Everybody talks about it. The heat. The weather forecast says it will be around 39 degrees celcius/102 degrees fahrenheit in Foresthill and in Aubrun on race day. It will be even hotter in the canyons. The good thing is that I’m ready to tackle the heat!
I have been running with four to five extra layers of clothes for the last two weeks. On some of these runs, the temperature has been similar to what I’m expecting on race day.
I have done six heat training sessions in the sauna in South Lake Tahoe. I do not know the exact temperature in that sauna, but I promise you that it’s hot! I started with 15 minutes and I’ll finish up with 40 minutes tomorrow (Monday in race week). Most of the literature about heat training suggest that the effect of heat training will start to diminish after about four days.
We have spent a good two weeks in the heat in the Sacramento area and in southern Oregon. This was good for my heat training, but it was difficult to sleep at night. We have therefore spent the last week around Lake Tahoe, where the temperature at night is about 15 degrees celcius/60 degrees fahrenheit.
I hope that I have done the right thing with heat training and hope it makes race day a bit more comfortable.