What: Two Houstonians joining Team Sun & Ski for the MS 150’s 25th anniversary who are workout partners starting training this week as a weight loss challenge and to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis.
Who: Wayne Dolezal and Anna Rocha, who each weighed in Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 270 pounds, will train for and cycle in the MS150 as a way to both support MS and to start the New Year with healthy, physically fit lifestyles.
When: They were custom fitted for their Marin bikes Tuesday, Jan. 6) at 4:30 p.m. at Sun & Ski Sports, 6100 Westheimer. Wayne and Anna will also be at Sun & Ski Sports Bike U Jan. 23-24 to attend the free cycling education seminars and to give status updates on how their training is going. Their MS 150 cycling coach will be Steve Moskowitz, Conoco Phillips MS 150 Team Captain. Their fitness coach is Mark Leblanc, president of the WELLFIT Group.
Why: Wayne will be riding the MS 150 in honor of a friend’s daughter, Steph, who has MS. Wayne explained, “I became aware of the disease from a friend’s daughter, who was diagnosed with MS four years ago at the age of 19. Steph lives a healthy lifestyle, is a good person, and still she has the random disease of MS. She began riding in the MS 150 3 years ago, and is a true champion for the cause. Steph does everything she can with medication, exercise, and diet to fight the effects on a daily basis. Her resilience is, and will always be, an inspiration to me. I hope that, with the help of Sun and Ski, I can both lose weight as well as raise money for a great organization to help the tens of thousands of Americans living with MS.”
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Wayne and Anna
I met Anna 6 years ago through a mutual friend. We became close about 2 years ago, when she said we needed to be more active. I purchased a Haro bike from Sun and Ski Sports and began riding immediately. My first time out at Memorial Park, we rode 10 miles. And I felt that 10 miles in my groin for the next week. I always thought the bikers wore bike shorts because it made them look cool, not because they were padded. Boy was I wrong! I went back to Sun and Ski, purchased bike shorts and a Camel Pack, and I was good to go. Anna and I rode in about 5 bicycle rallies that spring, and continued to do so the year after. Unfortunately, we never exercised outside of the Saturdays for those rallies, and never rode in enough rallies to lose a significant amount of weight.
This year, when I turned 30, I took stock of my life, decided it was good, and wanted to continue living life. I don’t want potential health ailments relating to obesity to take my life away from me. With Anna as my work out partner, I look forward to conquering my weight demons and living a healthy, active lifestyle. We have decided that we will do whatever it takes to ride in the MS 150. It’s a remarkable cause for charity. Every mile pedaled equals not only a healthier heartbeat, but valuable dollars to research the cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
I became aware of the disease from a friend’s daughter, who was diagnosed with MS 4 years ago at the age of 19. Steph lives a healthy lifestyle, is a good person, and still she has the random disease of MS. She began riding in the MS 150 3 years ago, and is a true champion for the cause. Steph does everything she can with medication, exercise, and diet to fight the effects on a daily basis. Her resilience is, and will always be, an inspiration to me. I hope that, with the help of Sun and Ski, I can both lose weight as well as raise money for a great organization to help the tens of thousands of Americans living with MS.
As you can tell from my biography, I have always wanted big things in life, just not a big waist. I didn’t get that million dollars, nor do “hot chicks” follow me around, but I would not change a minute of my life. I am, after all, funny and fat. But I really want to be fit!
Sun & Ski Sports
Sun & Ski Sports specializes in making customers’ outdoor adventure sports dreams come true by outfitting them with quality merchandise, exceptional service and outstanding values in five select sports categories — ski (snow and water), bicycling, skating, running and camping. This highly focused concept allows Sun & Ski to offer a small store feel, yet with big store competitive pricing – the best of both worlds.
Philosophy: “Do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.”
History: Founded in Houston in 1980 by Barry Goldware, president/CEO
Five stores in Houston area; three in Dallas area; and one each in Austin, San Antonio, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Cincinnati and Nashville. The company owns three Ski Chalet stores in Arlington, VA, Chantilly, VA and Gaithersburg, MD, and a Ski Stop store in Plainview, NY.