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Rain & Cycling - How do YOU cope?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We're having a wet summer here in Austria. As a consequence, more often than not, I get wet when I go for a ride. It used to be that rainy weather meant that I skipped exercise on that day. Not any more! Now I have a strategy to 'rain-proof' my exercise routine.

Depending on the distance I have to cover and on what I am doing that day, such as work, commuting or leisure, I use different strategies. I have expanded on that in the post on my website here.

Last week I had a great cycle ride of 3 hours during which I covered 70 km (44 miles)…....... and some of that was in rain!

On that occasion, I took shelter under a nearby roof for the first few minutes and waited for the heaviest part to pass. After that I put on my rain jacket and continued. A few months ago this felt like a huge challenge. Now, I don’t worry.

What are your best strategies for coping with rain?

If it's raining already, before you start..... does that put you off, or have you a 'can do' attitude and the right clothes?

What do you wear?

Any tips, suggestions, ideas, welcome!
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    If you always stayed inside in Germany when it rained, you'd miss out on a lot of exercise! Good suggestions!
    1305 days ago
    I am moving to the North East of France where it rains a lot, your blog couldn't help me more !

    1323 days ago
    @ONEKIDSMOM - This is why I bring dry clothes with me, so I look "as new" when arriving. :-)
    1329 days ago
    Oh, I am the worst about this... going to have to work on it. On triathlon day, if it's raining, you swim, bike and run anyway. I run in rain. Why would I not cycle? Because usually I'm cycling to work and then I care about arriving looking/feeling like a drowned rat. But you are so right... commitment is commitment.
    1329 days ago
    It is great that you adjust for the rain and weather rather than cancelling because of it. Sounds like a great ride!

    I have a short commute that I do rain or shine. I try to get in 3-4 road rides a month and have to admit I have been a fair weather rider. With the roads, shoulders, and traffic here, I feel safer running in the rain than riding in the rain.
    1329 days ago
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