It’s the end of May and I play my favorite game: How many people who signed up for classes and gym use in January and February are still working out?
There’s hardly a crushing disappointment and the numbers reflect the dream of total body transformation is still very much alive.
Oh, it is a beautiful thing to see, a rainbow coalition of the sweaty and the purposeful. If you want diversity, you’ve got it. Low carbers mingle with weight watchers and HCGers. The step aerobicisers mix with the Pilates disciples.
The treadmill regulars and the recumbent bikers, the free-weight addicts and those who build muscles from pulleys and machines, all are getting along.
And in the pool, they come in all shapes and sizes; the fat guy in a Speedo is the crowd pleaser.
“We’ve come a long way,” I said to Harry and Todd. “I’m feeling the love in this building. How about you?” Harry stared at me and said nothing. Todd stared at me and said nothing. But, I am used to this — I get it all the time — and did not take it personally at all.
As I work out, contributing and partaking of the energy in the recreation center, it occurs to me that the same scene is being enacted in thousands of gyms and recreation centers all over the country.
The message being beaten into Americans now is this: We’re all fat. Over 65 percent of the country, we are reminded over and over again, is overweight or obese. With the way people are eating these days, is it any wonder that everybody needs to do something?
Put the fork down every once in a while, the experts say. Get off your duff and do something.
So, we flock to the gyms and recreation centers every year at this time, still trying to make good on our New Year resolutions to drop weight, tone up, get presentable for swimsuit season (which, by the way, is upon us if you haven’t already noticed), and blah, blah, blah.
Folks in the fitness industry spend sleepless nights thinking of ways and means to broaden the reach and appeal of the business to a much larger population. Hard bodies have had their day — now it’s time for “real” people.
Okay, I am not saying it is time to exclude the guy with the freakish rock-hard abs, upon which I can park my mountain bike. No. I like having him around. It’s just that the time has come to focus on real people with real needs.
Local facilities are staffed by folks who can help you. Don’t be shy to make that first step. Engaging in regular physical activity doesn’t come naturally. The lure of the couch is strong. The temptation of the corn chip can be overwhelming. The same can’t be said of the treadmill.
If you are still on the couch, you may just not feel the love. So, for the next couple weeks, I’ll provide some basic suggestions on how to get started — not the love part, but the exercise part that may someday lead to feeling of love. Until then, every time you hear the dirty word “exercise,” you may wash your mouth out with chocolate. Go ahead and keep “sinning” until I can convince you to take the first step.
Construction begins on PLPOA building
After a long, meticulous process, Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association board of directors awarded the contract to rebuild the Pagosa Lakes Administration Building at 230 Port Ave. to Timberline Framers, Inc. of Pagosa Springs.
There were seven bids submitted by the May 17, 2012 (3 p.m.) deadline. They were sealed bids and were all opened once the deadline had passed. The board reviewed the material submitted and made their decision on May 18. The contract does require that construction be completed in 150 days.
Timberline Framers, Inc. has begun work on the reconstruction of the building that was damaged by fire on Nov. 3, 2011. The length of time between the fire and the beginning of construction was due to state-required asbestos abatement, design work, qualifying contractors per insurance company guidelines, and a bidding process that resulted in a very fair cost to PLPOA.
The new building was principally designed by Brad Ash, who works out of the Pagosa Springs office of Reynolds & Associates. The contract calls for the building to be ready for occupancy by November of this year (hopefully before the snow flies or at least before it gets too deep).
The clubhouse will remain open and active for events and meetings. The community garden is available for use. However, there will be parking restrictions due to the size of the work site. The work site is fenced in, so please do not enter the fenced-in area. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
When the project is done, Pagosa Lakes homeowners will have a wonderful new office and meeting space, and the building will be a great example of Pagosa area architecture and green design.
Wolf Creek Wheel Club
Wolf Creek Wheel Club has started the Thursday evening ladies mountain bike rides in Turkey Springs. Nancy Ray is leading the rides, starting from Gate 5 at 5:30 p.m. Ride duration is from 1 to 2 hours.
Steve Potter is leading a ladies road ride on Tuesdays, departing from the Hub shortly after the advanced group starts at 5:30 p.m.
Men are actually welcome to join either Nancy or Steve’s group rides.
Wolf Creek Wheel Club dues are $10 single or $15 family/business. Go to www. wolfcreekwheelclub.com and download the waiver and sign it and mail your check to WCWC at P.O. Box 3241, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.