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by Verita Stewart
August 10, 2015
Photography by Jered Gruber
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I’ve found myself compulsively checking my weather app lately. Melbourne has been less than impressive in the weather department – rainy, cold and generally just miserable. But, we still have to go out and get our training done, right?
Generally if it is raining when I’m supposed to leave the house, I get on the trainer instead. But, for those cold and miserable mornings when I don’t have rain as an excuse, I subscribe to the “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing” camp. If you are wearing the right clothing for the weather conditions, you should never be too cold or too wet or (subsequently) too grumpy.
The trick is to wear layers. Here are some of my top clothing combos for different weather scenarios:
You are committed to your training, and you won’t let a little rain get you down. You have decided to adopt the “skin is waterproof” philosophy.
What to wear:
You’re rolling the dice, let’s hope the meteorologists have got it wrong. It has happened once before.
What to wear:
It’s time to have some concrete for breakfast and put on everything you own.
Don’t let the initial cold shock deter you, the weather gods are on your side and you have warmth to look forward to.
If your program says “eat hills for breakfast,” be prepared to alternate between overheating and being cold, which means adding and removing layers regularly.
Don’t panic when you check the weather app and overdress because you will be regretting your clothing choices when you’re rolling turns in a fast bunch.
This is for the easy days when you know you won’t be working hard and likely to be sitting at the cafe for an extended period of time.
Dust off the indoor trainer, do a session, then huddle by the open fire with a recovery drink of choice.
If you are wearing the right gear for the conditions, you shouldn’t come unstuck. Go out and invest in some high quality gear. There is nothing better than putting on a brand new long sleeve jersey, merino socks and undershirt or roubaix-lined knicks to give you some winter motivation.
Warning: These combos may not stop the “I can’t feel my hands/toes/nose” but are simply a preventative suggestion. These are cured by wrapping your hands around hot coffee and then a hot shower.
The tagline to Verita Stewart’s personal blog reads: “Not a professional cyclist, yet” and it’s the “yet” that’s most telling. Verita is a Melbourne-based cyclist riding for Specialized Securitor. New to the sport, she’s quickly made the jump from commuting to recreational riding to racing.
She now juggles full-time work with full-time NRS racing and hopes to make the leap to the big-leagues sometime soon. Verita is full of stories and smiles and snark – and will bring all three to you on Ella. Follow Verita on twitter and instagram and strava.