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220’s Winter Training Advent Calendar (Part 9)

220’s Winter Training Advent Calendar (Part 9)

Day nine of our Winter Training Advent Calendar is brought to you by compression gear, off-road run shoes and the word 'warm'...

56 Make Sure Compression Gear Is Tight

Proprioception is your intuitive awareness of where your body (or limbs) are in space and how you’re moving. When buying compression wear, it needs to feel like a second skin to heighten this awareness and enhance your ability to execute movement with precision and control.

57 Feel in Control

Compression wear reduces muscle oscillation, which basically means that your muscles shake around a lot less when you’re moving and suffer less microscopic tears and damage as a result. Think of it as a sports bra for your whole body.

58 Stay Cool

The theory is that tighter clothing (if made from suitable wicking fabrics) will stop moisture from sweat pooling on the skin, aid evaporation and, therefore, enhance cooling. So when in use, make sure this happens.

59 Recover Faster

The compressive nature of the garments (particularly those with graduated compression in the legs; that is, tighter at the extremities) helps the body’s circulatory system move blood around and back to the heart more efficiently. This should mean faster recovery and delivery of nutrients when needed.

60 Use Off-Road Run Shoes

If you’re making excursions away from the concrete, make sure your running footwear is man enough for the job. Slips, trips and a bruised coccyx are best avoided this way.

61 Keep Those Muscles Warm

Shorts in really cold weather only heightens the chances of torn muscles and other such injuries. Muscles work better when they’re at optimal temperature, so sone kind of legging is the sensible choise for running and biking in the cold.

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Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.