There’s been quite a bit of chat on other threads about high temperatures in this summer’s IM events. I’ve been looking on, in horror, at the temperatures that Switzerland will be having this week and although my event is 4 weeks out, it’s still a bit disconcerting to see such high temperatures. I was mentally prepared for potentially high 20s / low 30s but the prospect of temperatures in the mid to high 30s seems like a very real possibility.
I’ve struggled in the heat in the past. Last year I did a 600km audax and even at a very steady pace I was struggling to keep food down when the temperature hit the mid 30s. So I was wondering what tips or techniques people have used to help them cope? One of the main things I’m going to do is to not use a trisuit. I’m going to use my club bike top which is quite airy then in T2 use a baggy running top to try to get as much air over my skin as possible, to aid cooling.
Sun cream? Is P20 still the triathletes’ sun cream of choice?
Yes, I’ve already mentally prepared for the fact that I’m going to have to slow down on the run if it’s a very high temperature and time goals will go out the window. I’m going to be able to practice running at that time of day in a couple of weeks and will use the same kit to see if I need to make any adjustments. I’m even thinking of getting my hair cut stupid short. Every little might help.
Saunas make a massive difference. This was the article I originally got sent by someone who’s been to Kona:
I used them before Mallorca and Bahrain last year. Generally after swimming, but sometimes after some wattbike sessions. Starting at 10mins, I was counting down the seconds to getting out almost immediately. HR would be shooting up very quickly. After 2-3 weeks of 2-3 sessions per week, I could comfortably maintain 15-20mins in there with a steady HR. It’s a very simple way of encouraging heat acclimatisation, and from my experience of Bahrain where I went from a British December to the Middle East, I coped pretty well.
My rough maths had 2015 as about 1000 DNS/DNF; quite a few apparently registered on-site but pulled-out in the preceding days. I expect Ironman have the stats - but to say this is unusually hot is a bit of a stretch where this event is concerned.
I will never do this event again, just the dicking around with the split transitions when it’s nearly 100 degrees is a PITA. I was drained before I even started. I’ve never seen so many medical tents set-up in the finishing area. Normally it’s one marquee, but there were at least 3 iirc; it was like a field hospital…and I avoided them
I did Vichy half in 2012 with the “canicule” - 42 degrees. It was along day out.
The main thing is to adjust expectations. The next is to keep your head cool. A full cap and making sure it stays wet as much as you can. Swims are likely to be non wetsuit but just embrace it - you need be as cool as you possibly can be. Being in a black, thick suit in sunlight is just ridiculous.
I’m heading to Nice this weekend to support my friends. That run is going to be brutal.
If I encountered temperatures around 40 again, knowing that it would just be about getting around the run in one piece, I think I’d probably change out of my skinsuit in T2 into a 2-piece that was better suited to the hot weather.
Zurich was 35 on the run last year. I used my tri suit on the bike, but changed for the run. Lots of wet sponges on the course, some of it is in the shade, but one street in particular was in full blast of sun with light colored buildings on either side, which seem to intensify the heat
Currently it is hot and humid here, but due to cool down next week. Lake is still cool, but warming fast.
18 degrees here last night and my 10k jog was so much easier than Monday’s death fest.
Just a parkrun to slowly jog round on Saturday, then the temps drop right off into Sunday - when I’ve a 112 mile ride penned in