Dressing for Cold and Windy Days

I don’t know about you, but I’m so over the wind (and rain), and ready for warmer weather. These cold windy days remind me of the first few weeks of high school track practice every spring. We didn’t have the wide range of athletic clothing choices back then so I pretty much wore shorts and a cotton t-shirt or cotton sweatpants and a hoodie.

Fortunately, these days I have a wide variety of temperature/wind/rain appropriate clothing for my various sports. I may be able to dress more appropriately for the raw wind, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.


Overview of the Week

Before getting into each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll beyond the infographic for daily details…



Cycling: 20 miles
• Average speed: 16.7 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 7:46 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 66° in basement
• What I wore: bike shorts and sports bra

Physical therapy stretches: 3 times per day

With 70 miles on the training schedule for the weekend and having ridden 5o miles the previous day, I needed to get in a 20-mile ride. Hoping on my spin bike is much quicker than gearing up to ride outside, so with a busy day ahead filled with Easter plans it was much easier to ride inside.



Strength training: 45 minutes of total body

Physical therapy stretches: 3 times per day, plus 1 hour of physical therapy

I woke up with new pains in my back that I could only attribute to sitting on soft chairs and sofas pretty much the entire previous afternoon/evening (my princess-and-the-pea back likes hard chairs with added lumbar support). Luckily, I had an appointment with my physical therapist during the afternoon and she did her best to ease the pain through stretching and traction. I finally broke down and took some Advil which helped tremendously.



Cycling: 30 miles
• Average speed: 16.1 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 12:05 PM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 66°, 50° and rainy outside
• What I wore: shorts and sports bra (put on tank for picture)

Physical therapy stretches: 3 times per day

Even though I had 30 miles (including climbing my 2 favorite hills) on my training schedule, I skipped riding outside, instead opting to stay indoors on my spin bike so I could stop at anytime if my back started bothering me. I kept it easy and stopped frequently to stretch and walk around the basement and felt great the entire ride.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 1 mile
• Average pace: 14:47 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 9:10 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 67°
• What I wore: shorts and sports bra

Physical therapy stretches: 3 times per day

With heavy rain outside (day 3 of rain) and a very busy work schedule, I kept it inside and squeezed in a short walk on my treadmill.



Walking: 4 miles
• Average pace: 15:23 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 193 feet
• Start time: 5:30 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 37° with a little fog
• What I wore: capris, l/s shirt, down jacket, knit hat , gloves, and mittens

Cycling: 20 miles
• Average speed: 14 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 531 feet
• Start time: 12:12 PM
• Location: W&OD Trail
• Weather: 54° and mostly cloudy, raining last 15 minutes
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, arm sleeves, light jacket, and fingered gloves

Physical therapy stretches: 3 times per day

It was another double cardio workout Thursday, and first up was an early morning virtual walk while chatting with Kim who was spinning away on her stationary bike.


Midmorning, just as I was readying my bike for intervals, I noticed that my bike Garmin only had 3% battery so I changed gears and did a bunch of chores while letting it charge. My plan had been to beat the forecasted afternoon rain, but my later start had me riding into a headwind with each interval and in cold rain for the last 15 minutes. Luckily, though, I beat the gusty wind and sideways hail that blew in about 30 minutes after I got home.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 3 miles
• Average pace: 14:33
• Elevation gain: 120 feet
• Start time: 10:11 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 50°, breezy, and cloudy
• What I wore: capris, l/s shirt, jacket, ear warmer headband, gloves, and mittens

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

Physical therapy stretches: 3 times per day

With about a mile to go while on a walk in my neighborhood, I picked up a 1-inch screw in my shoe. It went in at an angle and luckily didn’t pierce through into my insole. I could hear it scraping and naturally thought I’d picked up a rock. When I stopped to examine it, it had only gone in about ¾ of the way, but I couldn’t pull it out. As I walked I continued to drive it in farther until it was almost flush with my shoe. Once home, I had to use a screwdriver to unscrew it so I could remove the little hitchhiker. LOL



Cycling: 50 miles
• Average speed: 13.4 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,788 feet
• Start time: 6:48 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Sterling/Purcellville loop with a side jaunt onto Meadowlark, Quail Creek, and Irene
• Weather: 40° (feels like 31°) and clear, climbing to 49° (feels like 44°) and sunny, with 7-15 MPH NW wind
• What I wore: fleece lined long bike pants, fleece lined l/s jersey, winter jacket, ear warmer bike hat, and winter gloves over nitrile gloves

Physical therapy stretches: 3 times per day

I dressed in full winter gear for my coldest ride of this distance. My fingers didn’t warm up until I got about 10 miles into the ride, and at that point, my toes got cold (should have worn my shoe toe covers). The wind increased to 15 MPH which created a brutal headwind the first half of the ride. Once I had the wind at my back, it wasn’t so bad as it blew me home.

Oh, and I saw a peacock standing on the side of the trail about 4 feet from me as I rode by. He startled me and since I wasn’t sure if male peacocks are aggressive, I decide to keep rolling. Plus, I was in a rush to finish my ride because I had to teach 2-hour afternoon fitness orientation class.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


  • • Has it been windy where you live? ~ yes
  • • Have you ever been ready to workout only to find a dead or nearly drained battery? ~ yep
  • • Did you run in race this weekend? ~ no


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!




I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!


Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the blue product link and then make a purchase, I will receive a small commission for referring you. You will pay no more or less for the product; however, Amazon will show their gratitude for my referral by paying me.