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Getting Ready For a Major Biking Expedition

For you, riding a bike is not just a fun way to spend a Colorado afternoon. It’s many things: great exercise, a better alternative to using a car, even part of your lifestyle. For some time now, you’ve been thinking about stepping up to a major biking expedition.

But are you ready for the challenge? This isn’t just a question of spending more time on the bike. You need to make sure your body, mind, and gear are ready for the long ride. You also have to be careful about traffic. To start, focus on some training.

Training Your Body & Mind

When you prepare for a major biking expedition in Colorado or elsewhere, there are two areas you need to focus on: endurance and muscle strength. You’ll need to work on this for months beforehand.

To build up your endurance, you need cardio training. That means riding long runs on your bike as well as cross-training with jogging, swimming, or rowing. The key is to get your heart pumping so your body gets better at taking in oxygen and using energy efficiently.

You will also need to build your muscle strength. Riding your bike is a great way to improve leg strength, but you also have to work on the muscles in your arms and core. Squats, rowing, and planks are all great exercises for this.

Just remember that you will probably be riding with some gear or even a backpack. As the Adventure Cycling Association explains, you should train by riding with the same weight as you’ll have on your biking expedition. This way, your body and mind will be ready to carry that weight.

Gear To Help Stay Safe

As you train to increase your endurance and muscle strength, you’ll also need to check out your gear and bike. After all, you’re not taking a stroll in a Denver mall.

REI.com has a great page listing essential gear for your Colorado biking expedition, including:

  • A bike helmet that fits properly.
  • Water (in a bottle that fits a cage) and snacks to keep up your physical health.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses, even if the day is overcast.
  • A patch kit, pump, and spare tubes.
  • A multi-tool with Allen wrenches and a tire lever.

When it comes to your bike, make sure you get it tuned and checked before your expedition. This includes checking that your tires are pumped, brakes work properly, and the chain is well-lubed. Some of this you can do yourself, but consider taking your bike to a reputable shop, especially if you haven’t done so in a while.

Pitfalls & Dangers To Avoid

Getting ready for a major biking expedition means more than training and gear. Unless your route will only be in nature, You also have to worry about drivers.

Last year, deaths resulting from car accidents in Colorado jumped nearly 11 percent from 2015, making it the deadliest year on Colorado roads since 2005. Some 605 people were killed, including pedestrians and bicyclists. One reason for this increase is driving while intoxicated, either from alcohol or marijuana. Make sure you signal clearly while on the road and keep an eye out for cars.

Go Enjoy Your Ride Safely

Moving from casual riding to a major bike expedition is a great step to take, but you need to be careful about it. Months ahead of time, start with cardio and strength training. Make sure your bike is in a good condition, and be careful on the roads when cars are around. This way, you can make sure you can keep taking these rides for a long time to come.

Written By: Travis White

October 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Ways To Keep Your Workout Fun When You Have A Disability

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Daily exercise is great for both the mind and body, but if you stick to the same routine every time, it can become boring, which may make you want to give it up. If you have a disability, your routine may be more limited, which can make it trickier to find new, safe ways of working out.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can get in a workout and make it fun; all it takes is a bit of planning and some creativity. Consult your doctor before beginning any new regimen to make sure it’s for you, then use these tips to start a routine that will keep your energy level up and help you feel better all the way around.

Get a friend involved

Workouts are much more fun when you’re not alone, so ask a friend (or a few friends) to start a little exercise group that meets a couple of times a week. You could go to a local park to walk the trails or check out the local YMCA to see what activities they offer. On the days the group doesn’t meet, you’ll have a support system to call upon should you start to feel unmotivated.

Swim

Swimming is a great exercise for most people with a disability, because it allows you to have a full range of motion. It’s also a relaxing pastime that can help you overcome stress and anxiety, and it’s something you can do in a group or alone, in the winter (if you have access to an indoor pool) or in the summer.

Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful way to get in a workout that, like swimming, helps with stress and anxiety. There are different difficulty levels, meaning just about anyone can do it, and it helps strengthen your entire body. It’s also a great way to practice meditation and mindful thinking, which focuses on the present rather than worrying about the past or future.

Strength training

Strength training uses weights to work various muscle groups and can be done at a gym or in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to use expensive weights, either; you can simply use what you have on hand, such as soup cans. Start small and build your way up.

Get involved in a sport

If you’ve always wanted to play a sport, you may be able to try it out no matter what your disability may be. Talk to your doctor about finding a way to play basketball or tennis, or consider finding a sport rooted in the outdoors, such as canoeing.

Adopt a dog

If you’ve always wanted a pet, consider adopting a service dog. They can be great motivators when it’s time to exercise, and can make the process more fun, especially if you have a local dog park near where you live.

