SolRx Sunscreen Blog
Sunscreen for runners. It’s a subject that should not be taken lightly. While most runners are quick using any sport sunscreen on the shelf at Walgreens, smart athletes know to use a broad-spectrum, waterproof formula that ensures optimal protection against the sun.
When it comes to warding-off the sun’s harmful rays during your athletic endeavors, be mindful about the products you use. Here are a few characteristics to consider when searching for the best sport sunscreen for runners.
Whether you’re ultra-distance runner logging 30 miles per week or a weekend warrior who logs just 30 minutes, it doesn’t matter. When you’re outdoors working up a sweat, the sun’s harmful rays can be magnified with a layer of moisture.
And not all sport sunscreens have you covered. In fact, many can lose their SPF with sweat or water exposure. For this reason, it’s critical use a waterproof sunscreen that will retain its SPF with heavy sweat, a cooling splash of water, or even a swim (for those runners who are also triathletes.)
Look for sunscreens that have undergone water immersion testing. This is the best way to know with confidence just how water resistant the product truly is. As in the case of SolRx, our SPF 30 product rated SPF 35.83 after 8 hours of being in the water.
Beyond just runners, broad-spectrum sunscreen is important for anyone who sees prolonged sun exposure. While some sunscreens block all UVB rays, broad-spectrum sunscreens are designed to protect against UVA and UVB rays.
The effects of UV exposure can have serious (even life threatening) implications for runners who are out in the sun for long periods of time. Some of the most prevalent risks of UV exposure are skin pigment fading, premature aging of the skin, immune system suppression, damage to the eyes, and skin cancer.
Don’t fall to victim to a sunscreen that doesn’t offer 100% protection. Protect yourself from harmful UVA/UVB rays with broad-spectrum defense that comes with right sunscreen products.
Most athletes are all about efficiency. Even a sunscreen that takes too long to apply can be a major bottleneck for one’s workout. Fortunately, you can find easy-to-apply options with all the awesome features mentioned above.
One of the best options is SolRx Zinx Stix. This zinc oxide sunscreen rubs-on like a stick of deodorant and provides lasting protection for hours on end. It’s one of SolRx most popular products, and for good reason. Get the SPF 50 Tinted Zinc Sunscreen Stick available on sale now.
The Best Sport Sunscreen for Runners
For many individuals, running is one of the most liberating forms of movement. Not only is running an easy outlet for exercise, but going for a run can provide immediate freedom from our over-thinking minds.
And while a good run outdoors can be a freeing experience, it can also expose us to harsh elements. Even for winter runners, the sun can be one of the most dangerous yet often overlooked elements. When you’re in need of the best sport sunscreen for runners and other outdoor athletes, consider products by SolRx.
You may not have an ocean close to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy recreational water activities! Lake living can be just as fun, with fewer unpredictable waves, less salt water, and warmer temperatures. Activities can be safer, as well, with fewer variables and calmer winds. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a lake, here are some fun lake sports (other than swimming!) that you can enjoy with just a little bit of extra equipment.
Kayaking – These small and inexpensive canoes have light frames and an opening that allows you to sit on the bottom of the boat; you can even buy inflatable ones. Simply push them into the water, grab a paddle, and go as fast or slow as you want.
Canoeing – Lightweight, narrow, and open boats can often hold more than one person, as well as supplies. These stable and roomy boats are paddle-operated, so you’ll be rowing. Canoes are great for family leisure time and exploration.
Paddle boating – Paddle boats and pedal boats are very popular on closed systems like lakes. They have no motors, and usually require two people to power the boat by pedaling with their feet. Paddle boats are a relaxing, family-friendly option for lake fun.
Tubing – Basically, when tubing you’re riding on an inner tube in the water. They can be towed by boats for a faster, more thrilling ride, or you can use them for free-floating tubing, to let yourself go with the water’s flow. You use webbed gloves to steer.
Paddleboarding – You can lie down, settle on your knees, or stand on a paddleboard or surfboard. You’ll just use your arms to move, or, if you’re standing, a paddle. It’s a great full-body workout, offering unique views.
Water-skiing – This sport consists of people skimming the water on skis as they’re pulled by a boat. Because it requires a smooth stretch of water, it’s ideal for lakes. Good water-skiers can do tricks; balance and strength is required.
