Groundhog Weekend: It’s Here!
By Bob Cowles, January 31, 2015
Since I crossed the finish line for the Grand Rapids Marathon last year, all training has been directed toward the Groundhog Marathon Whole Hog, taking place this weekend.
Winter Biking – How to Stay Warm
By Kim Thomas, January 30, 2015
With so many people getting fat tire bikes and more and more people living downtown and commuting by bike all winter, I have had many people ask me about how to keep warm, comfortable and happy on winter bike rides. So I thought I would put together a blog of some of my best advice.
Here are my thoughts on options from top to bottom:
Options for keeping your head warm:
Use your regular helmet with a snow cap. I do this, but I do get a lot of comments!
Options for keeping your hands warm:
Did I mention how much I love these Bar Mitts!
Options for Jackets:
Options for Boots:
And AS ALWAYS – Buy from your local bike shops. #supportlocaltrades
What’s Your Reason?
By Shelley Irwin, January 30, 2015
“Everyone has a reason to live a healthier, longer life. What’s Yours?” Read more
By Nathan Fujioka, January 29, 2015
The month of January is always a busier month at the gym I attend and I often find myself waiting to use a machine, and this year has been no exception. While I’m standing there waiting and getting jostled by the many bodies moving around, I see how it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming impatient with all the New Year Resolution exercisers. However, I have to remember that getting impatient with these people would be counterproductive to the healthy community that I wish to see. Read more
Getting ready to race
By Jeffrey Fujioka, January 29, 2015
When everything is covered in snow and ice, spring/summer road races can seem far away. I haven’t run a race since October, so my legs are getting pretty anxious. But, having just recently signed up for the Gazelle Sports Triple Crown, road race season seems like it’s almost here!
Life is cross-training!
By Rod Zamarron, January 29, 2015
I was surprised that it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve posted here! I’ve been focusing a lot on strength training, as well as spending time on my bike trainer in the basement (usually binge-watching “Sons of Anarchy). I won’t start run training for the Fifth Third River Bank Run 10K until mid-February. I’m excited for the longer daylight hours that are already creeping up on us. This weekend, I’ll be volunteering and cheering on my friend Jenn at the GroundHog Day Marathon in GR. Jenn is an absolute nut…she never does anything halfway. I’ll tell you more about her some other time.
I’m pleased with how I’m feeling physically…my weight is down and I can feel the difference strength training is making. I’m also keeping busy and adding things to my plate…working full-time, training for races (ending the season in October at Ironman Louisville), going to school and, now, taking my act to the stage…literally! A friend of mine, a long-time actress, director and stand-up comedian in the area, was looking for a “football player-type” for a small role in a play she’s directing, so I volunteered. I was probably the worst junior varsity football player in the history of my old high school, but I’m a big guy so I guess I can pull off looking the part!
This all makes me think about how we hear about the importance of cross-training, but that’s true for life as well. For most of us, we shouldn’t focus exclusively on one thing…we don’t want to spread ourselves too thin, either. But think about it…when you have a few irons in the fire, a few different things holding your interest, isn’t that when you’re at your happiest? It keeps you mentally and physically fresh.
I hope to see you out and around this weekend at the GroundHog Day Marathon. Enjoy!
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