Jan 29, 2013

5 practical tips to prepare yourself for an exhausting bicycle ride - guest post by Jordan


I just booked a ticket to see BK in CA mid-Feb and I couldn't be more excited! Besides seeing BK, I can't wait to take more fitness classes because being in Utah and snowed in has made it difficult for me to go to classes like spinning and more! I hope you enjoy this guest post by Jordan, who tells us all about bike rides and spinning {which by the way is a great way to get in shape!} Sigh. I can't wait to go on a bike ride or spinning class in CA.

P.S. I'll be blogging again soon. We've had a lot of family here so it's been a crazy yet fun start to the new year!

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Long bike rides are rewarding and memorable, but if you venture out on an extended tour without the necessary preparations, you may get left behind. What’s worse, you may even find yourself subject to unnecessary injury or premature fatigue. If you have a long ride ahead of you, consider some basic but essential tips for making the most of your training: 
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Visit your Physician 

Training for a long bicycle ride is an extremely strenuous process, and it’s important to ensure that you have the optimal health to maintain such a rigorous regimen. Your doctor can help to uncover any previously undetected medical conditions, or give you the added reassurance that you need to begin your intense training. 

Build up your Endurance Slowly 

If you haven’t ridden in over a year, and you start your training with 25-mile practice rides, you will only set yourself up for injury. Start light, ride often, and increase your output each day, until you feel comfortable covering the necessary distance for your big tour. In your initial training, you may want to practice on stationary spin bikes, which are safe and controlled. 

Adjust Your Bike as Needed
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If your posture is incorrect, you will find long bike rides extremely difficult, and you may even leave yourself vulnerable to injury. When you sit on your saddle with the pedal in the 6:00 (downward) position, your heel should just be able to rest on the pedal, with the pelvis level and knee straight. If the saddle is too low or too high, adjust it accordingly. The saddle should also be straight, or tilted just slightly forward. The handles should also be adjusted about 40 to 60 degrees forward. 

Ride with Other Cycling Enthusiasts 

When it comes staying motivated, group camaraderie can make all of the difference in the world. When you share the open road with likeminded cyclists, you naturally feel challenged to be your best self and constantly strive for new heights of success. Communal riding also removes the monotony from your training process, and creates a truly enjoyable experience. 

Set Specific Goals

If you simply strive to do a little better each day, you will make progress. But in order to prepare for a long, challenging ride, you need to have a specific game plan. Seek advice from other experienced riders, decide how much time you have to reach your target distance, and tailor your training accordingly. 

With the right preparation and determination, you can conquer any difficult journey. The key is to just get out there and start riding. If you notice any injury or discomfort, scale back your training to a less rigorous routine, and most importantly, listen to your doctor’s advice. Lastly, have fun out there on the open road! 

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