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Have You Met Team SHOEBACCA?

Monday, August 4, 2014 3:10:18 PM America/Chicago

Team SHOEBACCA is our ( cycling team based in San Diego, California. Team SHOEBACCA is simply made up of good people using their passion for riding and being active to help others and make a difference in their lives.

Team SHOEBACCA is gearing up to ride in the ‘Bike MS Bay To Bay Tour 2014’ on October 18 & 19, 2014. This will be the team 7th year riding in this event, and they are just as excited as the 1st year we participated. Unfortunately, our team has many riders that are directly affected by this disease and that is “WHY We Ride." We have riders on our team with MS, and we have co-workers, family and friends who are battling MS. For this reason, everyone on Team SHOEBACCA crosses the finish line together; on Sunday you can find us riding two wide and wheel to wheel as we approach the finish line in Honor of All living with MS.

Visit National MS Society to join or donate to Team SHOEBACCA as we ride to Fight MS.

In addition to the MS Rides, Team SHOEBACCA does trail preservation and repair, and participates in other charity fundraisers like the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the YMCA’s Spin-a-Thon. To learn more about our team or to sign up visit Team SHOEBACCA


Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Shawn Jones

Active Lifestyle: Hiking in Taos, NM

Friday, May 9, 2014 11:38:47 AM America/Chicago

I'm an active runner (and my wife Brittany even more so) charting about 12 miles per week on average. I took up running my freshman year in college both out of curiosity and as a stress management tool. Running can work wonders with your mind and your body and at age 45, I'd say I've logged roughly 25 years of sticking with it.

Staying active every day, in any sort of way, is one of the values I've worked to instill in my daughter Hannah though the years. I've encouraged her in simple ways, like nudging her out the door to ride bikes with friends on weekends or heading up to the nearby middle school to knock the tennis ball around. So, it was a thrill to share another experience with her as my wife and I took her to one of our favorite places to visit: Taos, New Mexico.

My history with Taos is long and storied, with many guys trips and romantic getaways with Brittany making up a ton of great memories there. I've been up Wheeler Peak three times (two summits, one to the saddle that was aborted due to very high winds) and enjoyed the Williams Lake destination each time along the way as well. Hannah has been there several times but having just turned 12, she was excited about taking on a more challenging hike this trip. I bought a pair of Teva Slimkosi hiking shoes for the trip, Brittany upgraded her Wheeler Peak shoes to Adidas AX 1's, but it was surprising what a tough time my daughter had choosing between her Nike Free Run+ 2 EXT's and her Nike LunarGlide+ 4's she wears to school regularly. (The pending excitement of the hike took over a bit it.) In the end, she went with the Free Run+ 2 EXT's.

A nice lady at Taos Mountain Outfitters suggested a good group of trails for us just out of town, so we took a short drive out of Taos towards Angelfire. We picked a turnoff that looked good, parked and headed up a trail that climbed about 560 ft. elevation, providing some striking views of the area around Angelfire. With her newly purchased Camelback, Hannah looked like a true pro in her early years. It was great to see her having so much fun while being active, out of breath and setting up for sore legs in the morning. Moments like that will hopefully help her lean in more often to a healthy, active lifestyle. We're already looking forward to the next adventure.
Posted in Get Fit Get Active By Matt Thompson
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