When I was in Toronto at Christmas, I had the good fortune of hanging out with Dr. Dan and Mr. Rick. There was dinner and beer and shopping and other such things of a celebratory nature. And there was also a discussion of an idea Rick had come up with: the 90-day Fitness & Accountability Challenge. The long version of it is over on Rick’s blog. The quick version of it is that Rick has motivated, inspired, and recruited a group of nearly 30 people to make a commitment to challenge themselves to improve their fitness levels over a 90 day period. The challenge each person is taking on is personal – by first assessing our current level of activity, we then said “What can I do that will push myself out of my comfort zone?”
For me, I’ve been doing 4 runs per week since November as part of the YVR Nike Running study that I’m participating in, so I decided that to really kick it up a notch, I’m going to do 6 workouts per week. The workouts have to be a minimum of 30 minutes and will likely consist of 4 days per week of running, plus hockey and possibly some yoga and maybe some skiing. I’m going to set up some spreadsheet awesomeness to track all this – Dr. Dan did some kickass tracking widgets over on his blog and that inspired me, but that will have to wait for another day. I can tell you that since the challenge started on Monday, I’ve done two runs and a hockey game, and I have two more runs and two more hockey games scheduled before the end of day on Sunday, so I’m starting off strong. I think scheduling things in advance will be the key for me in this challenge. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how things progress!
Remember my friend Rick? Well, in his ongoing life of being awesome he is, not surprisingly, doing something awesome. Something that you need to give him a little help with.
The thing that he is doing, which I’m sure you are undoubtedly going to help him with, is the Big Mountain Challenge through Banff Lake Louise Tourism. The winner of said challenge gets an officially official mountain guide to take them on hikes up three peaks in Banff National Park AND they get up to $25,000 donated to a charity of their choosing. Rick, being a kidney scientist extraordinaire, has naturally chosen The Kidney Foundation of Canada as the charity that will get the money when he wins this contest. Which he will. Because you will help him.
Rick sings showtunes to keep bears away while on hikes. Because keeping bears away is just sensible.
And here’s where you come in. You need to go here and vote for Rick. And because voting for Rick is so much fun, you can do it twice. Or three times. Per day. Every day. Do it on your phone. Do it in multiple browsers. Vote every single day between now and the deadline (July 27). Just do it!
And then once you have exhausted all your voting opportunities, go to Banff National Park website at https://www.facebook.com/banffnationalpark “Like” their page, and comment that you want Rick to win!
Because if you don’t, bears will eat your kidneys.
I was reminded recently that I once upon a time gave a bunch of people official titles on my blog. There is Sarah, my Resident Historian and Chief Political Correspondent; Dr. Dan, my Official Statistician & Tattoo Consultant; Kalev, the Overseer of Deb0rking and Tsar of the Nerdery; and Dr. Darren, my Official Kyoto Correspondent and Chief Fire Hydrant Advisor.
Well, I think it’s high time for a new appointee! That appointee is Rick, a.k.a., The Inspiration. Rick earned his title as as The Inspiration by being inspiring and awesome. It’s pretty much the best way to earn such a title.
Coincidentally, Rick’s 30th birthday was a mere 8 days ago. So this is also sort of a 30 years + 8 days birthday present. Here’s your new page, The Inspiration. I hope you like it!