Thursday, September 20, 2012

Two tips for Cold Weather running and cycling

Though we have had one of the most spectacular September’s on record, the mornings are starting to get a bit crispy. Below are the two most important tips I’ve learned about appropriate gear for cold weather running and cycling. Remembering these two items will save your day:

  1. Gloves before sleeves
    • In principle, your core normally warms up pretty well once you start running or cycling. You should generally think about adding gloves or booties before considering extra layers on your core. So if you find yourself at the door contemplating a jacket or arm warmers, remember the gloves first. In fact, most of the time if you don’t have gloves on, you don’t need long sleeves either. 
    • As a rule of thumb, if it’s below 10’C outside, I wear gloves.
  2. Standing runners get cold, standing cyclist don’t
    • If you are standing around in your running gear outside, you should get cold. If you’re not getting cold, then you’re overdressed and you should take a layer off. 
    • Cycling is different. If you can stand around outside fairly comfortably in your cycling gear, you’ll probably be fine on the road. If you’re getting cold, add another (wind resistant) layer. 


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