Essential wet weather gear for bike and run training this spring

We're going to need a bigger boat...

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Like the rest of the country we struggled heroically against howling wind and tardy trains yet again this morning, which got us thinking – what gear does a triathlete need to keep their training on track right now?

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The unprecedented rains and flooding in the West Country led us to automatically think ‘boat’, but there are other options for readers fortunate enough to find themselves on dry land…

Head

Giro Air Attack helmet

Giro offers the Air Attack aero helmet for £149 from zyro.co.uk. If you don’t fancy spending that much then you could try wearing a cycling caps under your helmet (Rapha do a nice one for £35). 

Shoulders

Adidas SMT jacket

When the weather got very bad at the Milan-Sanremo Cycle Race in March last year, almost every rider in the pro peloton was wearing one of Castelli’s Gabba WS Long Sleeve Jerseys (£185 from evanscycles.com) – even those whose teams weren’t sponsored by the Italian clothing firm.

Endura gloves

Knees…

Endura biblongs

… and toes

Dry feet are happy feet, and your options here are many. You can buy winter bike shoes like Northwave’s Fahrenheit GTX, featuring a Gore-Tex thermal breathable membrane – very effective, but not cheap at £135. Bike overshoes are your next cheapest option, with dhb’s Extreme Weather Neoprene Overshoes encasing your tootsies in 3.5mm neoprene for £29.99 (wiggle.co.uk)

GTX Northwave shoes
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For more advice on triathlon equipment, head to our Gear section