I just got back from this year’s Interbike. For those who are not in the industry, this is the largest bike industry trade show in the US. I wandered for 3 days among the 1100 booths trying to take in all the new products for 2011. Every day I would walk in and think how did I miss seeing this before? I quickly became aware of my tunnel vision and biases. One of my first stops was to the Italian pavilion. Here you could see many of the Italian Frames and clothing manufacturers. There were helmets, gloves, bikes, and accessories. I steered away from the China and Taiwan areas. Not because I do not think they make a quality product, but because their booths tended to be more for business than show. They were there to get the orders, to produce many of the things we will all be wearing next year. One pleasant surprise while speaking with those in the industry is the amount of growth in the bike market in the last few years. While the country has been in a recession, the bike industry has been gaining momentum. My mission while there was to make contacts, Look for material for the blog, and test the concept of my leadership training camps. I would say after 3 exhausting days, it was a great success. I look forward to sharing with you more once I have a chance to decompress.      
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Now, before you think this comment is incredibly rude and that I am insensitive to those people who are weight challenged, I have to let you know that I fall into the Fat Friend category. I don’t know if my metabolism is slowing or if it is my propensity to eat good food. Whatever it is I have had a challenge peeling off the 40 pounds I would love to lose. So this is more for me than for others. I would like to propose that those who like an active lifestyle adopt this movement and spread it across the nation and world for that matter. I am challenging everyone to ask a friend who has mentioned a desire to drop a pound or two and take them with you on your Friday workout. Take them on your bike ride, run, hike or even a walk. You may have to tone it down a little or put in a second, more aggressive workout later, but you will be doing a great service for your friends. I know I sound insensitive, but, many of us fat friends just need someone to drag us out of bed and get us moving. Now, think of what this means to you and your friends.
  1. Better quality of life for your friend
  2. Better friendship for you and them
  3. Lower  Health Care costs for the nation
I am sure there are other benefits and I would encourage you to weigh-in (pun intended) on this topic. So next Friday I challenge you to invite a Fat Friend or two to join you for your workout. Just think, if you will do this for your friends eventually you will both be able to enjoy Skinny Self Saturday!  
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