As a coach, I’m often asked about training in poor air conditions. I’ll be honest with you, I love my lungs. I’d like to have maximum lung capacity for as long as possible in my life. I’ve also got a lifetime history of respiratory illness, so I may be more conservative than others, but here are my guidelines.

I monitor several different AQI sites. If AQI is 100 or more, I will not train outside. I may walk, but I will not run or cycle. If AQI is 150 or more, I also won’t train inside. Our buildings are not airtight. Unless you have a HEPA system in place, small particulate matter is in your home. It’s also in your lungs.

Given that COVID-19 is a virus that also affects our lungs, I think it’s even more important to be conservative during bad air days. There is no medal for training in dangerous conditions. Linked is an article I found interesting about poor AQI and COVID-19.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/20/wildfire-smoke-or-covid-19-which-is-making-you-sick/

Please, monitor AQI. The pollutants in wildfire smoke include not only wood smoke, but paints, metals, freon, and other household and industrial chemicals. The sky/air may appear clear (as it does at my house right now even though the AQI is almost 200), but the SMALL particulate matter, the PM that damages your lungs, could be very high. Visible smoke is an indicator of LARGE particulate matter. Your mask will filter that out. Your cloth mask will not filter out the SMALL particulate matter.

How do I monitor AQI? I monitor several sites, but my favorite is http://www.purpleair.com

By special request, we’ve brought back one of my all-time favorite designs from Pactimo. We even designed a really sweet California Poppies mask!

https://teamstore.pactimo.com/stores/savvy_bike/show

 

Due to smaller clinic sizes and increased demand, we’ve sold out our August 23rd clinics and added another set on September 12th.  Don’t hesitate!  Register now before these sell out, too!

http://savvybike.eventbrite.com

 

Due to popular demand, we’ve added additional Bike Skills 101 (fundamental bike handling skills) and Bike Skills 201 (climbing + descending skills) clinics on Saturday, August 1st.

Registration:  http://savvybike.eventbrite.com

 

 

We’re not racist. We’re anti-racist. Yet we’re participating in a sport that is elitist and lacks cultural diversity. With this kit, we acknowledge that and the fact that we’re willing to put in the work to make change happen. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” We choose not to be silent and this kit is one way we can do that.

 

 

We designed this special-edition Savvy Bike kit as a fundraiser for the BLM movement and anti-racist activism. All proceeds will be donated to two organizations.

The first is Black Lives Matter, a national organization with the mission to focus on issues concerning racial injustice, police brutality, criminal justice reform, Black immigration, economic injustice, LGBTQIA+ and human rights, environmental injustice, access to healthcare, access to quality education, and voting rights and suppression.

The second is Live In Peace, Inc., a youth movement based in East Palo Alto, CA, serving at-risk-youth (primarily BIPOC) through a personal development model rooted in nonviolence and healing, working with young people to overcome whatever barriers they face to a peaceful and fulfilled life. Their four programs teach self-sufficiency, skill building & success, and relationships & healing: SWAG focused on high school retention; GAP YEAR, focuses on preparing students for college; the COLLEGE INITIATIVE, focuses on providing scholarships for students; and the BIKE SHOP, focuses on skill-building and providing essential transportation.

Order here through July 13th:

https://teamstore.pactimo.com/stores/savvy_bike/show

Can you say mix & match? Coach Lorri is offering her personal red camo kit from Pactimo for a limited time. With 2 jersey designs (red or black) and 3 bib designs (red, black, or camo), there are endless combinations to keep you looking FRESH!

https://teamstore.pactimo.com/stores/savvy_bike/show

 

Bike Skills 101 (fundamental bike handling skills) and Bike Skills 201 (climbing + descending skills) on July 11th are both SOLD OUT! Registration is now open for our August 23rd clinics.
 
http://savvybike.eventbrite.com

 

What fun it was to talk bikes with The Gravel Ride Podcast! Check out this week’s episode as we discuss the evolution of women’s cycling, ideas to encourage more women to participate in gravel events, and bike fit considerations for mixed terrain riding.
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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gravel-cycling-for-women-with-lorri-lee-lown/id1352602663?i=1000474336634

One of the things I LOVE about my job as a bike fitter and bicycle skills instructor, is the hands-on component of my work. Unfortunately, that means I can’t really do my job while we’re Sheltering-in-Place. I’m really looking forward to the day I can return to work. But, in the interim, you can support Savvy Bike by purchasing a gift card for yourself or someone you love, valid for any of our coaching services: bike fit, bike skills clinics, or one-on-one coaching sessions. Now though April 30th, save 10% by using code SHELTERINPLACE when you order your gift card.

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