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Most Epic Endurance and Fitness Weekend Ever July 31 2015

It’s taken close to a week to recover and digest it all, but I believe we that last weekend we experienced what might be the most epic endurance and fitness sports weekends in the history of all mankind. Let’s flash back on this Friday, shall we...


Le Tour

It doesn’t get much better than Le Tour. The greatest endurance event in the world. This year, perhaps more any any race in the recent past, was filled with heartbreak and drama. It was crushing to watch some major riders forced to abandon, even with the podium in reach. In the end, Froome takes that special yellow-jersey ride down the Champs-Elysees for the second time in three years.


…and Alpe d’Huez on the closing day

Would you like your Tour to be more exciting and magical? Ok. You could climb Alpe d’Huiz twice in one day like they did in 2013. Or you can put Alpe d’Huez as the final challenge before the race hits Paris. It’s only happened twice since they started featuring it regularly in 1976.


...and a Frenchman keeping a winning streak alive on the mountain

Talk about making a host country proud. What could be better than Thibaut Pinot taking the French’s winning streak to three on The Tour’s most famous and mythical stage.

Alas the tour is over, and the majority of the world that would rather see the world perched on two wheels and two pedals are sad. I mourn with you.


The Iron Cowboy

This one is going to warrant a post of it’s own some day very soon, especially since I was fortunate enough to bring my two boys out to participate in the Massachusetts 5k. In what was arguably the most intense feat of personal human endurance, James Lawrence, aka the Iron Cowboy, finished his epic 50 Ironman distance races in 50 days in 50 states. Those of us lucky enough meet and witness his passion and determination knew that his completing this epic challenge was a foregone conclusion. I’m sincerely in awe of this man. The guy is all heart, and legs, and lungs. But mostly heart. Again, more to come on this one.


The Crossfit Games

I probably get more excited about The Games because I’m very fortunate to belong to a CF gym (Crossfit New England) that consistently sends athletes and teams to compete. Getting to watch coaches, athletes, and friends you train with on a daily basis and learn from get after it on the biggest stage makes this event so much more special. I fell in love with CF from the first time it kicked my ass - almost three years ago. For me, it’s become the foundation for enabling me to not only achieve a level of fitness I’ve never had, but a foundation for competing in other sports I love like triathlon, running, cycling, swimming, and trying desperately to keep up with my two young boys.

Probably the coolest part is the Masters competition. Confession, yes, I’m a Master, but nothing like these bad asses. Men and women ages 40 to 70+ challenged themselves and inspired us more mature (at least in years on the planet) folk as to what our bodies are capable of for many many years to come. I have to say, it was also amazing to see Katrin win and Mat finish second again - two athletes that are always training at our gym, not to mention Team CFNE finish in the top 20, and two of our masters finish in the top 10 in their respective age groups. 


Ironman Lake Placid

I like to call this one Ironman New England since it’s our closest option for an Ironman race and lots of local friends and athletes make the trek out there. I was especially excited to track one of 1BandID’s first customers and biggest supporters, Capt. Caldwell Clarke. The guy is a machine. PR’s his swim and run. All of this after crushing the World Police and Fire Games a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to be his race sherpa in Kona one day.


The Biggest Loser Marathon

One more. This one might have been under lots of people’s radar screens. But another friend and big 1BandID supporter, Dani (aka @IrishEyes1982) ran the Biggest Loser Marathon. And despite suffering a bite from a dog just two days before, she still managed to knock out 4th female overall and tops in her age group. Big congrats to Dani!



 

 

Whew. Writing this was an endurance event in itself. Thankfully we live in a technology-enhanced world. The Tour on TV. The Games on the iPad. The Iron Cowboy on Social Media. Lake Placid athlete updates via text. Oh yeah. Endurance spectating multi-screening at its finest.

Bring on the new weekend. Saturday and Sunday are always welcome here. I’m sure we’ll get along splendidly. However, from an endurance fan perspective, good luck competing with the epic one we just experienced.


