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IronMan Florida 2014 :: Jacob Sharff Interviewed

Shatterproof Challenge…. Rappelling a Building from a Wheelchair

Shatterproof Challenge from Wheelchair

Fear reminds us we’re alive…

This weekend I participated in the Shatterproof Challenge. (Video Below) Shatterproof is a national organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.  The “challenge”, is to rappel down the side of a building, in honor/memory of someone with addiction. My rappel was in memory of my best friend Stuart, who lost his life 3 years ago to drug addiction.  Stu was an amazing person, and had the most giving heart of anyone I’ve ever met. His death rocked me to the core.  His death put pain and struggle into perspective. That’s why I’ve become an advocate for bringing awareness to the negative stigmas associated with addiction.  Believe it or not, the hardest struggles in my life do NOT involve being paralyzed in a wheelchair… My hardest pains and struggles are things that aren’t visible, they’re things on the inside. It’s the same for someone struggling with addiction. They may walk by you looking fine, but on the inside they’re struggling with demons.  My heart goes out to these people, and I choose to be an advocate for them, when they may not be able to an advocate for themselves.  With the help from some good friends, we started “Jacob’s Cause“, which hopefully can help shed light on the negative stigma associated with addiction. Stu not only helped me get through some of the toughest darkest years of my life, he also never once judged me for being in a wheelchair, even when I negatively judged myself… I miss my best friend everyday.

I also started working closely with an amazing drug addiction rehabilitation center located in Palm Beach County, called AION RECOVERY.  I personally know the people behind AION, and they’re involved for all the right reasons, not for financial gain. With that being said, if you or someone close to you suffers from addiction, please contact AION RECOVERY.  Tell them Jacob sent you. I promise, you’ll be in good hands.

Please reach out to me at jacob@howiroll.com if you have any questions.

IRONMAN Florida 2014 Finisher… A Wheelchair Perspective.

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Aside from finishing IRONMAN Florida last weekend, the best part was that IRONMAN featured my story in their event video. Check it out below.

IM Florida2014 JacobSharff from Ironworks on Vimeo.

This past weekend, on November 1, 2014, I competed in IRONMAN Florida triathlon with my badass training partner Jacqui Kapinowski. This long distance triathlon was a first for me, as I’ve previously only raced in “sprint” triathlons. A “triathlon” consists of a sequential “swim, bike, run” race. In an ironman distance paratriathlon the open water ocean swim is 2.4 miles. The “cycle” portion, which I use a Top End Force-R hand-cycle to complete, is 112 miles. And finally, the “run” portion is a full 26.2 mile marathon distance, and I “run” using a racing wheelchair with Harness gloves.

The night before race, there was a wind advisory warning, which said winds would be from 22-27mph, with gusts up to 40mph. I thought, great, not only is a cold front dropping the temperature down to low 40’s, the wind is going to cause problems! The next morning, wind was ripping so badly they decided to cancel the swim portion, literally 5 minutes before the start. Wind was so bad, the rescue boats were having trouble maneuvering through the ripping current and waves. Super sketchy…

As they often do in life, plans quickly changed! Start time moved from a 7am swim to an 8am cycle start. Headwinds were horrible. Basically for roughly 8 hours 15 minutes we battled strong winds, muscling through 112 miles on a hand-cycle. Actually felt stronger than I thought I would getting into racing wheelchair for marathon run portion.

In the end, the entire race took just under 12 hours. The feeling of satisfaction is indescribable. Truly a natural high. Be stronger than all your excuses, always.

Check out the official IRONMAN Florida 2014 highlight video below.

IM Florida 2014 RaceDayVideo from Ironworks on Vimeo.

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Attention All Racing Wheelchair Users…. New Aquaplast Glove “How-To” Video

Learn How-to make custom aquaplast gloves for your racing wheelchair.

“How-To” Video: Custom aquaplast racing wheelchair gloves

There isn’t much information online about how to build a pair of custom aquaplast racing wheelchair gloves. Currently, the only video available involves aquaplast sheets.. I personally think it’s better to make aquaplast gloves using pellets instead of sheets. 1) it’s easier and quicker, and 2) it’s 1 solid mold instead of aquaplast sheets melted together.. For that reason,  I decided to make a “How-To” video, explaining the relatively easy process.

Note, I don’t claim to be an expert at fabricating custom wheelchair racing aquaplast pellet gloves. Furthermore, I don’t claim to make the perfect & best pair of gloves.  This video is intended to lay out the basic principles behind making your own racing chair gloves.

Aquaplast racing gloves aren’t for everyone. Yes, most of the elite top wheelchair racers use custom aquaplast gloves, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be ideal for you.  If not, you can always use a pair of pre-fabricated Harness Gloves, which are top quality racing wheelchair gloves made by Mike Harness at Harness Designs.

If you’re interested in making your own pair of custom racing wheelchair aquaplast pellet gloves, visit How iRoll Sports for the best value deal online. Email me at Jacob@HowiRollSports.com if you have any questions.

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Boston Abilities Expo… Sweeeeeeet!

Bostom Abilities Expo 2014

I haven’t posted in months..  Training for IRONMAN Florida triathlon on November 1, 2014 and working on a new adaptive sports equipment store called “HowiRoll Sports” has been taking most of my time, but that’s not really a great excuse….

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Boston, MA for a family event.  By chance, it happened to be the same weekend as the Boston Abilities Expo.  The Expo was filled with great vendors and manufacturers.  Some veteran companies like TiLite, Top End, and Colours were showing off their full line of products and showcasing their brand new products.  Being able to see the brand new wheelchair and handcycles in person was an awesome experience… Because lets face it, there’s a looking online expereince, and there’s a seeing in person experience.. I’ll take seeing in person experience very time!!!

Aside from seeing all the large vendors who’ve been in the game for years, it was a couple new companies that impressed me the most. One of these companies in particular was called “Tri-vel”.  Basically, they’re a Canada based company that manufactures their own adaptive bikes. These aren’t your average adaptive bikes.. Tri-vel seems to got the extra mile, not only with amazing construction of their products, but also by building cycles that connect the disabled person with their able-bodied companion through cycling.. Maybe the companion is a mother or father. Maybe the companion is a husband or a wife. Maybe it’s simply a friend who wants t ride with their buddy..  Their newest adaptive bike creation is shown in the video below. I had a chance to test drive the co-pilot seat!

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Got How iRoll Sports???

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No Medical Supply Store Here….

Adaptive Sports Equipment for Innovative Athletes.

I’m very proud to introduce my brand new adaptive sports equipment store, called How iRoll Sports.  I’ve always disliked the idea of purchasing my wheelchair sports equipment from a “medical supply” store online… That’s why I created How iRoll Sports.  We offer Adaptive wheelchair sports equipment and fitness/exercise gear.  We also have some very cool apparel and wheelchair “iAccessories” that you will NOT find anywhere else!

Please checkout our brand new store at How iRoll Sports.  We’re excited to offer TOP END hand-cycles and racing wheelchairs at the lowest prices on the market, period! Find a lower price and we’ll beat it every time!

Below are only a few of our new innovative products.

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Interested in our products?? If so, visit HowiRollSports.com now!


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