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Friday, September 13, 2019

No matter what the weather conditions are, your fluid requirements increase when cycling long distances.  Make sure to drink small amounts frequently throughout the ride. Remember, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. 

Fundraising Tip:
Meeting new people can be intimidating, don't be afraid to strike a conversation with someone new.  Maybe they have more riding experience than you, that's okay! Cycling is supposed to be fun and social. Your new friend may find your reason for riding intriguing and want to donate to Helping Hands! Get out there and mingle!

Heads up!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Are you wearing your helmet correctly? See this diagram to be sure. Stay safe, Gears for Good is only a week away! 

Fundraising Tip:  
Send a thank you!  It’s a simple thing to do, but also one of the most powerful.

Make sure to say thank you to everyone who has supported you. Send emails, write personal notes and thank people in person. Do it every opportunity you get.

Wiggle your toes!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Wiggle your toes every now and then. It ensures the blood flowing to your feet for good circulation, limits tension that causes cramping and fatigue, and makes you remain fluid so that you can absorb the bumps and turns of the trail. 

Fundraising Tip:
It’s very common for people to put things off. We all live busy lives and have a lot of other responsibilities on our plates. A little reminder nudge never hurt anyone.

If someone has indicated that they want to donate, but hasn’t, don’t hesitate to follow-up with a phone call or reminder email. Especially as the time you have to fundraise for the event runs down. People respond to deadlines!

Almonds anyone?

Friday, August 9, 2019

How to raise $200 in one week!
Ask 5 friends for $5
Ask 2 co-workers for $15
Ask a neighbor for $20
Ask 4 family members for $25 (we have a graphic that Michael created for 2018 of this)

Training Tip:
Don't let your hunger take over. You should try to consume 200 calories for every hour of riding. Some items that are easy to eat on the go include energy bars, energy gels or almonds!

Give it up!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ask some of your friends or family members to "Give It Up".  The rules are simple: have those that you ask to agree to give up an indulgence for a certain amount of time and put the money toward your cause or project.  It can be something simple as buying a coffee each day or weekly tickets to the movies. If they go to Starbucks daily and spend $5, that could bring in $25 in 5 days. So easy, right?!

Training Tip:
Check your tire pressure-lower tire pressure helps with traction, cornering and comfort while riding! 

Shorts, shorts, shorts!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

It's hard to ask friends and family, but the truth is, if you care about raising funds for the cause, they will too! They either share your values or just want to help! Go ahead, ask them to support you. 

Training Tip:
You should wash shorts after one day of wearing. They are always in need. This means that more than one pair are right for a multi-day ride.

Avoid the BONK!

Friday, June 21, 2019

When asking for a donation to support your campaign, ask for a specific amount--try these:
"Would you consider a gift of $20 to support my Gears for Good fundraising efforts to support those living with bleeding disorders?"
"Honestly, I have NO idea how much to ask you for, but is a gift of $20 something you'd be able to consider?"

Training Tip: 
Running low on energy, or 'bonking' as it’s often called, will reduce your ability to keep going! Cycling will increase your energy requirements, so aim to eat small, frequent meals and snacks on the go in order to maintain energy levels. On the bike, carbohydrate drinks will keep you well fueled — or you could try taking a couple of energy bars or energy gels which are easy to eat in the saddle.

100 days until we ride!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Need to kick off your fundraising campaign? Donate $20 to your personal campaign to be the example you want your donors to see. Want to double your donation? Ask your employer if they offer matching gifts! Do you visit any local shops or restaurants frequently? Ask if they will consider sponsoring your ride this upcoming weekend. When asking for donations, it also helps to ask for a specific amount. Don't be shy, try these tactics and see how much you can raise for Helping Hands!

Training Tip: 
GET SADDLE Time! Nothing makes one's butt not hurt better than time on the saddle. Even if it's a short ride, take advantage of it, every little bit helps.

It's all about the shorts!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

One of the easiest ways to share your journey and hit your fundraising goal is to share your training on social media! Post a photo of you on your ride and add your fundraising page and why you are riding for Team Resilience. 

Every season, getting "back in the saddle" has a period of discomfort. Legs, arms, and, oh my BUTT! You already know that legs just need conditioning, but here is the secret...butts do too.

Ride with bike shorts. Bicycling is not running, and it begs for a pad on your seat. Bike shorts with a nice synthetic pad that is hydrophobic, and ideally contains some closed cell foam inside, helps tremendously.  If you are unsure which brand to go with, reach out to with questions!