It was yet another stinking hot night last night in southern Ontario, and we don't have air conditioning by choice at our house. Usually I rather enjoy the heat, but last night I was clammy and felt warmer than usual. My muscles were aching pleasantly, and it didn't bother me, but it got me to thinking: would a slightly higher than normal body temperature after a hard ride be a good indication both that the muscles are repairing themselves and that fat is being burned?
I'm still about 30 pounds over my ideal weight, so I need to burn more fat off of my body. It would be nifty to know that my metabolism is working overtime for a period of several hours following particularly hard rides. But I don't know the physiology behind these sorts of things. Is there a link between body temperature and fat-burning?