More About Tail Winds – READ MORE For the past 26 years – almost to the day – we’ve brought you Tail Winds in the form of what it is today: a free-wheeling look at all things athletic as it pertains to events, fun and adventure involving runners, cyclists, swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts. We’ve included writers who attempt to inspire you to become stronger mentally and physically. We also continue to evolve like everyone else. We will attempt to do so here on our website via the Internet where you can find our stories easier to read and easily available. And, to help you, we have made our latest issue searchable. That will continue in the future. We know how important that is to our readers. We will now be printing 15,000 copies of Tail Winds, but will be distributing our link to the publication to more than 50,000 potential readers through a number of different avenues such as beneficiaries, sponsors and our database of more than 20,000 riders. We here are committed to keeping the Tail Winds interesting with stories you like to read. We hope to inspire you to get you outdoors – even if it’s not on a bike we’d like for you to make it happen to help keep your mind and body healthy. Happy reading. Steve Rivera Editor
For the past 26 years – almost to the day – we’ve brought you Tail Winds in the form of what it is today: a free-wheeling look at all things athletic as it pertains to events, fun and adventure involving runners, cyclists, swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts. We’ve included writers who attempt to inspire you to become stronger mentally and physically.
We also continue to evolve like everyone else. We will attempt to do so here on our website via the Internet where you can find our stories easier to read and easily available. And, to help you, we have made our latest issue searchable. That will continue in the future. We know how important that is to our readers.
We will now be printing 15,000 copies of Tail Winds, but will be distributing our link to the publication to more than 50,000 potential readers through a number of different avenues such as beneficiaries, sponsors and our database of more than 20,000 riders.
We here are committed to keeping the Tail Winds interesting with stories you like to read. We hope to inspire you to get you outdoors – even if it’s not on a bike we’d like for you to make it happen to help keep your mind and body healthy.
Welcome to the
2018 SPRING Edition of Tail Winds,
INSIDE:Tail Winds may look the same on paper, but we are looking at a new way of distributing it online. We’ve packaged it differently on our website so it will be easier to find and to get through. Now, it will be just one click away when readers get it via their computer. You’ll be able to scroll down to get to our table of contents easily and you’ll also be able to search for names in our newer version of the website. We know that’s been an issue in the past. We’re making it easier now. We hope you enjoy the easier to read and get-to website. It’s important to us you read a publication you are proud of.
In This Issue
Great Time to be Outdoors
So, here we are at another Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa. In fact, it’s our 28th one and we’re excited about it for a number of reasons. It looks like we’ll have a little more than 1,500 riders for the event. It’s a number we’re accustomed to through the years and one we’re comfortable with as we get to know the Valley of the Sun every year.
It’s a nice cozy number for a nice, cozy ride that offers two distances: 100K and 50K.
We can’t wait to hold the event. This year, it’s on April 7 in downtown Mesa where we always have it. Especially pleasing to us is we are honoring one of our own: Wayne Churchman, a longtime employee of Perimeter Bicycling and a long time cyclist. Wayne is the event director and we felt it was an appropriate time for him to be given the recognition he deserves.
“He was just the obvious choice,” said Richard J. DeBernardis, president of Perimeter. “Wayne has done so much to advance El Tour de Mesa and cycling in the city.”
Said Churchman: “It’s just fantastic and quite an honor. I grew up doing things for people to be happy and to make sure they had a good time. That’s why I got into doing events. There are very few people who are able to have their vocation be their avocation.”
If you happen to ride in the event, you’ll likely see some of our regular riders and some new ones. This year, we feature some doctors that love cycling. We’re expecting some to be out on the course(s), giving it their all. One will be Dr. Dan McGehee, a practicing optometrist for more than 30 years.
“It helps me to stay more focused when I’m on and off the bike,” said McGehee, who puts in the 300 to 500 miles a week between his mountain, road and tandem bikes. “It’s so much different from the interactions you have with patients. I find it is a really healthy distraction from some of the stresses of day to day life.”
Everyone has a reason to get on a bike, whether it is mental health or physical health. We encourage it all.
Brett Stallworth and Erin McGinnis have their reasons, too, for running, riding and swimming. They do all three to varying degrees.
Stallworth, a Tucsonan, got on a bike by happenstance and rode in about 20 El Tours before he started to get interested in Ironman competitions. He loves both but he’s transitioned to running more than riding. And, yet, he’s still riding like crazy.
“I’m over 70,000 miles on the bike over the years,” he said.
He keeps a excel spread sheet to monitor the miles.
