Wednesday, July 15, 2009

THIS is MIA


Minneapolis Institute of Arts celebrates BIKES with: Tour de Force
Thursday, July 16, 2009
6 – 9 p.m.

museum-wide

Bike on by for a rousing good time. Enjoy free bike valet service at the Third Avenue entrance. Create your own "vintage" French bike poster. Take a self-guided tour celebrating all things transit. View the 1948 Italian Neorealist classic The Bicycle Thief. Check out Ruby3 bike-friendly fashions by local design maven Anna Lee. And gear up for a fabulous alchemy of rock, folk, and country by acclaimed local band Kid Dakota.

Also, enter to win a Surly bike, Twin Six gear, and Nutcase helmets!

I heart biking and I heart art, so this is a must attend!! Don't miss such a great event promoting biking and bike love! Be there or be Square!

MIA is located at:

2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 • (888) MIA ARTS (642-2787) (Toll Free)

Stretching: Really? Do I have to?

Stretching after working out is like doing the dishes after a nice big meal…I don’t want to do it!! I would rather lean back at the table and have a good conversation and some coffee and after a run, I am usually ready jump into another project, not sit around for 10 minutes stretching. I always felt like it was girly or trivial to stretch, but I have learned the error of my ways! It’s vital! We become better, faster and healthier athletes. And if we are doing that, we are achieving our goals!

Yesterday I kept on track with my daily activity that was planned and went for a 3 mile run, narrowly escaping a downpour. (That’s another way to increase speed: try and outrun the weather.) When I was through, I had yet to ride my bike home from the lake and eat supper. By the time I was back I was famished and ready to eat. But I had to stretch while my muscles were still a-twitchin.

This is where the first tip comes in: Warm it up! Don’t stretch cool muscles. You have more potential for injury if you stretch cool, so warm up first. Take off and jog a half-mile or crank out the first mile of your ride. You can even do some calisthenics around your living room or yard to warm up your joints and cardiovascular system. Whatever you do warm up first, stretch second.

Tip two: don’t bounce! This is not the dance floor at the club! You don’t need to bounce when you stretch-- it can lead to injury or tearing a muscle! Plus it makes you look funny girl! Just lean into your stretch, stop when you feel resistance and hold for 15-30 seconds (increasing with the size of the muscle group). Holding the stretch like this will build and lengthen the muscles.

So what?! Why stretch at all? Because! Stretching can increases and strengthen your muscles and the stronger your muscles, the lower your chance of injuring them. Stretching will also increase your flexibility by moving lactic acid from the muscles. When you increase your flexibility you increase movement and fluidity. If you’re a runner, your means your stride. Whatever your activity, when you increase flexibility, you increase speed!

Stretching is hard for me to do alone! Gone are the days of 20 of my cross-country teammates sitting in the grass and doing this together! But it needs to become part of every active person’s workout regime just like making your bed or doing the dishes. What, you don’t do those either? Honey, that’s a whole other blog…It just takes a few short minutes to make change.

Like a wise little man once said: Little by little one walks far. You would probably find me running or riding my bike, but you get the gist.

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