Before Heading Out
OHV riding is an active sport. Yeah, you’re on your butt most of the time, but your body will be constantly shifting and moving to stay balanced, brace against impacts and stay in control of the machine. So, if it’s a hot day and you’ve been out there for a few hours, don’t be surprised if your clothes are soaked with sweat and don’t ignore the tug of exhaustion. Your machine needs to be serviced and your body does too. Here’s how you should be taking care of yourself:
STAY IN SHAPE: Get some exercise! If you’ve been playing video games on the couch for the last 6 months, your first day on a rugged trail is gonna’ feel pretty rough. So, work out at a gym, join a team, just find something to do that will keep you active throughout the year.
REST UP: Get some shut-eye the night before a big ride. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll be less attentive on the trail and you’ll be a hazard to yourself, and other trail users.
FUEL YOURSELF: Chow down on a big breakfast, pack healthy snacks, and bring lots of water for the trip. Keep your energy level up so you can rip around until the sun goes down.