The same old workouts can get boring regardless of whether or not you have a disability. The key is to change things up so that you remain invested in taking care of yourself. If you lose interest in how you’re getting, or staying, fit, chances are your fitness will wane as your workouts fall by the wayside.

Written By: Travis White

May 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Colorado: The Ideal Place For The Senior Adventurer

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In 2015, a record 77.7 million people visited Colorado. Considering its stunning natural beauty and the activities on offer, this will come as no surprise. Visitors and locals are drawn by the chance to explore and let off steam in the great outdoors – and they really are spoilt for choice. Yet, Colorado is not restricted to the young. There is an abundance of sports and activities available to suit all ages and interests, so you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do.

Preparing for your trip

Depending on your current fitness levels and aspirations for exploring the outdoors, it might be worth considering getting into shape by lifting weights, doing cardio or swimming in preparation for your trip; this will boost your strength, stamina and overall confidence and ensure you make the most of your time in Colorado.

Sports and adventure for the young at heart

Colorado is well known for its fantastic snow peaks in the winter months, with skiers and snowboarders taking to the slopes in their thousands. There are countless other outdoor ventures to be enjoyed away from the snow too though, and here are just a few:

Let yourself loose in Avon

Dubbed “The Heart of the Valley”, Avon is home to 6,500 all-year residents and 3,500 visitors. It is a particularly popular choice for senior citizens due to its friendly community and the range of activities on offer. Water lovers can paddle on The Eagle Valley River, while for hikers and bikers there are several trails with beautiful surroundings and various wildlife on show.

Go for a hike in Crested Butte

Referred to as the wildflower capital of Colorado due to the jaw-dropping array of wildflowers that emerge in the summer, Crested Butte offers arguably the most breathtaking plant life in the state. The different trails available cater for all levels of experience and fitness, making Crested Butte a great choice that can be enjoyed by individuals and mixed ability groups alike.

Take to the air in Steamboat Springs

Set in the north of Colorado in Tampa Valley, Steamboat Springs is a popular destination for snow lovers and nature enthusiasts, with fabulous ski slopes, waterfalls and trails. The views are simply spell-binding, and what better way to take them all in than from way up high in a hot air balloon? Exhilarating and idyllic, the experience is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Go rafting on the Arkansas River:

With its sharp descents and fast-flowing rapids, this is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced swimmers. But for the ultimate thrill seeker and the physically strong, this is definitely not to be missed.

 

Whatever time of year you decide to go to Colorado, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime!

Written By; Jocelyn Brown

May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

4 Key Elements To Get Ready For Your Extreme Sport

 

We don’t choose extreme sports, they choose us. That’s my husband’s saying anyway. For me, it’s more like we can choose what we enjoy, but we cannot choose our bodies. Regardless, whether we want to compete or just do it for fun, we need to work on our bodies to get them optimal for a good time be it on the piste, off-piste, running over mountains, or biking through the wilderness. Here in Colorado we’re blessed with some fantastic landscapes, but they will challenge us and we need to be ready.

 

The 4 Key Areas

Most extreme sports are seasonal in Colorado. Skiing and snowboarding in the winter and biking in the summer. However, your fitness needs to be year round – even through Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore, you need to consider these 4 key areas:

 

  1. Endurance and Stamina: How much can you do and how long for? This is your running, hiking, and your cycling. You need to be able to maintain energy levels across different landscapes and climates.
  2. Flexibility: You can work these into programs or spend the whole day on them, but work on gluteus maximus exercises, stability, flexing, and impact practice. Before you run, you need to know how to fall.
  3. Dynamic Movement: When moving fast through complex landscapes, you need to be able to move and adapt fast. For example to weave through trees, cope with bumps, and ride up and down slopes or move from climbing to jumping, to bouncing from rock to rock, or even swimming.
  4. Strength: The best way to create and maintain power is through strength training and the creation of lean muscle mass.

 

Keeping Track of Your Progress

There are several ways of keeping track of your progress. For some, it’s a gut feeling based on how your body feels before, during, and after a training session or while out doing the sport of their choice. For others, it’s all about competition performance. Finally, many others want actual metrics they can check. This means their weight each morning, muscle mass, speed, times, weights lifted and so on. However, the key to metrics and to technology which tracks it, is that these are not the be all and end all of anything. All the devices in the world will not make a person healthier or fitter. What is more important than smart tech is the right attitude.

 

Always Put Yourself First

When it comes to sports and getting fit, we’ve got to listen to our bodies. No matter how extreme or totally not extreme in any way or form, our exercise is, we should not put undue strain on ourselves. First, know your limits at your starting point. Know what’s ok for your body to do and not do. Then set realistic goals and look for slow, incremental progress. Your body will be the better for it. Also realize that we cannot all be extreme sports stars, but we can all make the best of what nature’s given us.

