Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, April 14, 2002



It was hot when I ran today. My mind got a bit cooked.

It was about 65 degrees when I left to pick up Snorkel. By the time we finished running a couple of hours later, it was 84.

The vegetation is beginning to come out, but the leaves weren't out on the trees. No shade. We spent the entire two hours in the sun.

I wasn't prepared for the temp to be so high. I only carried one water bottle and didn't have any Gu.

My heart rate curve tells a bit of the story. The curve generally rises throughout the run. The last 20 minutes or so my heart rate was up around 160. I was not going fast. I was going slow. But, my heart rate was just a bit below a race effort.

Lessons learned: check the weather and bring a bit more water and carry some Gu. If I'd looked at the forecast graphs, I'd have seen the sharp rise in temperature (though the forecast was for it to be about 8 degrees cooler than it actually was. If I'd thought it was going to reach almost 80, I'd have brough an extra bottle of water. A packet of Gu only weighs a couple of ounces. There's no excuse for not carry it.

posted by Michael | 8:23 PM


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