Now's the time to test your mettle and find out what's under the bonnet. The season may be over - but the fun is just about to begin.
It may be dark and cold outside - but this is the season that builds character. If you can keep moving and building strength through winter, you'll come out the other side stronger, more resilient and with a great base of fitness, ready to take on next season.
We've checked in with the experts at Bloc Race Team - and they've been good enough to provide the following advice to help you stay motivated and moving this season:
Prepping for winter triathlon training involves more than just mental grit—it's about the right gear, strategic planning, and safety.
1. Layer Up for Runs and Rides: Don't let the cold deter you; opt for thermal, moisture-wicking base layers, an insulating mid-layer, and a windproof and waterproof outer layer to stay warm and dry during your workouts.
2. High-Visibility Gear is a Must: With shorter days and lower visibility, wearing high-vis clothing and accessories can make all the difference in ensuring you're seen by others.
3. Invest in Quality Lights: Both for your bike and yourself, high-quality, durable lights are essential for those early morning or late evening sessions.
4. Focus on Base Training: Winter is an excellent time for base aerobic training; lower-intensity but longer-duration workouts prepare your body for building up the high-intensity training to come.
5. Indoor Alternatives: Having a go-to indoor training plan for particularly harsh days ensures you don't lose momentum. Stay flexible.
6. Set Specific Goals: Whether it's improving your swim technique or boosting your cycling speed, having clear objectives will keep you motivated throughout the winter.
7. Nutrition and Hydration: Cold weather can suppress thirst; remember to hydrate regularly and maintain balanced nutrition to fuel your winter workouts.
8. Don't skip the Warm Up: Cold muscles are more prone to injury; make sure to incorporate a thorough warm-up and cool-down routine in your training.
9. Check Equipment Regularly: Winter conditions can be hard on gear. Regular checks and maintenance can prevent unexpected breakdowns.
10. Join a Community or Group: Training in the winter can get lonely and monotonous; joining a group or participating in team turbo sessions can help maintain motivation and add a social aspect to training.