Braden Currie is a Kiwi multisport legend, regularly duking it out with the world’s best athletes at the toughest races on earth. He’s no stranger to a sufferfest in training, and when you’re competing at the top level, bad weather is no excuse to take a day off.
We asked Braden what strategies he uses to get himself out the front door when the conditions are better suited to staying rugged up in front of the fire. Here’s his top 3.
When I’m training through the colder months, it’s definitely a challenge. Ironman events are generally taking place in warm weather, so I try and replicate that in my training as much as possible. But being from New Zealand, the reality is that you’re going to have to battle the elements a lot. There are a lot of smaller elements that all add up to an easier training experience when the weather is rubbish. But for me, I can basically boil it down to these three.
Mindset: Sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up and know that you’ll be better for getting the work done. When the weather is working against me, my mantra is always that getting out the door is the hardest part.
Gear: Kit yourself out to be successful. I find that if you can remove as many potential excuses from the equation, you don’t leave yourself with the option of pulling the pin. When you’ve got gear that performs well in bad conditions the weather becomes less of a big deal.
Adapt: Pick an activity that isn’t absolutely ruined by the weather – be flexible and willing to adapt to the conditions. If it’s howling with wind, don’t go on a really exposed road ride. And don’t put your health at risk – you’ll end up missing more training if you get sick or injured due to bad weather.