HFAR March Newsletter
Houston Fit Adventure Racing Newsletter Put some ADVENTURE in your life!!!
March 2010

Our spring training season is well under way. In fact, we are at the halfway point now! We have experienced 30 degree weather up to 70 degree weather in one week. We have had snow and weeks of rain, however, that hasn't stopped many of you from training diligently towards your fitness and race goals. Way to go and keep up the hard work!

In This Issue
  • March Events
  • You've Got This!
  • Nutritional Corner
  • Can you Buy Speed on your Bike?
  • Partner Spotlight
  • Cheering Section
  • Photo Gallery
  • Newsletter Contributions

  • You've Got This!

    By Fayza Elmostehi

    Look at you, kid. You've made it to your second month! But you're not feeling so victorious in your achievement. Your archenemy is an inflatable boat that won't cease spinning in circles. Trees seem to sprout legs when you're on the bike trails, and the roots are always sticking a foot into your path. Your compass doesn't work, or, well, maybe you just have no idea how to use it. And pace counting always seems to land you too far north of the checkpoint. "Staying found"? Forget it! You're just trying to stay in the game. You can't fathom calling yourself a "vet" in the next 30 years, and right now, you're not sure if you can even really deem yourself an "adventure racer" at all. Believe it or not, we've all been there. And we know what you're feeling. Just keep going.

    Yup. Keep going. Because in a few months, when you're talking shop about endos, dead reckoning, race pace, and cadence, and you're banging out races on a regular basis, you'll barely recall your current self. You'll get to a point when you can't even imagine how you pedaled without clips or how you ever, ever paddled a Sevy. You'll giggle at the idea of misplotting a point. You'll know the ins, and you'll know the outs. Like it was a reflex; like you knew all along. Really. Truly. That'll all happen. But right now, you're not there yet. Yet. That's okay. You're not supposed to be. Don't fret. You will get there. Guaranteed. Just keep going.

    Nutritional Corner

    Nutrition for 1-2 Hours of Training
    By Steve Mertz

    So last month we covered hydration and what to drink and when to drink it. Now we need to know what to eat, and when to eat it!

    When working out for less than an hour, you don't really have to worry about eating. You have enough glycogen (carbohydrates) in your muscles to get you through it. But, what about if you go beyond that one hour? Well you need to start to replenish your glycogen levels. You can burn on the order of 500-1,000 calories per hour easily while training or racing. But you cannot ingest that much per hour. Your body just cannot do that while also working.

    Can you Buy Speed on your Bike?

    By Jim Willis, Novice Bike Coach

    Well the answer is yes! The weight of your tires directly effects the speed at which your muscles can rotate that weight. The heavier the tire, the harder it is to keep turning, the lighter you tire, the easier it is to keep turning. The advantages of a lighter tire weight are more noticeable on smoother roads then on curvy technical trails, due to higher speeds on roads. There is a another speed feature speed on your tire you should be aware of, the center bead.

    Partner Spotlight

    LÄRABAR and Cascadian Farm Organic have a wide variety of tasty high quality foods for fueling during training or races. LÄRABAR is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from 100% whole food, each flavor contains no more than eight ingredients. Pure and simple, just as nature intended.

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    Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, All Natural, Vegan, Kosher, No added sugars or sweeteners, Non-GMO, No added sulfites, No preservatives, fillers, or colorings.

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    Cascadian Farm Organic
    Starting with a few acres of organic farming in 1972, Cascadian Farm Organic is now a leading grower, marketer, and distributor of a wide range of organic products, from frozen fruit to granola bars and breakfast cereals.

    Learn more about Cascadian Farm!

    Cheering Section

    NAV TEXAS (02/21/2010)
    Navigation Race
    HFAR (Kelley Simmons) - 3rd Overall
    Win in spite of Jen (Bobby Kitchen) - 4th Overall
    Time Bandit (Taylor Powell) - 5th Overall
    Multi-National suit case Traveler (Nicki Adams) - 6th Overall
    KBO (Kevin Bowen)
    HFAR/Divide By Zero (Josh Thompson)
    Helena Handbasket / Scalpel (Cynthia Bryan & Helena Finley)
    Not A Couple (Sharon Mensik & Don Hunt)
    Shoaf (Scott Shoaf)

    Wild Wendigo Adventure Race (02/27/2010)
    Pumpkin Pie/HFAR - 2nd Coed Masters
    HoustonFitAR.com - 2nd Coed
    Oasis Racing/HFAR - 4th Coed Masters
    HFAR Ho'mance - 4th Coed
    Galant Wookies/HFAR - 1st ADVENTURE RACE!

    Eco Lonestar Adventure Race (03/06/2010)
    12 Hour
    Lonestar/HFAR - 1st Coed Masters
    HFAR Knights - 2nd Coed
    Werewolves of Austin/HFAR - 3rd Coed
    HoustonFitAR.com - 5th Coed
    Biggy Small - 8th Coed

    Photo Gallery

    (from left to right): Asst. Coach Nicki plots her course at the Texas Adventure Racing Nav Texas race. | Team Lonestar / HFAR (Helena, Cynthia, and Will) scored another top finish at Terra Firma Eco Lonestar 12 hour race on Will's birthday!

    Newsletter Contributions

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

    March Events


    • 3/11 - Social
    • 3/13 - Saturday Practice
    • 3/20 - Saturday Practice


    • 3/06 - Terra Firma - Eco Lonestar Adventure Race
    • 3/13 - SteelSports.net - Pain in the Pines Adventure Race
    • 3/13 - Buffalo Bayou Regatta
    • 3/14 - TMBRA - STORM Hill Country Challenge
    • 3/20 - GHORBA Short Track Stampede (Jack Brooks Park)
    • 3/21 - Texas Adventure Racing - Nav Texas - Clinic & Race
    • 3/27 - Too Cool Racing - Gnarly Naduah Adventure Race
    • 3/28 - TMBRA - Bicycle Sport Shop Pace Bend Race


    • 3/11 - Advanced Bike Maintenance (REI-Willowbrook)
    • 3/13 - Advanced Bike Mechanics (REI-Willowbrook)
    • 3/13 - Bike Maintenance Basics (REI-Westheimer)
    • 3/13 - REI Members Only Garage Sale (REI-Willowbrook)
    • 3/23 - Bike Houston Regular Meeting
    • 3/26 - 03/28 - Bayou City Art Festival
    • 3/27 - Trash Bash (waterway cleanup)


    • 3/03 - Texas Independence Day
    • 3/14 - Daylight Saving Time Begins
    • 3/17 - St. Patrick's Day
    • 3/20 - Spring Begins
    • 3/28 - Palm Sunday


    • 3/09 - Vanessa R.
    • 3/15 - Deissy A.
    • 3/19 - Don H.
    • 3/19 - Jim W.
    • 3/20 - Cody H.
    • 3/26 - Jeff H.

    More events....
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