Sunday, February 14, 2010

5th Annual Cycle for ALS

Wow! After a difficult build up to the day we had a spectacular day! Staley the Chicago Bear, the only Bear in the photo above, he was a huge hit with all the kids and the adults at the Y.

We raised $3,116 in six hours (not counting online donations that are still being counted). We were visited by Aimee (askaboutaimee.com); mother of three young children and all too young and full of life to have to deal with ALS. Her children know too much about ALS, wakes and funeral services. More than any child should ever have to comprehend and attend. Yet, these kids handle the media and congressmen with ease.

We hope you take a moment to learn a little about ALS. Unlike Cancer, missing from the ALS dictionary are words like treatment and survivor. If you get diagnosed today, you get no treatment. Nothing. That's BS in 2010.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

5th Annual Cycle for ALS - Morning

Good morning! It's 0430, 5 F, and dark. It seems earlier when you use military time doesn't it?

Greta and I have had a little food and now one of us is off to run the cycle for ALS event. Staley the Chicago Bear (and perhaps some old Chicago Bears) will be around at 10am.

PEAPOD.com has been AWESOME! They helped with donations and gift cards.

More later.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Give 'er the Gas

January was a good start for Kokua athletes; not a great start, but a good start. (Coach included.)

Several of my athletes are making great progress and it is still only February 1st. This is good. I'm very happy with where we all sit right now, but not satisfied. January wasn't perfect. Few months are. We try to achieve perfect and if we land on outstanding, well, we can live with outstanding.

It's times like these when collecting metrics actually is a detriment to progress. Normally, the numbers in the log start the juices flowing and encourage me to work more. At the end of each month when I look back, sometimes I feel like I've accomplished a lot. Clients too. We have. We made it through the coldest, darkest month getting up at 4AM to hit the pool and suffer in cycling rooms and running on dark trails with a head lamp hoping to God that all the coyotes are sleeping or at least have eaten. The other day I found a mostly eaten (and rather large) deer body which had little bit marks in it. A coyote victim. On this trail, I have seen two or three animals running together.

February isn't the time to be happy with yourself no matter how great you've been in January. "We don't train to be good. We train to be great." Now that the clients have a good start to the year we step on the throat of our challenges. Eat perfectly. Hit all the workouts - duration, heart rate, power. Keep it on the run.

Nice job everyone. Now give 'er the gas!

Coach Bob