- Posted March 31, 2014 by
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Upon moving to Baptist Retirement Community, Evans decided it was time to get into the habit of cycling again. He started avidly riding at the age of 50, took a few years off and picked it up again when he arrived to San Angelo. Evans joined the San Angelo Bike Club, and they get together on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The group rides around the lake, through back roads and sometimes through local parks. There are about 80 people in the club.
“If you don’t move it, you lose it,” Evans said. “Staying active has helped me age well. I lost 50 pounds when I started biking again, and my balance has improved. I ride as often as I can. My goal is to ride in the Hotter than Hell race later this year, which I participated in two times in the past. It is a lot of fun. More than 11,000 people participated in the ride last year. The racers start at the sound of the gun, then the rest of us get going after them. There are multiple courses, each is a different length with rest stops along the way.”
Evans believes that riding with a group of people is encouraging and motivating He enjoys visiting with people en route and getting to know people from all over the state, and sometimes other parts of the country. He said it is important to find something you love and to keep at it, whether you do it by yourself or with others is up to you.
“When I was younger, I would run far distances. The longest distance I ran without stopping was 12 miles,” said Evans. “In my retirement, a buddy and I decided to start riding bikes while we were living in Hobbs, N. M. We had no idea what we were doing when we started out. My advice to those just getting started is to invest in a good bike. I also recommend riding short distances in the beginning. Ride two to three miles the first few times. Most people can’t start off riding 15 to 20 miles. If you are really serious about it, I would look into getting the clip-on shoes, too. Keep in mind that you will fall at some point because you’ll forget to unclip. It happens to all of us.”
Evans rides a Pinarello bike, a 21-speed carbon fiber road bike.
“The executive director of Baptist Retirement Community, Quinda Feil-Duncan, participates in quite a few rides as well,” said Evans. “I see her around town on her bike. She’s even competed in some triathlons. She sets an active example for all the residents. We have a ride right here in San Angelo every year as well called the Tour de Burma. The longest ride I have ever done was 250 miles in a race up in Oklahoma.”
“We provide activities and encourage all the residents to stay active in any way they can as they age,” said Feil-Duncan. “Exercising keeps muscles moving and joints working. We are proud of Mr. Evan’s personal fitness success and hope others in the community will be motivated by his story.”
ABOUT BAPTIST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Baptist Retirement Community is a beautifully landscaped 100-acre neighborhood with an extensive continuum of care that offers an affordable array of retirement housing choices, wellness programs, public health amenities, and personal assistant services to over 600 seniors across the Concho Valley. Baptist Retirement also offers skilled or long term nursing care, memory care, home health, hospice, a peace of mind program, outpatient therapy, and the Rotary House of Hope. Baptist Retirement is a nonprofit organization, in a convenient location just three minutes away from downtown San Angelo.
Seniors can enjoy access to an on-site pharmacy, an on-site Shannon Health clinic, an on-site life enrichment coordinator, a chapel and full-time chaplain, transportation services, a beauty/barber salon, a community restaurant, fitness centers and exercise classes, companionship programs, and rehabilitation programs.
Additionally, Baptist Retirement boasts the newest, most innovative approach to memory care with the community’s Green House® Homes at Sagecrest. With 10 private bedrooms and bathrooms in each home, experience professional care in a home-like setting – without sacrificing independence, comfort and privacy.
Baptist Retirement Community has designed a $22 million renovation and expansion project, to be completed in two phases, which will begin this summer. The plan focuses on the expansion and renovation of the Henley-Mabee high-rise residences, building two new assisted living homes, building two new Green House® homes, and campus beautification. A new attached wellness center will include a dining venue, library, computer learning area, bistro restaurant, community room, aerobics area and a heated pool.
For more information about Baptist Retirement Community, please visit the community website at www.baptistretirement.org or call (325) 655-7391.
ABOUT BUCKNER RETIREMENT SERVICES
Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving people each year in the United States and worldwide.