Do you have an active runner or cyclist for a husband, dad or brother and need a good gift for Fathers Day? How about an ID they can have with them while out on the bike or on a run? The standard in the industry is the company Road ID – I have multiple models from them, great product. A new one on the market, called ICEdot take a new approach – it is a sensor that can tell if you have crashed or fallen. It might take me a bit to get comfortable with this idea but one you might keep your eye on and see what type of market share they achieve.
For the third consecutive year, thousands of runners will hit the streets of North Texas to raise money for brain tumor research in the Head for the Cure 5K. The race will be held Saturday, May 11 at 8am at Oak Point Park in Plano.
The goal is to raise money to find a cure for brain cancer. Funds raised go to the support the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative through the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Legacy Brain Foundation. In two years, the North Texas event has raised more than $350,000.
Nearing the end of December I noticed the belly – actually, my kids did. They made a few comments about daddy and his belly……even my mom did! So January 1 was the start of changing my health. Along with committing to 5 am spin classes at the YMCA I signed up to participate in the Frisco On-Line Biggest Loser challenge. I felt if I had “money” in the goal maybe I would take it more seriously.
Julie went to work teaching me better dietary habits and began making my lunch every day to keep me out of my favorite fast food places. She also convinced me to log everything I ate on the My Fitness Pal app for my iPhone. I set a 1500 day calorie intake (yikes!) and got started. The upside was that once I entered my work out from that morning spin class the amount of food I could eat was HUGE!
So although I did not win the Loser challenge, I have lost 25 lbs since January 1…..maybe I did win! I met some great folks that participated in the challenge and need to give thanks to Van, the volunteer facilitator for the challenge, also a local rock star artist —look her up if you need paining done!
Now, where will I go from here? What are your dietary or fitness goals? Any useful motivating tips you could share with me?
Recently I went and did something I haven’t done since I think 1996: I went to a cycling training camp. Each year riders from Crest Auto Group / Frisco Cycling Club get together in the Texas Hill Country for a 4 riding camp. Since my New Year’s resolution was to have a more active lifestyle, while dropping a few pounds along the way, I thought aspiring to attend the camp would be a great goal! Heck Julie was in favor of the trip, even though it meant her flying solo with our four little ones, 2 dogs and 2 cats.
The club has a mixture of riders, some young and some “more tenured” ones like myself, so I was uncertain about the pacing and how I would work through the mileage. Day one was slated for 57 miles, day two at 67 miles, day three at 100 and then a 40 mile recovery ride on day four. Since I had done less than 200 cumulative miles on my bike in January, I started supplementing with an indoor spin class at our YMCA three mornings a week. Even though it means getting up at 4:45 a.m. to make the 5 a.m. class, it’s been worth the sleep sacrifice to get in better shape.
My improved fitness and spin classes has helped me reconnect with my racing past. I love telling the story of how I was first introduced to cycling. I was watching the ’84 Olympics held in Los Angeles and saw my first match sprint track race. You know the one where riders go round and round on either a wooden or concrete track on bicycles with no gears and no brakes? For a high school junior, in small town Manhattan (Kansas), it seemed worlds away from anything I had ever seen. Riders like Nelson Vails from New York City were my inspiration, encouraging me to believe that with effort you could go from nothing to something. Here’s my favorite clip of him hoping his bike skillfully next to his French opponent (see 1:17 of this YouTube video).
For me, the bicycle is something greater than what it seems. It is a way of change for some, it is a way to escape for others and it’s a great way to connect with people of all walks of life while getting into great shape. As Albert Einstein said, “I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”
See you on the road one day!
There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a Bee;
When they said, ‘Does it buzz?’
He replied, ‘Yes, it does!’
‘It’s a regular brute of a Bee!’
For more Irish fun – join us March 9th for the
Paddy Dash 5k festival!! http://www.PaddyDash.com