Wakeboarding – Ride a wakeboard over the surface of the water while being towed by a motorboat! This sport is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, and isn’t hard to learn – although doing tricks might take a bit more time.
Windsurfing – On a lake, this mixture of surfing and sailing can feel less daunting than in an ocean because the nearby land provides security. Waves and wind aren’t as unpredictable or wild, either. This is a dynamic sport that’s not hard to learn, and offers great exercise.
Fishing – Once you’re done exhausting yourself, you can enjoy a calmer activity. Fishing in a lake requires nothing but a fishing rod and the right bait. Remember, in lakes fish tend to hang out in cooler water, near sunken structures – and once you find your sweet spot, there’s no going back!
Many lakes will offer rental equipment, so you can try out one or more of these exciting activities with little or no commitment. You’ll be able to find one that suits your ability and interests, no matter what they are. Just remember, the sun can also be strong on lake waters, so protect yourself with sunglasses, hats, cover ups, and a good sport sunscreen, like the highly-rated SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology.
Most people remember to use sunscreen in the summer – when you’re going to be spending hours in the hot sun watching baseball games or soccer, or biking, running, or participating in different physical activities, it’s easy. Once fall comes around, you may be less vigilant about keeping your sunblock container nearby. But just because the sunniest season of the year is over, it doesn’t mean you can stop wearing sunscreen to protect your skin.
It’s true that once the seasons turn, you’ll experience cloudier days and lower temperatures that won’t tempt you to be outside quite so often. But the truth is, the ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer are unaffected by year-round weather changes, and remain present and potent on cloudy days. In addition, there are conditions that takes place in the fall that may actually lead to an increase in your chances of getting a burn. For example, nice and snow are reflective and can bounce UV rays back at you.
Fall sports such as football, baseball, soccer, tennis, field hockey, volleyball, and cross-country require you to be outdoors, sometimes for lengthy periods of time, whether you’re watching or playing. And there’s no guarantee that you’ll have shade to shield you from the damaging rays of the sun. You may have to dress warmly for some of these games, but the sun is no less dangerous. Other sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, can offer additional concern because the sun rays may be damaging at higher altitudes – and snow and ice are often a factor there.
The Importance of Sun Safety
The UV rays that may damage your skin cells are UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the ones that lead to sunburn; you may not feel any of the symptoms of UVA exposure until your skin starts to show wrinkles and dark spots. You need to protect from both types of UV rays with a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunblock because your lifetime exposure to the sun determines whether you’re at risk for skin cancer, so reduce your exposure as much as possible. Avoid sunburns, because that increases your risk immensely. Stay in the shade and cover up if that’s possible.
The bottom line is, you must protect yourself from the sun not just in the summer, but all year round. You’ll still see quite a bit of sun in the fall, and you may still be out and about for long periods if you’re playing or watching sports. Be smart and keep that sunblock, such as SolRx SPF 44 Dry Zinc Sunscreen, on hand, even if it looks dreary out there.
This time of year, everyone loves being outside taking advantage of the weather. If you, too, wish to exercise outdoors, it’s a great feeling! But make sure you are making the transition from indoor running to outdoor running in a positive, fun, and safe way.
1. Set Your Own Pace
If you run on a treadmill, your machine sets your pace for you. If you run on an indoor track, you have certain points of reference for knowing how fast and how far you’re going. Outside, you’ll have to find out for yourself what pace is best, and you’ll have to map out your own route to determine your distance. Start slow, and realize that running on sidewalk and roads is very different from running on indoor surfaces. This has impacts on your gait and your muscles. Running outside can be harder, but it may also be also easier to find your flow.
2. Be Cautious
Outside, you’ll have distractions and obstacles you didn’t face when you were running indoors. Streetlights will make you stop for oncoming traffic. Crossing railroad tracks will make you change your speed. There will be hills you didn’t expect, because you don’t even notice them when you drive that route. Bikers will want to pass you. Stay alert, obey traffic signals, and if you’re listening to music, don’t make it so loud you can’t hear what’s happening around you.
3. Dress for the Weather
Despite the season, you’ll experience changes in the weather that will affect your run, whether this means humidity, heat, rain, wind, or cold. Take note of what is going on outside! If it’s sunny out, use sunblock. If it’s hot, wear wicking clothing that will get the sweat away from you. If it’s raining, you may wish to wear something waterproof – but note that waterproof gear is often not breathable. If it’s cold, put on running tights. If it’s allergy season, run in the mornings when there’s less pollen. And make sure you have great shoes.
