Congratulations! You just signed up for the ANSWER TO CANCER. You are about to embark on a journey that starts today, covers some incredible ground, and does some incredible good!

Our goal here is to act as a guide for your ride. The first thing you should know is that the lower Hudson Valley offers some of the most spectacular paths in all of the Northeast, offering stunning vistas of the Hudson River and surrounding valley, but… the routes are hilly!

"But hills are hard!" you say… Guess what? So is finding a cure for cancer.

So let's all come prepared to earn those stunning hilltop vistas and let's test all of our own limits to prove that a cure to cancer is achievable. Some basic training guidelines for the ANSWER TO CANCER below.

25 Miles
Prior to the ride, make sure you get comfortable with your bicycle (make sure it is properly fit!), and get comfortable going both up and down hills; just remember to pace yourself. Shoot to ride at least twice a week and try to go for at least one (1) 18-20 mile ride prior to the event. There are some big hills on the A2C course, but trust us, the views are worth it.

50 Miles
Jumping to 50 miles is no small feat! You'll embark on a journey that will take you through the hills along the Hudson and through the small hamlets of the Lower Hudson Valley. You are going to be on your bike for a few hours, so be sure that you get comfortable sitting on a bike that long. Shoot to ride 3 times a week at the minimum and try to go out for one (1) 35-40 mile ride prior to the event. (Inside tip — the more you practice hills prior to the event, the easier they'll seem when you are out there on June 10. Plus, you'll leave your friends and colleagues in the dust!) 

100 Miles
Taking on a full century is a big challenge and will ultimately be an accomplishment that you'll remember forever. The distance also takes a lot of dedicated preparation. Try to build to 120-150+ miles a week, with a long ride that builds to 75+ miles. Hills… hills… and more hills… get comfortable on them, get to love them. Also be sure to get comfortable taking fluids and calories on your bike or at rest stops. In all likelihood, you are going to burn 3,500+ calories over the 100 miles!

5K Fun Run/ Walk
The United States Military Academy at West Point provides breathtaking views of the Hudson River from 1.400 feet above river level. Training early and properly is the best way to take it all in. Whether you walk or run the 5K, most experts suggest an 8 week training plan—no prior running experience required. Here are some tips to get you going on the right foot.

Choose proper footwear that allows for a comfortable stride and is pain free during your training runs/walks. Many athletic stores offer free gait analysis to help you determine your stride and select a shoe that is right for you. Also, when training in the colder months or at night, be sure to wear clothing that is both comfortable and reflective. 

Aim to train for 20-30 minutes several times a week and be sure to incorporate strength training and/or cross-training and rest days into your routine. The goal should be to build your endurance over time. 

Another important tip is to stay hydrated throughout your workout and to eat a healthy post exercise snack to fuel your body.

With these tips in mind, you will be well on your way to conquering the course on June 10, 2017!