Holy Heck it was hot!
That was the general consensus at the Beast Mode Archery Challenge BMAC Games held June 24 at Tyrol Basin Ski Resort in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. It was unseasonably warm and both the heat and humidity took their toll on the competitors who use this event to test their mettle and determine if, in fact, they are ready for their elk hunts this Fall. The times were slower and the heat forced everyone to use different strategies, but there was a silver lining to the weather: Training in warmer conditions may help you perform better on the mountain this fall. Let’s break it down.
I feel like Superman
Yesterday’s run was awful. The heat and humidity felt like I was running in a steam room but there is a bonus to this type of misery. When the temperatures cool in September (hopefully), your summer training will have given you a physical and mental edge. Your body should be running on all cylinders and you may feel the same tasks performed in July feel easy and they should. Every 10 degrees over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, performance dips. You may feel like you are going backward but in reality, the temperatures are slowing you down. Train hard now and you will feel an automatic reversal when the temps cool this fall.
The reality of the hunt
Did you notice I said “hopefully” cooler temps? The reality is you have no idea what kind of weather you can encounter in a September hunt so it is better to be prepared. Training in warm conditions can aid in your preparation. #FitToHunt Coach, owner of the Beast Mode Archery Challenge, and experienced backcountry hunter Brian Austin trains his clients for this reality. Austin stated, “There is nothing that says temps can’t be in the high 80s or low 90s when you step on the mountain. There is also nothing saying that you won’t hike 10 miles that day and arrow an elk at last light. Now you have to break down and pack out your bull so yes, the misery and toil of summer training is imperative because it replicates a very real scenario. If you are a DIY hunter, there is no outfitter coming to help you so you better be ready for it all.”
Training in HOT weather
Yesterday in Missouri the thermometer hit 102 degrees. For a newbie, it was not the day to begin an outdoor training program but for those of you who have been acclimatizing since the spring, following the rules of engagement will allow you to get after it and continue to prepare for your fall hunts. When training in the heat make sure you are doing the following:
- Train early morning or in the evening. Avoid the hottest times of the day.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing
- Drink plenty of water and combine it with an electrolyte mix like Wilderness Athlete’s Hydrate & Recover
- If new to exercising outdoors, it will take a minimum of 14 days to acclimatize to the heat. Slow down and understand you cannot force this process.
- Skin cancer is a real threat. Use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.
I love training in the summer and when done correctly, it can benefit all types of fall hunts including whitetail and waterfowl because when you get and stay #FitToHunt, you simply get more enjoyment out of your outdoor adventures.
Coach Brian is available for remote coaching! If you would like to train with him to fine-tune for your elk or mule deer hunt, message us at email@example.com. You can also utilize our newest DIY program that Coach Brian created called Flatlander to Backcountry! It utilizes the same techniques he uses to prepare for the mountains every year and with his hunter fitness classes in Wisconsin. His protocols work and they will work for you too!
Have a great 4th of July, stay safe, and Stay #FitToHunt