Winter is coming; a guide to keeping motivated during the cold season

Published: 11.12.2023

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures plummet, motivation can often follow a similar trajectory. However, with the right mindset and a strategic approach, winter can be a valuable training period that sets the stage for success in the upcoming triathlon season. Let’s explore some effective ways to stay motivated and make the most of your winter triathlon training.

Set Clear Goals

Set specific and achievable goals for the winter training season. Whether it's improving your running pace, increasing cycling endurance, or refining your swim technique, having clear objectives will give you a sense of purpose and direction. Break down your goals into smaller, manageable tasks, and celebrate your progress along the way.

Create a Structured Training Plan

Develop a well-structured training plan that accommodates the winter weather conditions. Incorporate a mix of swim, bike, and run sessions, and be flexible enough to adapt to unexpected weather changes. Cross-training activities, such as indoor cycling or strength training, can add variety to your routine and help prevent burnout.

Embrace Indoor Training

Winter weather often brings rain, snow, and icy conditions, making outdoor training challenging. Embrace indoor training alternatives to maintain consistency. Invest in a quality indoor trainer for cycling, use a treadmill for running, and consider joining a local indoor pool for swim workouts. Indoor training not only shields you from the harsh weather but also allows for focused, uninterrupted sessions.

Find a Training Buddy

Sharing the winter training journey with a friend or training group can be a powerful motivator. Having a training buddy provides compny and motivation when times get tough and cold (as is often the case here in North Wales) it’s good to have a friend keeping you company during those trying times which bring camaraderie and fulfilment, making it more likely that you'll stick to your workout schedule.

Dress Appropriately

Invest in high-quality winter gear that keeps you warm and dry during outdoor training sessions. Dressing appropriately for the weather will make your workouts more comfortable and reduce the temptation to skip sessions. Layering is key, and allows you to adjust your clothing as your body temperature rises during exercise.

Focus on Technique and Form

Winter provides an excellent opportunity to fine-tune your technique and form. During the season, changing form and trying new things can be risky and can lead you to compromise your race. Use this period to put emphasis on intense speed workouts, allocate time to focus on fine tuning your swim strokes, perfecting your cycling pedal stroke, and optimizing your running form. It's the ideal time to work on those small things that are often neglected during the season.

There are clear challenges to winter training but with a positive mindset and a proactive approach, it can become a period that pushes you to achieve your goals and become a better athlete. By incorporating the strategies, you'll not only stay motivated through the winter but also come out feeling stronger than ever. And ready for the new season.