My Top 10 Tips for Winter Triathlon Training (10-6)

Living and training in South Dakota and NW Ohio means I have been around the block dealing with some terrible training conditions in the winter. One run stands out in which I had to pull my hat down to cover my entire face when a blizzard struck in the middle of one of my longer training runs in South Dakota.Triathlon training in the winter can be tough, but do not despair. Here are my top 10 tips to ensure your winter triathlon training is fun, safe and effective. 10. Learn to love your trainer or rollers.

It’s inevitable; there will be days or even months where you will have to ride inside. Embrace it. There are no stoplights to stop at and no dangerous drivers to run you off the road. Learn to enjoy it and be thankful for the ability to train in the comfort of your own home.

9. Mix up your training.

If you find yourself struggling for motivation in the winter, be sure to mix up your training. Something as simple as a silly clothing item might inspire you to get up and get to work.

8. Find an indoor track or treadmill to run harder sessions.

Avoid risking an accident or injury by running hard inside and avoiding the dangerous roads.

7. Measure your runs outside by time and not distance.

While avoiding the snow and ice, it is important to measure your run by time and not distance. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, to ensure you are taking caution where it is needed. Secondly, you have to work harder running through ice and snow than you do running on a track or a dry road. Therefore, even if you don’t reach your goal mileage for your run, you are working just as hard as you would be otherwise for the same amount of time.

6. Dress accordingly when you are running outside.

Make sure you check the weather before you head out the door. It may not seem like there is a difference between 20F and 0F, but there is. The colder and the windier the weather, the more layers you need. Invest in good gloves and a hat and consider a neck warmer to protect your face on those really cold days.

DryLete Neck Warmer

Saucony Neck Warmer

Be safe out on those winter roads and stay tuned for my top 5 tips for successful triathlon training in the winter.