We recently spoke to the race director and some locals about the upcoming 2014 Fire on the Rim mountain bike race. Sounds like it’s going to be good! The trails are dry, but not too dry, the tacky sort, perfect for a race! The race has some great sponsors this year, plenty of good food and beer for all! Flagstaff Sports Massage will be down again this year to provide sport specific massage therapy.
Get a massage before the race to prepare the tissue, yes, it works like that. Pre event massage (bodywork let’s call it) is designed to get you ready to rip. A few light range of motion movements through the hips, knees, low back, neck, shoulders, and some muscle stimulating soft tissue manipulations, like the fast paced stuff, will get you ready to roll. Missy and Geoffrey Bishop, owner/operator team of FSM, have been doing it for years. Again, this is not your unexperienced sports massage team from the local school (which is good experience for upcoming therapists) no, this is the real deal. When you come into the FSM tent, we will have a little appointment book, so you can plan things. You might be able to get on the table right away, you might need to go drink HALF a beer first (if that’s your thing). We will be set up Friday afternoon and into the evening. We will be in the massage tent early on Saturday morning, get it warmed up! Do a little spin, get a quick shake down on the table, and get to the start line. During the race you know you can push it just a bit harder! Guess who’s at the finish? We are! Don’t be a pansy. After the race, you’re all good, treat yourself to a recovery session. Drink some recovery drink of your choice and eat some food, wipe off some sweat and dirt, shower perhaps, and get to your massage session. At that point the session may look a little deeper, a little slower. We’ll put you through some more range of motion, we’ll mix it up a bit after the repetitive motion that is cycling and flush the big mover muscles. We still won’t work too deep, unless you’re into that sort of thing. We will be working in 15 minute to hour sessions. I’d suggest at least a half hour for maximum benefit, you won’t be sorry. We will be accepting cash and credit cards. (or trades for vintage JC Higgins lanterns and cook stoves, or a Perfection kerosene heater, the kind with the big glass section to provide heat and light) 🙂
As a side note: Why we do it.
Because we love it. We bike. We support the race community and the fundraising. We take our kids out to the events so they experience the culture; they ride, they race, although they are young and still doing the kid races, they have a blast in the community! We make a little money, we hope to pay our vendor fee. We roll out one of our vintage camp trailer, and maybe an old VW split bus. This year I think we will bake some cookies. We like the music, the food and the great outdoors. Over the years we have built many awesome relationships with you. We always love coming out to the races, you understand. See you in the tall pines!