Tapering for the ULTRArace 100 miler has now well and truly begun. This week will see a reduction in training to about two thirds of last weeks level. Next week it will be down to less than 50% and for the final week before the race about 20 to 25%.
Obviously I can't fit in long runs but everything else is per my normal training - less of it that's all.
Also started heat training this morning. I know the ULTRArace 100 will probably not be a hot race but the physiological benefits gained are still useful. The most meaningful physiological adaptations that occur is an increase in blood plasma volume ... other adaptations include changes in sweat rate, changes in sweat sodium concentration and changes in core resting temperature.
Two of the most useful articles I've read about this stuff are from Endurance Science and from ULTRAFitnessTraining.com which is turning out be an exceptionally useful resource.