Happy Blog-a-versary to Dani at Weight Off My Shoulders May 27 2015

Please join me in wishing Dani from Weight Off My Shoulders a very happy blog-a-versary! 1BandID is happy to help her celebrate 4 years of sharing her story.

Dani is easily one of the most positive and inspiring athletes around. As a local runner, I’m happy she’s in our neck of the woods. She does a ton to promote the great running community we have here in the Boston area. I think the number of races she runs (probably close to a million by now) coupled with the race entry fees she pays, single-handedly boosts the local economy by a few percent at least. And if she hasn’t run a million races, she’s definitely taken a million mid-run selfies.

Dani has been a phenomenal supporter of 1BandID (I think she has one for all four of her GPS devices) and it’s been awesome to get to know her and follow her journey.

Check out her blog-a-versary post. You could win a 1BandID or some other great runner-friendly prizes from SparklySoul Headbands, Zensah, KT Tape or Momentum Jewelry.

Happy Blog-a-versary, Dani! Here’s to many more years of racing, sharing, and mid-run selfies.

Tweet to Dani: Hey @IrishEyes1982, @1BandID asked me to wish you a Happy Blog-a-versary! http://ctt.ec/Cg499+

JoeV



Keep Moving Forward. Stay in #SharkMode | 1BandID May 21 2015

#sharkmode on 1BandID ID for Runners
I find sharks are insanely fascinating. Apparently, everyone else does these days. Sharks have their own show: Shark Tank. Their own movies: the good, Jaws and the awesomely bad, Sharkado 1, 2, and 3. Their whole week: Shark Week. The list goes on. Like the world-famous face of Hansell, Sharks are so hot right now! 

One of the most important shark facts is that they have to keep moving forward to stay alive. Think about that. Think about how important it is to keep moving forward. For a shark it literally means life or death.

And, I can’t think of better advice for a new or veteran, old or young runner, triathlete, cyclist, crossfitter, or any athlete. Hell, anyone for that matter. Go #SharkMode. Keep going forward.

For you and me, it might not mean the difference between living or dying. But it might make the difference of our dream or goal living or dying. Whatever that dream is…to start a couch to 5k plan, run a marathon, or finish an Ironman. It's a mentality that you have to adopt and it can be the difference between being a better swimmer, a faster runner, or getting stronger in order to make that final push to the finish line.

For sharks, it’s about life or death. It should almost feel that same way for us. That we need to keep learning, keep improving, keep persevering. To keep moving forward to stay alive. To feel alive. Go backward and it’s over. 

Let’s never lose sight of our goals. Like a shark uses all of its sense to locate food, let’s focus everything on achieving them. We have to be able to taste the success. Like blood in the water. We have to be able to taste our next training session. Our next PR. Our next sale. Our next success. No matter how small it may be. 

It can start as a feeling. With the right motivation, it becomes an instinct. A habit. Make that forward movement be your oxygen. Think hard about it every day. Let’s remind ourselves why it’s important. Whether we’re doing it for ourselves or to motivate and inspire others. Let's get with our coaches for one-one-one training sessions to identify weaknesses. Let's finally dial in the right nutrition. Let's do an extra track workout, a new drill in the pool. Always learning, always moving forward is critical to our journey.

And don’t pay attention to the lampreys (aka haters), hanging on and trying to suck the life out of you. Let's keep moving forward. It doesn’t have to be at top speed. We can move slow. Evaluating. Learning. Progressing. Even the proper sleep and recovery is movement in the right direction.

Age? Age doesn’t matter. No excuses! No matter how old you are. Don’t let yourself get stuck. Don’t let yourself stop. And never under any circumstances go backwards. There are so many opportunities. There are so many tools. There’s access to information. There’s access to experts that have done it before. You just have to keep moving forward while you can, because you never know.
shark open jaws

There’s a confidence that comes with being a shark too. Not too many living things get in a shark’s way, especially at feeding time. That mentality brings confidence. And with confidence comes freedom. The shark doesn’t care who or what is in its way. The shark knows that it can’t go backward. It’s not an option. And it shouldn’t be an option for us on the road to achieving our dreams or goals.

