- The good: great weather for getting outside and logging some serious hours.
- The bad: Once summer hits, its a whole different ballgame.
The plan: Go for a hard 1.5k swim to have some fatigue in my legs and then go out for a 10 mile run. I didn't want to push too hard on the run, so I went out easy the first half at my realistic race pace for Eagleman and then picked it up to faster than race pace for the next 3 miles, before cooling down for the last 2 miles. It wasn't an easy run to say the least. The heat (heat index of 88) and humidity (about 70%) combined to make breathing a bit harder than anything I've been training in this season. Throw in relentless sun and wind, along with the added wind of running along the Potomac River, and it made for a challenging run.
I pulled through in the end, hitting right at my realistic race pace including my cool down, so I was definitely holding faster than race pace for the majority of the run. I really wanted to push the last 2 miles, but I didn't want to risk straining anything, so I threw my competitive mindset away in my fuel belt and comfortably made my way home. Over the next couple of days, I plan to try to get in some more hours in this weather, just so my body can adapt.
Leave it to nature to wait till a week out from the race before turning hot. Better late than never. I just hope its enough time.