Are you ready to ditch your trainer and start riding outdoors?  We’re not quite there yet, but in the next few weeks, the weather will be turning and spring will be here.  If you take the time now to prepare, by the time the weather breaks, you will be ready to hit the open road.  Here are the basics:

  1. Bike Check – Make sure your gears are shifting well and that your brakes are functioning.  If you do not wish to do your own spring bike tune up, get your bike into your local shop soon.  Be prepared to leave it for a week or two.  Bike shops get really busy in the spring.  Get ahead of the game and take your bike in early.
  2. Decide What to Wear – Do some other sort of outdoor activity close to biking and see how long it takes you to warm up. Plan your biking apparel accordingly.
  3. Know Your Route – Plan your route carefully and make sure you either know it or have it mapped to your Garmin.
    1. Map out where you can stop for a bathroom break and/or refueling, if necessary.
    2. Instead of a long out and back, consider a shorter route where you can do loops in case you need to cut the ride short for some reason.
  4. Let Someone Know – Let someone know when you are riding, where you are riding and when you expect to return.
  5. Be Self-Sufficient – Even if you are riding with a partner or a group, it is important for you to be able to “go it alone” if you had to.
    1. Carry your own nutrition and fluids
    2. Bring your own tool bag with a spare tube, tire levers, CO2 and CO2 head (or frame pump) and a multi-tool
    3. Extra cash (to buy food/fluids or call for a ride home)
    4. KNOW HOW to change a flat tire!! This is critical for any cyclist.  Not sure how to do it?  Check out my YouTube video on how to change a flat:  How to Change A Flat Tire on a Bike

Following these simple tips will help make sure you are as prepared as you can be for your outdoor rides.  Have more questions?  Feel free to contact me.

Train Right, Tri Right,

Coach MJ

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MJ Gasik started competing in the sport of triathlon in 2003 and has completed 12 Ironman distance races including the World Championships in Kona, HI. MJ is a USAT Certified Coach, Ironman U Certified Coach, USMS Level 4 Certified Coach and is the founder and owner of Tri Right Coaching. MJ has coached hundreds of athletes from beginners through elite to personal bests in distances from sprint through Ironman.

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