As much as we wish it wouldn’t, winter rolls around every year and threatens to upheave all the hard work you’ve put in at training over the summer months. It’s no coincidence that some people mysteriously drop off the training bandwagon when the days become colder, darker and a whole lot harder to get out of bed for. Despite being a little more mentally challenging, winter is a great time to build a solid base for the season to come – results are made in winter!
We recognize that the cooler season does bring some challenges, so we’ve put together our top 9 products we recommend getting your hands on to keep you training this winter!
1. Wind trainer/Smart trainer
For those who are unsure, a wind trainer allows you to ride your bike stationary and indoors. This is a huge win, particularly when weather conditions are threatening to call off your session. There are a huge variety of trainers out there, with options available for all budgets. Down the higher end of the market, you’ll find smart trainers which connect with programs like Zwift. Zwift is best explained as a video game for cyclists – that connects to your trainer and allows you to ride in a virtual world with other riders. The program adjusts the resistance on the trainer to simulate hills which can give the ride an extremely realistic feel. For more info on the different types of indoor trainers available, check out our article HERE.
2. Arm Warmers
Arm warmers are a great addition to your cycling kit particularly as winter is rolling in or out for the year. These are sleeves that can be easily pulled up, down or taken off during your ride. Perfect for when you’ve got a chilly start but know you’ll quickly warm up. We have TriChicks arm warmers available via our online shop HERE.
These are definitely a must-have for winter training, particularly cycling. There is no point being freezing and uncomfortable throughout your entire session, wearing thermal base layers will keep you warm and able to work to the best of your ability. Think long sleeve thermal tops, and you can also find full-length knicks… some will even feature a fleece lining! There are a lot of different options out there so shop around and find what works for you.
Having a vest to add as the final layer of your cycling kit helps keep you warm around your core. They’re lightweight and easy to remove as you warm up throughout your ride and fit easily in your jersey pocket. When purchasing one, try to find a vest that’s brightly coloured or features some reflective elements, just as an added safety feature to make you easier to spot on the darker winter mornings. If pink or blue take your fancy, have a look at our TriChicks vests HERE.
5. Velo Toze Shoe Covers
When I think of training through winter, the first thing that pops into my head is freezing feet! Riding for multiple hours with numb toes is incredibly uncomfortable, not to mention it makes running off the bike close to impossible! Invest in a pair of Velo Toze shoe covers, these go over your cleats and will keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable. Check them out HERE
If you’re running in the morning or evening when the sun’s not up, using a headtorch could be the difference between ending the session with a rolled ankle or new 5km PB! This is an easy piece of equipment to get your hands on that will help make sure you don’t hit any potholes or make a misstep. Even for a 5 minute run off the bike during a brick session, they’re worth using!
7. Lights– riding/running
In addition to a head torch, having lights or reflective gear on you while running and riding is a big safety tick. The mornings stay darker for longer and the evenings become darker earlier so to stay safe, make it easy for people to spot you when you’re exercising. Check out this Aussie website HERE which stock lighting options of all kinds. From bike lights to reflective running gear.
Gloves will become your best friend and you can use them for running and cycling sessions – a HUGE must-have for cycling sessions. Without them, you can struggle to move your hands quick enough to effectively use your breaks. So this is one item you absolutely cannot go without. Consider purchasing a thin/liner pair of gloves that you can double up with a thicker pair when required. Getting a pair that are water resistant is also a big win for long rides. You’ll find different options online or in your local bike store, we recommend trying them on first to make sure you get the right size for you!
9. Ugg boots! Personal fave
And finally, a personal favourite, ugg boots. I can safely say that having these in my car to slip into as soon as I’ve finished a session makes a HUGE difference to my post-training happiness. Slipping them on for the drive to training also makes the whole ‘getting out of bed thing’ a whole lot easier