The 10 Hour Cycling Event is Almost Here. Come Join Us!

The 10 Hour Cycling Event is Almost Here. Come Join Us!

The troops are lined up and ready for duty.  The room is quiet, but it’s about to get really loud.  Before you know it, dozens of people will be filtering in and out and progress will be made.  The 10 hour Cycling Challenge is less than two weeks away, and we’re ready for you.

The Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center is sponsoring it’s second marathon cycling event March 9Th from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.  The beneficiary will be the Angel Trust Fund at the Winchester Medical Center.  The fund benefits qualified patients who are currently receiving treatment at the oncology department of Winchester Medical Center.

That help can come in a myriad of ways, but it’s always deserving and always needed.  Join us for a day of indoor cycling, great camaraderie, exercise and reach out a helping hand to those in our community who are in the battle of their life.  You can join a team, ride solo for an hour or more or you can drop by and donate and cheer the riders on.

One special feature this year is guest musician, Ted Garber.  Ted is an international performing artists who has graciously accepted our offer to join in the fun.  He will be there to encourage and inspire the riders throughout part of the event, and you won’t want to miss him.  All of the details are at: Come Join Me March 9Th to Help Some Cancer Patients Win Their Battle.

We’ll see you there!



This is a test . . . Please stop what you’re doing and take this test.

This is a test . . . Please stop what you’re doing and take this test. It won’t take long.

This is a test.  It’s only a test.  If it were an actual event your arms would be burning and you would have a headache right now.  Here’s the test.  Take two cans of soup, and stand with your arms extended straight out shoulder height with one can of soup in each hand.  OK, got it.  I’ll wait while you do the test.  Go ahead.  No really, give it a try.

How long were you able to stand with your arms fully extended with a can of soup in each hand?  A typical can of soup weighs around 10 3/4 ozs.  Less than a pound.  How long could you do it?  Most people are not going to be able to do it very long.  Even though the weight is insignificant, over time it becomes heavier and heavier until your muscles collapse under the pressure of a 10 3/4 oz can of soup.
Now, let’s translate that into stress.  How much stress can you carry on a daily basis before you collapse?  Your level might seem insignificant to you, but you might be surprised.  I don’t think my life is overly stressful, but a decade ago I got a real wake-up call about stress.

I got up at my normal 5:00 am time and went to the gym to teach a Spinning® class.  We had our typical workout.  It’s always somewhere between moderate to hard if you’re working out with me.  I do my lighter workouts when I exercise alone.  I came home and took a shower, ate breakfast, read the paper and lost my memory.

I didn’t realize anything was unusual until my wife asked a question that I couldn’t answer.  “Who was in your cycling class this morning?”  “Did I teach a cycling class this morning?”  She looked at me like I was nuts.  I’ve seen that look before.  So she asked another question, and I didn’t know the answer.  She asked if I was kidding her.  I guess it’s like a gentleman who was about to have brain surgery.  His doctor called his wife in for a consultation prior to the surgery on her husband and said, “There is a chance that he may have brain damage.”  To which she responded, “How would we know?”

My wife thought I was kidding.  Finally, she realized that I didn’t know a lot of events that had happened in the previous 6 months.   I was taken to the hospital and found that I had transient global amnesia.

What caused it?  The cause was labeled as stress.  I didn’t feel like I was under stress, but an outsider looking in would have thought I was under a great amount of stress.  I had gotten so accustomed to holding my cans of soup straight out that I didn’t even notice they were getting heavy, but my body and my brain did.
How long can you hold the two cans of soup before your body gives in and demands that you drop them?  My experience led to more time off, less work on the weekends, shorter more realistic days, more exercise, better diet and more leisure activities.  I haven’t had a brain dump since then, but it was a great eye-opener for me and my family.  How long can you hold your cans of soup?

Ted Garber joins the 10 Hour Cycling Challenge – March 9, 2013

The 10 Hour Cycling Challenge at the Valley Health Wellness and Fitness Center is proud to welcome Ted Garber for an hour of fun and music during the event.  Ted has graciously accepted our invitation to share his musical talents with our hardworking participants.

Ted is an accomplished recording artist who I’ve had the privilege of hearing in person, and he is awesome.  Let me share an expert from Ted’s bio to give you a feel for his musical style:

Ushering in a new golden age of live entertainment is Ted Garber, a genre-bending multi-instrumentalist whose “BluesAmericanaRock” combines classic showmanship with a captivating singer-songwriter sensibility. His smokey, bluesy vocals, howling harmonica riffs and screaming guitar licks are enticing audiences worldwide, taking us on a diverse musical journey from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, hovering in the Mississippi Delta before heading South of the Border.

Ted is this and more, and you won’t want to miss his time with us Saturday, March 9, 2013.  Ted will be performing between 11:30 – 12:30 at the 10 Hour Cycling Challenge to benefit the Angel Trust Fund at the Winchester Medical Center.  Be sure to sign up for a bike today and contribute to the Angel Trust Fund.

Ted will entertain you, and you will help save a life in the process.  Does it get any better than that?  Drop by Ted’s website to get more information on his music, concert schedule and his history.  This is building up to be an awesome event.  You won’t want to miss it!

Enjoy a little Ted Garber Music – and get ready for a great day of cycling, music and fun.


VHDA Homeowner Class – February 16, 2013 – Winchester, VA

VHDA Homeowner Class – February 16, 2013 – Winchester, VA

If you’re thinking about applying for a VHDA loan, you should consider the VHDA free home-ownership class.  The class is taught by experts in the fields of home-ownership, real estate, personal finance, credit, home inspection and real estate closings.  The next class in the Winchester, Virginia area will be held at office of the Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., at 1437 Front Royal Rd, Winchester, VA 22602, on February 16, 2013 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  

During a VHDA home-ownership class, you will learn about the responsibilities that come with home-ownership.  You will also learn the value of a good to great credit score and how to achieve one.  You will learn the mechanics of applying for a home loan, and you learn how to get pre-approved for a home loan.  You’ll learn the importance of having a real estate professional working with you to help you get the best deal with the least hurdles.  You will also learn about the importance of having a having a home inspection to make sure the home of your dreams really is a dream and not a nightmare.

The VHDA home-ownership class will take you from the idea of owning a home right the mechanics of closing the deal.  For those attending a VHDA home-ownership course, there is the opportunity for mortgage assistance in the way of down-payment and closing cost assistance.  If home-ownership is out of reach because you lack the money for a down-payment or closing costs, then the VHDA home-ownership class is for you.

The VHDA free first-time homeowner class is free, but you’ve got to call today and reserve your spot.  Contact Lori Noakes at the Blue Ridge Housing Network, 540-622-2711.  Lori will guide you through the process, and we’ll see you Saturday, February 16 @ 10:00 am.  Sign up today. Space is limited.  You can also call the Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., office at 540-722-6029.