Cold Weather Cycling
It’s that time of year again…time to pull the bike into the house for the winter training season. You just can’t wait for the endless hours spent on the stationary bike trainer in front of the TV waiting patiently for the snow to melt and the temps to rise. It doesn’t have to be this way though! In the DMV area there are many opportunities to get outside and ride even when the temps are low and the winds are chilling.
When it comes to training outdoors in the winter it all comes down to how you dress. Personally I’d rather be warm than cold….call me crazy. Here are a handful of gear selections that can really make the difference between being comfortable on a ride and being miserable.
In my experience and training I’ve found that layering your clothing is by far the best way to stay comfortable. Instead of wearing one thick and warm shirt I opt for two thin layers. Typically I wear three layers as follows:
Whenever you’re training in conditions in which ice is a possibility you must exercise caution. While I’m a huge advocate of training outdoors when conditions are suitable it’s never a good idea to ride when there’s ice on the trail. My general rule of thumb is that if the condition of the trail makes you nervous, then don’t ride outside (or find another trail!).
Hope you get a chance to get OUTSIDE this winter! If you have specific questions about cold weather gear, triathlons in general, or are interested in joining our online triathlon community please let Noelle know!
See you on the trails!