I was in Boston all last week. The temperatures were what I would describe as chilly. I wore a sweater most days and when I ran outside I wore long sleeves. Back in Mississippi the start of summer has arrived. This weekend the temperatures were in the high 80’s This week they will be in the low 90’s.
These first few weeks of hot weather is when you suffer the most. On Saturday, after travelling all day, I performed a brick. It was a 28 mile bike at a solid effort followed by a 4 mile run. The bike was tough but the run was very difficult. I run most of my tempos according to pace. However, I do look at my heart rate. I was running at my LT heart rate but my pace was barely faster than my ‘comfortable’ pace.
Some of this was because it was a brick but most of this was because it was hot and I have not acclimated to the change in temperature. After a little bit of research I learned that your body acclimates to heat by increasing your blood volume - Read more here.
During this run I ran into Sam, local fast guy. We talked for a few minutes and then parted ways. I am not sure but I did not notice the deer fly's until after he left. I think he did the transfer on me (click here).