Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Training Tip: Ride Inside this Winter!

Like it or not, winter has arrived. Snow is falling, traffic is crawling and the temperature continues to plummet.

It’s not exactly the most wonderful time of the year for cyclists.

However, you don’t have to let frightful weather get in the way of your training. Although outdoor cycling has come to an end for another year, there are many indoor cycling alternatives that can keep you riding until spring!

Here are a couple indoor training options we recommend to help you and your fitness survive the harsh, cold winter ahead:

Find a Spin Class

Joining a spin class at one of your local gyms is a great way to keep motivated and fit during the offseason. Try to find a fitness center that employs experienced cyclists to guarantee a biomechanically correct and cycling-specific workout.

Unfortunately, these instructors can be hard to come by since many indoor cycling classes focus on short bursts of high-intensity in order to spark the interest of non-cycling patrons.

These workouts will do little to maintain your endurance and could potentially lead to injury if you’re not careful. As a general rule of thumb, don’t do something on a spin bike that you wouldn’t do outside on a real bike.

Purchase an Indoor Bike Trainer

Assuming you already own a bike, you may want to consider purchasing an indoor bike trainer. Bike trainers are easy to use and take up very little room. You just attach your back wheel and go!

This is a great option if you’re self-motivated and familiar with proper cycling form. If that doesn’t sound like you, we suggest you reconsider joining a spinning class with an experienced instructor to help you get the most out of your indoor training sessions.

Not a problem for you? Great! But don’t run out and buy your new bike trainer just yet. There are a number of different styles to choose from, and we recommend you do some research to find the one that will best meet your needs.

Whether you choose to join a spin class or purchase an indoor bike trainer, the important thing is that you maintain your fitness over the winter months. Don’t let all that hard work you did over the spring and summer go to waste. Find the option that best fits you and let the offseason training begin!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reminder: Only 4 Days Left to Register and Save!

The RONA MS Bike Tour online registration for 2011 kicked off last month with our exciting 25-25-25 promotion. Register now at msbiketours.ca for any two-day tour at a special rate of 25 dollars!

If you're interested in a one-day tour, there's a deal for you as well. Take advantage of our 10-10-10 promotion today and secure your spot for just 10 dollars!

Act fast, registration fees increase on December 21, 2010. With only 4 days left for both promotions, you don't want to miss out on these great rates!

Two-day tours include Grand Bend to London and Acton to Waterloo. One-day tours include Niagara and Toronto. All riders must raise $250 to participate in each RONA MS Bike Tour.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fundraising Tip: Embrace the Holidays!

The holiday season is a time to bring friends and family together. It’s also a great time to tell the people you love why you’re participating in the RONA MS Bike Tours and to recruit members to join your team!

Register now for a RONA MS Bike Tour and then at holiday parties ask your friends, co-workers and family members to join your team. Show them how to register at msbiketours.ca and challenge them to each recruit one more person over the holidays!

Already have a team? The holidays are also a great time to begin fundraising since most people are already in the spirit of giving. Why not suggest people pledge you online or give a donation instead of a gift this holiday?

Ask friends, co-workers, and family members to help you end MS by pledging the money they would have spent on a gift towards your team and the RONA MS Bike Tour. This is a simple way to start your fundraising and continue to spread the word on why you’re riding.

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