Cyclists 4A Cause Kicks off 2014…

Now that the blog competition is over I guess I still owe a blog or two on occasion to keep all my readers up to date on the Cyclists4ACause efforts in the battle against cancer. The 2014 training cycle is going well despite the recent cold. We were able to get out to one of our local hot spots while the temperature was in the 60’s and get some good base work in. This early into the season I am much more concentrated on time in the saddle vice the mileage. I will gladly sacrifice mileage for time this early on. Unfortunately I had to bring everything inside once the temperature dropped well below what is considered safe. There is definitely a point where you have to say NO to any attempt to ride outside if the temperature is this cold. As I learned, injuries are more prone to happen in the cold than at any other time. As a result we moved our training inside on both the stationary bike (not fun) and the trainer (even less fun). The trainer is set up in the garage so it’s about the same temperature as outside so most of the inside training as been working on the stationary bike. The only good thing about both the stationary and the trainer is the ability to “plug in” and jam out to some great music while riding, something that most riders don’t or shouldn’t do on the roads. Stay safe!!

The 2014 calendar of events is still a work in progress. We have some great events coming up that promises to bring awareness in the Cancer Fight. One of our founding members is planning on participating in a great event in April and I hope to get the ok to promote her cause in future blogs. I wish I was doing this event but a full week on the bike with an estimated 60-70miles a day might be a bit overstretching my recovery plan.

Speaking of recovery plan, I once again give great credit to the Physical Therapists that are helping with my recovery. While the recovery is certainly not progressing as quickly as I would like I will go at the pace they set with all hope that no surgery will be needed. The one thing I have learned (and probably relearned) is the need for cyclists to strengthen their Core muscle group. For years I was more focused on cycling than anything else. I think that philosophy contributed significantly to my current lower back issue. It is essential to keep your core in tune with the rest of your body. Let’s hope I won’t have to relearn this lesson ever again !

I would love to hear what other cyclists reading this might be planning for their 2014 riding season. Please check my previous posts about who we are and what we are trying to accomplish here.

Thanks for Checking in….

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