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10 Things You Need to Know Before Clipping In

January 28, 2010

Do you ever sign up for an event and then realize you have no idea what you are getting yourself into?

I have entered many endurance mountain bike races and it never fails, no matter how well prepared I think I am, I learn something new every time!  Whether it was training preparation, nutrition, how I dressed, getting an unexpected mechanical, you name it.  In many races you always seem to come across something you wished you would have thought of or said to yourself, “that is a great idea,  I am going to do that for the next race.”  There are times too when you think you have everything you need, but the race checklist always has room for more items.  I have come to the conclusion that it’s better to be prepared and at the end of the race, find yourself with extras – than not be able to finish or to win because you didn’t pack enough tubes (or food, or a chain, or a chain tool…the list goes on and on!

One of the worst things that can happen to you in a race is to bonk – or ‘hit the wall’ (though hitting a tree isn’t fun either), and we have all done it riding or racing.  As you bonk, it crosses your mind that you considered taking that extra gel, but then said to yourself, “I’ll be fine!”

Come join Bicycle Sport Shop Mountain Bike team as they present a free lecture, next Tuesday, February 2, at 7:15 pm.  The lecture will be held at Pure Austin gym, Quarry Lake location, given by Sara Krause of Krause Sports Performance and me – Shae Rainer.   We will provide valuable information on getting ready for endurance events.  We will provide strategies based on our experience as coaches and racers to help you have your best race possible!

Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned racer, this session will provide valuable information and insights for all!  All who attend will receive a valuable pre-race check list.

“10 Things You Need To Know Before Clipping in” is brought to you by:

Bicycle Sport Shop Women’s Mountain Bike Race Team 

PURE Austin

Krause Sports Performance — Guest blogger: Shae Rainer-BSS Women’s MTB Team member

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