Snow2Sand Event: How’ll They’ll Bike From Denver to Los Angeles

Snow2Sand Charity Bike Race Denver

Therapydia Denver is excited to be partnering with NextStep Fitness for their upcoming Snow2Sand event kicking off in Denver on September 3rd. The goal of the charity bike race is to raise funding for healthcare and new facilities for people with paralysis. The team of 10 bikers and friends are doing the Snow2Sand 1,300 mile course in 8 days. Cycling for a that long of a distance in a short period of time requires extreme endurance training and physical preparation. At this point before the race, the team is working on gradually upping their training levels to prepare for what they’ll be facing on the journey. Besides having good mechanics on the ride, they also need to know how to move so they can prevent any sudden injuries.

The Training Regimen

With a few weeks before the race starts, the 10 person team is consistently training about 4 to 6 hours per day! It’s key for the team to balance all the repetitive movements they’re doing in a way so they don’t get injured. The team is being led by retired USMC Sergeant Brendan O’Toole and paralyzed athlete, Mike Murphy. Mike is completing the long race on a recumbent bicycle or handcycle, which means that for him it’s all about arm and shoulder strength. He’s getting in the same hours and preparing his body for the positioning he’ll need to power his bicycle. Overall, the whole team prepares this way: getting in the long hours, perfecting mechanics, and doing interval workouts.

In general, all of that overuse to their muscles puts a lot of strain on their ankles, knees, hamstrings, lower backs, and even the neck. Having strength in the right areas on the ride comes into play when considering how these overuse injuries can occur. For example, bike fit and an aggressive riding position can be at the source of lower back pain from cycling. To combat that, spending time working on core strength helps cyclists sustain the power they need during a ride. The lower back won’t be forced to compensate for the power that should be coming from the muscles around the core. Keeping to good mechanics on the bike also matters. Neck pain on a ride is because the muscles at the base of the skull get fatigued. Without proper positioning and bike fit, this will only aggravate your neck if you have to constantly crane forward. To prevent any issues with the knee, they have to make sure that they’re not diving inward while they cycle. Having to cover 1,300 miles in 8 days means preventing as much strain to your muscles as possible.

Role of Medical Support Team

Along with the team, a group of medical support staff will also be going along on the trek. One of our Therapydia Denver physical therapists, Casey, is part of the medical staff. Their main role is to get them through the journey and help them through any discomfort. Long hours on the bike might result in the medical team seeing a lot of lower back discomfort, quad soreness, and neck pain. They’ll most likely be feeling sore, fatigued, and have painful flare-ups in overused joints and muscles. They’ll use manual therapy and massage techniques to get rid of any muscle restrictions that may have built-up on the ride. Casey may also use dry needling techniques to release tension in overly tight muscles. They’ll also be available for any sudden injuries or accidents that may happen on the road, but hopefully will not. The goal of the medical team is to manage symptoms for everyone on the team. Relieving painful muscle tension and soreness is essential for the team to get through 8 days of constant cycling.

They’re Kicking Off In Denver

The mission of the Snow2Sand Charity Bike Race is to raise awareness for the paralyzed community and give them access to healthcare resources and facilities. The race to Los Angeles kicks off in Denver on September 3rd at 12pm at the Call to Arms Brewing Company. Come by to show your support for the team before the start their brutal journey. We’ll also be at the event with a booth to support the event. We’ll also be doing some complimentary kinesio taping for all attendees! Make sure you take the time to stop by.

Therapydia Denver & NextStep: Racing From Snow2Sand

Snow2Sand Charity Bike Race Denver.

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with NextStep Fitness in support of their Snow2Sand Charity Bike Race. The goal of being a sponsor for this event with NextStep is to raise enough funding to provide healthcare resources for people with paralysis. For anyone with paralysis, maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about keeping fit. It’s also essential for them to ward off any secondary complications. Beyond having the necessary medical care, it’s also key for people with paralysis to have the rehabilitation facilities and equipment that they need.

The Problem With Healthcare For Paralysis

Without the right tools, people with paralysis don’t have or can’t afford the resources they need to lead healthy and injury-free lives. About 6 million people have paralysis in the United States. For people with spinal cord injuries, they can incur up to $800,000 in medical expenses their first year of recovery. The Snow2Sand Charity Bike Race is aimed to spread awareness and raise funding to address the lack of resources and access many people with paralysis face. The team of bikers and medical support crew, led by paralyzed athlete Mike Murphy and retired USMC Sergeant Brendan O’Toole, are biking 1,300 miles in 8 days from Colorado to California.

Building Better Better Quality Of Life

NextStep was founded based on the fact that there weren’t many progressive rehabilitation centers for people with paralysis to go to. At the time, there were no centers in California and no centers with locomotor training at all in the United States. Most people with paralysis will have direct rehabilitation for 3 to 6 months with a physical therapist after being injured. Afterwards, they’ll have to continue to manage any secondary complications for the rest of their lives. These include pulmonary and cardiovascular issues such as sudden instances of high blood pressure (autonomic dysreflexia) or blood clots (deep vein thrombosis). Having the resources to keep active to combat the loss of muscle function and atrophy in your body keeps these conditions from developing. NextStep Fitness has made this possible by providing a variety of resources such as specialized adaptive equipment, Locomotor Training, and functional electrical stimulation (FES) cycling.

Support The Biking Team & Crew

A main mission of Therapydia is to have people of all injuries moving better and integrating wellness and activity into their lifestyles. Sponsoring Snow2Sand helps us expand those values into the paralyzed community as well. We’ll also have a member of our team along for the ride to Los Angeles as well. One of our Therapydia Denver physical therapists, Casey, will be a part of the medical support team during the 8 day ride. Let’s help the biking team have the best send-off possible before their 1,300 mile journey!