We hope this newsletter finds you happy, healthy, and
enjoying the great weather lately. We are at the start of
our Summer Season this week and welcome new
and returning members!
|Summer Season Began Monday, May 10th!
Online registration for the Summer Season is still
open. When you register for our Summer Season,
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.
If you know of anyone looking to learn
more about adventure racing or our training programs,
please invite them out as a guest to one of our
This season, our target training race will be Terra
Firma's final sprint of the Texas State
Championship Sprint Adventure Race Series being
held July 17th at Muleshoe Bend Park.
Don't forget about our referral program. 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. With two, you get a free race
jersey. And with three or more, your summer
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?"
|Why I Love Adventure Racing, and Why You Will, Too
Runner's World Guide To Adventure
Ian Adamson - Professional Adventure Racer,
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Event Director, and
Most people wouldn't classify adventure as a sport,
and, similarly, racing isn't typically associated with
adventure. Put the two together, however, and it's an
amazingly comfortable marriage.
Adventure racing is the surprisingly well-balanced
grandchild of triathlon, backpacking, exploration, and
adventure travel. It's a sport that accomodates the
wanderlust of the most ardent traveler, the competitive
urges of a hard-core athlete, and the spiritual desires
of a wilderness devotee.
...The reality is that adventure racing gives me the
opportunity to experience wild and wonderful places,
to share them with close friends, and, frequently, to
exceed my known limits. Ultimately, my love for
adventure racing is a love for life.
|Too Cool Racing's Spread Your Wings AR - FUN FUN FUN!!
Art Cook & Robyn Cantor, Too Cool Racing
It's not just about the race! Sure we have an amazing
adventure race planned for each of the 3
courses...sprint, sport and adventure! But we also
have a weekend of activities planned for you and your
family. So pack your gear and your family and make
your way to Camp
Eagle for the 5th annual Spread Your Wings
Adventure Race Weekend.
...a 175 foot rappel, snorkelteering in crystal clear
waters, 14 miles of sweet, sweet single track, an 800
foot zip line, 1200 feet of traversing and so much more
we can't hardly wait to show ya'!! It's summertime and
Too Cool is gearing up to give you their funnest,
coolest race yet! Back for its 5th year running Spread
your Wings Adventure Race will challenge veterans
and novices alike. All new courses this year with all
The race will happen rain, sleet, or shine, so be
prepared for any type of weather. If you need air
conditioned housing we highly recommend you
reserve that soon because this is a very popular race.
Can't hang for 24 hours? Choose our new 6 hour or
12 hour race instead. Make sure to bring the whole
family and stay for all the weekend activities; water
activities, zip line, Family Fun Adventure Race, Too
Eating for Endurance Racing and Losing
By Steve Mertz
This month, we will look at the delicate line one needs
to walk to keep themselves well fueled for racing and
training, while also trying to lose weight. This can be
tricky to do, since you are in the mindset of having
worked out, you can eat more. Which to some degree
is correct, but you do have to still try to limit yourself
and count calories to do it. Yes, the evil calorie
Let's start with what needs to be counted. A pound of
fat has 3,500 calories. So this means you need to
remove 3,500 calories to remove the fat. To remove it,
you either need to reduce your caloric intake or you
need to increase your exercise to burn it off.
|Gadgets, Gear and Grub (G3)
By Scott Shoaf, Veteran Paddling Coach
Not your average Energy Bar!
The third G in the G3 name stands for Grub. So I think
it's about time to spill the beans on a secret energy
bar recipe that I have pryed out of the hands of one of
the other coaches. This recipe actually comes from a
bakery in New Paltz, NY and they've been selling it for
30 years to fuel runners, bikers and climbers. It tastes
fantastic and keeps you going.
2 cps oats
1 cp unsweetened coconut
1 cp chopped dates
1/2 chopped almonds
1/2 cp sunflower seeds
1/2 cp chopped cashews
We'd like to thank one of our local partners, Houston
Cycling Centres, for helping Houston Fit AR members
with their cycling needs!
"......home of Southwest Cyclery, Northwest Cyclery,
and Spring Valley Bicycles. Serving Houston, Texas
and surrounding areas since 1982. We carry Trek,
Gary Fisher, Cannondale, Redline, Schwinn, and
Diamondback. Great selection of sale and used
bicycles. Rent a bicycle from us at
rentabikenow.com." -Houston Cycling
Congratulations John Martin!
Special recognition goes to John Martin, Head Veteran
Biking Coach. He has won every race he has
competed in the TMBRA Spring Series Cat 2 (Age 35-
39) Division. It is an impressive feat and we would
like to congratulate him!
Feb. 28th - Warda 1st Place
Mar. 14th - Comfort 1st Place
Mar. 28th - Pace Bend 1st Place
Apr. 11th - Bar H 1st Place
May 2nd - Big Ring 1st Place
Texas Quest Adventure Race
12 Hour Adv. Race
1st Place Coed - HFAR Werewolves - Ashley M. &
2nd Place Coed - TexasAdventureRacing.com II -
Rob S., Josh T., & Vanessa R.
