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Resources and tips for training in the cold

by USA Triathlon

This past week has been cold. Like, really, really cold. 

If you're lucky enough to live in a place where the temperature is nowhere near freezing, keep rubbing it in our faces and enjoy your 70-degree runs and rides. Meanwhile, for the rest of us, we're either stuck inside on the treadmill or braving the winter weather and coming home with frozen eyelashes. 

While this record-breaking weather pattern will pass (eventually, right?), we're still in the middle of winter, which means a few more weeks of snowy runs and frigid bike rides. 

To help prepare you for the cold, we've collected a roundup of winter training tips from USA Triathlon Certified Coaches. Stay warm and get in those miles this winter.  

When the weather alternates between freezing, muddy and unseasonably warm, it can make it that much more challenging to stay on track with triathlon training.

Dogs can be great running companions, even in cold weather and snow. Generally, if your dog runs with you in warm conditions, they can run in winter conditions as well. Some breeds are obviously much better equipped for cold conditions due to their thick fur coats; but just because your dog does not sport a thick fur coat, it doesn't mean Fido is stuck indoors.

Runners and triathletes are always looking to increase their strength during the offseason so they can improve their performance during the competition season. One of the best ways to do so is to strap on a pair of snowshoes. 

We are all aware of the importance of proper fluid intake during the hot, sweaty summer months. Dehydration in the cold does not get quite the attention as in the heat, but for endurance athletes, it is a legitimate concern. We can lose as much fluid training in the cold as we do in the heat, but in different ways.

Exercising with proper nutrition (and layers of dry clothing) offers the opportunity to chase away the chills. This article addresses some common questions and concerns about winter and nutrition and offers tips to help you enjoy the season.

If you live in an area that sees a fair amount of snow, there are other options you can pursue to supplement your base training. These activities will not only offset the boredom factor of indoor training and be a lot more fun, but also can build significant fitness!

There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup on a cold winter day.

These exercises will improve your core strength, and they don’t require any extra equipment, making them perfect for your home exercise routine when it's freezing outside!



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