George's Training Journal 2009
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Sunday, Dec. 06, 2009:
The 20 Hour Ride was held from 4PM on Saturday, Dec 5th thru 12noon on Sunday, Dec 6th. The 20 hour ride was a great success on many fronts and
was welcomed by so many who came to visit the venue to chat, spin and meet the many members of the crew. Toughest period was from approximately 3-5AM
but was cleared when Alvin and his crew got me into daylight! Many thanks to the Healthplex
for their continued support and to our Project Manager, Mark Collins for his generous support and commitment to excellence in planning and
organization. Our next long ride of 22 Hours will be Dec 18 (Fri) thru Dec 19 (Sat). A detailed flyer will be announced soon. All the best and have
a great week!
The ride is summarized as follows: AHR 90 bpm, Avg RPM 87, DST 269 miles, Calories expended 6,232 Total awake time in conjunction with
this ride was approximately 30 hours .
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009:
The ride got off to an aggressive start with the first 9 hours going by quite fast as many club members stopped by to chat and ask questions about our
operation. Sleep walls were minimal this ride but still struck without warning in short waves throughout the night and early morning. Thanks to many
who made donations at the site on behalf of the Fox Valley United Way and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. I enjoyed an interview with a reporter
from my hometown of Indiana, PA early on in the ride. Another story to be published in the near future. My finish was an aggressive one with John Wu and
Dar, Jael and her daughter coming by for my last few hours. Many folks at the club were inspired to become a part of our team by volunteering on
future rides after chatting with me and members of the crew. I was inspired by the countless young folks who came by and were eager to participate.
My good friend Zach, all the way from Highland, IL was only told by coaches to warm up on the spin bike before his tennis match which he did and
which resulted in his returning to the club the following morning to witness my finish! Welcome aboard Zach! So many thanks to those who came by to
ride with me as our night was covered with dedicated folks who simply wanted to do their part and help me through the often brutal hours between
midnight and 6am. Jim Ristow, a club member and founder of The Fitness Buddy, www.thefitnessbuddy.com
returned to the venue at 1:30am for his
first stint at riding through the night with me. Folks like Jim continue to be inspired by the sincerity of our fundraising effort and the effort
being put forth by so many on the crew to reach our goal. There are just so many to thank that I dare not try and list them all for fear of forgetting
someone but they know who they are and please know your time and commitment to this and subsequent long rides will be appreciated! Those of you who
took the time to introduce me to your kids meant an awful lot, it really did! The pictures I took with many of them will forever remind me of their
desire and excitement as they try to fathom how one can stay on a bike and not sleep for over 12 days!
The ride is summarized as follows: AHR 92.7bpm, Avg RPM 85.7, DST 238.7 miles, Calories expended 5,742 Total awake time in conjunction with this ride was approximately 38 hours .
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009:
The 15 hour ride was held at the Rush-Copley Healthplex from 6pm on Sat Nov. 7th thru 9am on Sunday, Nov. 8th.
Special thanks to so many who came by the Healthplex at all hours to ride and meet members of the crew. Many of you were active in past events and it was
good to see so many of you make it out. The chasing of the clock to midnight seemed to take a while but the hours between 1 and 3am and at about 4am resulted
in some heavy walls that were ultimately pushed through but not without sheer determination and the tempered and steady encouragement from those watching my
every turn of the wheel. Our philosophy is to attack the night and maintain a steady push to that required 12 miles of distance each and every hour that
Guinneess rules are so adamant about. Special thanks to Kathy W and Alvin, Natalie and Lu for making it up to spin despite the recent passing of Kathys
father, a great man no doubt whose dignity and fire is certainly found in the encouragement shown by Kathy at all hours of the ride. Was good to see Marcia,
Kathy L, Paul, Brian, Marvin and Clay, Deb and Melissa, John W, Faith and Cesar and so many others come and be a part of the 15 hour experience. The evening
was also highlighted by several cub scouts and parents of cub scout pack 89 of St. Joan of Arc, which is a member of Three Fires Council, who is a Fox Valley
United Way beneficiary. Pls see this photo of eager Cub Scouts who had so many many questions but who also assured me theyd be there for the ultimate 300
hour April event. We pushed thru to the finish and I was able to accumulate a total of about 35 hours of awake time which will aid me in the ongoing sleep
deprivation training that is such an integral part of this event.
