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Multiple sclerosis affects millions of people, including our loved ones, families, friends and co-workers. That’s why I’ve registered for Bike MS. Bike MS is a ride (not a race) that brings us together to make a difference and each mile we ride brings us closer to a world free of MS.

Please support me!  I am asking you to support me in Bike MS because this cause is meaningful to me. Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

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Why an active warm-up is important.  An active warm-up whether on the road, in the pool, or on a piece of exercise equipment like a treadmill, stationary bike, or erg rower, elliptical machine, will prove important in preventing common soft tissue injuries (i.e. muscle strains or tears, tendon or ligament strains…). The primary purpose of the warm-up is to increase muscle temperature, thereby decreasing joint and muscle stiffness.  All that is necessary is a 5min warm-up at approximately 40% – 60% of your VO2max or about 30% – 50% of you maximum capability.  Just think of it as “preventative maintenance” by simply getting the cardiovascular system up and running, as well as blood flow to the working musculature.  The final point here is to ask yourself what are the primary muscles/groups you’re going to be training.  Therefore, quads – hit the bike, hamstrings treadmill or elliptical, shoulders and back – elliptical or erg rower, quads shoulders and back – the erg rower…etc.  Best of luck in staying injury free this season!  Coach Parker

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