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Couch to Century (c2c) is a cycling team for beginners sponsored by the Florida Freewheelers. The program is a comprehensive seven-month training program which culminates in a 100-mile bike ride at the end of the season. The team will participate in clinics which focus on skills, safety, nutrition, bike maintenance, and group riding. There will be a weekly team training ride (alternating between Saturdays and Sundays) and optional interval training one night a week. Rides will be scheduled all around the metroplex, introducing people to a variety of routes and areas. This program emphasizes the team concept. We all ride together, we all take care of each other, and we do it in a non-intimidating and supportive environment. It doesn’t matter what kind of shape you’re in or how far you can ride or how fast you are. Come join us for the journey of a lifetime and take advantage of this opportunity to accomplish your health and fitness and cycling goals.
Deadline to sign up for the team is February 20.
Years ago, when I was an aspiring amateur bicycle racer, I attended several one week pro bicycle training camps sponsored by several European pro bicycle teams. All aspects of professional bicycle racing were covered. One of the topics was that of preseason “base building” and its purpose that I had not heard of up until that time.
"THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE BASE BUILDING PHASE IS TO DEVELOP THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM BY DILATION AND ADDING CAPILLARY DENSITY.”
Once again this year, the Florida Freewheelers are supporting our members that participate in the CF Cycle for Life ride on October 5th by sponsoring a team in this year’s ride. CF Cycle For Life is a one-day tour where hundreds of men and women will come together to participate in an event to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Do you belong to a health club? YMCA? Other fitness club? If so, you may want to look into one of the 6 new recreation centers built by the Orlando Magic in return for their new arena. Our taxes pay for the running of these so we may as well take advantage. Judy and I had the opportunity to tour the center that is on the Cady Way Trail near Goldenrod as part of the Goldenrod Community Alliance. The Board of Directors recently approved us being a member of this group. The FFW Club belongs to many cycling related groups which is our way of giving back to the community and bicycling.
The Freewheelers have a Thursday morning ride from Home Depot (at the corner Red Bug Lake Road and Aloma) at 8 am every Thursday. We ride past this Recreation Center every week. The Goldenrod Alliance is helping to rid the area of graffiti on the buildings along the Cady Way Trail from SR 436 to Hall Road.
There are 6 recreation centers around Orlando that were built at a cost to the Magic of about $5 million each. These are well maintained and offer inexpensive membership to use their facilities of about $100 a year ($75 for seniors over 55). The center had full basketball facilities (naturally) and also had a good weight room with free weights and machines (ellipticals, bikes, treadmills, etc.). It also had a game room with a few pool tables and other games. Judy takes Yoga classes at the facility on the south side off Narcoossee. The classes charge a minimum fee. We noticed Karate, Zumba and other classes cost from $2-5. The teachers split their fee with the county to help pay for overhead. The average electric bill alone is about $5,000 a month! The center also has the capacity to hold meetings (at a fee) and can hold about 130 people complete with a kitchen to serve light fare. More info is available at www.orlandomagicocflgyms.net.