4. Find A Friend
Running with someone makes the time go much faster. Also, if you still have enough breath to talk as you’re running, you’ll know that you’re not overdoing it. Running the course with someone else also challenges the both of you to be better, and will encourage both of you to keep good practices in mind, such as stretching before and after. You could also join a running club, which usually includes runners at all levels, to get to know others who may have similar experiences and goals to yours.
5. Make Goals and Chart Your Progress
No matter what your goals are – losing weight, feeling stronger, getting ready for a race – you should keep track of how you’re doing. It’ll motivate you, and if you’re having trouble, it’ll help you figure out what’s holding you up. You can also use apps, journals and other tools to map your route, monitor heart rate, and chart your progress.
Running outside can be a pleasant way to get your daily exercise, but there is a bit of a learning curve. Make sure you’re eating right and toning the top part of your body as well as the bottom. Keep hydrated and use a good sunscreen such as SolRx with WATERBLOCK technology. Remember to reward yourself for your successes. But it’s a lot of fun, so go to it!
Consider your search for the best sports sunscreen over. Rigorously tested and used by some of the world’s top athletes, SolRx has developed a complete spectrum of advanced sport sunscreen products that suit all walks of life.
From swimmers, cyclists, and golfers, to professional surfers and beach volleyball players, SolRx has become the sport sunscreen of choice for many different athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. Using a patented WaterBlock® formula, SolRx offers high-performance, water-resistant sunscreens that are broad spectrum, eco-friendly, and will not burn your eyes if you sweat.
And unlike other sports sunscreens that claim to be “the best,” SolRx is paraben-free and oil-free, providing a comfortable dry finish for hours of dependable sun protection. But what else makes SolRx the best sports sunscreen on the market? Learn the facts behind SolRx sport sunscreen and why so many athletes make SolRx their sunblock of choice.
8-Hour Immersion Tested Formula
SolRx worked with AMA Testing Labs to develop a test that would measure the performance of our WaterBlock® sport sunscreen for athletes. This test would need measure how water resistant the formula is before its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) would start to diminish.
Further, SolRx specified that the test must be “tougher than that of the FDA or any other governmental agency in the world,” and was intended to measure the product’s SPF rating after 8 hours in the water.
After testing the WaterBlock® technology, AMA Labs confirmed SolRx sports sunscreen as being water resistant for an 8-hour period of time, making it one of the best sports sunscreen for water exposure.
Broad-Spectrum Sports Sunscreen for UVA/UVB Defense
There’s a reason why SolRx products are the best sunscreens for athletes seeking maximum protection from UVA/UVB rays. We have developed a full line of broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB defense including our Spray Dry, Dry Zinc, and Original WaterBlock Formula.
The chronic effects of UV exposure can have serious (even life threatening) implications for athletes who are exposed to sun for long periods of time. Some of the most pronounced risks of UVA/UVB exposure include premature aging of the skin, immune system suppression, damage to the eyes, skin pigment fading, and skin cancer.
So when you’re competing out on the court, course, road, or water, be sure to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with the broad spectrum defense that comes with SolRx sports sunscreens.
Eco-friendly & Reef Safe Sport Sunscreen
Protect yourself, or protect nature? A recently released report claims that sunscreen is damaging the ocean’s coral reefs, and reducing their ability to cope with fluctuating climate change and other environmental issues.
With SolRx, you don’t have to choose between between being exposed to dangerous UV rays or keeping the reefs healthy. We are committed to offering the best reef-friendly sunscreen, so that you aren’t doing harm to the vulnerable oceanic environment when you use them.
To further reinforce SolRx as the best sport sunscreen for both athletes and the environment, our products have been tested by the industry’s leading provider of SPF waterproof testing. The science-based results show that it is impossible for SolRx sunscreen to deposit on the reef if it is on the skin. And evidence that the formula remains on the skin is borne out by the SPF rating remaining constant throughout the testing.
Conclusion: our sports sunscreen for athletes remains on the wearer for 8 hours and provides 97% or more of its SPF protection that entire time. This translates to no deleterious effect to the our ocean’s reefs and the environment as a whole.
