Tuesday June 20, 2017
Daily Thought

My Cancer Story
My first experience with cancer was when I was young, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought and beat cancer so I didn’t really understand how really nasty cancer can be. As I grew up I heard about others who had lost their battle with cancer, but not anyone I knew personally. I moved to Charlotte and later heard about 24 Hours of Booty an event to raise money and awareness as well as to lend support for those who fight the cancer fight. This event was started by a man named Spencer Lueders who was fed up with cancer taking our loved ones and wanted to do something about it. Being an avid cyclist it intrigued me so see how many miles I could ride in 24 hours. Once I started looking into this event to participate I quickly came to understand how really big this event was for our community and felt the need to get really involved. The stories of the families dealing with cancer were heart breaking, especially the stories of the young children that we lost. My wife had told me she was a cancer survivor after we were married, but now it seemed so much more real. As an infant she was diagnosed with cancer and had chemo as well as had her kidney removed. This came into focus for me around this event, this was something I could do. My daughter Fern watched me ride this event year after year (this will be my 12th consecutive ride) and as soon as she was old enough joined me and has participated with me the last 5 years. As a family we are committed to supporting this event and the families that are coping with the devastating effects of cancer. So many friends and clients have been impacted by cancer, some have won, some have been lost, and each time I watched someone I knew be taken my commitment has grown stronger to continue the fight. This is something we can do! Please consider a donation to our Kinetic Heights fundraising drive. Email me at jkguimond@kineticheights.com to help.

“Heroes are ordinary men and women who dare to see and meet the call of a possibility bigger than themselves. Breakthroughs are created by such heroes, by men and women who will stand for the result while it is only a possibility – people who will act to make possibility real.” Werner Erhard

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Periodically Review and Reset your Training Plan
At different times throughout the year it comes time to review and reset your training plan. A look back at my training diary on Polar Flow lets me see how well I have reached the goals I have set so far this year. Results determine the success of my training plan, did you achieve your goal or not, pretty simple. If so what worked, if not what didn’t work, this feedback is critical if you are going to keep maturing as an athlete. Polar Smart Coaching features give you the feedback and results to make smart changes in your training plan to ensure the results your want. Stop guessing, set measurable goals, track your progress and watch your goals get achieved. An increased focus on your goals gives you a better chance for success.

Read more…The Essential Guide to Polar Flow

Nutrition Tip: What to Eat before an Event
It’s the morning before your triathlon and you’ve charted out the ideal schedule to ensure you’re well rested and prepared for your first race. You plan to organize your gear, take a short run around the neighborhood, pick up your race packet and then talk shop with some fellow athlete friends. This perfectly planned day could fall short if you ignore what you’re putting in your body. Triathletes as well as marathoners and long-distance runners often focus on the meal the night before their big race. One of the biggest myths in racing is that you need to carb load with a big pasta dinner the night before, says Jesse Kropelnicki, an elite-level triathlon coach who founded personal training company QT2Systems and sports nutrition guide TheCoreDiet.com. What you eat throughout the day is equally important, if not more so. Athletes who want to be well fueled and energized on race day should consider outlining a meal plan for the day before the race.

Read More…Nutrition The Day Before Your Event

“Woe to him who saw no more sense in his life, no aim, no purpose, and therefore no point in carrying on. He is soon lost.” Viktor Frankl