March 2012 Newsletter

Sisters Athletic Club
March 2012

Featured Club Member
Conrad Weiler

Conrad has been a member of SAC since 2003. He is dedicated to fitness and works out five days a week. He attends Q-Club class on Tuesday and Thursday and Water Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.Conrad has lived in Camp Sherman for 17 years. He and his wife Joan have been married for 53 years. Before moving to Oregon they lived in Santa Barbara, CA. They spent many summers camping at Camp Sherman and decided to make it their home upon retiring. During their years in Santa Barbara, Conrad taught biology at community colleges in Los Angeles and at Santa Barbara City College. He was also a genetics researcher at City of Hope Medical Center.
Conrad has four daughters and four grandchildren. He is a Marine Corps Veteran and served during the Korean War. He is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson College of NJ and has a Masters of Science Degree from
USC. Conrad is very active in the Sisters community participating in the Sisters Area Photography Club, Sisters Area Historical Society and the McIntosh Users Group Computer Club.
We are so happy to have Conrad as a member and are proud of his dedication and hard work.

Featured Staff Member
Jim Holcomb

Jim has worked at SAC for ten years. He teaches Q-Club class and is a favorite amongst his personal training clients. Jim has lived in Sisters for 12 years. Jim and his wife Jeanne have been married for 44 years. Before moving to Sisters they spent 29 years in Alaska living in areas that to most people would seem uninhabitable. They lived in Point Barrow Alaska which is the northern most point in the United States. They also lived in St. Michael and north of the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue. Along with their children they lived in wooden cabins with no running water or toilets. Food was brought in once a year and mail was flown in three times a week. During these years Jim was a schoolteacher and coached basketball, track and cross country. He also spent seven years working as an air traffic controller in Homer Alaska. Beginning in 1980 Jim and his family spent their summers in Sisters and decided this would be the place to retire.
When not at the club you may see Jim running, mountain biking, backpacking, kayaking or playing tennis. Jim is a true asset to the Sisters Athletic Club and brings a wealth of knowledge to our members and those who have had a chance to work with him.

New Season, New Focus
By Garret Caster

For many central Oregonians the start of spring is cause to stash the stationary bike and dust off the trail shoes. As shards of Spring pierce through winter winds our interests shift. Whether it be a spring marathon or a low key hike that doesn’t require one to don snowshoes, the spring yields more than just a change in temperature. With the trails, rivers and golf greens calling, what happens to the time dedicated to the gym? I cannot argue with those who protest the use of a treadmill in favor of hitting the trails and soaking up rays. However, there are areas in which our great Oregon wilderness lacks in fitness provisions. I suppose you could chop down a tree or carry boulders around instead of lifting weights, but that could prove to be inconvenient. The winter can be a tough place for UV junkies who live for the summer sun. A level of “gym resentment” can build when the weather dictates your hobbies and we are forced inside. There are a great many reasons why individuals tend to stray from indoor exercise during the spring and summer. I can’t say I blame anyone who adopts that mentality. Despite feelings of gym mutiny, it is important to remember that when it comes to fitness and health, balance is of upmost importance. Indoor exercise such as weight training, yoga, swimming, and class style exercise are just as important and beneficial as anything you could do outside. Although you might dedicate more of the spring and summer hours to activities outside, budgeting time to get in the gym can prove crucial in maintaining or improving your health even as you stay active outdoors. I’d like to suggest that you get outside but not abandon regular fitness activities at the club. The gym can offer a consistency in training
and fitness that can be difficult to replicate with outdoor sports. Change is paramount to
progression in our health, as an athlete and as an individual. Just as important as change, balance is what allows us to sustain those changes. Try finding half an hour to sneak in weight training before heading out fly fishing, or going to yoga after your morning mountain bike ride.
As we approach the shift in seasons, I will be undergoing a shift of my own. I will soon be leaving Sisters to pursue a long awaited endeavor in my education. I am starting Paramedic school this spring where I hope to further my ability and passion for helping others. I will be leaving with an abundant supply of happy and genuine memories made wholly possible by the people I have met here. The relationships and experiences I have gained as a member of the Sisters community are ones I won’t soon forget. Thank you.

Tate’s Tidbits

Do you love to backpack? Would you like to learn more about lightweight backpacking?
Summer is not far away and that means backpacking season will be here soon. Join us at the club on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:45pm to hear and share great tips on how to have a positive and fun backpacking experience. Bring your gear, a few friends (non members welcome) and your ideas. This will be an informal gathering to talk about backpacking trails, gear websites, and to share ideas about hiking philosophy. Paula Berry, who hiked the Pacific Trail last summer, will be our host. If you would like additional information please contact Paula at 541-549-4842.