Get the Best Sports Sunscreen for Your Athletic Lifestyle
Are you ready to experience what makes SolRx the best sports sunscreen on the market? Below we feature some of the most preferred SolRx sunscreen products for athletes and sports enthusiasts.
SolRx SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen
SolRx Waterblock SPF 50 Zinc Sunscreen is the trusted choice of athletes and lifeguards for protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Originally designed for triathletes, swimmers and surfers, our SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection and it will not burn your eyes if you sweat.
Differing from normal sports sunscreens, SolRx’s SPF 50 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen blocks the sun’s harmful rays, instead of reflecting them. Regular sport sunscreens absorb into the skin in order to start working. Dry Zinc Sunscreen physically blocks the sun by sitting directly on your skin, which is why most labels say to apply the zinc sunscreen about 20 minutes before entering the sun.
Shop our SPF 50 Zinc Sports Sunscreen with quantity discounts available.
SolRx WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen
As SolRx’s flagship sport sunscreen, WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen is the choice in SPF 50 sunscreens for athletes around the world because of the ultimate protection it provides. WaterBlock SPF 50 sunscreen protects athletes from 98% of sunburn-causing UVB rays as well as the UVA rays that age and wrinkle skin.
Like all of our sunscreens, SolRx Waterblock SPF 50 sunscreen is water resistant, oil free and paraben free, making it the best SPF 50 sunscreen for athletes with sensitive skin. In AMA Labs 8 Hour Immersion testing, our SPF 50 broad spectrum sunscreen was proven to protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays for 480 minutes.
Get the WaterBlock SPF 50 Water Resistant Sunscreen with quantity discounts available.
SolRx SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen Pump
SolRx’s new SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen in a 3.4oz Pump is engineered with a naturally derived grain alcohol instead of normal SD-40 petroleum based alcohols to keep your skin from drying out. Our SPF 50 Spray sunscreen provides perfectly balanced UVA/UVB protection for athletes who need the ultimate skin protection while they compete outdoors.
Like all of our Waterblock sports sunscreens, SolRx Spray Dry SPF 50 is paraben free, non-sticky, and has been proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water, making it one of the best sports sunscreen for athletes.
Believe it or not, summer’s almost over. This means it’s time to buy fall clothes and shop for items on your school supply list – pencils, tissues, markers, glue. Is sunblock included?
Well, it might not be. These days, many school lists are geared to the general student population, as kids often share their supplies with one another, and sunblock is usually a more personal choice. In addition, it’s not really a direct educational aid. But it’s still something you should send to school with your students, and make sure they have on hand.
The Importance of Sunblock
You certainly understand why you have sunblock on hand throughout June, July, and August. The sun is strong, and your kids are hopefully spending a lot of time outdoors. They need protection from those UVA and UVB rays, the ones that create sunburn and age skin prematurely, making them at risk for skin cancer later in life. It’s hot, so they may sweat, which means a water-resistant formula would be best to protect their more sensitive skin. Remember that any amount of tanning on your child’s skin can represent cellular skin damage, so protecting them from the sun is key.
It’s easy to forget that your kids will be outside and exposed to the weather on school days. After all, you don’t see them, and you have other things on your mind – work, taking care of other children, home projects, classes. But they will have recess, and they may eat lunch outside (depending on your climate and school’s situation), and the walk or bike to and from school may also take them along sunlit sidewalks and open areas with little shade. They may spend time outside during gym classes, waiting for the bus, and on field days as well. The SolRx SPF 35 Sunscreen comes in a 1.5oz bottle with a carabiner handle for easy access.
Putting sunblock on can be a hassle, especially when it comes to squirming children. But it’s important, if your kids will be outside, to make sure they are always wearing sunscreen, and try to encourage them to reapply during the day (we know this is hard!). Even in winter, and on cloudy days, the sun can be dangerous. The sun’s rays can sometimes penetrate through clouds quite well, depending on their type, thickness, and deepness through the atmosphere, and the UV effect can be even stronger on the earth’s surface as a result. In the winter, UV rays reflect off snow and ice and bounce right back onto skin, so the sun can affect your children more than you realize all year round – no matter what the weather conditions.
