A lot of different factors, both internal and external, will affect and determine your performance. If you are doing power or Olympic weight lifting the conditions are pretty much the same in every competition, and that is a good thing because this makes the performances extremely honest. It is first and foremost up to you how competition is going to go down. If the shape of the day in normal or good, and you have your mindset and tension right, everything should go as planned.
That is where outdoors sports are very different form indoor sports. You can train and prepare all you want, and you hope for good conditions, the conditions that favor you. For some skiers or runners it is an advantage with heavy conditions, while others don’t stand a chance in those conditions. This is all in the name of the game. You prepare as best you can for a race and on the day you need to focus on the things that you can control, which is definitely not the weather!
I have to keep myself from laughing out loud when people ask me what I do it it’s raining outside or if it’s cold. Do you still run? Rollerski? 9 out of 10 times the answer is a big OF COURSE!
A couple of weeks ago, tough, I cut a training short because I was so wet and cold in my ski boots that it was hard to keep my balance. I can’t remember the last time I was ever that cold. When the blood returned to my feet they literally itched from the change in circulation. You know when you are so cold that ice cold water feels hot? It was like that, only worse. So I felt I had to make a sensible, healthy choice and head home.That, however, was a session out of the ordinary and usually I don’t really think about the weather at all once I get going. Here is a keyword for that: FOCUS.
IF YOU WWAIT FOR THE PERFECT CONDITIONS , YOU’LL NEVER GET ANYTHING DONE
Another important point is that if the weather conditions hamper with the quality of your training session, I’d say it would be wise to change how you do your training session. Just yesterday our coach changes our morning session here at Sjusjøen due to severe cold, but we still went out to train. As long as the training can be done with good quality and you can fulfill the aims for that session in particular, I see no reason for not going through with it.
Training in challenging conditions can also be extremely character building!
How to tackle rough weather conditions
- First of all: Just do it! Get dressed, go outside and feel alive. You are lucky who actually can go outside to train and there is no sorry you because of a little rain or cold. That is what we call excuses.
- Dress well: Appropriate training gear can make or brake the session. In the cold, layering works better for me than 1 or two really thick garments.
- For outside interval training I’ll have warm-up clothes on, and take my jacket and warm-up pants off right before I start the first intervall. The body temperature gets so high when working on high intensities, so it feels good to train in some lighter clothes.
- The trick is to freeze a little in the beginning: If you are a bitt cold before you start the run or ski, you will be perfectly temperated within 10-15 minutes. Are you warm before you start moving you’ll be boiling once you start, and if you ha breaks your temperature will fall quickly in wet sweaty, clothes.
- Change your top right after the session if you have to travel to get home. Same reasons as above, and no matter how warm you were in session, you’ll be amazed by how cold you can get within minutes.
- Listen to energetic music or a good podcast to take you mind off the conditions