Advice from the pro25/01/2012 - 19:08 - Updated 25/01/2012 - 19:09
How to beat the cold in winter?
As winter approaches, the cold and wind discourage training. Christophe Kern, current French against-the-clock champion, gives you his advice for dealing with bad weather.
When the weather is really cold your extremities are the first parts of your body that need protecting. In fact, the human body loses the most body heat through the hands, feet and head. That means it is essential to wear gloves, thermal socks and a head covering. Christophe would even advise you to “buy gloves a size too big so that your hands fit comfortably inside and use overshoes that provide protection when it’s cold and windy.”
Long leggings and three layers for the upper body will also help you to keep warm (one layer to keep you dry, another to keep the heat in and a third to stop the wind).
Finally it is important to remember to take in fluids. Cold tires the body more and so it uses up your reserves of carbohydrates. Drinking isotonic drinks that are rich in sugars helps you to recover during and after the session.