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Old 12-13-05, 05:06 PM   #1
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Cold weather training blues

I'm an XC rider trying to get in winter endurance training. The weather is perfect, there's no snow or ice but I think it's too bloody cold for road training. Off-road is no problem because it's not too fast. The last two mornings were about 14F (-10C) with a windchill of around 0F or -4F (-20C). Not to mention moving up to 20 MPH on the bike. I have all the cold weather gear I need but my water freezes in about 5 minutes and my goggles permanently fog up so I can't see anything. Not too mention that I can't hydrate with a mask on my face. After a few minutes toes and fingers get cold and then numb and the small bit of exposed flesh around my eyes gets the full force of cold for over an hour. This sucks. I think I'm going to pick up a rim-trainer today for my MTB.
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Old 12-13-05, 05:24 PM   #2
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Have you thought about an insulated water bottle with hot water in it?

Or, do you have bike you can ride that takes a pannier rack? You can hold any size thermos, plus, extra food and clothing, in a pannier. And, with panniers, you can add weight, to add extra effort to an otherwise short ride.

Check out the Winter Cycling Forum for more tips. I've found great ideas there.

Other activities:
Swimming? Even if you don't know how to time your breathing/exhale underwater, you can use a kick board. It's great for the biking muscles. Most pools have kick boards you can use.

Likewise, cross-country skiing will get your heart rate up and is complimentary to cycling. Can't tell from your info if you are likely to have snow or not.

Yoga? Not usually an activity to bring your heart rate up (unless you find a cardio-yoga-type class), but, the isometric poses/positions do help to strengthen muscles, including biking muscles, along with the stretching.

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Old 12-13-05, 05:55 PM   #3
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No snow over here in Korea (at least where I live). Just cold. So scratch cross-country skiing. Swimming is a great idea but I swim like a beer bottle as they say in Korea. A good reason to practise I suppose. I still get into the gym for weight training twice a week and run once or twice a week but I really need the aerobic rides of at least 1 1/2 hours per session at least 3 times a week.
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Do a google search for winter cycling, there are
several pages that have tips for riding in the
winter, among them something called "pogies"
--they fit over the handlebar and can be used
with regual gloves, reminds me of something from
a Bannana Republic catalogue, "there's no such
thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!!"
YMMV
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