Started off the day with 1 1/2 hours of Hot Yoga! Vinyasa Flow is supposed to leave you feeling grounded, calm, and free of tension after a sequence of poses flowing from one to the next. This was the first time that I have taken this class and I can attest to the fact that it will leave you calm and free of tension. Adding the heat helped with my flexibility but overall it just made the workout that much more intense. Its been a while since I have done any Yoga and after I that was done. All I wanted to do was prop myself up into a recliner, drink water, and watch Stage 7 of the Tour de France. So thats what I did 🙂 at least for a little bit while I gathered up the energy to head out for a ride. By that time came around it was about 97 degrees. Not super hot, but hot enough for sure. Today’s ride was intended to be at moderate intensity. I felt petty relaxed after Yoga and didn’t want to push it too hard leading into the weekend, but best intentions, you know, I was feeling good so I decided to push the pace a bit and try to maintain about 90% and focus on breathing, hydration, and performance in a hot environment. It worked out good. I ended up turning out my fastest time for one of my favorite Strava segments in over a year. Its nice to be hitting some good times again and settling back in to my old Trek.
Something that I have realized since I was a kid, growing up in Bakersfield (which can reach very hot and very cold temperatures for California) and competing in different cities around the US, is that working out in the heat at a high intensity prepares me to perform at a higher level during races which are typically held in the morning when temperatures are much cooler. My theory has been that if I can work hard and maintain a high level of output in temperatures of 100 degrees plus, then I should be able to maintain that same high level of output or better when the temperatures are lower. In essence pushing my body to some type of threshold preparing me to acclimate and adapt to various environments. Now I am fully aware that in hotter environments an athlete (or anyone for that matter) needs to hydrate and replace electolytes while exercising. Obviously in a hotter environment this is even more important and not doing so could prove to be dangerous. So while I exercise in these onditions I make sure that I take enough water with supplements to keep me hydrated and safe. So far this theory has proved to be useful since I was in Triathlons and Cross Country as a young athlete and today in my training as an older age group triathlete. I have found various articles and even a study that backs up my findings. I just ask that if you begin to employ this practice in your training, be smart about it, take plenty of hydration and electrolytes to sustain the planned workout, and listen to your body. If you begin to feel light headed, or stop sweating, or feel anything other how you think you should be feeling, take a break, find shade, and don’t feel bad if you need to call someone to come and pick you up. No training is worth risking your health. So train hard, but train smart as well!
Have a Happy Weekend!
Thursday Morning Weigh-in: 180
Workout: Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Amber
Breakfast: Coffee, 3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich, Granola Bar, and Water
Workout: Rode 28.4 Miles used Acid Check Granules and Himalayan Pink Salt.
Recovery Swim: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dessert: Ben & Jerry’s – Karamel Sutra
Disclaimer: As a triathlete, I am not always eating with the intention of weight loss but rather to maintain weight and fuel my activity. If you are not as active as I am, please don’t use my nutritional intake as your model. If you would like help finding out a meal plan and workouts that would be good for you, please don’t hesitate to text or call me at 775-722-8184 or Facebook me at www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!