Just had a look at the long-range weather forecast for next Saturday, to see what things might be like for the Niagara 50K Ultra. According to our friends at the Weather Network, it’s going to be a sunny day, with a high temperature of 28C (82F), though with the humidex factored it it will feel like 34C (93F). (The humidex is a number used by Canadian meteorologists to reflect the combined effect of heat and humidity.) The forecast low temperature is supposed to be 20C (70F), which is also OK.
That’s good. I like heat and humidity. In fact, I run much better in hot and humid conditions than in cool and dry conditions. The Niagara 50K starts at 7:00 AM, so I think it’ll be close to 20C when we set off, which is a comfortable temperature for a race start.
The wind will come from the south-west at 30 km/hr (18.6 mph), which means a fairly brisk headwind for the first (Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls) leg of the race, then a tailwind for the trip back to the finish line. That’s good. I’ll be happy to have a little push for the second 25K.
That all sounds very, very good to me. Let’s just hope the weather gods continue to smile on this year’s Niagara 50K.