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Muddbunnies 4X Training – My Story

December 4, 2009

Ryan and Jaclyn

Ryan and the infamous Aussie trainer!

I’m not a team player, was never good at team sports growing up and took more to endurance sports like mini tris, 10ks, 1/2 marathons, and even did my first adventure race last spring. I’ve always been more interested in challenging myself rather than directly competing against others; and if I’m completely honest about this it’s not because I’m a masochist and love to torture myself but because I felt physically weak and uncoordinated compared to others, a bit of a baby bird really. So I’ve done my best veer away from team sports and competition.

And then came biking… Mtn biking was the first and only sport I’ve ever felt was effortless. I took to it immediately and though I’m no speed demon and don’t take the narliest line, jumping and balancing are my greatest strengths. Mtn biking is also the only sport where I’ve felt like I wanted to push myself to improve in my weaker areas like steeps and speed. Bigger, faster, smoother are my mantra words I say to myself when I’m trying to psych myself up for a line that feels completely above my abilities.

Though the bike park is closed, riding and racing continues. This fall/winter I find myself faced with another year of racing/riding 4X. I’ve done this in the past and have been pretty lackadaisical about it all, with my main goal being to show up and race. I’ve never seen myself as a threat for the other girls racing. This year is different, I want action! I’ve been very active since spring, hiking, biking and kayaking and feel like my ultimate fitness goals are within reach. Now with the help of fitness trainer Jacyln Delacroix http://www.freedomhealth.ca/personal%20trainers.htm#Jax, I’m ready to up my game even further with weight training. I want to FINALLY feel strong and muscle my bike through to at least one 4X win, that’s my ultimate goal.

In the next few months we will be posting pics, videos, tips, instruction and as much info as possible to help out anyone else who wants improve or maintain their hard-earned summer biking skills. You don’t need to be a racer to benefit from our program, heck you don’t even need to be a biker but of course the fitness program has been designed with mtn bikers in mind.

If there you have any questions or comments we will have a comment section as well as email contact for both Jacyln and myself. And even better than sitting at your desk following our progress, why not get yourself into the gym and train with us or if you’d prefer one-on-one, contact her and get your own personal fitness regime created.

Ride hard, get dirty!

http://www.freedomhealth.ca
www.muddbunnies.com

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How To: Descending Tricky Switchbacks

April 14, 2008

Okay Bunnies the season is upon us! Can you believe the weather on the coast this past weekend? In lieu of the recent weather patterns and to get prepared for the next two weekends of warm temperatures, here’s some great riding tips from mountainbike.com:

Matt Vincent

The Expert: Speed is second nature to 27-year-old Kona rider Ryan Trebon: The 6-foot-5 Oregonian has worn a stars-and-stripes National Champion’s jersey two years in a row (in ’06, it was for XC and cyclocross; in ’07, short track). What may not be obvious is the amount of thought that goes into that speed, especially on tight, technical downhill switchbacks. “They’re probably the most challenging thing for me to ride, simply because of my size,” Trebon says. “My center of gravity is so high and the bike is so long that it makes negotiating them more difficult.” The good news is that Trebon has spent plenty of time figuring out the best way to twist through those problem corners–and he’s willing to share his hard-won knowledge. Here’s his advice for tackling tight, tricky downhill turns.

Prepare to turn As you approach the turn, stand, level the cranks and move your weight behind the seat. If you need to brake, now’s the time–during the turn, hard braking means less control overall. As for speed: “There’s a fine line between going too slow and going too fast,” says Trebon. “Many people, if they’re apprehensive, make the mistake of going too slow. It’s better to have a little speed.” aim wide Shoot for the outside line as you get closer to the turn, and ride that edge as you make the turn; as you exit, head back toward the center of the trail. “If you use the whole trail as you head into the turn,” Trebon explains, “you basically make the turn longer and straighten it out a little more.” He compares it to a semi truck making a 90-degree turn–cut it too soon, and the semi bangs into the curb and all sorts of bad things happen. But ride the outside edge of the turn to its midpoint, and you get through with no problems.

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