The ride is summarized as follows: AHR 90bpm, Avg RPM 89.6, DST 205 miles, Calories expended 4,524.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009:
Greetings! It's late Sunday morning and total awake time is rapidly reaching 30 hours at which time, rest will be initiated as a result of a most
successful 12 hour ride held last night thru this morning. The hours ticked by quite quickly from the start and getting over the midnite hump came
without incident. Test fired a new blend of SUCCEED fuel graciously provided by Karl King, a sponsor of RGR. Great results that yielded an alertness
throughout the night with no real hunger cravings for anything other than the fuel. The SUCCEED S Caps (an electrolyte replacement) continue to be a
staple each and every hour. Much stronger ride this time as compared to the 10 hour, but hours 10 & 11 were a bit brutal as a cloudy morning yielded no
sun and a massive wall that, after going on the offensive as taught to me by my good friend Alvin during the May 08 ride, I plodded through with
success. Good music and a dedicated crew on board throughout the ride made this ride a success. Thanks so much to Russ for having the venue and
facility ready for training and to the Air Boss Mark, Jael, Cesar, Kathy and Alderman Keith for their time on the bikes and assistance throughout.
The steady flow of members at the clubs 7am opening was just enough to push the pedals that much faster to a good finish at hour 12. Training
continues with a 15 hour ride scheduled for Nov 7th, details to be announced in a future update.
The ride is summarized as follows: AHR- 89/ARPM-88/Tot DST 161.8 miles/Total Calories expended-3,052.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009:
Training continues with the scheduled 12 hour ride this weekend at the Rush-Copley Healthplex in Aurora, IL
many of you have indicated your
desire to come by and chat, spin for a bit and meet some of the crew
all those local are indeed welcome. Well be right inside the main entrance
of the Healthplex. While the club will not be open for business as usual, club members, supporters and friends of RGR are welcome to come on
by. Training this past week found me participating in the Open House at the Rush-Copley Healthplex by doing 3 and 3 ½ hour rides Sat and
fighting off a bit of a cold this week as well, but well enough to be ready for this weekends second overnight experience and sleep dep
Friday, Oct. 09, 2009:
Greetings Friends and Supporters! A few months back, I returned from a very successful mission to southern Afghanistan where I was
doing contract security work and working very close with our beloved Marine Corps to help them in the fight against an enemy who is and will
forever be set on defeating U.S. forces and what we stand for. The enemies use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and the organizations
behind them only convinced me of the extreme hatred they have for Americans and the ruthlessness with which they will take the life of a young
marine, sailor or soldier without ever thinking of the horrific devestation such a loss inflicts on the unit, its personnel and the countless
families back home who are left with only memories of what a great son or daughter they once had. It was an honor to have worked with so very
many good leaders and some very brave individuals who I came to know and trust during my tour. I miss them tremendously at times especially
when I read and hear of the losses still ongoing in Afghanistan . While in Afghanistan, I often went running with a very good friend well simply
call Jeff and he often helped me understand the bravery put forth by so many young marines and the traditions behind the ceremonies that were
often held when the casket was loaded onto the back of an otherwise empty C-17 aircraft for the long trip home to the U.S. We spoke of organizations
that exist to help those marines who are wounded and/or killed as a result of the violence we observed in Afghanistan. I was simply inspired by the
bravery of these folks and their commitment to my wellbeing during the course of our missions. Upon my return home, I had a little different
perspective on things to say the least and Im forever reminded of so many brave young men and women who still fight the good fight and of those
who unfortunately never return home but are never and shouldnt be forgotten.
