It might look ordinary, but I’m pretty sure this calendar is magic.
I’ve been using the Streaming Colors Fitness Journal since 2004, and I blog about it almost every year because I love it so much. (I swear I’m not on their payroll, although I’ve been such a loyal customer they sent me three spare calendars this week to give away … more on that later.)
The concept is simple. A calendar with big open white squares divided into neat sections. A pack of fluorescent markers. You set up a code – blue for swimming, pink for running, orange for bicycling, for example – and color in sections based on the activities you do that day.
For me (and yes, I’m kind of compulsive), it works. I love to see those blank white squares get filled in with color. I love it so much that it inspires me to ride my bike to work, hit swim practice and go for runs.
You can code it however you want – designating colors for doing things you want to incorporate into your lifestyle. I’ve logged everything from my teeth flossing habits to water consumption and vitamins.
It gives me a sense of accomplishment. And it’s fun to go back and look at past years. I can tell you that I swam 2 miles and biked 15 on Sept. 26, 2006, or that I biked 100 miles on July 15 and again on July 16, 2006. (And that I didn’t do anything taxing the next day.)
The point is, it works for me.
Low tech. Simple.
So … the kind folks at Streaming Colors sent me three extra calendars to give away to readers. (If you want to order one on your own, go here.)
Who wants one? Post here, telling me why you deserve it. Best answers win.
A year into Austin’s grand bike share experiment, organizers say the system’s been a rousing success.
To celebrate, Austin B-cycle will offer 24-hour access passes for $1 this Sunday. (A day pass normally costs $8.) The pass buys you unlimited trips of up to 30 minutes for a day; usage fees for trips longer than 30 minutes still apply. The $1 passes can be purchased at any of the system’s 45 stations.
The organization is also unveiling a new monthly membership for $10.99 a month plus a one-time $15 enrollment fee. They’re available here.
Austin B-cycle launched last December with 11 stations in downtown Austin. It expanded to 40 stations in March 2014 and now operates 45 stations. As of this week, more than 154,000 trips had been logged.
A $1.5-million federal transportation grant matched by $500,000 in private donations funded the initial equipment. Today the City of Austin owns the system and the local non-profit Bike Share of Austin manages it.
I love the idea of working a running race into a trip.
I’ve done races in the Big Bend of Texas, South Haven, Michigan, and Big Sky, Montana. It gives you a new perspective on wherever you’re visiting, and keeps you active while you’re traveling.
Now I’ve got another in my sights – the South Padre Island Marathon and Half Marathon.
The race, scheduled for Nov. 14, is new in 2015. Both the full and the half routes start in Port Isabel, cross over Laguna Madre and finish at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, touted by race organizers as the largest beach bar in America. Expect a flat course (well, except for that one big hill on the Causeway), with glimpses of the ocean and bay.
Registration is open here. Entry is $65 for the half and $90 for full marathon until Dec. 31, when prices increase by $10 (and continue to increase periodically leading up to the event.)
Participation is capped at 2,500 for the full marathon and 6,500 for the half. If you register by Friday, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a two-night stay at Schlitterbahn during marathon weekend.