The 2016 Blue Cross Broad Street Run is quickly approaching, and now is the time that Global Abilities wheelchair racing team must start preparing for the race!
Let’s start by thanking MossRehab, who have signed on as the official rehab sponsor of our racing team for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. We’re proud to have their logo and CHALLENGE ACCEPTED attitude along for the ride and we’re thrilled that two former MossRehab patients will be part of our racing team. (Look for updates about the team on MossRehab’s social media channels @MossRehab as well as here!)
Now, what you need to know about wheelchair racing to get ready for the race…
Racing wheelchairs are precision instruments that must be serviced periodically. Make sure that the tires are in decent shape, the spokes are tight, the wheels are true, the brakes function well, and all upholstery and other parts are in good functional order. If you are unable to do these yourself, your local bicycle shop will have the tools and knowledge to properly service your racing chair.
Even though the snow and frigid temperatures make getting outside difficult, now is also the time to start preparing your bodies for the rigors of a ten-mile race. For those who can get to a snow-free pathway, bundle up and get some pushing in a few times a week. Make sure to wear warm gloves and keep your hands dry. If you are unable to access a clear and safe path outdoors, your local mall is a perfect location to push a few miles.
With some preparation and training, and a new CHALLENGE ACCEPTED attitude, Global Abilities is looking forward to a successful spring racing season!
–AJ Nanayakkara, Global Abilities Founder & Athlete