I just got home from a long, chilly, hard, sweaty, steep, snowy ultra training run and dropped my kit on the floor in the foyer. Thump. 'I wonder how much my pack weighs?', I think. I can't wait until I am running free of the load and the layers and all of the gadgets in my upcoming race in the desert. But, I sure am grateful for all of the gear I have that keeps me happy and comfortable during winter training!
I take all sorts of gadgets and layers and devices with me on my long solo adventures to keep me safe, happy and performing as best as possible. What's in my winter pack? And how much does it weigh? Read on to find out what gear gets me there during the cold days of winter. PS: Yes, we DO get winter on Vancouver Island. In fact, we just woke up to another 15cm of fresh snow-eeeek!
My Favourite Winter Training Gear
These gloves use a rechargeable lithium battery to heat the hands and every individual finger, instantly. Within 2 seconds of pressing the power button, my hands are warm and I can relax and enjoy my adventure. They have 3 settings so you can adjust the temperature and battery use on the go as your temperature changes. The low setting lasts for 8 hours! Add a light windproof layer glove over top for wet or sub zero days (protects the gloves as well) and you will never have cold hands again! The battery pack sits in the wrist or you can attached a wire extension and carry it in your pack/pocket etc. Brilliant. This Calgary based, Canadian company has stellar customer service to boot! If your adventures are limited by Reynauds (or if you know someone that is) please do not hesitate to invest in these gloves. I didn't realize how much stress cold hands were causing me in the past, until I no longer had to worry! Get them- you won't regret this purchase!
Rechargeable Battery Pack (various types)The cold is a battery killer, so I always carry an extra battery pack to keep my phone charged and my music playing:). They are so tiny and can add a tonne of life to your devices on the go. Charge it up the night before (along with heated gloves, go pro, Garmin and iPhone OMG!) and connect it to any of your USB devices to keep charged over the long haul.
Other items you will find in my pack:
And so how much did my pack weigh yesterday?? 8 pounds. Not too bad a price to pay for comfort and peace of mind;)