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Old 10-24-05, 03:42 AM
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Cool weather performance

First I would like to say that I have been a fair weather rider up until now. I would like to continue riding into and through the winter if possible.

Yesterday was my first COOL weather ride. It started at 48 deg F and ended at 52-54 deg F. I noticed that when climbing hills that I had a harder time breathing and recovering from the climb. Is this typical of riding in cool and cold weather? Is it normal to suffer a loss in performance due to cold weather/air?
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Old 10-24-05, 04:32 AM
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you call that COOL? I commuted thursday and friday, it was -1C here those mornings at 6:00AM.. I did find that my ride is going a bit slower, but I am much more weighted down with extra clothes, heavier shoes and winter outfitting on my bike. I didn't notice any issues breathing though, or finding it harder, but I could see it being harder to breath with dry winter air without a bit of extra moisture in the air I would think it is a bit harder for your lungs to extract oxygen...
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Of course it's normal to feel somewhat weighted down. First off, all that extra clothing which is keeping you warm will add extra weight and slow you down. Also, because it is so cold the atmospheric pressure goes up, which puts more downward pressure on you.

As for your breathing, I agree with mrperfect when he says about the air being so dry that it is hard for your lungs to absorb that oxygen.

If you don't like the feeling of being weighted down or not being able to breath i would certainly suggest an indoor trainer for the colder months.
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Old 10-24-05, 06:08 AM
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This time of year, I'm just doing easy, base mileage. The computer stays on to log and display mileage, time, and HR. Cadence and speed are ignored (not displayed).
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Old 10-24-05, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by LTH2009
Of course it's normal to feel somewhat weighted down. First off, all that extra clothing which is keeping you warm will add extra weight and slow you down. Also, because it is so cold the atmospheric pressure goes up, which puts more downward pressure on you.
Atmospheric pressure is not just downward; it "pushes" in all directions. Atmospheric pressure and gravity are not the same thing.
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Old 10-24-05, 11:39 AM
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Hum .. training in the winter time .. I should know something about that one, since I am from the contry up North .. I do train all year round but will limit my biking to March-Oct.. the roads are just too slipery and light conditions poor. I just switch to indoor trainer and run outside all winter.. will do it down to -20 deg C. Its a little more difficult but not impossible.. the biggest factor is the wind not the absolute temp.

You will feel slower bcs of cloths and need some time to apadt your breathing. Barom pressure pushs you down : what kind of BS is this ???

Although in theory the colder the air brings higher density and more air resistance at the same speed..which should bring your avg speed down...

I have spend some faire amount of time in your area last winter, nice place, and yes you can ride all year long with minimal adj and cloths .. I notice very well maintained bike paths next to the AZ plant ..

I guess everything is relative ..
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Originally Posted by cnw126
Is it normal to suffer a loss in performance due to cold weather/air?
Yes. Anyting under about 50 F will be noticeably slower. When i left this AM it was 30 F outside. It added about 10 minutes to my normal 1 hour 45 minute ride. I have seen many try and explain why the cold slows you down. I am not sure who is correct. I just know it does and really don't care.

I am just glad i am riding as opposed to wussing out like so many do.
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