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Spring fitness
By Efren Martinez

March into fitness or should I say “spin” into fitness. Last month we experienced many consecutive days of record high temperatures. As soon as that warm sunshine hit our faces, many of us had sudden urges to bring out our bicycles from the winter storage and hit the open road. But wait! It’s been months since you’ve gotten back in the saddle and your endurance conditioning might need a jumpstart after the long winter hibernation. Seriously, the last thing you want to have happen is that you get out somewhere in the foothills and you’re just too tired to ride back. I recommend that before you hit the open road to take part in a few spin classes at your local gym.

Many gyms offer spin classes at different times and levels to accommodate your schedule as well as your level of fitness. Participating in a few spin classes prior to you hitting the open road will help you safely adjust back to the level you were at prior to your cycling winter slumber. Ok, so now your back to your cycling level, what about your bike? Prior to taking your bike back out this Spring make sure you have it serviced at any one of our local bike shops. It’s been months since you last rode and I’d recommend getting your tires checked and a bicycle tuned-up. I’d also recommend that before you take your bicycle in for some general service you should wash it with some plain soap and water.

Last year you tracked hundreds of miles on it without even washing it once. By now I’m sure you have a great deal of dried spillage from your Gatorade and sugary supplement drinks around your water bottle carriage, chainrings and pedals. Wash that goop off!

Spring isn’t too far off friends. It’s going to be a great year for all cycling enthusiasts. Make sure you’re ready for whatever comes your way. If you really want to satisfy that itch of getting back out on the road with some added excitement, purchase a new helmet. Many Bicycle Shops right now are offering great sales on helmets and spring tune-ups.

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I answered the call back in 1983; mixing Music and Entertainment with an eccentric European style has always come easy for me. In the early 80's I was the Disc Jockey for most of the high school dances in Modesto. In the late 80's I found myself in Hollywood working as a dancer and sound engineer for various professional recording industries. In 1990 my wife of 25 years and I started (The Quake Mobile DJ ®) which was seeded from San Francisco's 1985, The Quake, radio station that only lasted a short while on the air. 26 years later The Quake Mobile DJ is bigger & better than ever in the Entertainment industry. Real-Estate, photojournalism, event promoter, saving animals, travel and fitness are a few other of my interests. I also enjoy motivational speaking to children and to those who are struggling with addiction. In my life, I have always been a very direct person and once I see a goal I won't quit till I've achieved it. But out of all of the above I feel in my heart that the best inspiration in my life is my wife and my love for the faith that I practice. Phil 4:20