Hooray, we are in the final month of our
Spring Season and you know what that means!
Many of our racers will be putting all their
hard training to the test in their first
adventure race, Too Cool's Mighty
San Gabriel on April 24th at Lake
Georgetown; Houston Fit AR's target race
this season. Veteran racers will have the
opportunity to come out of the winter lull to
challenge themselves with the Mighty San
Gabriel's 12 hour race as well. Have you
by April 9th to receive the lower race rate.
Late registration thereafter. See you out there!
|Summer Season Starts May 10th!
Registration for the Summer Season will open
soon. If you know of anyone looking to learn
more about adventure racing or our training
programs, please invite them to attend our
upcoming Summer Season Informational at REI -
Galleria (7538 Westheimer Rd) on Thursday,
April 29th at 7pm.
Practices for the Summer Season will start on
May 10th and conclude July 17th with our
target race, Terra Firma's final Summer
Sprint Series race at Muleshoe Bend Park.
When you register for our Summer Season later
this month you will have the option to sign
up for one season or the remainder of the
year of training (summer and fall seasons) at
a discounted rate of $200.
With our Summer Season right around the
corner, don't forget about our referral
program. This program, made possible by our
featured sponsor, Volant Solutions, rewards
current members of Houston Fit AR for
referring new members. With one referral you
get $25. With two, you get a free race
jersey. And with three or more, your summer
season membership is free!
When registering, please ask your referred
member to indicate your name when filling out
the section "How did you hear about us?"
|Look At You Now!
By Fayza Elmostehi
Wow. No, really. Wow! Look at you.
began this adventurous journey in January,
you had no idea what you were getting
yourself into. You didn't have any of the
required gear (okay, so maybe you had running
shoes...well, maybe), you didn't even know
Memorial Park had bike trails, and you had no
idea the Buffalo Bayou was good for anything
but drainage and refuse. Let's face it: You
were as novice as novice can be.
And look at you now. Wearing spandex
shame! Ditching that standard-issue
flat-bladed paddle! Kicking the reflectors
on your bike tires to the curb! Becoming a
regular visitor of state parks! Gearing up
for the Club Race this weekend! Getting
psyched for your first real-live adventure
race at the end of the month! Sure, you're
still lovingly referred to as "novices," but
at this point, there's nothing beginner about
you any longer.
In January, you entered this sport as a
wet-behind-the-ears rookie. In a few short
weeks, you'll earn the first official badge
of experience on your bona fide adventure
racer belt. But it won't stop there, 'cause
you'll have just found your first checkpoint
on the longest leg of all - a love affair
with adventure racing.
Race Day Nutrition
By Steve Mertz
You've made it to race day! Finally the big
day is here and you have the training, you've
been fueling for your training, but what do
you eat for race day? Well we shall try to
explain it here as briefly as possible but,
be fore-warned; this article will be slightly
longer than my others (a lot of info to cover!)
Race day nutrition actually starts several
days before the race. You may have heard
about carbo-loading (eating a lot of
carbohydrates like pasta) the night before
the race, etc. But that doesn't really help
as much as most people think. What you want
to do is make sure you are eating higher
carbs throughout the week. But don't go
crazy! You don't want to eat more calories
than normal, just ease back on the fats and
proteins and replace with carbs. This will
help make sure your glycogen stores (stored
energy in your liver and muscles) are full,
and get refilled as you use up the glycogen
through normal usage.
|Gadgets, Gear and Grub (G3)
By Scott Shoaf, Veteran Paddling Coach
This month's installment of G3 would probably
have to fall under the "gadget" category,
although some would argue that it could be
classified as "gear".
I purchased a Garmin 405CX GPS watch about
three weeks ago and have found the learning
curve to be somewhat steep. The watch itself
has two buttons and a touch sensitive bezel
that has four more functions, so it takes
daily use to get the menus down.
Volant Solutions has been a valued sponsor of
Houston Fit AR, making possible the lucrative
referral program we are able to offer active
members. Volant Solutions is an
independent software vendor with significant
experience delivering software solutions that
automate and integrate technical data,
applications and work flow processes.
|Newest Elite Members
Since introducing our Elite Membership
Level*, numerous members have recently reach
this status. Aimed at rewarding veteran
members who have helped grow our team
throughout the years, our Elite Members are
not only valuable assets to our team, but
also to the sport of adventure racing as a
whole. We thank them for sharing their
enthusiasm for AR with our novice members and,
at times, the community at large.
A big congratulations to our latest Elite
Members: Robert S., Patricia B., Ben S., and
*Elite Membership status is granted to
members who have trained with Houston Fit AR
for at least two years. Annual cost for an
Elite Membership is only $150 per year -
nearly half of what a returning member pays
for one full year!
Buffalo Bayou Regatta
Canoe & Kayak Race
Stacie G. & Nate B. - 2nd Mixed Canoe
Fayza E. -
2nd Women's Solo Unlimited
Lisa G. - 4th Women's Solo Unlimited
Helena F. & Bobby K. - 6th Unlimited
Scott S. & Tracy J. - 8th Unlimited
Murray H. - 8th Solo Unlimited Surf
Cody T. - 1st Overall (1st solo)
Bobby K. & teammate - 2nd Overall (1st 2
Gabe H. & Nicki A. - 3rd Overall (2nd 2
Scott S. & teammate - 6th Overall (4th 2
Ken N. & Brian G. - 9th Overall (2nd 2
Jason M. - 10th Overall (4th solo)
Gnarly Naduah Adventure Race
HFAR / Knights - 1st co-ed (1st
HFAR Skittles - 3rd co-ed (7th
(from top left to right):
Team HFAR / Knights (Gabe, Nicki, & Chad)
earn their first place finish at Too Cool's
Gnarly Naduah 12 hr adventure race. | Team
HFAR Skittles (Ken & Deissy) scored 3rd place
at Too Cool's Gnarly Naduah Sprint adventure
race. Did we mention this was Deissy's 1st
adventure race?! Way to go! | Our racers
(John, Nathan, & Randi) don't let a little
rain get in their way during our Trick brick
practice at Double Lake. | Sara & Kristin
ready to get after it at practice! We love
to see those smiling faces!
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