Training seems intimidating – the motivation to begin can be daunting.
But with a little preparation and planning, you’ll find that it’s easy to stick with your routine, even if you are on vacation, engrossed in an online slots session like All Slots Casino, or busy with work.
Train for the terrain, meaning if you’re training for a hilly ride, be sure to include hills in your training rides.
Write it down. Keep a training diary, log on your phone or use a spreadsheet. Include how the ride made you feel, how far you went and what you ate before the ride. Add in any other details that may help you plan for future rides.
Adjust. As you settle into longer distances, make adjustments. How’s the saddle, your padding in the shorts, shoe angle etc.? Find the comfort now so you can make the most of the ride you’re training for.
Take time to recover. Your muscles need time to rest and re-build. Anything you do on a recovery day should be light duty and under an hour. These rest weeks can do wonders for the body and mind.
Realistically assess.Sure, you want to push yourself. But you also want to be realistic. If you are continually setting lofty goals that you can’t meet, you will feel discouraged. Beating yourself up is not the right approach. It does not make you stronger or more eager to conquer your feats, though it’s tempting to go that route because it is how our society operates. Instead, check out your progress and goals, and set goals that you know will be JUST beyond your previous success. Push yourself a little harder. On days when you know you’re feeling under the weather or sore, go a little easier on yourself
This last point is so important because it’s about a LONG TERM approach. Ride day to day, but plan for the future. Over time is when you will see results and track success.
But when it really comes down to it, just getting out there and riding TODAY can make a huge difference, no matter the distance.
There are many ways to approach your training. Some are better than others, and really it comes down to personal preference and finding something that works for you, personally. But when it comes down to the format, these few key points will help you make the most of your time on the bike, so you can spend more time getting back to the rest of your day, perhaps that All Slots Casino session.
For 29 years, Cycle Oregon has taken riders on a grand adventure through little-known hamlets of Oregon as they pedal past spectacular views and through the quietest of rural areas on hidden routes known only to the locals.
The event provides superior support, camping every night and gear support.
Every year the ride explores a different region of our gorgeous state. Where will this year’s journey be? That’s a heavily guarded secret known only to the privileged few. The rest of us have to wait patiently until the big Route Reveal Kickoff Party.
Portland Art Museum, Mark Building
Doors: 6:00 pm
Route Announcement: 7:00 pm
Hang out, meet other riders, get to know the vendors and services that will be riding and camping along with you, and enjoy food and drink at this festive night that Cycle Oregon fans look forward to every year. If you are unable to attend, you can following along on their website.
During a long ride, having a cheerful volunteer hand out snacks or help air up your tires certainly is a nice perk. These people provide much needed support to help alleviate the event’s workload, and help things run smoothly. Some events even rely on the support of high level volunteers who can tackle advanced projects to ensure a successful event.
So just who are these people who donate the time? And why would someone opt to volunteer instead of ride?
Miriam Steierman probably knows about this more than almost any other Oregon rider. The veteran volunteer has spent years volunteering for a slew of events, including Harvest Century, Cycle Oregon, Portland Century, Portland Sunday Parkways, Jackson’s Ride the Gorge and many others.
Miriam describes herself as “a joyful 60+ woman who loves to help others and work hard and ride my bike.” We’ve gotten to know her over the years through her volunteer work, so we decided to sit down with Miriam to learn more about the wild world of event volunteering.
Why do you like volunteering for bike events?
I get great joy from the experience of volunteering. I love chatting with the participants
Describe one of your favorite events.
Sunday Parkways is by far my favorite event. I love “racing” with the little kids or carrying their bikes when they are too tired – and mom and dad just don’t know what to do. I enjoy talking and smiling to riders (and drivers too) even when the weather is bad.
We know it’s not all roses out there. Describe one of your worst volunteer experiences.
I was working on an event’s site team. It was very hard, unappreciated work. I was very sore and tired all the time for days on end. Never again!
Okay, so being made to feel appreciated is clearly important. Aside from that, how do you decide what events to spend your time on?
I normally volunteer for people I have known for a while, like Axiom Event Productions (Harvest Century, Bike MS, Portland Sunday Parkways and others) and Good Sport Promotion (Petal Pedal, Portland Century, Worst Day of the Year Ride and others).