So, put your body in beast mode when you have to, but always keep moving forward. Always keep your mind in shark mode. Who’s with me?

JoeV



11 Reasons 1BandID Will Make You Forget Your ID Bracelet for the Last Time May 15 2015

I often get asked what is a 1BandID? Why is it different than an ID bracelet (you know the one I always forget at home)? Why is it better than an ID bracelet? Well, here's your chance to get to know 1BandID.

10 We always start at ten, right? 1BandID started with an idea

An idea for how to help simplify ID for runners, cyclists, triathletes, kids, hikers, people with medical conditions, and the list goes on. No more ID bracelets. Attach ID to your Garmin, Polar, Timex, Fitbit, or any watch, GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, fitness tracker, shoe, bike helmet, essentiality whatever you use when you train. 

 

9 Nine letters in neoprene(e)

Ok there aren’t. But, give me a break. I often get asked if 1BandID is nylon, or what? No, it's neoprene, like a wetsuit. It doesn't absorb water. It doesn't skink like a nylon or leather bracelet. It’s made for anyone that knows, to quote Edgar Allen Poe, “The best things in life make you sweaty."

 

8 1BandID is available in eight colors

Eight bright, standout, high visibility, colors (yellow, orange, pink, blue, black, red, green, and purple). Match your racing kit. Match your mood. Wear one for every day of the week (as recognized by the Beatles, anyway).

 

7 Seven days (in a real week) that you will want to train with your 1BandID

Because it's crazy comfortable, light as a feather, and just plain looks good. It might just be the most simple and useful fashion accessory for athletes out there.

 

6 1BandID’s tag holds six lines of up to 25 characters

That's enough space for the most important info to be displayed for first responders (emergency contacts, medical or environmental allergies, medical conditions, DOB, past injuries, etc.). If you don’t have any medical conditions, there’s enough space on the ID tag for a mantra, inspirational quote, or whatever motivation keeps you confident and keeps you moving forward in your training or on race or competition day. 

 

5 Five places to wear 1BandID

Watch, GPS, heart rate monitor, fitness tracker band, running shoe

 

4 Four more places to wear 1BandID

Bike helmet, bike shoe, backpack, weightlifting shoe, dog collar, kids shoe. The point is 1BandID is very versatile. Unlike an ID bracelet, which only attaches to your wrist or having to buy a different shoe ID, bike ID, ID tag for your backpack, etc., 1BandID’s patented velcro closure can attach to just about anywhere and go along for the ride wherever your training and racing takes you.

3 Three sizes

Standard, large, and X-Large. Watch, GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, and activity tracker bands come in different sizes, and there’s a 1BandID to fit all of them.

2 It takes two to make a thing go right! It takes two to make it out of sight!

I hope that song earwigs its way into your brain for a few hours. Love me some Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock! RIP Easy Rock.

1 One, as in 1BandID, obvs!!

All you need is 1BandID. It’s simple. It’s more unforgettable. It's all you need. Don’t wear anything else on your wrist.

0 Zero extra ID bracelets

Nothing extra to forget when you’re heading out the door to train or race. Nothing extra to take off at airport security (how's that for simple). Ok, we went to 11 on this one.



 

Boston Marathon Memories and Reflections April 21 2015

Ask any runner, from the ones who yet to cross the finish line of their first 5k, to those with thousands of miles on their legs and they'll all probably share a million feelings about the Boston Marathon. Fear, bucket list, celebration, all come to mind. And, after the unthinkable events of those a$$holes and how they tried to steal the race from us two years ago, you can probably double that to two million feelings.

