Last night we gathered at Julie’s house for the RMVQ Beta party. But before we ate pizza and watched flicks we hit the yard for some Hooping.  While Lydia and Alden were practicing with their training wheels still on Julie and I ramped up our hooping and even took each other on in some intense hoop offs. Julie won all three times of course. She really intimidates me.

Just in case your curious the current record is held by Roxann Rose of the United States, who went 90 hours between 2 April and 6 April 1987. Holly crap.

“In recent years hooping has become popularized as a fitness regimen alongside kickboxing, breakdancing and bellydancing. Hoopdance can now be found in gyms, and is often combined with Pilates or yoga disciplines, all of which build strength, balance, and flexibility.

Hooping is widely recognized by health and fitness experts as being a superb form of exercise. Not only does hooping increase muscle tone and strength, it can also improve cardiovascular health and burn calories due to being a type of aerobic exercise. A study by the American Council on Exercise found that a thirty minute hooping workout burns around 200 calories. Unlike many forms of fitness, hooping works almost every muscle in your body and builds your core muscle strength at the same time as improving your coordination. Blood flow to the brain is increased through hooping exercise, helping participants to feel revitalized and more energetic.”

The RMVQ is all set and this year it seems there are a lot more riders which puts a pinch on aid station volunteers. If I had it my way we would all ride but then we would have to drink out of streams and hunt down wild game for nourishment. Their are some friends that will not be here but I will ride on.

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