As a result, Ive returned to a rather vigorous training regimen in preparation for a 4th ride for the Guinness World Record on the spin bike on
behalf of the Rush-Copley Foundation http://www.rushcopleyfoundation and the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (IMSFF) http://www.semperfifund.org The event
will be titled George Hoods Ride for a Reason. The goal is to ride for 300 hours over 12.5 days and raise money for the foundation and the Injured
Marine Semper Fi Fund. The actual event will be April 11-24, 2010 at the Rush-Copley Healthplex facility in Aurora, IL, who has provided me training
time on behalf of this extraordinary event. The fundraising has already begun and my partnership with the Rush-Copley foundation and the IMSFF will be
announced soon. My previous record of 177 hours, 45 minutes was surpassed this past January by a friend of mine in Belgium who had consulted with me and
subsequently corresponded with me while I was overseas. He set the new mark at 192 hours and I certainly respect his effort. My time on the bike is
now increasing in steady increments and an 8 hour ride was accomplished last week and was simply flawless. The AHR was a mere 93bpm over the course of 8
hours and a total of approximately 2565 calories burned. The RGR team and crew are coming together once again to pull off yet another spectacular ultra
endurance event which will raise significant money for a worthwhile cause. My fellow personal trainers with whom I work with at a local club here in
Naperville have pledged their support much like they did during the May 08 event and Im continually inspired by their willingness to assist me at all
hours of the night and day during the event. They are some great people and theyve made this particular career opportunity as a personal trainer most
rewarding and fun!
I have an upcoming 10 hour ride which will take place Oct 10-11, 2009. Additional long rides are scheduled and will be announced
soon as well as donor and sponsorship information. As always, Im humbled by the generous support put forth by so many to make these events the success
that they are. Additionally, friends and supporters are invited to ride with me in the Aurora Veterans Day Parade on Nov 11th. I will also be appearing
at a special fundraiser at the Ballydoyle in Aurora on Nov 15th which is being hosted by the Ballydoyle to raise money for the event and to fund the
GWR reps who will once again travel to Chicagoland to adjudicate our event in April. Its exciting to see the team come together as it has and the folks
at Rush-Copley and the foundation are diligently working on our behalf to make this a success. Youll be seeing more information soon! Again, its great
to reaching out to so many of you and I apologize in the delay in doing so but I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress in this most
worthwhile fundraising endeavor! Take care and lets be in touch! Its time to ride!
All the best, George
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009:
The 10 hour ride was successful and was completed without breaks from 7pm Sat Oct 10 thru 5am on Sun, Oct 11th. Ive atchd the stats
which reflect a total of 138 miles traveled and about 2923 calories expended, AHR about 93bpm. This ride was the first of what will be
several overnight experiences wherein my body now begins to adapt to sleep deprivation and being active at a time when it would normally
be at rest. Getting over that midnight hump and into the next day is always a good thing but it was obvious that my body was adjusting to
the ongoing physical activity it was being subjected to thru the continuous spinning. Upon completion of the ride, I was up for an
additional couple hours and accumulated about 27 hours of total awake time in conjuncton with this training ride
one must be careful not to
engage in sleep dep to much to soon as this can lead to a premature breakdown of ones training and the body leading to colds, fatigue ,
I was pleased and quite grateful for the supporters that showed up at all hours to chat, meet one another and even spin for a couple
very special thanks to Mark Collins, our project manager and coach, Kathy, Marcia, Jael, Caesar, Steph for the photo support, and so
many who supported this ride with phone calls, emails, etc.
very special thanks to Russ Zalkin, fitness manager of the healthplex for
simply just doing what had to be done to ensure a successful training experience! I also want to thank my Alderman and good friend,
Leroy Keith for dropping by with his wife early on in the ride and then surprising me with a return to the venue at about 330am to finish
with me. Leroy is spearheading our fundraiser at the Ballydoyle on Nov 15 as well as our appearance at Vets Day Parade on the 11th
This kind of cooperation speaks volumes of the kind of folks that have made up the whole RGR experience over the past couple years and Im
glad we have the team that we do! I truly appreciate all who show their support both with donations and /or sponsorship or simply just
being part of the crew because we are all in this for the right reasons.
Our next long ride is Oct 24th at the healthplex from about 7pm to 7am(Sun), details will be announced later, but for now, have a great
week and stay inspired! G
View information captured in part from the Training Journal, 2008 and notes of George Hood as he prepared for
and then achieved his Guinness World Record of over 177 hrs for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, May, 2008 in Naperville, IL.
View information captured in part from the Training Journal, 2007 and notes of George Hood as he prepared for
and then achieved his Guinness World Record of 111 hrs. in the Century Spin for Kiwanis Kids, July 10-14, 2007 in Burr Ridge, IL.
To learn more, including what you can do to play an active supporting role, feel free to contact:
George Hood 630-415-6222 firstname.lastname@example.org.