Success with Stamina
Success with Stamina
A little blog about being a triathlon coach. Here you'll find a little diary about my activities as a coach, the performances of the people I work with and my thoughts and opinions on what makes athletes faster for longer.

Fun in the snow

AndyBby AndyBJan 6th 2010
So with all the snow, training becomes a little more difficult. Predictably as others have mentioned things really seem to grind to a halt around here, much less traffic on the roads and over the last couple of days I've been to a couple of supermarkets where it's been hard to buy a loaf of bread due to panic buying. Apparently heavy snow means the world stops turning? A little over the top possibly.

Anyway, I've been shuffling around both my training plan and in the snow today. Instead of riding to my coaching session at 6am this morning I ran in the snow and arrived looking pretty much like a snowman. Running home was even better fun as I was able to run around a very quite Bristol with hardly a car on the road. So not being an expert in this area, the technique for running in snow appears to be the following: Shorten your stride, lower your pace, maintain your cadence and you get a very similar cardiovascular effect. Perhaps those more accustomed to snow running can let me know? I'll then practise it once every 15 years when it snows like this.

Keep smiling, especially if you are in the snow :-)
Tags: snow
Trevervaby member: Treverva, Jan 6th 2010 20:54
In addition to the skills required to run in snow that you have identified is a good pair of winter training sneakers. I am not sure that you would find them in Bristol but perhaps in the North or Scotland. They are a running trainer that covers the ankle and has a very rough grip on the bottom. They are very comfortable and warm and keep you dry as the snow turns to slush. If you are going to get more snow it might be something to think about.
boomclarenby member: boomclaren, Jan 6th 2010 23:43
you've missed out the most necessary skill for snow/slush/ice running///the obligatory "hands-out-to-the-side-a-bit-like-a-little-girl-in-case-i-fall-over" technique, i definitely mastered that this evening around the downs.

it was awesome to run around bristol without a car in site, ashton court was pretty deserted to felt like i had to myself and the occasional dog that pottered by.
RichGby member: RichG, Jan 13th 2010 08:20
From experience (there has been snow/ice on the ground here in Beijing since November, and probably for the next 2 months....)

For running you need your centre of gravity pushed a little further back than normal. If you are leaning forward your feet will slip a lot more, but if you stand more upright, push your hips forward and lean back a little in your stride you get beter traction (probably good running technique anyway) Shorter strides definitely help.

As the temperature drops you definitely need a hat or ear muffs (basically anything to cover the ears) in case its cold enough to make them freeze.

You can actually go cycling in much lower temperatures than you imagine. In the UK the main problem with this is the moisture - frost, ice and snow make it too dangerous, but in dry climates like Beijing you can go out at -10 if you have the right kit on. They key is getting out on the road as fast as possible so you warm up. But try and go out when the sun is shining and not in the afternoon when the temperature starts to drop and the light fades.

Also - if you are running or cycling out below freezing be careful when you get back. You need to get out of your clothing and in the shower as soon as possible BUT! be careful because some of your body will be very cold so you need to warm up gradually.
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