I absolutely have my own. Way before I ran it. Way before I even had an inkling of a desire to run it. It was a day-off to celebrate with great friends. We would always go to the Red Sox game and and then cheer on the athletes that I never thought I would join. I thought what I was doing on that day was perfect, and the marathon provided a great reason for the day (a backdrop or soundtrack, I guess).

Then I started learning about The Hoyts, the Duel in the Sun, Joanie, and so much more. Then I ran The Chicago Marathon a couple times and found the opportunity to run Boston in 2006. Thank goodness. Coincidentally, my then wife-to-be also happened to be training for Boston. Talk about an instant connection and endless conversation topic. We didn't talk much during the race. She chicked me right around mile two and was gone. It's ok. I was cool with that. She was waiting for me at the finish line (talk about a keeper). Without Boston, who knows how different things could be for me and for 1BandID. That's a big reason this race is so important to me.

Fast forward to this year. Strangely enough, this was the first year I ever made it to the course to see the elites. Unfortunately, that was just about all we saw in person before we had to get the kids to a warmer and drier environment. I was sad to miss the opportunity to properly cheer on many long time friends, and friends I have because of 1BandID. 

However, I got to enjoy the rest of day with my family. We did a lot of virtual cheering while watching it on TV, but I was really so engrossed with getting to spend the day with my family that the coverage mostly provided the perfect soundtrack to the day. In many ways, it kind of reminded me of my first experiences with the race. Respect and admiration, but on the sidelines.

I know I'll be off the sidelines and back on that course some day. And, when I do, I hope Meb is there to help me across the finish line. Love this guy and this perfect moment captured by the Boston Globe!

Last but certainly not least. Congrats to all of the athletes. Having raced in similar conditions, I can only hope the adrenaline, emotions, and crowd kept  you warm and mentally dry.

JoeV


Reset Button April 20 2015

(Originally posted Dec. 2014)

Let’s face it; we all have a ton on our minds. I’m a dad, husband, entrepreneur, employee, athlete, etc. It’s a lot to manage in 7/24. I could certainly use an extra catch-up day. Keeping all of the gears moving means the various engines that drive me toward my goals need maintenance every now and then. 

Just the other day, we were on a family hike with some friends. Having been traveling all week, one of our friends said that a hike like this is a great reset button. It seemed right. Out there in the woods, you’re isolated from the noise of the outside world. It was a great reset button for the mind - like meditation with a little movement.
 
It got me thinking about some other reset buttons. As an athlete, isn’t it great to dial up a no-stress, confidence-building training session that you know you can crush - a long easy ‘naked’ run or ride or an all-out lace ‘em up and let ‘er rip track session, a WOD with movements and weights you know you can move well and probably PR.
 
As an entrepreneur, maybe it’s a soul-baring blog post, cutting out early with your team to get to know each other beyond the org chart, or looking back to early product versions or prototype sketches to get back to basics on why you got started doing what you’re doing.
 
Most importantly, get rid of all the noise around the family. Go for that hike away from it all. Take your significant other out to a quiet dinner (and don’t talk about the to do list). Do whatever your three year old wants to do. Seeing what’s important to your kid, what makes him or her laugh along with some intense pretending that only a child can dream up will do wonders for you and put everything in perspective. It does for me.
 
These reset buttons help build confidence, recharge your momentum and help you get back to what’s important. I feel like I’m hitting a reset button with 1BandID. A part of it is putting thoughts down on this blog. A bigger part of it is just remembering that I started 1BandID to help simplify ID (and hopefully provide a little confidence and motivation) for busy athletes who have a ton on their mind on a training or race day. That’s the core. That’s what I want to remember and share every day.
 
What’s your reset button? Tell me on Twitter: @1BandID or Facebook: facebook.com/1BandID


So What Are You Going To Do About It April 20 2015

(Originally posted Nov. 2014)

So what are you going to do about it? Nine words one might hear on many an elementary school playground. Unfortunately, the person saying them doesn’t always have the best intentions in mind. They might even involve handing over lunch money. Or you might hear them in a tough guy action movie. Usually when you hear them, you can expect a serious beatdown hopefully by the hero. Yes, they can definitely be used for good or evil.

