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  • 30 days of Awesome - Day 1

    Two mystery clues, six challenges, 30 miles and in the end, a big party with lots and lots of beer. This is New Belgium’s Urban Assault, the biggest bike scavenger hunt series in the world, and I was there competing. Tami Monaghan, a seasoned biker, graciously agreed to compete with me in the co-ed division of the 2009 Urban Assault as part of Team Vitalyte, which despite my lack of preparation, did very well. A week prior to the race, a quiz was sent out to all Team's and the scoring of that quiz determined starting order. I didn't take the quiz so we started at the end. Of course, prior to starting the race there are things one should do, something I quickly realized upon getting to the pre-race event in the morning and seeing all of the competitors with their trail maps outlining their prospective routes throughout the city to optimize efficiency.

    A crossword puzzle on the website held the key to the location of the first mystery clue. The night before the race I did the crossword and discovered the location which I quickly plugged into the computer along with all the other stops and hit "optimize". The computer spat out a highlighted route which upon examination, looked perfect. I e-mailed the route to my Blackberry and with a smile, congratulated myself on a truly efficient and perhaps, new and improved, way of optimizing bicycle routes for just such an event.

    Two things were ultimately wrong with this simple efficiency pick up. Those of you who are bikers already know one of my mistakes which I will get to in a second, the other issues is one I will have to take up with my IT department. Supposedly, my network e-mail server decided to sync with my Blackberry to conserve space and took all the e-mails on the blackberry and archived them to my desktop Outlook. So I show up to the race ready to amaze the masses with my new idea and no e-mail, which of course means no route, which means I don't know where the heck I'm suppose to go. This brings me back to the other issue which almost makes the 1st one mute. Traditional software packages that create routes for driving don't use approved "bike trails" and roads to create those routes, so all my work the night before probably would have been useless anyway.

    Vitalyte Tip: In a bike race where you have to create your own route, buy a bike trail map.

    Luckily we paired up with a team that was gracious enough to let us tag along. The race began at 9:00 am. We decided to make our first stop the mystery clue where we had to decipher a puzzle coded in numbers which would tell us the location of the second mystery stop. After decoding the clue which told us to go to a swimming pool, we took off for the farthest location on our map. Here Tami and I had to compete in a three legged race to get our bead (a clearance piece for each stop) before heading off to the pool. Once there, we had to strip down to whatever we could and still be family friendly, swim the length of the pool and collect another bead from a woman whose sole job this race was to sit in a tube and hand out beads. (Not a bad way to spend a Sunday)

    From there it was a bike trip back to the other side of Denver. This obstacle required me to where a basket with a hole cut out on my head so Tami could throw wet sponges at me which I had to catch in the basket. Looking back I would have to say that she seemed to enjoy this one a little more than she should.

    Three obstacles down, three to go. Luckily the final three were all in close proximity to each other and the finish line. So after riding a log ride at Six Flags, sitting on a skateboard and using a plunger to propel ourselves around a course collecting beer cans,  a ring toss at the Rio, and a grand prix race course on a little kids tricycle, we crossed the finish line a little more than three hours later.

    The finish area was a giant party, with beer, games, and the general fun that comes when a large group of people get together for such an event. I met up with some friends, old and new, traded war stories from the road and had a great afternoon knowing that I had completed my first bike race, already looking forward to the next one.

    30 Days of Awesome might mean something different for each person. For me it is about the daily commitment to have fun, meet new people and experience things that I haven’t before. I didn't place first or win any medals but I had a blast at this event and that, after all,  is what 30 Days of Awesome is all about.

  • 30 Days of Awesome

    There is this long standing tradition across the country to make an extensive list of resolutions towards the end of the year, implement those resolutions in the New Year, and completely give up or forget about them by February or March. I have often wondered why New Years resolutions fail for most people. Is it because we attempt to make changes in our lives that are to difficult, to far reaching? I would argue that is not the case. Heck, history is full of stories of the unyielding power of the human spirit so why is a simple resolution to loose 15 pounds or stop drinking such a difficult thing for most? My guess is simply that most resolutions are not fun. I believe that human beings intuitively seek out fun in their lives and the idea of a resolution, which for the most part usually involves giving up something, is counter intuitive. Of course this has just been my observation with no supporting data to back it up except my own experience, which is why I gave up on New Year’s resolutions years ago. On a recent vacation in Breckenridge, CO I had the pleasure of meeting a woman who changed my idea about the nature of such resolutions. Lesley Betts and her boyfriend Sean, at least to the best of my knowledge, are credited with creating the “30 days of Awesome.” Their rules are simple. Embark on a consecutive 30 day quest for awesomeness and write about, photograph it, let the world know. And so their idea and their rules paved the way for the Vitalyte 30 Days of Awesome Campaign. Before I get to the idea and rules behind that campaign I want to thank Lesley and Sean for creating such a fantastic idea, for letting me borrow that idea, and for, in their own way, inspiring me to embark on my own journey. It is my hope that my journey will inspire others and that the karmic payback for Lesley and Sean will be a whole lifetime of awesome.

