The title says it all. Melisa Byrns and Kathy Flock are the first two women to complete the 100 mile ride with AFTLI. They finished under six hours with an average speed of seventeen miles per hour. Congratulations for doing what no women before you could. Your achievement is living evidence that hard work pays off!
Year four of the 100 mile bicycle ride from our facility to the Montauk Point Lighthouse was very successful once again. The top three finishers of the ride were Jim Schepp who finished in 4:49 with an average speed of 20.5 mph, followed by Joe Lerner at 5:12 and an average speed of 19 mph and Ed Stephenson. For Stephenson, being one of the top three finishers is a remarkable feat as he was involved in a bicycle accident just a week prior to the ride during training where he destroyed his entire bike and tore up his body. He ended up using his wife’s bike for the ride and still finished in the top three riders. Trainer and rider Ryan Gluckert said “It was intense, but rewarding. I have hardly felt more accomplished in myself than I do right now.” What an accomplishment to all who participated in the fourth annual Montauk ride. Now you must all understand that hard work pays off.
Tomorrow marks the fourth consecutive year that many of the AFTLI staff members and some clients will embark on a 100 mile bicycle ride to Montauk. It gets better, they hit the road from the AFTLI facility at 4 a.m. and reach the Montauk Point Lighthouse near 10:30 a.m. Talk about early morning cardio. Trainer Mike Ciserano said “I look forward to this every year because it is the ultimate form of progression and improvement, not so many people can say they have this under their belt.” Catch some rays and enjoy the beach out there everyone, you deserve it.
Today marks week four of a strength and conditioning program that takes no prisoners. The entire AFTLI team could not be more proud of each Red Devil eagerly taking the field twice a week seeking both individual and team improvement. The progression of each of these athletes is simply remarkable. One month down, one more to go. Keep it up everyone, hard work always pays off.
A good friend of AFTLI and starting fullback for the Washington Redskins; Darrel Young has left New York for the summer for training camp with Washington. This summer Darrel took it upon himself to workout with the Plainedge High School football program in a training program we ran. He admitted that NFL training camps do not condition like our program does. Have a great season and thank you for everything you’ve done this summer with AFTLI. You’re living proof that hard work pays off!
You read that right. Redskins starting FB Darrel Young took the field with the Red Devils for a workout that he said “doesn’t happen during practice with the Redskins.” The energy from player to player was contagious and this was the best workout we’ve conducted so far. Thank you Darrel for coming out and giving it your all with Long Island’s finest. Have a great season and we can’t wait to see you again!