Skin Temperature versus Core Body Temperature

As humans we tend to think about and focus on skin temperature, an ice cube is cold and the cup of coffee is hot. Most people have experienced situations where their hands and feet are cold and the torso is warm or where they hot on the inside but have goosebumps from the chill air. 

Core body temperature is a consistent metric and can vary significantly from skin temperature. In particular, during sports the skin temperature and core body temperature may show very little correlation. For example, while cycling downhill the air can cool the skin though when the rider is pedalling hard the core body temperature can remain high. 

Skin Temperature Core Body Temperature
The graph demonstrates a test with a UCI WorldTeam during training with CORE Body Temperature monitoring and e-Pill monitoring against the skin temperature (in red).