Ups for Racing
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Warm Ups for Racing (Introduction)
Most riders and coaches believe in the value of a good warm-up. Although there
is a lack of hard scientific evidence confirming the value of warm-ups, they
make good sense. Here’s how to warm-up.
What Is a Warm-up?
A warm-up is a moderated and progressive increase in
effort in preparation for heavy exertion.
In preparation for most racing, several minutes of
race speed effort are advised. Sometimes several hard jumps, or anaerobic
efforts, are included.
Stretching is controversial: some studies have show
that pre-event stretching worsens performance.
A stationary trainer may be necessary. Stationary
trainers provide the most controlled warm-ups. In inclement weather, or with
limited warm-up terrain, they may be the only practical option.
Why Warm Up?
Warming up prepares you for racing. Here’s how and
Increase Blood Flow to Muscles