We can’t control every moment of our children’s days once they enter school, but we can give them the tools to help themselves. That’s really what education is all about, right? Although your school supply list might not include sunblock, you should slip a container into your kids’ backpacks and make sure they’re truly ready for school this fall – in all the important ways.
Think you’re well protected from the sun this summer? You might be making one of the following mistakes when applying sunscreen, which could harm your skin and your health down the line.
1. You Wait Too Long to Apply It
If you want till you get outside to apply sunscreen, you’re too late. You should apply at least 20 minutes before you actually go into the sun, in order to make sure your sunblock has time to get absorbed into your skin and start working. Your skin is vulnerable when you first go into the sun, so this is important. Although the FDA warns that you need to reapply every 80 minutes (and you do with other sunscreens), SolRx is has been tested and proven to offer coverage for 8 hours in and out of water.
2. You Miss A Spot
If you try to apply sunscreen while your clothes are on, you’re likely to miss spots because you don’t want to get your clothes messy, so you should actually make sure you use a liberal amount before you leave the house. Don’t forget your lips, your underarms, your feet, behind your ears, and the back of your neck. Also, protect your eyes with sunglasses.
3. You Don’t Use the Right Kind
You need a high-SPF (15+), broad-spectrum sunblock, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays, and if you’re going to sweat or go into the water, you need to use a water-resistant formula so your sunblock will not slide off and become ineffective. Don’t use body-only formulations on your face, because formulas designed for your face are more gently manufactured without alcohol.
4. You Don’t Use It When You Should
It doesn’t have to be glaringly sunny outside for you to put sunblock on. During certain times of day, the sun can be quite strong even through clouds. Windows of houses and cars block UVB rays but not UVA – and you won’t be able to tell that you’re getting them, because only UVB rays lead to darkened skin. You can also still get sun when you’re in the shade, under an umbrella, because sun rays reflect off sand, water, and snow.
5. You Don’t Use Enough
Most people only apply about 25-50 percent of the amount of sunscreen they really need. You should be using about one shot glass’ worth of sunblock (two tablespoons) to exposed areas, with a nickel-sized dollop for the face alone. With a spray, apply until there’s an even sheen on the skin. Please note, it’s very unlikely that you will ever apply too much.
These are incredibly common mistakes that most people experience more than once when putting on sunblock, but easily fixed with a little time and extra care when you apply. Safeguard yourself and those you love by eliminating these mistakes, and you’ll be able to enjoy summer with no drawbacks!
Spray-on sunscreens can be just as effective as lotions and creams, as long as you put enough on. But how exactly should you use spray-on sunscreens to get the best effect?
As one of the leading developers of high-performance spray-on sunscreen, here at SolRx, we’ve created an advanced option that designed to offer prolonged water immersion, profuse sweating, and long hours in the sun. As such, below we discuss the important of proper application of spray-on sunscreens.
Why Use A Spray-on Sunscreen?
Spray-on sunscreen has been the number one choice for many people because it dries quickly, it’s lightweight and it’s easy to put on. It’ll protect areas that are hard to cover otherwise, like your scalp, if you don’t want to wear a hat, or your back. In addition, people who are hairy may prefer spray-on’s because they don’t tend to cling to hairs the way lotions do.
The SolRx SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen Pump is an excellent choice for spray sunscreen. The formula is engineered with natural ingredients to keep your skin from drying out. The WATERBLOCK formula (which is 100% paraben-free, non-sticky) and has been proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water!
Yes, you read that correctly. That’s a spray-on sunscreen that provides 8+ hours of protection!
Make Sure You’re Putting Enough On
A gentle spritz onto your skin isn’t enough. You need to apply enough to the skin to make it glisten. A good general rule is to aim your spray continuously for about six seconds per body part – which is longer than you might think. Don’t rush this process; it’ll still be quick, but you need to make sure you’re thorough.
Do I Really Have to Rub Spray Sunscreen In?
The short answer is yes. No matter whether the instructions call for it or not, you should rub your spray-on sunscreen in. This is because even fine sprays will coat your body unevenly, and rubbing it in ensures that you get more even coverage. Rubbing also helps your body absorb the sunscreen more easily. Make sure that you don’t rub too vigorously, because this may actually reduce the effectiveness of your sunscreen.
Ultimately, you should get the type of sunscreen that you’ll actually use. If you think you won’t use lotions because you (or your squirming child) aren’t patient enough to put it all over your body, then a spray-on might be the best option for you.