Written By: Jocelyn Brown

April 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Ice and Snow Activities in Summit County

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“There’s so much snow in Summit County that they can’t even deliver the mail”. During the beginning of the year, Summit County received more than eight feet of snow, causing problems with mail delivery and other services. However, the residents aren’t complaining. These cold and snowy winters on the mountain are exactly why many people moved to the county. People here come for the winters and stay for the summers. If you’re ever bored here, you’re simply not getting out. So here are some ways to enjoy your winters in Summit County beyond the traditional skiing and snowboarding activities.

Ice Fishing: Summit County is home to over 140 lakes, rivers, and fishing spots. This make it a dream for fisherman, particularly those that want to enjoy some ice fishing.  Lake, rainbow, and brown trout are the main fish you will be fishing for, and can be caught from 10 feet to 50+ feet of water. If you’re looking for some good game, head out to Lake Dillon, Blue River, Colorado River, Gore Creek, Antero Reservoir, Williams Fork Reservoir, or Granby, which are all popular sites with great fishing reports and a good ice cap. Per fishing reports, good choices for bait include white and pink small tube jigs in the 1 to 2-inch class and use one rod for lake trout and another for rainbows and brown. Be sure you are up-to-date regarding the fishing regulations in the region. In Colorado, the state-wide daily bag limit is four for trout and the possession limit is eight. Also, be careful on the ice, wear warm clothes, and keep dry.

Ice Climbing: Ice climbing adds a whole new edgy element to the already adventurous activity of rock climbing. Ice climbers in Summit County can climb mountain sides, cliffs and rock slabs, and even frozen waterfalls during the winters. One of the most popular sites for ice climbing is in Leadville. This area provides an easier climb called Chalk Creek which is a great starter for beginners. For the more experienced, north of Leadville houses a frozen waterfall located on Forest Service land. It is 40 feet of vertical ice, that provides all elements of a challenging climb. When ice climbing be sure to check all your equipment multiple times, and be aware of the ice and snow conditions. If it’s too cold, dinner plate-sized ice chunks can shatter off and if it’s too warm, refrigerator-sized chunks can crash down on you from above.

Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the wonders of Summit County and get in touch with your survivalist side. Some areas for great views and dedicated snowshoe trails include Frisco Nordic Center, Breckenridge Nordic Center, and Gold Run Nordic Center. Each of these centers has at least 12 kilometers of trails dedicated for snowshoe trekking. At Frisco Nordic Center, you can catch some great views of Lake Dillon while getting away from the city. Breckenridge combines wooden and open areas and you get a scenic route around the Breckenridge and surrounding mountain ranges. Gold Run provides access to back country trails, where you can really get in touch with your adventurous and rugged side. Before you head out on your adventure, make sure you have the proper equipment and know what to do in the case of an emergency.

Article By: Jocelyn Brown

April 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Colorado Outdoor Activities

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Summoning Your Inner Beast with Outdoor Activities in Colorado

Colorado is the highest state in the US with the average height above sea level being 6,800 ft. The state is renowned for its rivers, mountains, and trails. Outdoor sports and activities are more often than not only limited by your endurance and imagination. With over 54 high mountains, Colorado is as formidable as they come. Read on for three of the best ways to challenge the adversity of the Colorado outdoors.

Climbing to Quandry Peak

At 14,000 ft, Quandry Peak is part of the 54 fourteeners in Colorado. Ascending to the peak is not a technically hard climb. The elevation allows for climbers to simply walk up to the peak. The challenge with Quandry Peak is the duration of the walk. It takes heart and good physical shape to get to the top and back. Fortunately, with the climb requiring no ropes and other technical equipment, climbers can come in groups and even bring their pets along. It also worth remembering that should you get into difficulties there are rescue services readily available including mountain rescue dog services, air ambulance and the regular emergency services. While it may not be the most enjoyable thing to think about, preparing for the worst is essential when enjoying adventurous outdoor pursuits.

Fishing in the Taylor River

Taylor River has some of the biggest trough fish in America. There is a specific quarter-mile part of the river where fishers catch the biggest trout, appropriately named the Hog Trough. If you choose to fish here, be prepared to compete with other trophy hunters because the section is quite popular.

Hiking in Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde National Park has some of the best preserved Puebolan architectural features. For this reason, the park appeals to those bitten by wanderlust and those intrigued by history and archeology. The park is extensive and hiking to see all the attractions is demanding, physically. There are over 5,000 archeological sites, with 600 of those being cliff homes where the Pueblo people used to live. You will not see all the sites in one day. The aim is to visit as many as you can. The Mesa Verde park doesn’t allow pets such as dogs to freely hike with their owners. If you bring your dog, make sure he or she can handle the endurance of the long hike. Bringing a dog will tire you out because you have to keep him or her leashed as per the rules.

