Teams and Walkers
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?!
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!
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.
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.
Fundraising should be fun, and there are several ongoing fundraisers that you can do right at your office. Remember, every little bit gets you closer to your goal. Collect bottles and cans at your office and then put that money toward your fundraiser. You can also put a jar on your desk and collect spare change — simple and easy!
When it comes to your bum, pad alone doesn't relieve all pain. Chafing can affect the butt comfort. Chafing can be minimized by using a proper treatment with a cycling product branded "Butt Butter," which essentially contains the same ingredients as A&D ointment, a medicated thick gel for babies' butts, except that A&D ointment contains ingredients that helps prevent "diaper rash" in babies (something equivalent to riding in bike shorts all day), and it is a fraction of the cost. If following this guidance and using A&D ointment, we don't recommend skimping. Use the name brand item, as it contains the thickest gel and works longer. Imitation brands don't.
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.
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 this donation? Check with your employer to see if they offer matching gifts!
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.
One of the easiest ways to share your journey with Team Resilience 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. They make for a much nicer ride. If you are unsure which brand to go with, reach out to TeamHFA@hemophilifed.org with questions!