SolRx, with its broad-spectrum protection and WaterBlock technology, is ideal for active endeavors at the beach. That makes it a great choice for beach volleyball players at any level – elite or novice. It’s effective all day, no matter what conditions you’re playing in.
On top of that, it’s the best choice for the environment. Its formula doesn’t wash off and cause damage to our natural coral reefs like other sunscreen products.
The Benefits of Effective Water Resistance
SolRx is a superstar when it comes to meeting FDA standards for sun safety. The test developed to test SolRx’s water immersion performance, with AMA Labs in the 1990s, was later called the industry standard. In real numbers, it means that SolRx’s SPF 30 sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, was rated at 35.85 SPF even after eight hours completely underwater. If you’re an athlete, that’s huge – you’re protected from sweat, rain, salt water all day long. You don’t have to worry so much about re-application; you can focus on the game.
One of the other benefits of SolRx is that, because it clings so well to your skin, your vision doesn’t get impaired by sweat washing off stinging active ingredients into your eyes. Your vision remains unimpaired. If you’ve got your eyes on the ball, that’s important. You’re diving for the ball, spiking it over the net – you don’t have time to think about how your sun protection is failing you. And if you do have the right sunscreen, well, isn’t that a great legal advantage in a game?
Save the Oceans
Sunscreens that don’t stay with you so well have chemicals that damage the ocean environment in which you may be playing. These chemicals can leach corals of their nutrients in a process called “bleaching.” Fish and other wildlife are also affected, and this makes their survival in the face of climate change much less certain. And with all the ingredients from low-quality sunscreens littering our oceans, the problem is getting worse. However, SolRx is removable only by soap and water. It doesn’t rub off into the water, which makes it a safe choice for anyone who likes to spend time near water-based habitats. SolRx is committed to not polluting our most fragile and awe-inspiring environments.
If you spend time on or near water, you should think about what sunscreen will best improve your performance while protecting your skin. SolRx is formulated precisely for this purpose. It’s a great option for anyone, but especially for elite athletes who work and play outdoors, in and out of the water.
If you want to make the grade when it comes to cycling like a pro, follow these tips from experts in the know:
Train Properly, and Pace Yourself
When you’re riding a big event, you can get caught up in the excitement and start too fast. Be careful not to expend your energy at the beginning of the ride. And remember it’s not all physical – there’s mental training to do as well. Know that you’ll experience emotional highs and lows during your ride, and the expectation will help you get through them.
Prepare for the Weather
If it rains, you’ll need a waterproof jacket. Use overshoes and waterproof socks, and consider gloves to keep your hands warm. Waterproof bib tights can also help during rain and cold. If you are riding in wintry conditions, boots and overtrousers may help. A hat or cap under your helmet can keep rain out and warm your noggin. And don’t forget that heat and sun can also provide less-than-optimal conditions. Wear a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen and sunglasses for glare, such as SolRx with WATERBLOCK Technology.
Keep Your Bike Maintained and Adjusted
Make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. Use mudguards and lights if you’re riding in wet or dark conditions. Adjust your saddle to make sure it’s at the right height – if it is, your heel should just graze the pedal at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Make sure your wheels spin straight and don’t rub the brakes; use lube (but not too much) on the chain. Know how to change a flat.
Eat Well, Drink Water
If you’re in a race, don’t eat anything unusual on the day before the race. You don’t want to experiment just before an important event. Do make sure you have enough of the right nutrients and proteins to give you healthy energy for the race. Also, stay hydrated. If you’re using a water bottle during an event, keep your eyes on the road, and don’t drink as you go through potentially tricky areas.
Develop Your Technique
The idea is to look and feel at one with your bike. It’s best to keep yourself in good physical condition, which helps your steadiness during climbs, and to be confident in your bike-handling, which is important during descents. Make sure you can use your gears efficiently, so as not to lose momentum and energy. Anticipate. Stay loose, since this can help you lower your center of gravity during descents, and can keep your muscles from seizing up. If you practice regularly, your muscle memory will help make the process easier.
And, most of all, enjoy the ride! Cycling is a healthy physical activity that’s great for your legs while staying easy on your joints and feet. It’s a good way of experiencing the outdoors and getting to know a place, and the sense of freedom you experience is like no other.