OK, so I’m not even talking real heat here! But it would appear that I’m a proper heat phobic Welsh man! Don’t get me wrong, I love being in the heat and can handle it fine. I tan well, and don’t have any issues, even at moderate effort levels.
But. When it comes to max effort my body just cannot cope! Ran a trial 10km today in low 20s and sunny. I just totally imploded! As soon as we were on the first hill the HR was up at 194! I knew there was zero chance of carrying that through for 40 mins, so backed off a bit. But it didn’t really help.
I recced the course last week (at a medium to strong, controlled effort) and was only 40 odd secs slower than today’s race! But I was working WAY WAY harder today.
Grabbed two places back in the last 200m with my trademark fast finish, tipping the HR out at 198!
I’m sticking to winter events!