I think I'm in love. They were so light and springy. And flashy.Last night was a scorcher for speedwork. At start time it was around 95*. That's hot for us folks up here. I was a little nervous about doing speedwork in the heat, but after living in Virginia Beach for a year and a half I knew I would survive. Plus the NW has the absolute perfect balance of dry heat and humidity. Not the freight train stopping humidity of VA. I don't know how you guys do it over there. Major props. I showed up prepared. I filled a small cooler with ice and water for water bottles and threw in a washcloth to ring out over myself in between repeats. Genius. Everyone was jealous. Suckers. That comes from spending every blessed weekend of the summer under the blistering heat for 8+ hours a day in tournaments. Highly recommended method. Before my warmup I took two salt tablets:
This is what I've been using and for those of you asking - they are working well for me. I recommend them.
Since it was so hot out Coach modified my workout. Instead of the plyos, core circuit, 4 x 1 mile & 4 x 400 on the schedule we did:
plyos, 2 hill loops, 2 x 1 mile
I think I thrive in the heat because I had one of the best workouts EVER. It might have been because I didn't do the core circuit tonight, but my intuition tells me it was the heat that had my blood pumping.
1st hill repeat - 2:12/174 bpm (4-6 seconds faster and felt almost effortless)
2nd hill repeat - 2:12/176 bpm (same)
1st mile - 9:16/170 bpm
2nd mile - 9:33/166 bpm
3rd mile - 8:58/173 bpm
That last mile I just went for because it was starting to cool down and I was feeling so freakin good. It was comfortable.
My heart rate was lower AND i was going faster the whole workout. WooHoo.