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Old 03-31-10, 09:27 AM   #1
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who gets their butt in gear despite foul weather?

for 2 days in a row I got my a*s out of bed and into the gym for intense training sessions despite some of the worst weather that would normally make me want to stay in bed FOR THE DAY!

I was a pathetic mess yesterday but I did my laps
I went without my usual supplements but still did my weight training and light aerobics just fine today
I think the skies are parting so I'll do a 2 mile run at lunchtime

The girls in the office are talking about taking an afternoon break for ice cream. I'm going cuz I like girls but I'll get an Italian ice for sure!
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You do!
Well done!
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Old 03-31-10, 10:55 AM   #3
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It's infrequent enough here I can often skip a day if it's raining, especially if it falls on a recovery day anyway. But if it's going to rain for several days or in the middle of a training block I'll ride anyway.
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Training in bad weather or when you don't feel like it, is where its at.

When your mentally drained in the morning, just bang some inspirational/heavy music on & try to snap out of it.

The first song I usually listen to is True Colours by Cyndi Lauper & then its metallica, Korn, Slipknot etc.

When you have long term aims & ambitions, bad weather shouldn't even figure. I mentally tell myself that training in bad weather, I'm gonna be more respected by motorists, I actually train harder, when most would stay at home or not even exercise at all.

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For some reason I avoid rain but love to get out there in the snow.
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I'm not keen starting a ride in the rain, but will usually go anyway. Interestingly enough though, if it rains during a ride/race, I seem to thrive on it... somehow it pushes me on to go harder. My best race results have been in either pissing down rain or watery-covered in mud. Not sure why.
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Unfortunately when seriously training one cannot/should not cherry pick the sweet days.

What if race day isn't sunny and 21c? You would be untrained for such an event!
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My best race results have been in either pissing down rain or watery-covered in mud. Not sure why.
There is more available oxygen when it rains, less rain, less oxygen for us to breathe. You will probably find the ride is much easier for that very reason.
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Here, we have about 320 days a year of mostly sunny weather.. I'll pass up a ride for about 3 days max due to inclement weather . After that I am too antsy. And usually I"ll get out. Foul weather gear and all.
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There is more available oxygen when it rains, less rain, less oxygen for us to breathe. You will probably find the ride is much easier for that very reason.
Ahh, very interesting! I guess I must thrive on that extra oxygen
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Unfortunately when seriously training one cannot/should not cherry pick the sweet days.

What if race day isn't sunny and 21c? You would be untrained for such an event!
I year round commute, and train for centuries according to a rigorous ten week schedule of daily mileage. Last June here in Boston would have been cut in half if I didn't ride in the rain.

I only took up the practice last year inspired by some BF posts. I used to dislike getting the bike grimy, but a good suggestion was just wipe the chain and re-lube. I already had a mountain bike to use as a "beater," and a water proof jacket. I just needed to buy some rainpants. I wear Totes and plastic bags on my feet, a baseball cap under my helmet to keep my eyeglasses pretty clear, and put baggies over my electronic gear and rear trunk bag.

One inspiration on the commute is to answer that perennial question, "You didn't ride in today, did you." Of note to rumrunn6, the OP who lives near Boston, I did skip Tueday during our historic three day flooding rainstorm last week.
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Old 04-07-10, 09:57 AM   #12
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no pontoons for the bike! :-)

it's hot today but I'm gonna run a couple miles for lunch anyway. does hot count as foul weather? I'd better check with the OP!
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What if race day isn't sunny and 21c? You would be untrained for such an event!
My father went prepared to a triathlon that got canceled. While running and canoeing would have been fine, the road bikes were a no-go with 6 inches of snow and downed tree limbs.

If you are training you keep to a schedule. Personally I like schedules with some slack, but that's just my style.
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