“We live where you vacation,” is the famous line every Floridian likes to repeat to their non-Sunshine State dwelling friends. It captions our Instagram photos, pops up in group texts, and is a motto we take to heart. Although our Siren Luminaries are from all over the country, Tri Sirena was born from the sun and sweat of Florida.
This makes training in the spring and summer in Florida difficult, though. High temperatures, unexpected rain (we call them sun shower!), hurricane season, the worst humidity you’ve ever experienced…the list of training difficulties goes on. Thankfully, we’ve developed some tips on training in Florida’s spring and summer times, that are sure to help!
Check out our top tips for training in the spring and summer in Florida below and don’t forget to take a look at our newest collections! They’ll protect you from the sun and keep you looking chic at the same time.
Hydrate, Hydrate, & Hydrate Some More
This one is a no-brainer. Make sure to stay hydrated when training in Florida. This is true whether it’s the spring, summer, fall, or even the (incredibly mild) winter.
Stay hydrated by always keeping a water bottle handy. If you can take one on your runs, rides, and swims, that is even better. If you can’t, then make sure to drink an entire twenty-four ounces before and after your training. Pay attention to how much you’re sweating while training and, if it’s more than normal, sprinkle some electrolytes into your hydration routine.
It’s important to sip your water slowly when training. Don’t gulp it all down in one big go. This helps you avoid that super uncomfortable “full stomach” feeling when running. It also helps make sure you’re evenly hydrated the entire time you’re training.
How to Avoid Heatstroke
Athletes all over the world are prone to heatstroke when training over the summer. That risk is year-round when you live in our neck of the woods!
One of our most important tips for training in the spring and summer in Florida is to avoid heat exhaustion and it’s older, nastier sister, heatstroke, at all costs. How? Simple:
- Train during the early morning or evening – avoid the hotter parts of the day
- Wear breathable clothing
- Apply some sunscreen and then apply it again
- Stay hydrated (we’re a broken record on this one, but it’s so important!)
- Stop training if you start to feel nauseous, dizzy, weak, or disoriented
One of our personal favorite tricks for avoiding heat exhaustion and heatstroke is to train inside. Speaking of which…
Indoor vs. Outdoor Training
Pool or ocean? Trail or treadmill? Stationary bike or nature trail? These are the age-old questions you have to consider when training in the spring and summer in Florida.
Indoor training offers a level of comfort that outdoor training simply can’t. Outdoor training, on the other hand, gives you the breeze in your hair and the sun on your face. Your choice of indoor or outdoor will likely come down to personal preference.
Still, it’s worth exploring the benefits of training indoors. You can avoid all instances of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, for one. You don’t have to worry about random rainstorms or what might happen if your bike gets a flat ten miles into riding. These small, but powerful, luxurious make indoor an attractive option.
Training outdoors is the classic option. We’ve covered the best swim spots in Florida and the best bike trails around Sarasota in the past. Most of us were brought up training outside and, for all the potential hazards, it’s what we return to most often.
Outdoor training in the spring and summer in Florida, though, requires you to be prepared. Make sure you bring supplies (extra bike tires and a pump, for one!) and check out the weather ahead of time!
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