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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Getting in Shape for that Fall Biking Trip

Just in case you missed this blog last August, I'm posting it again. It's that important! On a bike tour with Bike Vermont years ago, my brother and I watched as a guy, distracted by cows, flipped his bike over and broke his tooth. He said he hadn’t been on a bike in five years. Don’t make the same mistake. With many bikers heading out on fall foliage biking trips in the next month or two, now’s the time to get ready. Even if it’s a “No Experience Necessary” excursion, you should try the sport beforehand and be in somewhat decent shape. Don’t wait until the last minute to condition. If you plan on taking a week-long biking or walking outing, begin aerobic activity four to six weeks in advance, two to three times a week. And make sure you’re on the right trip by asking what level of fitness is required? Is this hike an obstacle course better suited for Marines, a stroll in the park, or somewhere in between? How many hours a day are we on the bike? You want to find an adventure that ideally suits your ability and prior experience in the sport. Brochures are not always accurate so it’s imperative to speak to a human being.  

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 08/25/10 at 01:00 PM
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This is great advice - even a casual ride through the rolling hills of Wisconsin can become grueling for someone not in shape. That's why I will stick with the 20-mile lakefront trail in Chicago, where the only issues are the tailgaters at Soldier Field. And when I saw the picture on this post I had to laugh - I owned a Penny Farthing bike when I was a kid! I won it at a store raffle. No, I didn't win the 10-speed, just the bike I was never able to ride. mp/m

Picture of Mike Maddaloni - The Hot Iron Comment by Mike Maddaloni - The Hot Iron
on 08/07/09 at 04:12 PM

Too bad you could never got on that antique bike, Mike. You might have ended up like that kid in the photo!

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 08/07/09 at 04:41 PM

I'm sorry, but that guy who fell because of the cows is probably the funniest thing I've ever heard.

Picture of Fitness Programs Comment by Fitness Programs
on 08/12/10 at 04:28 PM

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