There is a way we can use those words for good to help motivate ourselves to make the right decision and prioritize what’s really important. It usually starts as a question or a challenge.

  • I want to run a marathon, a 10k a 5K a triathlon, an Ironman…so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to be faster...so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to do something I love...so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to lose some weight...so what are you going to do about it?

So what are you going to do about it? The answer could mean a major life changing event or something as simple as shutting off the TV, going to bed earlier and getting up early to hit the gym. Sometimes the answer is nothing at all or you will find that it’s something that can be put off for something more important.

The point is that those words can help you gain control; help you prioritize what’s important; help guide planning and execution; and help make you accountable for things you want to change either in your life or maybe someone else’s.

I have used those words often, probably every day, every hour. Every time I face something challenging, I use them to help guide me. I used them a lot, and still do when I think about what I want to accomplish with 1BandID and they help keep me accountable to my customers and my vision for the company.

I use those words in my training. Recently, I watched my cousin cross the finish line at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. I immediately started thinking about racing more. I've been primarily doing CrossFit for the past two years, and it has transformed my body. I know I'm in better shape now than ever in my life. With that fitness, I realize how much I miss the energy and excitement that comes with a race. I also miss the focus and structure of training, not to mention how it makes me feel mentally and physically.

I want to continue to improve at CrossFit, a sport I’m very passionate about. And I want to transfer my strength, speed and mental toughness to triathlon. I want to complete an Ironman someday, hopefully more than one (maybe after the boys get a little older). Triathlon and CrossFit give me the opportunity to compete and prove something to myself. There is so much to learn and so much to do in my training so I'll use those words to help guide me in determining where to start, what to do next and what I want to ultimately achieve.

That's what I'm going to do about it.


Welcome to the new 1BandID.com April 16 2015

Whop Dee Friggin' Doo!

Oh, it has been a long time coming. I'm so excited to share the new 1BandID.com with all of you runners, cyclists, triathletes, crossfitters, moms, dads, grandparents, and everyone who wants and needs a simple and more unforgettable ID for their training, as a medical ID bracelet, for every day use, for whatever reason you want. 

Before I get going, I have to thank everyone that has supported 1BandID up to now. None of this would be possible without patience, feedback and ideas from family, friends, customers, strangers and suppliers. You're all the reason I'm here.

Look, the site might not be perfect today. I possess just enough design expertise to walk the fine line of dangerous and not driving my designer/photographer wife crazy. Despite the occasional wart, if you've been to 1BandID.com before, I hope you agree the new site is much cleaner, friendlier and overall just plain easy on the eyes. That said, if you see anything wrong, ugly or broken, don't hesitate to contact me. Sometimes when you're too close to something and care about it so much, you miss the little things.

One of the things I'm truly excited about is this blog. The old site didn't offer that capability so I'm excited that I'll be able to engage with you more frequently and in more ways. I'll be able to keep things more dynamic and conversational. You'll never know what you'll get here. Might be training motivation, could be a playlist, it's possible there could be a rant or two, any maybe even start-up lessons learned. And while you're here, browse around. I've added new content that there's lots more to come. And, of course, buy one or 10 1BandIDs for you and all of your family and friends.

I hope you'll visit often, and I hope if you see something wrong or a way I can improve, that you'll leave a comment or email me directly at joev@1BandID.com.

One important note for anyone shopping with gift cards that start with GC. Gift cards for this new site work like they're supposed to rather than the workaround I was forced to create on the old site. If you have a gift card that starts with the letters GC (my workaround on the old site that didn't really support gift cards), please enter it as a coupon code instead of a gift card. Your price will go to $0. For more information on that, click here.

Stay classy and thanks for stopping by.

JoeV