Blog Archives August, 2009

Muddy Buddy Ride & Run

When: August 16, 2009
Where: Boulder, CO
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To all of our Partners in Grime, we welcome you to the 2009 Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series! This unique trail running and biking race is sure to be fun and challenging for everyone. Both beginning athletes and experienced racers alike will have a great time along the course and through the obstacles, especially in the infamous Mud Pit! We can’t wait to see you there, so grab a buddy and prepare to Get Dirty.

Race Description Each race features a 6-7 mile course and 5 obstacles. At the start of the race, one team member will run and one will ride the bike. At the 1st obstacle, the rider will drop the bike, complete the obstacle, and begin running. The runner will arrive, complete the obstacle, find their bike, and begin riding. Teams will continue leapfrogging each other through the entire course. At the end of the race, racers will crawl through the infamous Mud Pit crossing the finish line together!

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30 Days of Awesome – Day 12

Housekeeping Items – The response to the 30 Days Campaign has been overwhelming and once again we want thank you all for taking the time to read, comment and write your own blogs.

We are still giving away Free Vitalyte to the best blog of the day so keep em coming.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Kellie MacMullan’s blog from the KWGN News Channel, I highly encourage you to do so. Lots of great of stuff in there. It’s available in an RSS Feed from Vitalyte’s website.

Vitalyte is also running our “Weekend Warrior” campaign. With lifestyles being as hectic as they are, sometimes the weekends are really the only opportunity to get in some fun. We at Vitalyte would love to hear about it. Whether you are a top rated triathlete competing, an adrenalin junkie like me looking for something crazy to do, or a family spending an afternoon at the [ark, we want to hear about. The goal of Vitalyte is to inspire everyone to take advantage of all the opportunities that lie away from the T.V. Remember, great prizes in store for the best stories.

Some days the weather just doesn’t corporate, but that doesn’t mean awesome has to take place outside. Of course, as I get nearer to leaving for Lake Powell for a good friends 30th b-day, I wish the weather would be a little bit more cooperative as I try to get in as many lake days as possible perfecting some of this summer’s tricks. Soon it will be time to hang up the wake board and tune the snow skis. Of course that brings a whole different kind of awesome.

Speaking of, I want to congratulate Tami for passing her open water dive test last night. Hopefully she will soon be exploring the majesty of the great blue with me soon.

Anyway, in lieu of the ability to go to the lake and with the days training session in prep for the Muddy Buddy completed, I figured it was time to bring awesome to the kitchen.

Growing up in the kitchen of my families Italian Restaurant, I got to watch my grandmother do things with food that I’m sure no will ever be able to do ever. The woman was a magician in the kitchen, taking the most simple of recipes and turning them into the things of legend. I learned a lot from her and although I will never be able to match her skill in the kitchen, every now and then I come up with something worth bragging about. Last night it was Pizza.

My grandmother was famous for her pizza and would she have been with me last night, I’m sure I would have got that subtle but approving smile from the master for my work in the kitchen. Of course, had she have been there, I wouldn’t have been stuck doing the dishes alone. Oh well, small price to pay. The pizza was awesome and I was able to get some shots of the weird storm system moving along the front range.

As the night wore on the system moved through the sky turned all sorts of funky colors. It was really a cool thing to watch as I enjoyed my pizza and a glass of Shiraz.

I don’t issue challenges or advice very often but I will today. If your parents or grandparents are around, pick up the phone just to say hi. It gets easy to forget about the people in your life amidst the hustle and bustle, but simply taking the time to pick up the phone and spend a couple of minutes with someone is such a valuable gift.

Have a great day.

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30 Days of Awesome – Day 11

Muddy Buddy Prep – Still looking for some feedback from Vitalyte Fans out there on a prize for the winning Vitalyte Team in the upcoming Muddy Buddy.

Sunday Funday – Back in high school I had read the Book Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. The book is a perfect one for teaching kids all about symbolism and character development, and according to one of my high school English teachers, the ridiculousness of war. I enjoyed the novel, not because of its symbolism and character development, but because it was a good story. I especially liked the character Orr who was constantly taking apart small mechanical things like carburetors from trucks and planes, and putting them back together. This character appealed to me because he had the patience to do things like that for no apparent reason. Of course, if you have read the book you know that there was reason for it later on, but that’s not important.  I have never been like Orr in the book. Perhaps I suffer from Adult ADD or perhaps I lack a certain spacial awareness necessary to do things overtly mechanical. Whatever the reason, the idea of taking apart a carburetor and putting it back together is on the same level as getting a root canal without Novocaine.

So you can imagine my excitement when it came time to put together a new gas grill on Sunday. I hate to bring up something like the unshakable power of the human spirit but I know that without that undefinable urge to trudge onward in the face of such incredible adversity, I most likely would have stopped after pulling the darn thing out of the box. Seriously, is it really necessary to break these things down into as many pieces as humanly possible to get them into a smaller box. I understand the logistics and the decreased cost of shipping something like this when the boxes are smaller but for love of all things holy, it is certainly not necessary to break a grill down to the point that I couldn’t tell if I was putting together a bar-b-q or a jet engine. And don’t get me started on the instructions for this thing, which were clearly written by someone whose grasp of the English language was minimal at best.

