The climb to the TOP.
On February 8, 2009 I entered my first DH Mtb Race. It was the third race of the Southridge Winter Series in Fontana CA. First of all I should tell you that this was,in my opinion, the best racing deal and venue in So Cal. To join the SRC “Southridge Racing Co” and pay for the race,only cost $65. You get a t-shirt,pair of oury grips and a permanent racing plate. Then you save $10 off ALL your races for the rest of the YEAR!BTW, they have plenty of races, something like 10 or 15. Ckeck the website www.southridgeracingusa.com. So the rest of the year the races only cost about $25, and you get free shuttles on AM practice on race day and $5 all day shuttle on pre-ride day. A yes they have XC,$X and Super D and kid races too. Now this would not be a great deal unless the course was great too. Well it is, my best discription is fast flowy rolling hills with technical rock gardens to make it interesting and they are always changing the course to keep things fair. I could go on gushing about how much I like SRC but do yourself a favor and see for yourself.
Warm up propery and reduce the risk of sports injury.Warming up is a crucial part of any exercise or sports activity. The importance of a structured warm up routine should not be under estimated when it come to prevention of sports injury. Warming up prior to mountain bike ride, or a work out,does a number of benificial things, but it’s main purpose is to prepare the body and mind for a stenuous activity. One of the ways it achieves this is by increasing the body’s core temperature, while also increasing the muscle temperature and thus helps your muscle become loose supple and pliable. This also increases your respiratory rate and heart rate and in turn increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your working mucles,tendons and joints. A primer, if you will.
Increasing your endurance on and off your bike to make the climbs feel easier.Riding up our local mountains is not as pretty as it looks, as you know it can be grueling. Weekly we meet for our group rides and sometimes, if not all the time, dread the impending climb. That’s a fact of life, right? Well, this is what you can do to make a big difference.
Warming up and stretching, especially import during the winter.Winter is here and although it may not get that cold, you should still respect the fact that it directly affects your body. As you may remember from my “Winter Leg Training” article, I start off my routine with a 5 minute warm-up and stretch prior to any weight lifting. Now in the gym you are in a very controlled setting and you can scientifically increase your intensity accordingly. This is not the case outdoors before your cold morning bike ride or that single speed night ride.
Winter Training season is almost here and I know you must be thinking of what you can do to improve your fitness level. Maybe not, so this is a reminder with some ideas to get you motivated.