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Pedal Power Garage operate in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. The service provides a convenient and professional option to have your bike serviced at your home or workplace, on a day and time that works for you. Call, email or use their online booking form to book your service today.
The Yoga Place Melbourne are offering our participants 35 days unlimited yoga for $35. Use the code ONEDAY at the checkout and build on your core strength and flexibility. Visit their website or call them now to make the most of this offer. Expires 31st December.
It will take time to prepare for The OneDay, but with the proper training anyone can walk 25km or ride 60km or 100km.
You may feel like you have no time to train, and that’s understandable. But if you take a moment to look at your schedule, you may find blocks of training time you hadn’t considered before. Try training before work or taking a short stroll on your lunch hour. Walk or ride the store instead of driving. Set aside portions of your weekend to train. Training with a team or another participant is a great way to keep motivated. You can push each other through those final kilometres and keep each other company along the way.
Stretching regularly before and after your training will help you attain and maintain flexibility. This will have tremendous payoffs for you during The OneDay. Muscle pain, stiffness, injuries and fatigue will all be lessened.
In order to build endurance, you may want to try interval training. Just start out walking or riding slowly. Pick up your pace, then return to your original pace for a few minutes. Then repeat the cycle. Ideally, your goal is to work up to a consistent pace of about 5km per hour or faster if you're walking and 20km per hour or faster if you're riding.
Other types of exercise like running, team athletics and stair training will help you strengthen your muscles. But remember that in order to be fully prepared for The OneDay, you must train outside on foot, using similar shoes and equipment to what you will have on the event. And don’t forget to work some hills into your training, as they can be much more demanding than flat terrain.
If the weather outside isn’t ideal, you should not derail your training regiment. Make sure you’re wearing warm layers before you head outside. Wear synthetic fabrics, as cotton tends to absorb moisture and chill you. In the rain, wear a waterproof outer layer with secure closures around your neck and wrists.
You should take at least one day off per week to rest and recover. Don’t get so enthusiastic about training that you injure yourself before the event begins. Pace yourself. When you’re training with others, don’t force yourself to move faster than your ability. Take your time and work slowly up to increased distances and faster paces.
Start your journey on the right foot and in the right shoes! Shoes and socks are amongst your most important gear for The OneDay. Visit a specialty sports shoe store with knowledgeable staff that are willing to take the time to help you find the right shoes.
Each person's feet are different. The best shoe for you is the one that fits you best, the one that gives you the proper fit, flexibility, comfort and support! Keep these tips in mind while you shop:
If any part of your foot feels it is rubbing against a rough spot in the shoe, try another pair or style. These spots are prone to give you blisters. Shoes should feel great when you put them on. Don't buy them thinking you will wear them in.
Remember a bad fit will ruin a good shoe. Invest in the right shoes to prevent injury and keep you walking in comfort. When you find shoes with the perfect fit, we recommend buying two pairs and alternating between them. Then make sure to break them in before the event!
Dry, comfortable feet will help prevent blisters. Nothing can put a damper on your experience faster than blisters. Blisters are caused by moist feet, friction and socks that are wrinkled, damp or bunched up.
It’s vital to invest in socks that can make a big difference in your walking comfort and give you that extra boost to keep you going. Keep these tips in mind while you shop:
Try on different pairs of socks to see which ones are best for your feet. Socks offer different kinds of thickness and padding. Socks that are padded in the heel and toe areas are good for people who are prone to blisters in those areas.
As you train and during The OneDay, we encourage taking off your shoes and socks to let your feet air out during your breaks. Don't be afraid to carry a spare pair of socks. Keep your feet dry, comfortable and happy!
A lot of new Riders ask what kind of bike they need. Every year we have riders take part on all kinds of bikes from kick bikes to tandems to unicycles! Most Riders use a mountain bike, a hybrid or a road bike. Any of these bikes are fine as long as they are properly set up. Here’s the difference:
Whatever bike you choose, take it to one of our training partners and have them fit the bike to you. The seat, handle bar position and height makes a world of difference to your comfort.