It was a very cold, windy and slippery day for the 26th annual running of the Original St. Patrick’s Day 5/10k race in Calgary, AB. Despite the conditions, Teresa (10k), Michelle (5k) and Colleen (5k) made it out to conquer the course.
It’s always important to consider weather and course conditions when racing. Many times we will train for specific events with specific goals and race plans in mind but conditions dictate that both need to be amended for safety reasons. At this weekend’s race, for instance, slippery footing and a -26C wind-chill were reasons to be extra cautious and to reconsider PB attempts. There will always be another race.
This is not limited to winter racing either. Hot temperatures and high humidity can also be cause for backing off a bit in addition to re-jigging your race day nutrition.
Race plans geared towards specific goals and outcomes are important but not as important as considering the impact on your body when racing in extreme conditions – especially during endurance events.