As the riding season is drawing near the end in the Northern Hemisphere, lots of people are preparing to park their beloved steeds for the winter. But for those brave souls who plan to ride all year round, rain or snow, here’s how to prepare for riding in the cold.
Your best friend in the cold season is layering: even if you have the thickest woolly jumper imaginable, a few thinner layers will keep you warm better. That’s because layers trap air in between, that air warms up, and acts as insulator.
Ideally, you’ll want your base layers, your thermals and a windproof layer underneath your riding gear.
I don’t do very well in the cold, and no matter how much I layer up, I still freeze – especially at high altitude and biting wind. I hate to admit it, but the only thing that really keeps me warm is a heated jacket. Too bourgeois for RTW travel? Maybe – but it has made my life so much easier, better, and, well, warmer!
Riding in the cold can be a miserable experience. But riding in the cold hungry is just pure hell! During the cold season, dine on healthy fats, grilled meats and fish, and hot soups and broths. Just don’t forget to add fresh veggies and fruit to your dinner calories. Your immune systems needs extra help during the cold season!
Boost Your Metabolism
The slower your metabolism, the quicker you get cold and the more prone you are to catch colds and flu. One of the best ways to boost your metabolism is exercise, so hit the gym – and feel better riding!
You might not feel as thirsty when it’s cold out, but don’t ditch your hydropak just yet! Sip water often, even if the ride is cold, and swap coffee for herbal teas to stay warm and hydrated.
What are your top tips to stay warm when riding in the cold? Let me know in the comments below!