I have a practice routine that I try to keep to as much as possible: ~30 min warm up during the day (schlossbergs, Clarke setting up drills, etc) followed by ~ up to 1 hr during early evening working on Arban, Colin, Ridgeon etc. Normally if i have a gig i wont practice the same day but will do some the next day - mostly light stuff. I've had 2 heavy (3 sets in high temperature) big band gigs where I've just been glad to get to the end - on saturday then last night with a bit of light blowing on Sunday. Sunday was ok. This evening I'm struggling to get anything out. I know the heat plays a part for me - difficult to keep the horn on my chops etc, but should I be concerned about this lack of consistency or just let it go - put the horn down because it just doesn't feel comfortable and wait for the weather to change (for US readers, we are in the middle of a mini heat wave in Manchester - hotter here than Jamaica apparently)? If you're not a seasoned pro how long would it normally take to fully recover from a hard gig (or series of gigs) and will trying to practice exacerbate the problem during this period. thoughts please?