How to weather-proof your training plans
These dark, grey and gloomy days can make exercise even harder. Motivation diminishes and training logistics seem a lot more complicated. For SST ambassador Jamie Platts, GB AG Triathlete and IRONMAN athlete, cancelling is not an option – and he has to fit three different sports into his training! Here he gives his top tips for how to weather-proof your training:
“As a triathlete, the winter months are always very difficult to get out on the bike and sometimes difficult to run, so finding different ways to train and ensure you keep a solid base throughout the winter is key to a strong start to the season. It can sometimes become costly to train in the winter months as it does benefit having an indoor bike/turbo trainer and a treadmill.
Here are some of my winter session ideas to weather proof your training in preparation for the big season:
Sign up to a gym. Your best bet is to get a membership which allows you to cancel at any point. As soon as the sun comes out, you can get back outdoors. Gym membership will give you access to bikes and treadmills and, depending on which gym you go to, a swimming pool. The best of all worlds!
I have fallen in love with the Watt Bike as it has been difficult to get out early due to the dark and horrid weather. It is really simple to use and has a complimenting app which is full of different sessions at the ready. This can be used from the comfort of your own home. Oher networks such as Zwift, Trainer Road and Sufferfest are great ways to challenge yourself and keep your mind engaged.
Home workouts are awesome. As a triathlete, ultimately I do not want to bulk but instead stay lean and strong. Therefore, fun workouts which don’t require any weight other than my body weight are ideal. Using things around the home saves so much money… tricep dips using your dining room chair, running up and down your stairs and squat jumping around the living room are just a few ways to keep your body active and to continue developing your strength.
Finally, short runs of no more than 5k are a good way to weather proof. While you may still need to battle the elements, you are not allowing yourself to be exposed for too long which will help prevent illness.
My key session during the winter is running with Folkestone Running club on a Tuesday – a fun way to keep your mind off the elements and get a solid training session logged in”
‘If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done’