Member Spotlight: Mark Cawley

Re-posted from Pro-Activity’s M360 News

Four years ago, on the Monday following the 4th of July, 2011 Mark Cawley decided it was time for a change.  Like so many self-described “ordinary” people…he was just your regular guy…living an honest life, and preparing to send his son Nate off to college…but it wasn’t until seeing some pictures of himself from the night of Nathan’s prom that he realized the ordinary life he had been living needed just a little extra in it…and it was time to get a MOVE on it.
“I saw the picture and almost didn’t even recognize myself.  I had been active as a kid, but saw the picture and knew I needed to change, and although it sounds a bit selfish, I knew if I were to be successful, I’d need to do it for no one but myself….”, Cawley said when I recently sat down with him.  “So I started with walking 1 mile, and paying closer attention to my diet.  Eventually I got to a point where I was walking so fast that I decided to try jogging, and soon after that your dad invited me to join the team with you guys for the turkey trot for my first 5k.”

Soon thereafter Mark caught the bug….signing up for his first half marathon, and completing it just 7 months after getting started and nearly 50 lbs. lighter.  Four years later he’s completed countless 5k’s, 12 half marathons, 2 marathons AND kept all of the weight off!
“It’s funny, I hated running as a kid, but I’ve found a peacefulness with it…..and running with BC*AC (BaseCamp Athletic Club) has been great. I checked out a lot of other groups in San Diego (while living away from the area in 2014), but there’s just something special about this place…whether it’s the people that work here or the guys I train with…it’s like even when I’m out there by myself, I know one of you are out there too somewhere, grinding it out working towards your goals just like me, and I think somehow that connection keeps us all going.  It’s like what Mike (Eisenhart) always says…ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
Mark’s story is a powerful one….relate-able for so many of us…and another example that with the right desire, and support along the way, seemingly “extraordinary” achievements are possible for each and every one of us ordinary people!  Great work Mark!  So honored our team could have played a small part!
Now who’s next?
Happy Training,
Written by Eric Eisenhart 7/31/15

Riding the hills – Tour de Long Valley

As the ride began with some rolling hills and a decent, everyone was feeling good.  Of course, had you looked at the course profile BEFORE the ride (I did not), you might have been telling yourself “save your legs”…..

On Sunday 7/26, a contingent of BC-AC riders decided to take on a tough and hot “Tour de Long Valley”; a multi-distance ride (20 mi, 40 mi, “metric-century” = 62 mi) which starts somewhere near the top of Schooley’s Mountain in Long Valley, winds it’s way into Califon, works through Lebanon Township and Tewksbury as it moves toward Chester and loops back to Long Valley.  With 5,500 feet of total ascending, it was a solid effort.

Congrats to: Nisim, Marc, Rob, Greg, Ed, Ed and Ryan who took part and to Evan Lee for organizing and getting us there.

Rookie Ruggers in Long Valley

On Wed, July 15 the rugby team made its way north to Long Valley to play in a friendly (scrimmage) against the “Wolfpack”.  The group, who had never played against live competition, started with some drills/skills and eventually moved into the live portion doing surprisingly well against the larger, more experienced LV team.  Team BC*AC, or “The Phantom” as they call themselves, were able to move the ball well when attacking and (mostly) maintained their alignment on defense – a hard, but important skill in Rugby.  The team hopes to arrange additional matches and encourages all club members to come out and support.  More pictures can be found on the BC*AC Facebook Group