    On to the rules of the Vitalyte 30 Days of Awesome. I have agreed to be the guinea pig for this little adventure of ours and so I encourage you, avid reader, to check back daily for my latest post about my quest for 30 Days of Awesome. Feel free to post your comments (be nice), ask questions and for those who are daring enough, begin your own 30 day journey. Who knows, there might be a Vitalyte contest in the works with cool prizes. So go out and do something awesome everyday and write about, take pictures (preferably with your Vitalyte Water Bottle, there was my shameless Vitalyte pitch in case you didn’t catch it), tell your friends. The goal for me as an executive of this company is not to jam some ridiculous sales strategy down your throat but to inspire you all to begin your own journey and hope that you take Vitalyte along for the ride. Go out and do something you have always wanted to do, try new things and most of all have some fun. And if by chance you see some tall dark and handsome guy in a Vitalyte shirt (hey my grandmother always called me that so I can say it), try to keep up cause tag, you’re it!

  • Urban Assault Ride™

    When: Sunday, July 26th, 2009 Where: Denver, CO Visit Website

    The Urban Assault Ride™ is the biggest bike scavenger hunt series in the world! You and a teammate will take to the streets on a city-wide bike adventure. Plot your own course to checkpoints around town where you'll take on physical and mental obstacle courses. Be the 1st team to hit all the checkpoints and you'll win a pair of New Belgium Brewing cruiser bikes (and be the first team to the beer tent) Bikes take to the streets of the Mile High City for round 4! You'll love the new venue - smack dab in the middle of downtown. We'll keep a smile on your face with all new crazy fun obstacles and LOTS MORE BEER! Grab a bike and teamate and let's show them how it's done in Colorado!

  • How to Get Rid of Hangovers?

    How to get rid of hangovers?I got introduced to Vitalyte a few years ago when I first started designing a website for them. I was lucky enough to bring home a box of free products when I started working with them and I must admit I have not had a traditional hangover since. Now I've really gone out and killed some brain cells a few nights and somehow remained coherent enough to mix a glass of Vitalyte before hitting the bed. I'll be straight up with you, while I still feel a little run down the next morning, I have no headache, and no "I want to die" feeling. This stuff really works, I've got all my friends hooked on it. I promise this will be the last shameless plug on here, but if I can save a few of you a bed ridden day - Why not?

    Looking forward to sharing some interesting things about art, design, music and all the other things that keep me moving. Thanks for stopping by!

  • La Jolla Half Marathon

    When:April 26th 2009 Where:La Jolla, CA Visit Website

    The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and challenging runs. Starting adjacent to the Del Mar Fairgrounds main entrance, the course follows a scenic route along the coast before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. After leaving the park, the course continues the beautiful residential district of La Jolla Shores, and finishes on the grass in the park at La Jolla Cove.

  • San Diego Mud Run

    When: March 29, 2009 Where: on the grounds of Sykline Church. La Mesa, CA Visit Website

    THE SAN DIEGO MUD RUN is back for another round, offering a challenging 10k, an exciting 5k race, and a Youth Mini-Mud Run (1k) filled with obstacles, hill climbs, trail runs, and of course - plenty of mud to fill every "mudder's" desire! Sign up early, space is limited.

    COURSE & CATEGORIES: The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, 4-foot walls with mud, tunnel crawls, slippery hill climbs, and 3 mud pits. Race individually, within multiple age divisions, or as a member of a 4-person team.

    RULES & START TIME: 12:00pm Start. The course and all obstacles must be successfully completed to qualify for prizes. Teams are 4 participants. All team members must cross the finish line together for the team to qualify for prizes.

  • BMP Paribas Open

    When: March 9th - March 22nd, 2009 Where: Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California Visit Website

    PAST EVENT: JUST WRAPPED UP WITH GREAT SUCCESS! MAKE SURE TO COME VISIT US NEXT YEAR. Taking Place March 9th - March 22nd. BNP Paribas Open is an ATP Masters Series and Sony Ericsson WTA Tier 1 tour event. It is the 5th largest event in attendance next to the four Grand Slam tournaments. Held in the second largest tennis stadium in the world (stadium capacity: 16,100) at Indian Wells, CA, the BNP Paribas Open showcases the combined talents of both the best professional women and men tennis players. It is the world's fifth largest tennis event, and features a purse of over $5 million. The WTA Tour (women) main draw includes 96 top professionals (plus 48 qualifiers) and will compete over a two-week period. The ATP (men) main draw expanded in 2004 to a 96-draw, ten-day event and will compete simultaneously with the women.

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