“I track it every day and every week,” he said. “That’s probably what gets me out on a weekly basis. It’s about not having a zero for that week.”
Erin McGinnis, like Brett, is one to be admired. And, well, she is to other athletes who see her go. You see, she is a 71-year-old triathlete, who also does half marathons – winning awards at them, too.
“Older people can go do this stuff,” said McGinnis. “They don’t realize that they can. I’ve tried to get more women involved all the time. People over 65 don’t participate too much, and they could. It’s not as hard when you start and then just do it.”
Bravo to McGinnis and to Rachel Allen, a Tucson fitness coach at Sabino Recovery. She offers her insights into fitness and how to get there in her first installment to Tail Winds.
“My personal pursuit of fitness was not because I wanted to be thin, or run, or live the lifestyle I do today. I started to train because my heart was set on running with the guy I was falling for. He happened to be a trained triathlete. I did what any person would do … I threw on a pair of sneakers, and went for a run. Talk about a humbling experience. I think I ran all of two blocks; my legs were tight from oxygen deprivation; and my heart was pounding. I recall my mind was overrun by self-doubt, and embarrassment; then, the ever-comforting thought: “well, maybe running isn’t for everyone.”
Of course, there’s always more to the story.
Tracey Metcalfe-Rowley loves a good story, especially when it involves running. In her latest installment she went to Colorado to run with the …. Llamas. Yes, llamas. Her athletic daughter, Paige, ran the course with her as did a prized llama named Sunrise.
She wrote: “I traversed a fast-moving river three times, through thick mud and prickly plants, blood streaming down my leg … with a llama. My run could be considered wimpy by some, because I could have run up a mountain and back down for 29 miles, with a burro. However, my experience of the three-mile race is still worthy. I don’t care what you’ve done: mud and obstacle runs, trail races or triathlons. My story of running with a llama named Sunrise is still better than what you can offer.”
We have more in this issue as always. We take a look at some of our most accomplished members and encourage you to join if you haven’t already. And we honor the great cyclists who have world records when it comes to perimeter miles.
We hope to see you in Mesa in early April and keep on cycling.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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10 Perimeter Accomplishments
Perimeter Bicycling members spend plenty of time on the bike reaching goals and dreams. Many ride their favorite perimeter courses or find new ones. We like to say they are accomplished.
14 Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa
After quick debate it was very apparent who our dedication recipient for El Tour de Mesa would be: Wayne Churchman, who has been with Perimeter Bicycling for more than a decade. He’s been the ride’s director for nearly 10 years. He’s more than worthy for the award. Congrats!
15 Doctor’s Orders: Ride for the Health of it
When you ride a bike you’ll find every profession riding alongside. That’s definitely true if you ride in El Tour de Mesa on April 7. We profile three doctors who you might see on the route in Mesa. One who will definitely be there is Dan McGehee, who has ridden in the event a number of times. They do it to promote their health and the health of others.
16 She Ran with Llamas
Writer and runner Tracey Metcalfe Rowley spent a weekend in Colorado with her daughter, Paige, and had a great time running with Llamas. Yes, Llamas. She picked a good one in Sunrise, a champion runner too.
18 ASARCO – A big part of El Tour
One of our great sponsors is ASARCO, who have been with us for five years. Not only do they help support us with financial support but it also brings about 15 riders to the event. “ASARCO has always been part of our community … it’s extremely important,” said rider Jesus Chavez.
20 For Erin McGinnis, Age is but a number
Erin McGinnis is a 71-year-old woman who loves to compete, although she started late in life when athletics is involved. She learned how to ride a bike, swim and run, even though she suffers from a paralyzed leg. She’s racking up awards with her determination.
20 Cyclist, Ironman Stallworth Keeps Busy Staying in Shape
Brett Stallworth loves being on a bike and now he has his two daughters on their own too. They also have followed him in becoming strong Ironman competitors. As for Stallworth, he rides thousands of miles a year but has turned his sights on becoming a strong Ironman competitor.
21 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo
For nearly 20 years, Todd Sadow has put on 24 Hours and it continues to be a great success with nearly 2,000 participants. Mountain bikers come from all over the world to enjoy the southern Arizona weather and the adventure that 24 Hours shows. It’s a crazy weekend that everyone loves.
23 Perimeter World Records
Perimeter Bicycling World Records are declared for those cyclists who bicycle the perimeter of any defined geographical boundary of 50 miles or more such as: towns, cities, lakes, counties, states or countries. All Perimeter Bicycling Records are verified and declared by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc.