Hey Kids Stay Healthy And Maintain Your Body, It’s Vital – Nye’s Blog

imageFor kids there are many things you need to do to take care of your body.   To keep your body healthy, you need to get Exercise, Be Flexible, Eat Healthy and get enough Rest.  These are the most important things you need to do to have a healthy body.

imageTo get exercise just start off simple, take a walk in the park or ride on a local bike path.  Build up from there and make that walk in the park a run and start riding on the local trails iour community has them, but make sure it’s fun too.  Change it up, make it even more interesting by doing different things like: go to your local Recreation Center and try swimming or play some Basketball and Baseball.  Working out at the Gym is a great way to stay fit.  It works out your entire body and builds strong muscles.  It’s really fun too.

imageStaying Flexible is very important, especially if you exercise a lot or even a little, as your muscles can get tight and you might not be able to even touch your toes!  Try doing Yoga and Stretching every day before you exercise, it will help loosen those muscles and relax them, plus it feels good to be able to reach down and touch your toes without bending your knees, does it not?

imageEat Healthy to help yourself stay lightweight.  Make sure you get all of the proper nutrients your body needs.  Eat foods from the basic groups, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein and fat, try not to eat too much Ice Cream and other fattening things for dessert, only have that occasionally.  Instead have an Apple or an Orange.  You will stay way healthier if you try to eat more food with important nutrients.

imageGetting enough Rest is vital.  If you don’t sleep enough you’ll be tired and won’t be able to make it through your activities in the day, so for kids like me, try to get 9-11 hours of sleep a day.  Your growing body needs its rest, otherwise you’ll be drowsy in the afternoon.  If you’re exercising that rest becomes even more important.   If you race make sure you take time off to let the muscles rebuild.  It will help you immensely in the long run.

imageDoing these different things each help your body, when you eat healthy you lose weight and that helps you go faster.  When you’re exercising proper rest is critical.  So I’m encouraging you to take care of your body and stay healthy, get your Rest and Eat Nutritiously, your body will be glad you did!  Remember, a healthy body equals a healthy mind!

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Road Crash, Road Rash….Healing the Wounds- Jake’s Blog

imageThis year’s 1st Road Race started out great, and was looking forward to sprinting against 50 (of the 82 total riders).   I knew it was inevitable somewhere, sometime I was going to have a road crash, and it just happened to be that day. This being my first road race crash I learned a few things from it: to make sure I’m in the correct position in the peloton, how the wind affected how the peloton rode which contributed to the crash and most importantly how much more serious road crashes are than MTB Crashes.

From participating in my Team Training, and riding with local racers from Reno I had big expectations of placing high in the sprint finish.  The course was 56 miles long and was really rough and full of pot holes, many people had flat tires and there were at least 5 times when there was almost a crash. One was literally 5 feet after we started the race.

In the final two kilometers I had a choice to make: 1) was to take the right side of the road and face a cross wind and probably not have enough energy to sprint.  2 ) or to be on the left side of the road and be out of the wind, but there is the chance the peloton will get pushed over and run me off the road. I chose 2 ) because I would be out of the wind and have  energy to sprint Boy Was That A Bad Idea!

 2 kilometers from the finish the peloton being greatly effected by a strong crosswind was pushed all the way over the left side of the road pinning me to the road edge which turned out to be an advantage as I was able to swerve and avoid the worst part of the crash.  200 meters before the finish a racer on the right side of the road swerved {probably because he crossed wheels, or because of a gust of wind} and took out 4 or 5 racers to his Left which happened to be right in front of me. So I swerved to the left jumping off a three foot ledge into a paved drainage ditch and crashed sliding to a stop, it felt like I was dreaming!  I came away with minor injuries, my bike was also in good shape except for torn handlebar tape.  image

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though I have experienced many MTB crashes I don’t think they are nearly as bad road crashes.  Maybe I’m just used to crashing on Mountain Bikes, where unlike road races when crashes happen it’s because someone else made a mistake, on Mountain Bikes at least if you crash it’s because of a mistake you made.  imageAlso, in Mountain Biking you probably aren’t going to be going 20-50mph while riding or at a sprint finish, and when you crash it’s like being dragged across a giant piece of sand paper. But when Mountain Biking you are going 10-20mph and you can crash in grass, dirt, etc. I’d take that any day over a Giant Piece Of Sandpaper (aka a Road)!

 

I learned a great deal from this race from things like: to make sure I’m in the correct position in the peloton, to pay attention to how the wind will effect how the peloton rides, and of course how much more serious road crashes are than MTB Crashes.  But as any racer pursuing there dream would, I’ll adapt to crashing on the road, as I did Mountain Biking because it is inevitable I’ll crash again, my fault, or not, it’s going to happen.  But when it does I’ll be ready mentally, because I’m not one to dwell on negative thought, And Neither Should You!

 

 

 

Community Service = Yackle Brothers Racing! – Nye’s Blog

imageI have been doing Community Service since I was 8 years old, helping Nationally, and in the Cortez and Reno communities!  Yackle Brothers Racing has done many years of community service, fund raising, assisting the less fortunate, trail building and many other things. Community Service is a great thing to be a part of, it feels great to help other people and there are some great benefits.

In Cortez we fundraised over 7,000 dollars for the Livestrong Foundation and participated in the Mellow Johnny’s Classic and the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Livestrong Team, in 2011 and by doing so we, not only helped people in need, but helped Our first sponsors Osprey Packs, Full Speed Ahead, Panaracer and Canari,  be proud thimageimageey supported Us and were pleased to see us giving back to the community!  We also did a community trail work day on the Phil’s World Trail System which was how we caught the attention of Osprey Packs.  Moving to Reno NV in 2013 for more competitive races, we wanted to continue our tradition of Community involvement.

imageOur first volunteer trail work day was on Peavine Mountain with the Poedunks trail builders.  It was a blast doing our first trail day in Reno. We’ve done several trail work days in 2014, like the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway where we helped build a section of trail so they could connect a bike path from Lake Tahoe along the Truckee River to Pyramid Lake.  Building the trail was very fun and it could bring many more people to the community and encourage more people to ride in the future and help the community.   imageAlso, we went to the Renown Children’s Hospital to talk to the kids and pass out bike swag from our Sponsors.  It brightened their day!  It was a great thing to do and many people in Reno thanked us for our community service work!  We are now, working with the Reno Bike Project’s Major Taylor Program (Major Taylor was a African-American racer in 1890 who was the fastest racer in the world) which encourages and teaches (with a classimageroom based program) kids and teenagers to stay fit and ride bikes, I think other communities should hold events like this because they’re really fun and it’s good for the community. Late last year we volunteered at the Kawanis Bike Project and we helped build bike for kids and people who couldn’t afford them.

Just recently I volunteered to help stage the Varsity, JV, Sophomore and Freshman Girls categories for the NICA high school league and helped them take down the course. I enjoy helping others and made it a lot easier on the league’s staff.  I can’t wait for the next time I can volunteer locally and in the NICA High School League!image

I’m very glad we moved to Reno and got to do all of these great community service projects and events and meet all of these cool people!  All in all Reno is a great place with lots of imagecommunity service work to volunteer for!  There are many benefits from doing community service, so I’m encouraging you to do community service work and help people out and trust me they won’t be the only ones who were proud you made that choice.