Saturday, February 28, 2015

Team Profile - Gregg

Whether we know it or not, we all know many people with serious afflictions such as MS, cancer, diabetes and mental health disorders. Several wonderful organizations exist for the purpose of investing in medical research to find cures for these and other diseases. What many don’t know is these organizations do so much more for families dealing with disease. They provide sufferers with education, community, counseling, equipment, scholarships, and physical assistance. The also provide the rest of us an opportunity to come alongside sufferers and join them in their journey. A difference is being made!

Gregg started small by struggling to raise the minimum $250 for BikeMS in 1998 and riding 150 miles in a weekend to raise money for several people he knew with MS. In 2006, he joined a growing cycling team that was focused on raising funds through a couple charity rides. Gregg took over as captain of that team in 2010. In 2012, the team was in need of a sponsor and Gregg contacted Pete Robinson to propose merging Pete’s Clean Management team with Gregg’s team. Pete shared his vision of Team C4C and the decision was made! Gregg is proud Team C4C has ridden in several events around the country to raise funds for a number of charities and plans to increase that number this year! Team C4C is making a difference!

Gregg married his wonderful wife, Yancey, in 1997. He is a proud dad to Debbie (married to Blake), and grandfather to Daniel, Sarah, and Luke. Gregg is blessed to ride for and in memory of a long and growing list of friends, family members, coworkers, and acquaintances with MS, cancer, diabetes and mental health issues. Soli Deo Gloria!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pete's Tips and Tricks #2 (Bike Fit)

Our bodies change, and so does our flexibility. Bike fit is usually one of those things that we sample with and more often than not we get it wrong. We wonder why our knees, neck and lower backs hurt as well as our feet, the OUCH is often associated with a poor fitting bicycle. Two years ago I decided to take me and my trusty steed up to Contender Bikes in SLC for a Pro Fit, I knew they where working with Dr. Max Testa and thought I'd give it a go. I was amazed with the high tech video and sticky things all over my body in order to measure me on the bicycle. After the fitting they allow you to keep the DVD as well as a print out of the measurements so that you can set up another bike if need be. The cost at that time was $125.00 - After spending the money you would think I'd have been upset to find that the only thing wrong was that I was running my saddle a bit low. I wasn't upset at all and after all these years was happy that I had been doing some things right with my fitting and it really was money well spent. If you're serious about injury free miles and getting the most performance out of your trusty steed then I highly suggest that you get a professional fitting. So often we spend the BIG money on a nice bike, helmet and shoes and NOT on the most important thing of all, the fit.

When you purchase a bike it is usually set up for a general classification of body type and usually people are not "off the rack" sized. It's cheap to change the stem, bars and saddle and usually these are the culprits. Don't forget a cleat fitting is a MUST because many a knee injury is associated with improper fitting cleats and shoes. If you've never had a pro fit, it might be a good consideration to start the season out looking like you and your bike are made for each other.

PS- That quick fit they gave you when you purchased your bike is NOT a pro fit, consider that a free saddle adjustment that more often than not is incorrect.

Pete's Training Tips & Tricks Part One (Base Miles)

Part One: Base Miles and the importance of building a strong mileage base for the cycling season.

Without building a strong base you open yourself up to injury and or a miserable time in the saddle. A good base makes ALL the difference and after about 600 miles in those legs you will start feeling as one with your bike and those knees will be nice and lubed up just like your chain. I take things very slow during my base building and my philosophy has always been "Spin to Win." Early on for the first 400 to 600 miles I am running very easy gearing and often do not even get into the large front chain ring (BIG RING). I am spinning and not pushing those monster gears that you see many rookies doing this time of year, those BIG gears can ruin your knees if you don't have the base to handle the stress. By spinning an easy gear you are giving your muscles time to remember all that you put them through last season (yes muscles do have memory) and you're also building a good cardio base as well. Building a strong mileage base is also a good time to get fit with your cycling buddies that are also just starting out. Just to give you an idea, on Saturday I took a 40 mile ride that took me almost two hours to complete, I did hills and flat but rather than stand and hammering up those short steep climbs I sat back and spun some easy gears. I was totally spent cardio wise at the top of those short climbs but my legs were fresh as daisies. I got passed by many cyclist on Saturday and watched as they hammered the BIG RING and put down the hammer chewing me up like I was on a 60 pound Huffy. I simply smiled and thought about May and June when these legs will be ready and this two hour ride will be done in one hour. By May I will have well over 1000 miles in my legs and will be ready to send them into action, my spin will be perfected, my cardio will be great and I'll be ready for any ride. If you train now and start building your base miles come May and June you will feel so much better on the bike, You will show up at the MS150 and be ready to pull the rest of us home and do it in style. Remember...Don't worry about going fast or pushing BIG GEARS right now, spin the pedals, work on a smooth high cadence because it will pay BIG dividends when you put the BIG RING into action.