Summoning my "Eagle Powers"
Triathlon'ing during the winter months can be tough. Each time I get dressed to go out and train, I'm reminded of the movie Nacho Libre. There's something about putting on fleece lined long tights, running tights, or a skin-tight wetsuit that triggers my thinking of the scene from the movie when Nacho is caught putting on his wrestling attire. His only response, "Sometimes, when you are man, you wear stretchy pants. Its for fun." It's the "its for fun" part I wanted to discuss.
Just yesterday, and most of this past week, training required running in cold temps with nasty wind gusts. Just yesterday, I did a 7 miler in snow flurries. Swimming last week was no easier. Call me a wimp but it takes me ten minutes to get into an indoor pool during the winter time. Getting in stinks. So does getting out. Biking is no different. It takes 20 minutes to get all the gear on and the first 5 minutes remind me of the teenage dares of rolling down the car windows in the freezing cold to see who would roll their side up first. We conveniently named the game "Freeze out."
So, why do I train during the cold weather of winter/early spring? "It's for fun." Okay, so getting in the pool stinks. But, once I'm in, get past the initial shock of 80 degree water, I'm good. It's tough to ride in cold weather. But, once I get going, the universe realigns and all is well. The point is obvious: once you get out the door and get going, all is well. Getting started is the hardest part.
How might this apply to you? Knowing this makes training in cold temps easier. By knowing this, you can identify your rationalizing of why you shouldn't train on a given day. Instead, you can plan for the struggle between the "I want to stay warm" self and the "I want to be race ready by the time the first race rolls around" self. Remember, getting out the door is the hardest part. Once you get out there the desire to be race ready takes over and when you finish the session, most of the time, you'll be feeling glad you went out. I can remember several years ago, riding after snow had melted. The roads were clean but there were snow patches along the roadside. It was beautiful and invigorating. Of course, when race day rolls around the confidence you'll be feeling versus that of your competitors who yielded to the "I want to stay warm" self, will be evident.
So, summon those "Eagle powers" and get out the door!
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Scott Flynn, owner, coach and triathlete of 10+ years with Threshold Multisport Coaching, holds a MS in Exercise Science and multiple nationally recognized fitness certifications (CES, CSCS). For more about Threshold coaching packages click here.