• 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.

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 7

    The challenge has been catching on and everyday more and more people are beginning their own 30 day journey, some even winning free Vitalyte. For those of you who have been following this campaign so far we at Vitalyte want to thank you and ask that you help spread the word even more. OK, enough shop talk.

    I am now one week into my own 30 Days of Awesome Challenge and it has been... well it has been awesome. The difficult part is really planning ahead and making sure that there is something fun scheduled for each and every day, or if there is something planned, trying to get the weather to cooperate. It is amazing how quickly time can pass without anyone really knowing it. Next thing you know the summer is over and you're left wondering what happened to all the plans you made but never got to. I have certainly done that on more than one occasion and this challenge has really made a big difference in my summer.

    Take the challenge - there is still plenty of summer left.

    So back to Day 7. I recently tore all the ligaments in my foot in a freak mud wrestling accident. Ok, it was really a softball game but the mud wrestling sounds so much better don't you think? Anyway, the damage is done and I have to have surgery, which I have postponed till after the summer where I'm hoping I will have enough time to recover before ski season begins. Anyway, as a result of this injury my summer sports schedule has suffered a bit. Yesterday was one of the first decent days I have had on the water since the injury and is hence my topic for the day.

    The lakes in Colorado tend to fill up quickly on the weekends and so if you desire to get anything resembling decent water, you need to be on it by 7:00am. Any time after that and you'll be skiing or boarding in what can only be described as tsunami like swells, complements of the vast number of boats they allow on the lake. (Way to many in my opinion) Luckily we were out early,  got some decent water and I had a great couple of runs, bad foot and all. The really great part of the day was watching two people who just began boarding this season really start to make some progress, and seeing a good friend hit his first 360 in the water. Congratulations Larry, Tami and Brian.

    The weather held, surprisingly enough, my friends had an awesome day and even as the day wore on and the water turned more to ocean chop than Colorado lake water, we all had some great runs. Wakeboarding is a lot of fun but part of that fun is really spending time with friends outdoors on the lake enjoying the day. And even if you have a bum foot, maybe you end with a photo worthy jump you can post on your blog the next day.

    So as I mentioned before, there is still a lot of summer left and I highly encourage you all to start your own 30 Days of Awesome, take some pictures and send them to me. I want to know how its going out there for you all.

    Have an awesome week everyone!

  • 30 Days of Awesome - Day 3

    First things First...

    When I first heard about the idea of "30 Days of Awesome" from Lesley Betts up in Breckenridge I thought it would be easy. Basically just write down what I did every day. The problem with my thinking is that it takes real effort to complete a challenge like this, especially in the way that Lesley did. I have included a link to her original "30 Days" blog as a way to pay homage to our ambassador of awesome. Take a look and see what kind of dedication it takes to make the most of every day.

    Of course there are always things that get in the way of having fun, we all have responsibilities, kids, carpools, mortgage payments, all the things that we can use on a daily basis as an excuse to keep us from not having an awesome time. The trick, in my opinion, is to find the things that you want to do and make it a point every day to take some time for yourself and do them. I know that sounds like a quote strait from a self help book but it's not. It's a call to action. Go have some fun, find something you are passionate about and do it.

    Now onto today's blog:

    Sometimes Awesome doesn't hurt.

    Since I started my quest for 30 Days of Awesome I have tried to cram as much physical exertion as I could into the last couple of days. My body needed a break so it was off to the movies instead of mountain biking or wakeboarding, which will most likely follow in the next couple of days.

    I'm not a movie critic but I am a huge fan of the cinema. In the waning years of my grandfathers life, when he was renderd mostly immobile by Parkinson's disease, he passed the time watching movies with his grandson. I know my love of the cinema grew out of our time together and even though he has been gone for almost fifteen years, I always wonder what his view of some of the movies I see today would be.

    Last night I saw Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince with Tami and I have to say it was Awesome. Being an avid reader it took me a long time to jump on the Harry Potter bandwagon but once I did I understood the magic of J.K. Rowling's work. She has a gift and regardless of what you think of the books, one can't deny that she is one of the best authors to come onto the scene in a very long while.

    It's a rare occasion when Hollywood is able to present to the public a movie that is even comparable to the written work, and in the case of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, I would say they fell way short again. That's not to say that Hollywood didn't put together a great movie, it's just to say that there is no way to adapt a book like hers and keep a fan of that book happy with a finished onscreen product.

    The movie was still a great experience and after a hard couple days, it was a much needed break. I highly encourage you avid readers to check it out and let me know what your thoughts. Also, remember to read Lesley's blog for if I can't inspire you to start your own 30 Day quest, I know she can.

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