You've spent years training, what are your tips for would-be endurance athletes to stay comfortable heading into the cooler, wetter months (particularly in Alaska, New England, etc.)? How do you manage base layers for workouts?
I prefer to only wear a few layers of clothes when I train so I match the baselayer I need to the weather conditions. In the fall I will often wear a short sleeve RaceX shirt with a Vistech jacket for rollerskiing, whereas in the winter I would wear a RaceX windstop half zip long sleeve with a Star jacket. I like the freedom of movement I get with only a few layers and having a variety of base layers to choose from lets me do that.
Is it ever worth changing mid-workout? Do you ever change your layers before / after intensity?
When training in cool wet weather it is important to have extra base layers to change into. Most athletes know to change their clothes as soon as they finish a workout to avoid being chilled but I often take it a step further and change my RaceX layers in the middle of my over distance or interval sessions. Keeping as dry as possible is the best way to stay warm so I have a lot base layers on hand.
What are common mistakes that first-time athletes make around layering and training? What do you see kids doing in training or racing that could be an easy way to improve?
The most common mistake is not changing out of baselayers right after training. No matter how advanced the fabrics are a fresh layer is always warmer. I have seen a lot of kids that don't like using base layers for racing but I think that is because they have not been using high quality clothes like the Swix raceX line. Having many different layers lets racers dress appropriately for every condition. No one wants to be too hot when they race but being too cold is even worse.
Favorite go-to Swix pieces for training or apres training?
My favorite piece is the Halfzip windstop long sleeve. I train with that piece 9 out of 10 days. (I have four of them)
Thanks, Kris. Best of luck this season.