You are forever a kid at the IC.
You are forever a kid at the IC.
I started at the Ice Chamber April of 2005. A girlfriend and I were having trouble losing our baby weight, and we joined at the same time. In the old days, BOOT CAMP was billed as a jumpstart to getting back on track, and that’s what we thought it would be: one month.
I’ll never forget the first day at 6am. The Ice Chamber was located inside the Albany City Maintenance Yard, and at first, I thought I was in the wrong place. Douglas Reeves started two days before me and approached me after the workout, saying, “just go home, take some Motrin, and sleep for the first three days.” Good advice.
The Ice Chamber exemplifies a complete dedication to craft and the focus on all people as athletes. That’s why it flourishes. That’s why I like it.
There are lots of gyms that have some form of “group fitness” class or bootcamp-style classes; when I travel, I have attended them. In fact, a couple of years ago, I even did a workout in the gym that served as part of the inspiration for the Ice Chamber. The classes were fine enough, but I knew if I had to rely on them for regular workouts, I would eventually get bored and quit. I was never quite sure why that was; was it the varied workouts? The people? The music? What was the magic combination that just happened to come together here? I asked Steve the question directly, and he looked at me and said, “do you think this happens by accident?”
Someone once summed up my relationship to the Ice Chamber like this: “Well, of course you need to go to that place. Clearly, it’s your oxygen.” Perhaps a little hyperbolic, but it is certainly the springboard from which I draw strength in all its forms. The people, the competition, the support, the diversity, the challenges. it’s what a fitness experience should be.
Life is full of curveballs largely unexpected and often unexplained, and we all have coping mechanisms that allow us to function. I’m not above a glass of bourbon, but I also know it has limited value and is unlikely to prepare me for another bump in the road. Coming here and working hard gives me a new outlook on my life experience.
We are grateful to the strong and powerful women of the Ice Chamber for representing on so many levels!
Take a peek behind the scenes at a photo shoot to honor their achievements.
Congratulations to Ramona and Craig for cycling over 500 miles each for the AIDS/Life Cycle fundraiser!
When it comes to enduring hardship, sometimes it’s better to do it with a friend. Bring your loved one to the IC for a trail workout.
A MEAL TRAIN FOR ELISABETH SHERRATT
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Congratulations to Sarah and Selby on the expansion of their family!
“Our second son, Mekan Charles Mashakov Macdonald, was born at 1:39am after a very fast labor. He is 7lbs and 18.5 inches long and very healthy. Selby was amazing and is feeling great. We are still in shock that he’s finally here.”
Water stop in Stinson,on to San Francisco! 266 miles and going strong! See you back at the ice chamber! Mary and Lee
Here is a video update from our beloved Elisabeth. Both mom and baby are doing great!
“Hey Steve – Glad I made it to the bay to breakers… I had a great time and was able to run the 7.5 miles without any training! due to the fact that I get a lot of cardio at the IC… pretty nice. But hey! someone had already detached the t-shirt stub on my ticket… I mean you really gotta run the race in order to wear the t-shirt…. but I’m fine with it… just thought it was funny…. next year I will run in my IC crown and evening gown.
Our boy J.D. enjoying some sun rays on the beaches of Vitoria, Brazil. Looks like he grew a beard?
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