White Pow to Brown Pow: Tips to Transition from Snow to Bike Season
It’s that time of year again.
There is plenty of snow on the slopes, but Spring is in the air and we can smell that mountain bike season is just around the corner. The mud, the sweat, and tears of joy– it’s about time to get excited.
Usually most of us don’t blink an eye as we transition from snow to bike season. Sure, maybe you’ve knocked the dust off the bike, but this year we’re going to go beyond just greasing the gears as you prepare for the upcoming season. We’ve joined forces with Kinetic Sports Rehab to take a deeper dive as to how to prepare for the move from the white pow to the brown pow.
While there are certainly some commonalities between snow and bike sports, training to overcome the differences is what’s going to make this the best bike season yet. Fortunately, this transition can be smooth process if you take the right steps to prepare your body to handle the changes in demand. For starters, here’s a few comparisons that will get you in the right headspace.
- Rider position or stance
- Power is driven from the hips
- Anticipation and quick decision making
- High core demands
- Overall intensity
In comparison to snow sports, mountain biking requires a(n):
- Asymmetrical stance
- Less upright torso and crouched position
- Horizontal pull and pressing strength to control the handlebars
- ROM at the ankle to pedal
And while clearly not all-inclusive, this just goes to show we need to train smarter, not harder, while moving from one season to the next.
Instead of trying to whip you into shape, we’re coming at you from a biomechanical perspective aiming to condition your joints to handle and distribute the loads placed on the body in a proper and efficient manner.
It’s not rocket science, but it is science nonetheless. For instance:
The less upright position on a bike requires control of larger ranges of motion a the hip, so power can be driven from hip to pedal rather than compensation through movement in the lumbar spine. And while power is driven from the hips, loads of stability and strength around the shoulder and wrists are necessary for maneuvering the handlebars and staying on line through the crud. Adequate ranges of motion at the ankle are needed to distribute forces away from the tissues surrounding the knee. Thoracic mobility is needed to combat the crouched rider position. The asymmetrical stance can wreak havoc on muscular balance throughout the body over a long season. So on and so forth.
Today, we’re just getting you to think in the right mindset. Coming soon, we will unveil a number of tips and tricks to keep you on your A-game during the mountain bike season so stay tuned!