responses to “Training For the Heat

  1. I love racing in hot weather, way more than cold. I do better for some reason. That is a smart idea though to train for heat!

  2. I’m training for the heat I’ll be facing at Ironman Louisville. In Seattle, the weather seems to be pretty mild all year round. (I’m new here!) So, for heat training, I’m trying to head to bikram yoga twice a week. 🙂

  3. Woo. I am not looking forward to half marathon training for Virginia Beach on September 1st whenever I think about the heat. But at least we both have oceans to jump in when we’re finished, am I right? 🙂

    I DEFINITELY prefer the hot weather over the cold. The cold makes me so frustrated, especially at this time of year. So I am veryvery against it right now!

    • That’s a good point about the ocean–I’ll be swimming both before and after my race for sure. 🙂

  4. Drink even more water than you think possible! When I ran 5 miles in Miami in early May, I sweat so much that I looked like I’d taken a shower. My clothing was completely drenched with sweat.

    • Thanks for the tip! A few years ago, I tried running in Sanibel, FL during April, and even though I started relatively early (around 7:30 a.m.), I didn’t make it very far because of the heat and humidity.

  5. Oh snap, I didn’t even think about the heat/humidity issue for you. I’m so used to training in it that I forget others don’t. Hopefully you’ll get there a few days before the tri so your body can acclimate a bit.

    • When I booked my flight, I was still working full-time, so my ticket down is for Saturday morning, and the race is Sunday. If I had known about the hour cuts, I would’ve booked a Thursday morning flight, but what can you do? At least I can try for a Thursday flight next year, right?

  6. I’m more used to heat then cold. Make sure you drink a lot. Even the day before start drinking more. You get dehydrated way faster. And don’t forget suncream.

  7. That was definitely my biggest problem with the race I did in florida in January… I simply could not believe how HOT it was! Good luck!

  8. Mmmm…all of your eats look great!
    Oddly enough, I prefer the cold because you can always put on more layers…in the heat you can only go so far with taking things off!

  9. I totally can’t hang when it comes to super warm, humid temperatures either. And also agree that the cold doesn’t really bother me much. Northern girls! I think it’s really smart to at least test the waters with how your body will respond to the heat. And hopefully it won’t be too bad down there!

    • Woohoo for another cold-weather girl! 🙂 At practice yesterday, my coach talked about the race and said the four miles off the bike are the longest ones we’ll ever run (because of the heat)–yikes!

  10. Your meals look good! Did you top your oats with chia seeds? Also, I’ve been eating a lot of the same meals lately too! It makes life easy that’s for sure!

    • You spotted those chia seeds–love ’em! I’m such a creature of habit, so when I find meals I love, I tend to stick with them for a while. 🙂

  11. I’m right there with you. I cannot function, let alone run, in the heat and humidity. It’s also why I tend to avoid summer races unless they start really early. I was also really concerned about my half since it’s at the end of April, and you never know what the weather will be like.

    • Give us cold, and we’re totally fine … but heat is another story! That was my downfall during this year’s 4th of July 10 miler–it didn’t start until 8 a.m., and it got super hot.

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