Train your body to beat the heat

How the pros train their bodies to cope with the heat, and why it's easier to do it than you might think.

Fitness, training in the heat
(Image credit: Future / Dan Gould)

A few weeks ago, rank outsider Anna Kiesenhofer attacked from the first few seconds of the women’s road race at the Tokyo Olympics. On paper, the 30-year-old stood almost no chance of even escaping, let alone winning, against a peloton packed with medal contenders. But Kiesenhofer produced the kind of gun-to-tape performance not even a movie script writer could have dreamed up.

The Austrian ended up so far ahead that the favourites forgot about her – Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the line thinking she had won gold. But the day belonged to Kiesenhofer, and in the aftermath of victory it became clear that she had done a lot of homework during the build-up – specifically in relation to how she would deal with the Tokyo heat. 

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