Ok, enough complaining. Bottom line is I did it. Two hours and forty-five minutes later I screwed the last screw in and marveled at my mastery of such a complex task like putting together a grill, which in Colorado will get another two months of use before the weather turns on us.   Back to the whole human spirit thing. Hokey, yes it is but sometimes these little tasks  are exactly what I need to remind me how sometimes there is a storm before the calm, or in this case, a lot of work before a porterhouse. Besides, you never know when your plane will go down in the Atlantic, you will have to paddle to Switzerland in a life boat, and the patience derived from such a mundane task will be the difference between making it or not. (Catch 22 reference in case you’re wondering)

That wasn’t the end of Sunday though. After such a daunting task like putting together a grill, I felt I needed to reqrd myself with a movie. Growing up like so many kids across the country there was only one logical choice for the afternoon entertainment. G.I. Joe.

Evan’s Movie Corner – Sometimes we go to movies because we see a story that offers insights into ourselves, movies like Schindler’s List or The Notebook for those hopeless romantics out there. Sometimes we go to a movie because we need to laugh ourselves silly for 2 hours, movies like Old School or The Hangover. Sometimes, not all the times, but sometimes we go to just get lost in the scenery of a movie for two hours. If you have any other preconceived notion about G.I. Joe, I’m sorry to say you will be grossly disappointed. If however, you want to see a supermodel cast in skin tight costumes set amongst the backdrop of amazing special effects, then this movie is for you.

This movie is never going to be an Oscar Worthy flick, but then again blockbusters seldom are. If you are looking to kill two hours of your day by seeing a beautiful cast of people beat each other up, the you are in luck.

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30 Days of Awesome – Day 10

Muddy Buddy Training

The Muddy Buddy is a 6-7 mile race for a team of two where each person runs 3 miles and bikes 3 miles in a leap frog fashion. One team member rids while the other runs and at each interval change there is some kind of obstacle. The end of the race requires the teams to crawl through the giant mud pit before crossing the finish line.

With a messed up ankle I was a little concerned about my ability to handle this course but since there is a yet unnamed prize awaiting the victorious Vitalyte Team, I am 100 percent committed to winning.

For those of you that live in the Denver area, come on out and cheer on all the Vitalyte Teams, especially mine. There is a huge party afterwards where you can meet the Vitalyte Teams and assuming the training regiment goes well this week, you can shake hands with the victorious Sarah and Evan.

Saturday was another great day at the lake, at least for the first couple hours before the crowds arrived. My buddy’s 30th b-day in lake Powell is coming up in less than 3 weeks and so each run on the lake is a chance to try a new trick or perfect an existing one before the big summer blow out in a real body of water.

Saturday was my opportunity to put a new board in the water and try it out. the Hyperlite Imperial is a 3 stage rocker with a wider middle section is designed to give more pop of the wake and a smoother landing. Unfortunately it was difficult to really get a feel for the board in the ocean like chop of Chatfield. Basically all I succeeded in doing was getting some great wipe out shots.

Samuel Clemens once said “always leave em laughing.” In the absence of decent water on a day where far to many boats were on the lake, I find it best to just to follow Sam’s words. At the least the people on the boat get a show.

I guess its bag to Muddy Buddy Training.

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30 Days of Awesome – Day 9

Ladies and Gentlemen. We are now midway through our second week of the 30 Days of Awesome and campaign and I wanted to thank all of you for following me on my journey this summer and I also want to thank those of you who have submitted to the Vitalyte Blog. I have had a chance to read some great stories this summer and even award a couple of Vitalyte Prizes.

Check out the website and our Facebook page to read some of the other entries, especially Kellie MacMullan’s blog. Kellie is an anchorwoman for WB News here in Denver and has a segment of her show called Extreme Kellie. This woman is awesome!

Keep the entries coming.

The Weekend Begins

When I was younger and caught up in the world of corporate travel, usually spending 4 days a week on the road, I had to reserve my weekends for the all the things I couldn’t do during the week, such as laundry, paying bills, watering the plants, (this one became less and less of a problem as I realized I can’t keep a plant alive). As I get older and paradoxically less mature, I have found that the weekends are a great opportunity to really kick back and have some fun.

Some times that fun begins at a local watering hole for Happy Hour, or an early flight out for a long weekend away from home. Somtimes a relaxed weekend is all you need to recharge and a quiet dinner party is the thing to start it off. That’s what I was thinking when I invited a couple friends over for some drinks and dinner Friday night. Of course, in typical high school fashion, the couple swiftly multiplied and the next thing I knew there were 16 people in my loft.

What started out as an attempt at a quiet evening quickly turned into a great party with lots of friends. Who am I kidding, I never really liked the quiet evenings anyway.

The party was a great time and more importantly and opportunity to begin the trash talk between the three Vitalyte Teams competing in next weekends Muddy Buddy Challenge.

The Teams are:

Brian and Tami

Sarah and Evan

Brooke and Joe

We as a group are having a hard time deciding what the victorious team should get as a prize so I would like to open this up to suggestions (keep them clean people, this is a family site). Post suggestions to the blog or our Facebook and Twitter page.

Check back this week or updates on the brewing rivalry.

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