Welcome to TEAMfit 2014/2015. We had our first meeting and discussed a few ideas for the semester. Please read this email in it’s entirety to keep you updated on our activities.
First, if you signed up for the miles competition, please download the Nike+ running app to your iphone or android to track your miles. The competition will start on October 1st and end on April 13, 2015 (which will allow me to determine the three winners in each category (male/female/over 26-if any). In order for me to “challenge” you to the miles competition, I must know your Nike User Name. If it is simply your name, that is fine, but if you used a special name, please let me know so I can find you among the Nike community and send you a challenge. You must accept the challenge by October 1st.
If you are using some other device to track your miles, please let me know. Also, if you have an android phone, I need to test if it will accept a challenge. Please send me your name and I will send you a challenge to see if android phones work now.
Hiking (weather permitting)
I am attempting to plan my next hike on the Appalachian Trail for Saturday, September 19th. I would be starting Section #8 (of 14 sections in PA). This section starts at Clarks Valley Rd. (Rt. 325) in Dauphin County, PA and travels on the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains to Peter’s Mountain (Route 225) in Halifax, PA. The total miles for this hike are 9.5 miles. I can usually complete 9.5 miles in 4-4.5 hours. It takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the area, so if you wish to do this, we would need to leave campus by 7:00 am. I need at least one other student to go who has access to a vehicle (one vehicle gets dropped off at the end point and then one at the beginning, of course). I can accommodate up to 4 students in my vehicle. Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to participate in this hike on the AT. I will pay for gas for whomever volunteers to be the second driver.
Sunday, September 20th (possible if there are interested students): This section would be the completion of Section #8 and go from Peter’s Mountain (Route 225) in Halifax, PA to the West Clarks Ferry Bridge (intersection of 322/147) in Duncannon, PA. This section is 8.2 miles (approximately 3.5-4 hours).
What do you need to hike? Good question. The Pennsylvania section of the AT is very rocky. You may be walking along in a beautiful wooded area and then come across a pile of rocks you must climb across. Therefore, decent hiking shoes are necessary. I tell my friends they should have BOOTS, but if you have rugged hiking shoes, you can make it, you just need to be careful to not twist your ankles. Loose-fitting athletic wear is essential. You should wear shorts or pants that provide protection against briars, but yet are flexible enough to allow you to climb. You will work up a sweat, so clothing geared to wick away moisture (athletic shirts) are the best. You should also bring one lightweight rain jacket (just incase). Particularly, as we will be starting early in the morning, you may want to start out with a lightweight jacket for warm, and then pack it away as it warms up. You also need to be able to carry at least 32 ounces of water. You should eat a good breakfast before the hike and take something to eat on the trail (I.e. granola bars, sandwich, etc.).
I have all the hiking maps, guide, and emergency supplies needed.
If you want to check out the AT Trail (in its’ entirety or just the PA section) visit this website: http://appalachiantrail.rohland.org/
This website provides an interactive guide to the AT, broken down by state and information on parking areas, complete with google maps.
Next Meeting: September 25th
It seems I promised both a nutritional component and an outdoor activity for our next meeting. Here’s what I would like to do. At the beginning of the meeting (3:15), I will spend 20 minutes (with your assistance) creating healthy and delicious snacks that you can make in your dorm room (or in your home). Not only will I demonstrate how to make these snack items, but I will have recipes and nutritional information for you. For those of you who are interested, we will then meet at the hiking trail on South Campus around 4:00 pm and explore the trail there.
Would anyone be interested in doing Kempo on either a Saturday or Sunday in the future (when not hiking)? P90X workout CDs contain Kempo X which is a mix of martial arts (hand strikes) and exercise. I find that it is great for teaching basic hand blocks and strikes (self-defense techniques) while getting a decent workout. If anyone is interested in having a Kempo class for TEAMfit, let me know. We would not do the entire CD workout, we would start with the warmup and progress to the hand strikes and blocks (20-25 min workout).
Looking for TEAMfit Leaders
I’m looking for a few good leaders. If you signed up for TEAMfit and believe you have a skill or can offer something to other members, please contact me. All you have to do is offer something at least once this academic year to be a TEAMfit Leader. Perhaps you can organize a bike ride, a walk, run, or guide other students through a workout with weights. Just let me know you want to be a TEAMfit leader and what you can offer during the semester.
At the meeting, two of your fellow students mentioned upcoming 5Ks that those of you who run might be interested in. Here they are:
The ATA Martial Arts of Royersford 5K to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Information is here: http://pretzelcitysports.com/userfiles/file/13%20limerick%20ata%205k%20app.pdf
The Out of Darkness Walk in Philadelphia (Suicide Prevention), October 5th: Information is here: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2591
Saturday, October 25th, the 28th Annual Phoenixville Citizen Advocacy Run. Information is here: http://www.phoenixvillerun.com/index-1.html
Other Proposed Events
Anderson Amaya stated that the Criminal Justice Club is looking to form a CJ Team to compete in a paintball event. See him for further information. Also, the Honor Society is planning on going to “Terror Behind the Walls” at Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia, sometime in October. Contact Alicia Leitz for more information. There is a small fee involved and a commitment as we will have to use a school van for transportation. BTW, if you were not aware, you can simply type the name of any student in the to: section of your email and it will search the directory for their name.
I apologize for the length of this email, we have much going on.