Thursday, January 17, 2008
i trust your off season is 'cranking' right along and you all focused on restoring some deep fiber fitness and/or working on your 'weak links' before the pre-season. it has been GREAT to see a few of you in my
HIGH PERFORMANCE YOGA
classes, yet sadly, this IDEAL training for your off season is still being ignored by most of you...just remember as i wrote in one of my first books, "you never get a second chance at your off season!"
on a different note;
though i ain't much of a 'gravity dude' on a MTB, as a former ski jumper i DO appreciate the art. a student of mine from Pasadena sent this along to me...
i figured you all might enjoy the 'ride'...
Makes Secret Trail Look Easy
Monday, January 14, 2008
A reprint from yahoo.com news
Hi everyone, I get asked about this a lot, and just happened on a small article that touches on this briefly. I added in some notes to apply it specifically to Flagstaff.
"lug, glug, glug--that’s the sound a ginormous number of us make as we sip bottled water in our cars, at the gym, behind our desks.
The sound you DON’T hear is the thwack of 60 million bottles a day being tossed into U.S. landfills, where they can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
If that’s not enough to turn your conscience a brighter shade of green, add this: Producing those bottles burns through 1.5 million barrels of crude oil annually--enough fuel to keep 100,000 cars running for a year. Recycling helps but reusing is even better. Invest in a couple of portable, dishwasher-safe, stainless steel bottles like Klean Kanteens that won’t leach nasty chemicals into your water. (Don’t get into the habit of refilling the water bottle you just emptied; the polyethylene terephthalate it’s made of breaks down with multiple usings.)
4 REASONS TO TURN ON THE TAP
1. Tap water is tested daily
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, water suppliers are required to provide an annual report on the quality of your local water and to test tap water daily. By comparison, the FDA examines bottled water only weekly, and consumers can’t get the agency’s results. You can easily get the lowdown on your state’s drinking water quality at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/index.html
City of Flagstaff provides this quarterly in the publication "Cityscape" and also provides access to all testing results and a Consumer Confidence Report on demand.
2. Tap water is a bargain
Bottled water costs about 500 times more than tap. If you’re into really fancy labels, up to 1,000 times more.
3. Tap water is a tooth saver
It has more fluoride than bottled water, which helps prevent tooth decay. (Yes, you never outgrow your need for fluoride.)
City of Flagstaff's drinking water is not fluoridated. There is some controversy involved in fluoridation of drinking water.
4. Tap water is often tasty
Some places (New York City for one) have delicious water, but if you don’t love the flavor of yours, the solution is simple: Run your tap water through a Brita or Pur filter to remove most tastes and odors. The average home filter goes for $8.99 and produces the equivalent of 300 large (16.9 ounce) bottles of water. That’s about $0.03 cents a bottle, versus the $1.25 or so you’d pay in a market. "
I hope that helps to shed some light on this issue. Stay tuned for further posts of scientific inquiry, as it applies to our lives as cyclists. -Gary
Friday, January 04, 2008
From: Mark Wille (your RRR board appointed team captain for the Arizona state Mountain bike race series)
Yes we will have a mountain bike team competing for the overall team point competition for the 2008 Arizona State Mountain Bike race series.
RRR needs to form a team. All you need to do is email me your MBAA membership # (please purchase a 2008 MBAA membership, its 20$)
Purchase your MBAA membership online at
As soon as I receive everyone's MBAA membership #'s I will submit our RRR team to the board at the MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION OF ARIZONA.
That's it......MORE LATER
Happy New Year!!!
Mark and Deb Wille
RACE DATES AND VENUE
RACE SERIES 1 - January 19, 2008 - McDowell Competitive Track
RACE SERIES 2 - February 9, 2008 - White Tank Competitive Track
RACE SERIES 3 - March 1, 2008 -- Estrella Competitive Track
RACE SERIES 4 - March 15, 2008 - Gardner Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, Sonoita, AZ
RACE SERIES 5 - April 5-6, 2008 - in conjunction with the NOVA NORBA National; McDowell Competitive Track
RACE SERIES 6 -April 19, 2008 - Prescott
RACE SERIES 7 - May 17, 2008 - final TBA