In which our hero seeks to break the world record for the 24-hour inline skating time trial, and along the way expresses certain thoughts of the type that wander through a brain whose owner spends too much time skating alone.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
WHAT I LIKE TODAY: Your daily dose of The Awesome
Today The Awesome is the sweet membership deal I just got from 24 Hour Fitness. When I joined 24 Hour in 2006, I paid $720 for a three-year membership, which was a good deal -- just $20 per month. Even better: at the end of the contract I could renew for a year for $99 -- less than $9 per month. I thought that was pretty cheap until I got a notice last week that if I paid for the renewal up front, I could pay just $49. For a year. That’s right; for $4 -- for less than the price of a venti skinny half-caf latte -- I get to use the gym for an entire month. Given the frequency with which I go to the gym, that’s about 25 cents per visit.
I am a 35-year-old accounts receivable clerk from Denver who in 2010 intends to break the world record for the 24-hour inline skating time trial. The current mark stands at 337.773 miles, set by Mauro Guenci of Italy in 2004. I have skated 267 miles and 315 miles in two previous 24-hour races. When I'm not skating or otherwise training, I enjoy eating and sleeping.