Calling All Women to the Bike Trails!
August 20, 2011 by Victoria In Category Sport
When you watch biking events on television such as a local triathlon or the Tour de France, do you feel as if it’s mostly men who participate? It’s true that biking and those so-called Iron Man competitions have been dominated by men, but women can find many benefits to biking regularly and to preparing for and participating in triathlons as well.
One reason that women would do well to consider biking is that it involves little or no impact, which is a good thing especially for those who are just starting out and who may be carrying some extra weight. When you’re overweight, you’re putting more stress on your joints with every step and bounce, so aerobics and jogging and activities like these may not be the best choice.
If you’re serious about the sport, consider your equipment. Make sure you purchase a bike that is suited to your frame; most women are a few inches shorter than the average man and so their legs are not as long either. Don’t just pick out the most expensive bike you see but be sure you try a few different sizes to see what fits your frame. Also be sure you choose one for the terrain on which you want to ride; you need different tires and gears and a bike weight for rocky terrain than if you plan on riding on cemented bike paths.
Get the right clothes; if you don’t want to invest in bike shorts, make sure you wear yoga pants or something else fitted and soft so you avoid chafing. Start slowly, and chances are you’ll soon enjoy the benefits of the exercise and the calories burned and will be glad you no longer see this as a “man’s domain.”