3 Tips to Save Your Butt During Our 90-Minute Rides πŸ‘

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Our long rides have become a Tribe Ride or Die crew favourite, but let’s face it, a 90-minute ride, can be intimidating. So here are three tips so you can rock that long Tribe ride like a pro.

1. Hydrate and Fuel!

  • Eating healthy before and after your workout should be a given. Something as simple as a banana 30 to 60-minutes before can pack just the energy you need to push through. Drinking water leading up to your ride is a must, and hydrating during the ride is key. Grab a Nuun Electrolyte tab, and add one to your bottle for some extra energy for that extra long workout.

2. Dress for Success.

  • At a minimum you should be wearing active gear that is comfortable and moisture wicking. After that you might consider getting some padded cycling shorts or for those looking to avoid the padded booty look, please help yourself to one of our gel padded seats which attach to the bike seat.Β  Do what you need to do last for the entire ride, and if you need to stand – go for it!

3. Clip In!

  • While both runners and cycling shoes work on our Stages Indoor Cycling bikes, we highly suggest you clip in – plus our cycling shoes are included for free! Running shoes are less safe (can easily slide out of the cage during a quick sprint) and reinforce a less effective pedal stroke (putting more emphasis on the push down and less on the pull up). Our cycling shoes create a no slip ride and provide energy efficiency as you both push & pull the pedal engaging the entire leg – and after 90-minutes, effectiveness and ease matter!

2016 Race Goals

2016 is already shaping up to be a year of excitement and change. Last year I took a small step back from racing, only entering 10 races (5km x 1, 10k x 3, 15km x 1, 21k x 1, 30k x 1, and 42k x 2), which included my return to Triathlon after my first half Iron Man in 2014.

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This year I am very excited to have Tribe team up with Canada Running Series to support their Toronto races and help with an exciting new race, the Waterfront 10k. I’m excited to be in the position of Director of Ambassadors with Toronto Triathlon Festival, so look forward to having my TTF experience community based and supporting those online nd in Tribe. I will be returning to the pace team at SeaWheeze for my fourth consecutive year and will be taking over 30 members from Tribe with me – our biggest Tribe Tour yet! The NYC Marathon will be my 10th, so I’m excited to head back to the city where my marathon journey began, and to top it off, I will be making my return to Iron Man distance races with the Montreal 70.3.

If you’re looking to race more, please join me at one of the following races this 2016 season.

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Back at Bike for Tykes

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This Thursday I am very excited to be reconnecting with the team from Bike for Tykes to get my sweat on for some awesome social good.

Bike for Tykes is a volunteer organizing committee that partners with children’s charities in the Greater Toronto Area to host a one day spinning relay that raises funds to support programs that improve the lives of children.

Since 2012, Bike for Tykes has supported the Cancer Neighbourhood of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SicKids. Despite enormous advances in the past 20 years, cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death in children. SickKids is the largest childhood cancer treatment centre in Canada and a major contributor to international pediatric clinical trials.

What I love about attending and participating in this event, beyond the half day of spinning, is the connection to the community and families who receive support at SickKids. Families are not only present spinning on stage, but are around the space sharing their personal stories and connecting with the cyclists. You get to hear the first hand impact of the funds raised and see how lives are changed.

If you have some spare change please consider donating it here and help improve the lives of children in need.