HFAR January Newsletter
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Houston Fit Adventure Racing Newsletter Put some ADVENTURE in your life!!!
January 2008

Happy New Year!!! With the holidays now behind us, it's time to get back to training, racing and fulfilling all those new year's resolutions.

Our spring training season is just around the corner, so stay tuned to your inbox for more information coming soon. We hope to see you training and racing with us in 2008!

In This Issue
  • January Events
  • Spring Season Starts January 28th
  • Referral Program
  • USA EAT FIT Nutritional Corner
  • Winter Workouts: How to Stay Fit in the Coldest Months
  • Gear Spotlight: Pearl iZumi X-Alp Enduro
  • Elite Membership Level
  • Mentor Program
  • Cheering Section
  • Photo Gallery
  • Newsletter Contributions

  • Spring Season Starts January 28th

    Registration for the Spring Season is now open! Practices will start on January 28th, and we will be training for the final race in Too Cool's Spring Sprint Series at Inks Lake State Park on April 12th. When you register this month you will have the option to sign up for one season or the entire year of training (spring, summer and fall seasons included) at a discounted rate of $275.

    To kick off the new year, we will be holding two informational events in January. Bring a friend along to meet the team and learn more about adventure racing.

    Thursday, January 17th, 7pm at REI - Galleria (7538 Westheimer)
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 7pm at REI - Willowbrook (17717 Tomball Parkway)


    Referral Program

    Don't forget about our referral program as you gear up for the Spring Season. This program, made possible by our sponsor Volant Solutions, rewards current members of Houston Fit AR for referring new members. With one referral you get $25 off your membership. With two, you get a free jersey. And with three or more, your spring season membership is free!

    To help you spread the word about HFAR, download and print the flyer below and pass it on to anyone you know that might be interested.


    USA EAT FIT Nutritional Corner

    Instant Nutrition Boosters
    By Jennifer Femrite, RD.LD. Jennifer is available for online nutrition coaching through USA EAT FIT.

    Are you ready to make a major difference in your diet? These 10 quick and easy adjustments will help slim you down and infuse your diet with more vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients.


    Winter Workouts: How to Stay Fit in the Coldest Months

    By Lynn Bode, CFT. Lynn is a certified personal trainer specializing in Internet-based fitness programs.

    With the temperatures plummeting this time of year, many of us tend to hibernate inside our homes. But, hibernating is for bears. As humans it's important to stay active through all four seasons. Yet, a poll of 5,000 people found that 30 percent get no exercise at all during the winter months.


    Gear Spotlight: Pearl iZumi X-Alp Enduro

    By David L'Heureux, www.bicycling.com

    The 2008 X-Alp Enduro mountain bike shoe from Pearl has evolved into a shoe you can ride all day, every day.


    Elite Membership Level

    Last summer Houston Fit AR introduced the "Elite Membership Level" aimed at rewarding veteran members who have helped grow our team throughout the years. If you have been with HFAR for at least two full years (6 paid seasons if you first joined in 2006 or 5 paid seasons if you first joined in 2005) then you are eligible for this program.

    The annual cost for an Elite Member is only $150 - nearly half of what a returning member pays for one full year! The benefits of membership remain the same, minus the t-shirt...which you probably have plenty of anyway. You'll get the same level of top-notch instruction from our coaches, three full seasons of practices and mock races, access to our year-long periodized training calendar, continual use of our online member forum and invitations to all social events. Plus, the opportunity to train and race with all your HFAR friends!

    Some of you are eligible for Elite Membership status now, and many of you are only a few short seasons away from reaching this level. If you have any questions about your current membership status or the Elite Membership program, please email Megan at organizer@houstonfitar.com.


    Mentor Program

    This spring we would like to roll out a "mentor program" of sorts to help engage our newest members as they are introduced to the world of AR. The general idea is to pair some of our brand new members with more veteran members ("mentors') who can take them under their wings and welcome them to the team. The ultimate goal would be to give vets an opportunity to share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for AR with newbies who are looking for a little extra guidance.

    We are still fleshing out this idea, so if you have any comments or suggestions, we'd love to hear them. Minimum requirements to be a mentor would be at least two seasons of training with Houston Fit AR and completion of at least one adventure race. If you would be interested in participating in a program like this, please email Megan at organizer@houstonfitar.com.


    Cheering Section

    Congratulations to all of our Fall Season teams that competed in the 2007 Texas Jailbreak AR! In total, 19 Houston Fit AR teams and three DFW Fit AR teams raced, and more than half of the top 10 overall spots went to HFAR teams. For many, this was their first race. Wow!!!


    Texas Jailbreak AR (11/17/2007)
    Oasis Racing HFAR/AAR - 1st Coed
    Werewolves HFAR - 2nd Coed
    The Willies HFAR - 3rd Coed
    Gingerbread People HFAR - 4th Coed
    BlewBye-U HFAR - 5th Coed
    Screech HFAR - 6th Coed
    Crash n Splash - 7th Coed
    The Fluffy White Bunnies HFAR - 10th Coed
    Yerdes-Dodson HFAR - 12th Coed
    Who Ordered the Stout and Half Pint HFAR - 14th Coed
    Clutch - 20th Coed
    Bikestrong HFAR - 4th Male
    B.A.M. HFAR - 6th Male
    Carpet Cleaners HFAR - 7th Male
    No Boundaries HFAR - 8th Male
    Girl on Girl HFAR - 3rd Female
    Adventure Race Challenged HFAR - 9th Female
    Coed 4 Fun - 2nd Coed Masters

    Texas Dare AR (12/8/2007)
    Werewolves/HFAR (Coach Ashley, Gabe H., Adam M., Andrew P.) E.) - 7th Coed (12hr)
    Frantic Chaos/HFAR (Neil D., Kristin) - 4th Coed (sprint)


    Photo Gallery

    (clockwise from top left): Houston Fit AR and DFW Fit AR teams at the Texas Jailbreak AR. | Team B.A.M. plotting their course at the Jailbreak. | Team Werewolves racing strong at the Jailbreak. | End of year social - Gingerbread Men at the Gingerman.


    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.


    January Events

    HFAR EVENTS

    • 1/17 - Spring Season Informational at REI-Galleria
    • 1/23 - Spring Season Informational at REI-Willowbrook
    • 1/28 - Spring Season Starts

    RACES AND EVENTS

    • 1/5 - Bandera 100km/50km/25km
    • 1/8 - REI Bike Maintenance 101 (Willowbrook)
    • 1/10 - REI Bike Maintenance 101 (Galleria)
    • 1/10 - REI Advanced Bike Mechanics (Willowbrook)
    • 1/13 - Chevron Houston Marathon
    • 1/16 - REI Advanced Bike Mechanics - Day 1 (Galleria)
    • 1/17 - REI Advanced Bike Mechanics - Day 2 (Galleria)
    • 1/17 - REI Advanced Bike Mechanics (Willowbrook)
    • 1/26 - Too Cool Big Chill AR
    • 1/26 - Miles of DisComfort TMBRA Marathon Race

    COMMUNITY

    • 1/5 - GHORBA Work Party at Jack Brooks

    HOLIDAYS

    • 1/1 - New Year's Day
    • 1/21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    More events....
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