Week of August 12 – 18, 2019 (Schedule and Tips)

Hello Team,

As a coach and a leader within the community, providing these news are the hardest when one of our own team members and close friends passes away.

I will like to highlight some safety tips with all of the things happening in these past weeks. To all of the athletes, please take all precautionary measures when riding. As you all have noticed, the roads are getting much more unsafe. Therefore, it is very important to be safe on the road and look out for each other. Please take into consideration the following points:

On The Road

  • Don’t ride alone. Do you have a Road ID? If not, get one! RoadID
  • Wear your helmet snug.

The goal when fitting a helmet is to have it rest comfortably on your head in a level position. It is not meant to sit on the back of your head. If you have any forehead exposed, it is sitting too far back. The helmet cannot do its job if it’s not placed correctly. Tilt it forward until it is level but not covering your eyes. Then adjust the straps so that they are all reasonably snug when clipped together under your chin. Don’t leave the straps so loose such that they hang clear under your throat (also known as hockey helmet). The helmet needs to be snug on your head and not slide or jump around when riding over bumps or down a fast descent. It is best to adjust your straps well in advance of your first ride. It can take some time to get things perfect so don’t rush it. Finally, if you have a retention system in the back, tighten it until snug but comfortable.

  • Call out hazardous items on the road. Watch for hazards such as glass, rocks, squirrels, or potholes, which can cause you to lose control of your bike.
  • Be visible. Wear bright clothing. If you must ride in the dark make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bike. Many states require white lights on the front and red rear reflectors; a rear red flashing light makes it easier to be seen. Make sure to go to Advance Cycle as we get discounts there.
  • Ride to the right of the road. When riding near parked cars, be aware of doors that could suddenly open. The best bike safety practice is to ride far enough away from parked cars (about 4 feet) to avoid being hit by a door. 
  • Be extra cautious at intersections—about half of crashes occur there. Obey traffic signals, and scan for traffic around you. Before making a turn, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal and position yourself in the proper lane.
  • Music: Do not wear headphones in your ears. If you want to listen to music and listen to the cars you can get the AfterShokz Air Open Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones, Canyon Red, AS650CR Amazon


Tuesday – Bike Trainer / Run

Location: Downtown YMCA

Time: 5:00 am

Wednesday – Swim

Location: Aquatic Center

Time: 5:30 am

Thursday – Bike Trainer at the Track

Location: Downtown YMCA

Time: 5:00 am

Friday – Swim

Location: Aquatic Center

Time: 5:30 am

Saturday – Long Run

Location: Downtown YMCA

Time: 6:00 am

Sunday – Lake Louisa State Park

Breakthrough brick: 2.5 hour bike/ 90 min run off the bike

Time: 7:00 am (Please let me know if you will attend) Closed course and safe!

Dave Gray – You will be missed

Hello team,

It is with great sorrow to say, Dave Gray, passed away.

It was determined after no measurable progress over the past 48 hours that his injuries were to severe from which to recover. Mid-morning today his family, Fr Matthew and Fr. Miguel present, the doctors disengaged his ventilator and he went peacefully to our Lord.

My heart does ache for this loss as DeaconDave was such a bright light. My heart aches for his wife Chris, family, friends and who all feel like he was taken far too soon and without warning. – Paul Mylod

He loved what he did! He was happy running, riding. He was an amazing man, husband and dad.

I’m heartbroken! The biggest fear of a coach to have one of his own athletes pass. My heart goes out to the family and friends! I’ve seen that man work hard and ask for more work during training. May God be with him, his family and all of us! – Coach Torres

Good friend and good athlete. He loved the team.

We will keep you all informed.