3rd Place Coed - HFAR Masters of the Universe -
Cynthia B., Helena F., & Gabe H.
1st Place Solo - Holmanator - Chad H.
4th Place Coed - HFAR Bangers and Mash - Ken N.,
Brian G., & Fayza E.
5th Place Coed - HFAR Nomads - Scott S & Stacie
2nd Place Male - HFAR Chupacabras - Chris B. & Jay
6 Hour Adv. Race
5th Place - HFAR BlewBye-U - Jeff H. & Pam R.
9th Place - HoustonFitAR.com - Bambi T. & Patricia
Sprint Adv. Race
1st Place Solo/Overall - TWL - Kelley S.
Pure Austin Xterra
4th Place (Age 30-34) - Kevin Bowen
Mighty San Gabriel
12 Hour Adv. Race
2nd Place Coed - HFAR Werewolves - Ashley M. &
3rd Place Coed - HFAR Time Bandits - Taylor P. &
2nd Place Solo - Half Mexican Hairless - Brandon
8th Place Coed - HoustonFitAR.com - Stacie G., Scott
S., & Bambi T.
TexasAdventureRacing.com - Jim W. & Michelle
6 Hour Adv. Race
1st Place Male - HFAR Rhumb Runners - Keith H. &
10th Place Male - HFAR Snake Bite - Ken N. & John
2nd Place Coed - Maalin Saakka! - Alex P. & Jill
16th Place Male - Appelton & Murphy HFAR - Don M.
& Jeff A.
3rd Place Coed - HFAR Global Thinkers - Nathan W.
& Randi H.
4th Place Coed - HFAR Team Ho'Mance - Justin A. &
6th Place Female - Double Llama Rama - Kristin K.
& Sara L.
12 Place Coed - HFAR Wolf Pack - Jason M. & Loni
HFAR PB&J - Deissy A. & Brian G.
TMBRA, GHORBA Big Ring Challenge
Mountain Bike Race
Following are our members that came out to race at
Double Lake. For some of the members, it was their
first mountain bike race. So if you are curious to give it
a try, you know who to go ask:
John M, Scott S, Cody T, Gabe H, Keith H, Helena F,
Patricia B, Fayza E, Vanessa R, Chris B, Ken N, Jeff A,
Carlos B, Damian R, Alejandro B, Maria H, & Jacob
Xterra Epic "The Rustman"
1st Place Overall Female - Kristi Darby
Congratulations Kristi! Read article here.
(from top left to right):
Team members enjoy their monthly socials - we work
hard to play hard! | Helena, Gabe, & Cynthia celebrate
their podium finish at Texas Quest adventure race. |
Brian, Fayza, & Ken ready to tear up the race course at
TX Quest! | Jeremy & Brandon on leg 4 of our Club
Race at Lake Bryan, trying to solve the puzzle with one
member blind folded & directed only via verbal
instructions from their teammate. | Don & Jeff ready for
the Club Race! | Jill & Alex won 2nd place co-ed at
their first adventure race, Mighty San Gabriel!
|Farewell Spring Season! Congratulations Racers!
We had 28 racers compete in Too Cool's Mighty San
Gabriel on April 24th. This was our training target race
for the Spring season. Of our 14 teams, 6 placed with
podium finishes. Congratulations HFAR racers!!!
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- 5/10 - 1st Practice of Summer Season
- 5/20 - Social
- 5/22 - Saturday Practice
RACES AND EVENTS
- 5/13 - Houston Orienteering Club, Social-O
- 5/15 - Terra Firma Sprint Nationals, Sprint #1,
- 5/16 - TMBRA, Rocky Hill Ranch Roundup
- 5/22- GHORBA, Short Track Stampede, Stephen F.
- 5/23- XTERRA Waco, trail run and off-road
- 5/29-30 - Too Cool Racing, Spread Your Wings
- 5/29 - Terra Firma Sprint #2, Dallas
- 5/30 - TMBRA, Mellow Johnny's Classic
- 6/05 - Terra Firma, 24 Hrs of Erwin Park
- 5/12-13 - REI - Galleria, Advanced Bike
- 5/13 - REI - Willowbrook, Map & Compass
- 5/26 - REI - Galleria, Gibbon Slackline Demo
- 6/03 - REI - Galleria, Bike Maitenance Basics
HOLIDAYS & SPECIAL DAYS
- 5/09 - Mother's Day
- 5/21 - Bike to Work Day
- 5/31 - Memorial Day
- 5/11 - Sherri S.
- 5/20 - Krisit D.
- 5/27 - Ryan R.
- 5/29 - Christine N.
- 6/01 - Jan J.