HFAR October Newsletter
Houston Fit Adventure Racing Newsletter Put some ADVENTURE in your life!!!
October 2007

Can you believe we are already a quarter of the way through our Fall Season? I hope you all are learning a lot, getting stronger, making new friends and having FUN!

This monthly newsletter will arrive in your inbox the first week of every month. We hope you find it full of informative tips, AR-related news and club announcements. Enjoy!

In This Issue
  • October Events
  • USA EAT FIT Nutritional Corner
  • Choosing Teammates & Dynamics of Your Team
  • USA Fit AR Hosts AR Clinic at Sugar Land Park Grand Opening
  • Houston Fit AR Introduces Jailbreak Navigation Clinic
  • GHORBA Memorial Park Trail Work Party
  • Guest Passes
  • Voluntary Member Phone List
  • Cheering Section
  • Photo Gallery
  • Newsletter Contributions

  • USA EAT FIT Nutritional Corner

    Fluid Facts for Athletes
    Copyright: Nancy Clark, MS, RD March 2007

    If you are a serious athlete who works up a good sweat, you might have wondered how much you should drink before, during and after a hard workout. According to the American College of Sports Medicine's latest update on fluid needs for athletes (1), only you can determine that answer because fluid needs vary greatly from person to person. Here's what ACSM has to say:

    Choosing Teammates & Dynamics of Your Team

    Copyright: Adventure Racing Zone

    An adventure race can be the experience of a lifetime or it can be down right hellish depending on your teammates. You need to be able to laugh off or blow off mistakes and make the best of the situation. If you don't have those qualities personally, develop them or find a new sport. If your teammates don't have these qualities, find new teammates.

    USA Fit AR Hosts AR Clinic at Sugar Land Park Grand Opening

    The City of Sugar Land has asked USA Fit Adventure Racing to help make their November 10th Memorial Park at Brazos River Park Grand Opening an outdoor/adventure themed event by hosting an adventure racing clinic to take place throughout the day. The goal is to introduce visitors to the sport of adventure racing by featuring the various disciplines of our sport in several hands-on mini-clinics (MTB Skills, Navigation, Paddling and AR 101) held throughout the day.

    The 420-acre park is located along the Brazos River and includes walking/jogging trails, a picnic pavilion, restrooms, parking areas, playground, canoe launch and open space for sport activities as well as a lake.

    We will be teaming with Houston Fit AR coaches, GHORBA and others to help organize the mini-clinics, but we are also looking for some HFAR volunteers to help make this event run smoothly. Please email Megan at organizer@ houstonfitar.com if you are interested in helping out.

    Houston Fit AR Introduces Jailbreak Navigation Clinic

    We are proud to be hosting a Navigation Clinic to help prepare racers for Solem Adventure Racing's Texas Jailbreak Adventure Race at Huntsville State Park. The clinic will take place at Huntsville State Park on Sunday, November 4th and is FREE to current members of Houston Fit AR. Special thanks to clinic sponsor Taylor Chiropractic.

    GHORBA Memorial Park Trail Work Party

    Eight of our members showed up early Saturday, September 22nd to help GHORBA work on the badly eroded Memorial Park trails. In all, 30 volunteers divided into mini work crews and tackled nearly every section of trail at Memorial Park and the Triangle. We hope you all enjoy the improvements!

    Thank you Andrea S., Lindsey, Adam, Andrew, Kevin and Kathy for being so generous with your time. Stay tuned to GHORBA's website for more opportunities to lend a helping hand. www.ghorba.org

    Guest Passes

    Every member should have received two guest passes for this season. Each guest pass is good for one person, one practice (mock race excluded). This is a great opportunity to invite one (or two) of your friends to come and play with us one evening (or one Saturday). All your guest has to do is fill out the pass and bring it with them to the practice of their choice. Just make sure to turn it in to one of the Coaches or Organizers before practice starts.

    We hope to see a lot of new faces out there this fall!

    Voluntary Member Phone List

    If you want to be added to the voluntary member phone list in the forum (or if you want to be removed from the list) please email Megan at organizer@ houstonfitar.com with your request. This list is a great way to contact past and present members for training or racing.

    Cheering Section

    Colorado River 100 (9/1)
    Coach Ash and Coach Chad G. - 9th, adv class tandem
    Helena F. and Bobby K. - 10th, adv class tandem

    Lake Charles AR (9/15)
    HoustonFitAR.com (Coach Chad H., Steve M. and Megan H.) - 15th, co-ed

    Photo Gallery

    CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Bat race mystery event at first Saturday practice. | Coach Chad G. at paddling practice. | Coach Ash and Coach Holman at Onion Creek social. | Group picture at Onion Creek social.

    Newsletter Contributions

    If you've got something to say, we want to hear it! Email Megan at organizer@ houstonfitar.com with your articles, photos, story ideas or suggestions, and we will try to include them in our next issue.

    October Events


    • 10/11 - Social #2
    • 10/13 - Saturday Practice
    • 10/27 - Saturday Practice


    • 10/6 - Terra Firma Race
    • 10/6 - Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
    • 10/10 - REI Advanced Bike Mechanics - Day 1 (Galleria)
    • 10/11 - REI Advanced Bike Mechanics - Day 2 (Galleria)
    • 10/12 - Aqua Terra Expedition Race
    • 10/13 - Fontainebleau Dusk to Dawn Race
    • 10/18 - REI Bike Maintenance 101 (Galleria)
    • 10/20 - 24 Hours of Rocky Hill MTB Race
    • 10/20 - Bayou City Outdoors Farmer's Market Bike Tour
    • 10/27 - Houston Orienteering Club Bastrop State Park O-Meet: SW Regional Championship & Relay
    • 10/28 - Moonlight Bicycle Ramble


    • 10/21 - GHORBA Double Lake Trail Work Party
    • 10/27 - GHORBA Memorial Park Trail Work Party


    • 10/31 - HALLOWEEN


    • 10/7 - Neil D.
    • 10/10 - Coach Chad H.
    • 10/14 - Coach Tracy J.
    • 10/15 - Kathy K.
    • 10/17 - John M.
    • 10/20 - Chris S.
    • 10/29 - Jeff G.

    More events....
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