Valeo Training

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Some of you have asked me how you can directly help out the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf, the school I will be helping out at next week in Jamaica. I was sent a notice in the mail today and thought it couldn't have come at a better time...

If you feel compelled to contribute to CCCD, consider this! Your prayers and generosity are so greatly appreciated.

Lamoy Blyfield, a student at the Knockpatrick Campus of CCCD, is in desperate need of open heart surgery. She is suffering from a leaky heart valve that needs to be replaced. CCCD is asking you to pray for Lamoy and to also consider sending in a love offering toward her surgery. Her mom does not have the resources to contribute much and Lamoy is not insured. CCCD has extended a plea via television to the island of Jamaica for their help as well. The estimate cost of the operation is approximately $8,500 USD. At this point, the operation will be performed in Kingston, Jamaica.

Anyone moved to help this cause can make a donation, payable to CCCD (Lamoy Love Offering in memo) and sent to:
Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf
124 North Court Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Blessings to you!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


I had the opportunity last night to speak at the Macatawa Cycling Club meeting, held in the game room at the New Holland Brewery. I am a member of the MCC and ride on Monday nights with them in the summer (when I can keep up) :) . It's an intense group, full of cycling enthusiasts and activists and I'm honored to get to know some of them and train with them. Whether it's creating and coordinating the infamous Holland Hundred event each summer or educating the area about cycling safety, the Macatawa Cycling Club's involvement and impact in the community is becoming more and more prominent.

My presentation last night was on Off-Bike Training for more strength, power and effectiveness - or how to implement strength training that actually makes you stronger and more powerful on the bike. For those who might be interested, check it out HERE. Thanks to Gary Lavin, of To The Max Training, for the info and education!

Saturday, March 1, 2008


I'll be headed to Montego Bay, Jamaica on March 14th for a week with students from Hope College. This will be my fourth time attending the trip and I'm so excited to go back down and see familiar faces and places. We'll be hanging out with kids and doing various construction, clean-up and maintenance projects at the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf (CCCD) - I'm especially pumped to see the little boy I sponsor (Clifton) and Shenicia, who is sponsored through the generosity of you, my Valeo-ians (Swim for Shenicia event!). A small but meaningful aspect of the trip each year is being able to leave a few items behind that would be useful to the campus, including sport shoes.
Do you have an old pair of not-too-demolished tennies you'd be willing to give to the students at CCCD? If so, bring them to me at Ultimate Fitness and Health (91 e. Douglas Ave, Ste 140 - across from D&W) in the next couple weeks and I will arrange for them to be packed up and sent down with our team.

Be a part of something bigger - the feel-good comfort of shoes makes a huge different in the lives of kids, teens and adults at CCCD!

PS - Is it time for new shoes for you anyways? Ask me for my Valeo-Gazelle coupon for $5 of any footwear, $2 off any insole and 10% off apparel at Gazelle Sports!