So your friends have egged you on and you begrudgingly registered for your first bike race, triathlon, or charity ride. Well it’s months away so you don’t have to worry about anything other than getting in shape right? Yes, but…
Aside from getting into shape, riding miles, possibly running and swimming, you’ll want to make sure that you and your gear are ready to go for race day. This means more than just putting your bike on the car rack and going.
The first priority is making sure your bike is in good shape, is clean, and fits properly. We can help you with this. If you aren’t sure, bring it in! We offer an exceptional fitting service and can tune your bike up so it rides like new. If your equipment isn’t working properly it can completely ruin your race or event.
The next priority is you. You are important! Spend the appropriate time planning for the event, and ask questions like: What will the weather be like? How long (not distance but hours) do you expect to be riding? Do your existing accessories offer everything you might need for that day? How much do you need to eat/drink during the event?
If you find you don’t know the answers to these questions, you can always ask the race promoter, or even come in to your local bike shop for advice. The most important thing to do when it comes to preparation is experimentation! Try a few different nutritional products during your training and figure out which products work the best for you. The same goes for clothing. Remember you go the fastest when you’re comfortable.
So you’ve prepared, and you know your stuff. Your Salted Caramel Gu’s are ready to go into the back pocket of your favorite jersey and your bottles filled with Lemon Lime Hammer Heed are chilling in the refrigerator for tomorrow morning.
Make a list of everything you need to bring and check it while you’re packing up the car. The feeling is pretty awful when you get there and realize you’ve forgotten your bike! (Believe me, it’s happened.)
When you’re lined up at the starting line, feeling good about yourself and your bike, just remember to relax. Even experienced racers often forget this. It’s just cycling, and all about the fun.