If the event is new event and they need volunteers, I’ll probably sign up. If they succeed, I’ll probably come back the next year if they want me. It’s just that simple.
What should someone take into consideration when volunteering for an event?
Volunteering takes time and effort. I highly dislike when people sign up to volunteer for an event and then don’t show up. It’s important to follow through and be reliable.
What are common mistakes most people make when signing up to volunteer for an event, or while volunteering?
A common mistake is knowing what the job entails, not knowing how much time the job will take. Also, not listening to veteran volunteers who are trying to make their job easier by providing helpful information.
What are some common mistakes event organizers make in regards to their volunteers?
My biggest irritation is when my job as a volunteer is not appreciated, like the scenario I mentioned.
Often event managers don’t train their volunteers appropriately. Sometimes they also really miss the mark by not reaching out the following year of the event, or not giving enough attention to the volunteers who go the extra mile and are reliable.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of volunteering for bike events?
I would have to say: contributing to the success of the event, any event.
There’s a relatively new kid on the rainy season block, the cycling rain cape. And no, these aren’t the dorky rain ponchos you buy in a clear pack for $12 when is starts raining at the baseball game, these are rain barriers specifically designed for riding a bike.
And they work.
Sure, rain capes may look a little funny at first, but these light weight pieces are surprisingly effective and comfortable.
Why Use a Rain Cape
The key difference between cycling rain cape and a traditional rain poncho is that the body of a rain cape extends over your handlebars to create a solid tent to keep you dry.
The vast majority of rain cape users agree that rain pants are a drag. They’re awkward to put on (you probably need to take off your shoes) and even more awkward to remove. They are bulky and unattractive. Depending on what’s worn under them, rain pants can be rather uncomfortable.
With rain capes, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing underneath, or what your body type is. Fit becomes less of an issue.
With one piece of clothing, you can get coverage for your head, top and bottom.
Rain capes allow for better air flow, so on days when it’s wet but not cold, they’re a great way to go.
Rain capes provide a tent of coverage from above to protect your legs, and fenders do the job from below.
Rain capes are easy to take on and off and they dry off fairly quickly.
How dapper you look depends on how much you want to spend, in most cases. There are a few independent fabricators making cute rain capes for under $100 that are marketed as being designed for cycling and hiking, but we can’t verify the quality of these items. Most capes range from $175-250.
Standard yellow-rain-jacket-type capes exist and are a smart choice for safety reasons, what with their bright colors and all, and they’re often the least expensive, like these from J&G Cyclewear. But better-looking options are certainly out there.
Brooks, well known for their style, offers a rain cape with leather detailing. Unless you opt for the upgraded Oxford Rollup (vs the Cambridge stowable) we don’t think it’s worth the cost because aside from the leather detailing, the cape is nothing special.
The Center for Appropriate Transport in Eugene, a hub of clever cycling, fabricates their own waxed canvas cape. It’s a nice alternative to synthetic fabrics, but it’s also much heavier. They offer optional hoods, bump outs for messenger bags, and fleece lined collars.
Cleverhood has really set the bar high, with nicely tailored capes in interesting fabrics. Billed as a “US-made rain cape for livable cities,” these capes are known for their excellent quality.
Take Into Consideration
A cape without a rear cinch will fly up in the wind. You may or may not care about this. If you do, opt for a cape that has features to prevent this.
Depending on the cape design, often it will obscure your lights, particularly on the handlebars. You’ll need to make adjustments for this, such as mounting your light to your helmet instead.
The cost isn’t all aesthetics. Many expensive caps offer handy features you’ll wish you had and reflectivity built into the classy-looking fabric. Do your research before you decide what you want to spend.
Do You Cape?
Are you a cape wearer? What do you love about it? Share your comments below.
Mark your calendars!
WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RIDE | February 12 – Portland
When wintertime comes around, bikers all over the Portland region are overcome by a giddy excitement and a somewhat clinical madness.
Doctors scratch their heads at this wild desire to don a costume, hop on a bike rain or shine and consume truckloads of doughnuts. The epidemic, which is headed our way this February, is known as Worst Day of the Year Ride Fever. Symptoms include euphoria, an insatiable desire to talk with strangers, a craving for beer and the strength to pedal for miles, even in the rain.
This beloved event is a Portland tradition 16 years in the making. New this year, the event includes an indulgent chocolate fountain at the finish line.
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