I have been using a cooling vest for the past week on the trainer. I have my fans maxed out and the vest does make a difference for me.
It has decreased my heart rate 5 beats or so for the same wattage. Perceived effort is around 10-20% less. Does it matter that I am being cooled? Will this prevent my body from adapting to the training load?
I am contemplating adding a few ice packs to a head band for when I start VO2 max workouts in a few months. Any thoughts or recommendations?
I believe it will help you hit higher highs. Your adaptations should increase. They happen after the work, not during. Some might say icing for recovery might blunt adaptations, but this is different. I think this will help.
Right, you need to consider your eventual training environment. Swapping to hot training can be done in mere weeks before and get the desired adaptations. Until that time, working “over cooled” is the “better” option if the other side is “over heated”.
I have considered some extra cooling, but I’d rather be acclimatised to the heat. Ice vest or similar would help, but then when I ride outside on a tough ride the heat would smash me.
I live in Brisbane, Australia (sub-tropical), have the trainer under my house (shaded but effectively outdoors) and it was 28c/82f & 75% humidity (5:30pm). Had fans on full speed, but it was still a sweat storm (Picuris +1 / SS 8.2).
When I see others struggling in the heat, I feel energised knowing I can perform in the heat.
This is true for specificity close to your A event but is not true for general base and build. If you are doing your base/build in environmental conditions that limit your ability to do work you are reducing the possible training effect and likely to be slower than your potential.
Even if you had a hot/humid race you still don’t need to do all your specialty training in those conditions. You need enough to induce the necessary physiological acclimatization, but beyond that you are again holding yourself back from possible training effect that could be achieved at higher intensity.
If training in a hot environment is the only option you have then it is what it is, but it’s not the ideal.
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