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|Subject: ||RE: Benefits of Training in Heat vs. Altitude|
As we're approaching summer, I thought it'd be nice to reignite an old thread/topic that seems to pop up each year.
I've found somewhat contradictory things about the benefits of training in the heat:
One of the "Great Letsrun.com threads' states that it is a mixed-bag. While hot, humid air holds less oxygen (similar to altitude training) the stimulus doesn't reach that same level of effect b/c you're not in the heat 24/7. Even though the heat leads to increases in the level of blood plasma, the slower training speeds etc limit the benefits.
Meanwhile, RT has an article referring to some recent research using cyclists: "Across the board the heat-trained riders showed gains in the measures all runners hope to improve: VO2 max, lactate threshold, maximal cardiac output, maximal power output and 1-hour time trial performance. Yet the only piece of the training that varied was the exposure to heat. The magnitude of the effect was similar to altitude training"
Anybody, that's in the know, want to chime in on the benefits/limitations of training in the heat?
Any suggestions on how to structure summer training in order to most benefit from hot weather training (in terms of running a pr)? should I alternate between hot afternoon runs and mild morning runs? Is it a 'waste' of time to try and peak during the hot summer months?
I have a few months of base training already, but I'm thinking that the slower times of running in the heat will limit the neuromuscular benefits of specific training (I'm a hobby jogger who's only set plan is to run a marathon in Feb). I'm in Florida, so for the next 4 months I'll be running in either 70-80* F with 90% humidity or 90+ with ~70% humidity.
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