As we approach our September class dates, we wanted to pass along a few considerations for you to think about well ahead of time to help you get the most from your experience:
- Physical endurance is the #1 limiting factor for adventure riding students. Since you have about 2 1/2 months to work on your conditioning, we suggest you do a routine of aerobic exercise that elevates your heart rate (i.e. running, brisk walking, pushing your motorcycle in circles). It would also be beneficial to include strength training and flexibility in your program. Of course, you should consult with a medical professional about your readiness for such an exercise program if you are not already involved in one.
- Warm weather makes physical effort even harder, especially if you are not accustomed to exerting yourself in the heat. Start now to acclimatize but be sure to do so gradually and safely. Again, consult a professional about how to best do this.
- Hydration can also be a big issue. We will have cold water close at hand for breaks but it is important that you have the ability to drink OFTEN, so wear a hydration pack or keep a water bottle on your bike.
- Plan to bring snacks to keep on your person or bike as well, as you may need some quick energy every few hours.
- Finally, be sure to bring a sun hat with you for protection when you are not wearing your helmet (during static exercises, discussions and breaks), as sometimes shade is scarce. Also be sure to wear sunscreen.
We will start classes early to take advantage of the cooler hours of the day. Exact start times will be provided before your arrival but think in terms of 7 a.m. We will wrap up early afternoon on Day 1 to allow ample time to rest and reflect on the day’s activities before we start Day 2.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in September!