Fernie Alpine Resort Bike Crew Update - The Rhythm of the Ride:
The sun is out in full force, well some days, and people are already getting out on their bikes in town and in the South Country. Those first couple of rides can end up causing a little bit of pain in the legs, back and other parts of the body you may have forgotten about this winter. The legendary powder days of winter may have helped sculpt quads of steel but there is still more work to be done. Here are a few fitness tips to make the transition to the mountain biking season a little smoother.
1. Start out slowly and riding short distances. The sun and warmer days will tempt you to go on epic rides and race your friends right to the very end but give your body a chance to adapt to being on the bike again. Also give muscles a chance to build strength and the joints to get into the rhythm of the ride.
2. The legs are the work horses but the core keeps the body in balance. Start a core workout every other day, that not only strengthens the stomach muscles but other muscles in the core.
3. Work on your basic skills. Get on your bike and pedal to a nearby parking lot. Practice lifting your front tire, riding up, down and along curbs as well as down a set of stairs (watch out for people and small dogs).
4. Finally and most importantly get out and ride! Have fun on your bike.
Take it easy out there,
Jean Boyd, Bike Instructor Fernie Alpine Resort
Jean is a certified Bike Coach and specializes in women’s and beginners lessons here at Fernie Alpine Resort. She has been coaching in Fernie and working on the Bike Patrol for six years. Don’t let her smile fool you, you can catch her hammering out laps on Far Out and eating marathons and long distance rides for breakfast!www.skifernie.com/summer