There are many other outdoor activities that you can engage in when in Colorado. An example rafting in the Arkansas river and cross country biking in Fruita. Whatever you chose to do, Colorado will challenge you and force you to the edges of your endurance. But then again, isn’t that why people go to the outdoors?

Published By: Jocelyn Brown

March 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

PIVOT CYCLES Added to Pioneer Sports Bicycle Line-up!

Pivot Logo Horiz.

We are so excited to announce that Pioneer Sports is now Summit County’s PIVOT CYCLES dealer!  

Pivot has been pushing the limits of what is possible in bicycle development and design for years.  It seems that every person we run into that owns or has owned a Pivot mountain bike has the same response – “It’s the best bike I’ve ever ridden!” That’s exactly the response Pivot Cycles’ founder, Chris Cocalis, is hoping for with every bike Pivot makes. “It’s our vision, our calling and our ultimate goal to design and build cutting edge bikes that take your cycling experience to a whole new level and do it in a way that provides you with the best possible experience whether you’re already riding a Pivot or in the process of becoming a Pivot owner.  We value your support and look forward to seeing you out on the trail enjoying your new Pivot.”- Chris Cocalis (Pivot Cycles President/CEO)

With the success of Pivot’s Mach 6, Mach 5.7, Mach 4, Mach 429SL, and the new Mach429 Trail, we, at Pioneer, couldn’t be happier to partner with Pivot and grow both the brand, and the sport of mountain biking, in Summit County!

Bikes are already in the store, and more are being built daily, so stop by and check em’ out! You might just find your new favorite bike! To make reservations to demo one of these sweet machines Click Here!

May 24th, 2016|Pioneer Sports News, Press Release|

Press Release: Pioneer Wins Best of Frisco Award for 3rd Consecutive Year!

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pioneer Sports Receives 2016 Best of Frisco Award

Frisco Award Program Honors the Achievement

FRISCO March 1, 2016 — Pioneer Sports has been selected for the 2016 Best of Frisco Award in the Ski Rental Concession category by the Frisco Award Program.

Each year, the Frisco Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Frisco area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Frisco Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Frisco Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Frisco Award Program

The Frisco Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Frisco area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Frisco Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Frisco Award Program

CONTACT:
Frisco Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardconnections.org
URL: http://www.awardconnections.org

March 8th, 2016|Pioneer Sports News, Press Release|

Wake Up Breck

Every year for…..who knows how long??? The locals have liked to kick off the ski season and Breckenridge Ski Resort’s opening by gathering together around something EVERYONE loves. COFFEE!!!  If you’re a local, you already have your spot scoped out where be grabbing that cup of morning goodness. If you’re just visiting, check out the list of participating shops, and maybe we’ll see you there! Don’t be late ‘cause those mugs go quick!

Date: November 12, 2015
Location: Breckenridge
Time: 7:00am

Don’t miss the 13th Annual Wake Up Breck!

Breckenridge Ski Resort will hand out FREE commemorative coffee mugs and will buy you a free cup of coffee to get you and the town ready for ski season.

Mugs are available while supplies last, so get to your favorite shop early. Wake Up Breck is Breckenridge Ski Resort’s way of saying thanks to our community for our hospitality to guests all season long.

Participating coffee shops:

  • Starbucks
  • Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House
  • Cool River Coffee House
  • Daylight Donuts
  • The Coffee Depot at Main Street Station
  • Cuppa Joe’s
  • Kava Café
  • The Crown
  • Cabin Coffee of Breckenridge

Thursday, Nov. 12 — 7:00am until they’re gone!

November 9th, 2015|Events|

Is Your Equipment Ready?

As a new ski season begins there is so much excitement and anticipation. As locals, we count down the days until the local mountains start opening. For most people, they are checking the weather forecast or marking their calendars for that first day off they can head for the hills and take their first turns of the season.

In all the excitement, it’s important to take the time and make sure you and your equipment are ready to charge the mountain, full force, when that day comes. Nothing ruins a first day on the mountain like getting to the base of the lift and realizing you still have your summer storage wax on your skis or board…. Or those ski pants that “still have one more year in them” soak through on the first chair lift ride of the day, that’s if they even still fit. It’s also important to make sure you, physically, are ready for a day of sliding on snow. It takes a few more muscles to ski down a black mogul run than sitting on the couch watching the Broncos and eating chips, just sayin’. Speaking from experience, it’s a lot more fun (and easier on the wallet) spending some time, during this waiting period, getting those muscles and joints strong and stable, and skiing all season long, than getting hurt in November and missing the whole season, trying to recover.

The time is now! Pull out those ski, try on your gear, go to the gym, and make sure you and your gear are set up for success. If not, our tune shop is cranked up, and we’ve got GREAT DEALS (up to 70% OFF) on last year’s gear and 20% OFF all 2016 winter outerwear to get you set up from head to toe!

Come say hi!

November 8th, 2015|Pioneer Sports News|