Bike! Ski!

Go to the Pedal Power events calendar to see what's on - http://www.pedalpower.org.au/events/index.asp
There are social (road) rides every weekend:

Saturdays
  • 8 May from Gunghalin
  • 15 May from Acton
  • 22 May from Woden
  • 29 May CAPITAL PUNISHMENT (see below)
Sundays include a couple of come and try easy rides
  • 16 May from Lake Ginninderra
  • 30 May from Tuggeranong. 
And the bike maintenance courses on Sunday 30 May - bring an old crusty bike or ride in. I'll be riding in for the intermediate course.

For the adventurous - Capital Punishment endurance mountain bike 50km and 100km rides Saturday 29 May 2010: The Capital Punishment course will take in the best of the Canberra single tracks including Sparrow Hill, Kowen Forest, Majura Pines, Black Mountain and Mt Stromlo. These famous single tracks will be linked via fire trails with only the minimum necessary bitumen.
Check out Canberra Off Road Cyclists http://new.corc.asn.au and http://blackheartevents.com.au/ for more crazy stuff. I'll be riding in from Belconnen to the Mothers' Day Classic on Sunday 9 May (and doing the 5km walk) unless I think up a really good excuse not to...

The snow season is just around the corner - snow's been predicted on the ranges around Canberra so we may get some snow to ski on this year!


Time to get fit to ski!

  1. Work on your base level cardio-vascular (aerobic) fitness.Whatever you're doing now, add another walk/run/bike/swim/ session into your week. Don't have time? Yeah, right... call me.. 
  2. Once you've got your base fitness it's time to work on specifics.
Okay, I'm not a skier but I have tried

  • Cross-country skiing - ankles and knees
  • Downhill - ankles and knees
  • Snowboarding - ankles and knees
  • Cross-country skiing is my type of skiing :)
This calls for my favourite exercise of all time - the SQUAT:
A simple exercise every 2 year old can do with ease and which we all too quickly get out of practice.
You won't be able to do a full squat (bottom to the ground) like this unless you have good flexibility and strength in your ankles, knees and hips and have strong abdominals, back and pelvic floor - so start with squatting, with no other weight than your wonderful self, in to and out of your chair.
Performed correctly nothing should hurt, twinge or ache. Maybe the front of your thighs will feel sore after a day or two but that should be it.

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