5 Ways to Prepare for Spring

Spring is less than three weeks away. Seriously. Here are five things to do, and consider to gear up for warm weather, none of which actually require you to go outside. Because, let’s face it, it’s still cold out there. 1) Become a Pacer Can you carry a sign while running a steady pace for 26.2 miles? Maybe you can be part of the NEW Lakefront Marathon pacing team. Race director Kristine Hinrichs announced the following on the official Lakefront Marathon blog:We will have pace teams spanning finish times from 3:20 to 5:00 hours. Details will be posted on our…

Spring is less than three weeks away. Seriously.

Here are five things to do, and consider to gear up for warm weather, none of which actually require you to go outside. Because, let’s face it, it’s still cold out there.

1) Become a Pacer

Can you carry a sign while running a steady pace for 26.2 miles? Maybe you can be part of the NEW Lakefront Marathon pacing team. Race director Kristine Hinrichs announced the following on the official Lakefront Marathon blog:

We will have pace teams spanning finish times from 3:20 to 5:00 hours. Details will be posted on our web site in a few days – so take a look! If you are an experienced pacer, stay tuned for information about serving as a pacer, too. We did not increase the registration fee for 2009 to accommodate this cost (as we were not sure we could make it happen) but will probably have to do so in 2010.

2) Register for WORS

The largest mountain bike race series in the country just opened up online registration for all their races, including the wildly popular Alterra Coffee Bean Classic at Crystal Ridge in Franklin, Wisconsin on August 2. You can find a full list of events held throughout the state here.

3) Brainstorm for Bikes

This year, bike like a kid again. Local cyclist Denny Yunk compiled a list of ways to make biking fun. Some of his thoughts include riding a bike that forces you to go slowly, riding somewhere new by finding a route on MapMyRide.com, and bringing a camera to take pictures during your ride. See the whole list here.

4) Get a Beard Head

End of winter means end-of-winter sales on cold-weather gear. I can’t think of a better investment than The Beard Head. For $24.99 you get all the warmth and then some of a beard and mustache, without having to endure the ichiness and Charles Manson jokes or, for women, hormon therapy, that accompanies growing facial hair. Available in styles that range from “Grandpa” to “Pirate,” I think my favorite has to be the Lumberjack.

5) Add Something To Your Workout

You may have gained a pound or lost a step over the winter. Don’t let it get you down. It’s a long winter. It happens. Instead of trying to get it all back in one or two workouts, start slowly adding a little something extra to your routines. I’ve been tacking on progressively longer sprints to the end of my runs lately. I’ve been building up little by little. Hopefully by the time competition season rolls around — and it will be here sooner than you think — we’ll all be ready.

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