Welcome to the action sports team page of Amanda Cerqueira DDS PA

Health begins in the mouth.

And it transfers into every area of your life!

We believe your best health begins with a cavity free, clean mouth. Everything else flows from there.

Very often our patients come in to find us talking about the trails we rode or the waves we surfed over the weekend. It is part of our corporate culture to stay healthy and play a lot. Some offices sponsor soccer teams, some have a baseball league, ours has an action sports team.

We believe recreation is crucial to a good life. So is exercise. It's even better when the two come together. To us this happens on either a surfboard or a mountain bike. This blog highlights surf contests, surf sessions, mountain bike races and rides. Our team is always getting into something fun on a weekly basis. You will be able to keep up with the team's activities by checking out the blog periodically.

Thanks for checking us out! Hope to see you out there sometime!

Dr. Cerqueira, Daniel and staff.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The dental office goes Mountain Bike racing...

 So we decided to enter a 6 hour Mountain Bike race...
Our friend and patient Bucky was going to race with me. He ended up having work obligations/got sick right before, so Amanda decided to "replace" him.
This meant two things: We were changing class (from Duo to Co-ed duo) and half of the team's training was going to consist primarily of Zumba dance sessions :)
This was going to be an interesting fitness experiment. I mainly trained by surfing. My mountain bike sessions being limited to twice a week. Amanda trained by doing Zumba and only got to ride MTB once per week.
Our premise was that we wanted to do this race without having to ride on the road or get on a stationary trainer. We wanted the "training" portion to be fun.
Race day came and it was a perfect day! 60 degrees and sunny. The trail was a mix of flowy singletrack , rockgardens and some doubletrack, with some roots sprinkled throughout.
There were about 100 racers. Our class had 5 duos. We ended up in 2nd place and most importantly, had an amazing time! I don't think this will be our last endurance race... Official results, lap times and photos below.



Place Bib   Firstname         Lastname          Laps Time    
===== ===== ================= ================= ==== ======= 
    1    68 DENA              ALI                 10 5:53:01   1:   33:34   33:34
                                                               2:   38:18 1:11:52
                                                               3:   30:41 1:42:32
                                                               4:   36:33 2:19:05
                                                               5:   31:42 2:50:46
                                                               6:   36:57 3:27:43
                                                               7:   34:03 4:01:46
                                                               8:   37:41 4:39:26
                                                               9:   34:33 5:13:59
                                                              10:   39:03 5:53:01 
    2   134 AMANDA DAN        CERQUEIRA            8 5:59:16   1:   40:48   40:48
                                                               2:   35:36 1:16:23
                                                               3:   55:04 2:11:27
                                                               4:   57:47 3:09:13
                                                               5:   35:38 3:44:50
                                                               6:   41:26 4:26:15
                                                               7:   53:21 5:19:36
                                                               8:   39:41 5:59:16 
    3    47 DAN AND BETH      INGRAM/ BALL AND     7 5:28:08   1:   46:17   46:17
                                                               2:   57:53 1:44:09
                                                               3:   37:21 2:21:30
                                                               4:   56:22 3:17:52
                                                               5:   37:13 3:55:04
                                                               6:   57:24 4:52:27
                                                               7:   35:41 5:28:08 
    4    75 MATT              JENKINS/COOK         7 5:58:26   1:   58:28   58:28
                                                               2:   47:00 1:45:28
                                                               3:   49:22 2:34:49
                                                               4:   52:36 3:27:25
                                                               5:   51:38 4:19:02
                                                               6:   48:54 5:07:56
                                                               7:   50:30 5:58:26 
    5   145 SARWAT PARTNER    KHATTAX              4 3:19:02   1:   46:48   46:48
                                                               2:   49:57 1:36:45
                                                               3:   46:48 2:23:33
                                                               4:   55:30 3:19:02
The team
Our number
The race starts on pavement and funnels into singletrack
The pit area
Passing through a checkpoint, lap #6, or 7? Or 8? Not sure at this point...
Amanda, on the fire road about to enter the singletrack
Crossing the finish line right before the 6 hour mark
Cooling down

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hello fall!

This is the beginning of the trail we rode today. This drop sets the tone for the whole ride. If you're not into natural roller coaster sections and lots of rocks and roots this trail may not be your best option. Weather was perfect and trail conditions as good as it gets!

Another roller coaster section. The picture does not show how high this was and how fast our patient and friend Bucky Mercado is going.

Bucky again, flowing.

Crossing a creek, trying to stay dry. I found that the best way to get across these was to wheelie through them at a pretty good speed...this parted the waters and kept my shoes dry.

Bucky, up and over. This is a fun rock to stop at and play a bit.

Wheelie dropping into a gulley.

Bucky, railing this wooden berm. The secret here is to stay off the brakes.

One great day of riding!

Killer colors!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Goodbye summer

What a fun summer we had!
Worked a lot and played a lot. So sad it's over!
Here are some pics from our summer excursions. Above was a fun day at Sunskipper. Thanks Jimmy Keith for making me an amazing surfboard and Robbie Johnson at Surf Carolina Magazine for risking being run over :)
Below are some of our Mountain Bike trips to The White Water Center trails in Charlote.
With the water and weather cooling off, we'll be using these memories to keep us motivated to get outside and enjoy what is probably our favorite season. Fall brings great surf and perfect trail riding conditions. No ticks, snakes and heat strokes mountain biking. Good, powerful ground swells in the water.
Again, we are so thankful God has given us health and allowed us to live in such a wonderful place!

This amazing trail flows around a man made whitewater course in Charlotte, NC. The singletrack is twisty and superfun, with some rocks and jumps thrown in at just the right places.  A purpose built mountain Bike trail in the middle of a big city.

What about this sign? Often times Mountain Bikers are told what they can not do and where they can not ride. Finally a sign warning others to watch out for bikes...kind of funny but a needed sign, as speeds at this trail get pretty high, over 25mph over hardpacked, flowy singletrack. Add the occasional blind corner and you have a recipe for disaster if hikers don' t pay attention.

I think this was the last time I surfed without some kind of neoprene on my body this year :(
Fall chilly weather and colder water temperatures had me reaching for a wetsuit top the day after this picture was taken.
We hope our patients had a great summer as well! Enjoy your fall and don't let the colder temperatures keep you inside!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Daniela went Mountain biking this 4th of july

It sure was HOT today. When I finished I said "Thanks dad I had a GREAT time."
It was 94 degrees. It took 2 hours for my hair to dry!!!!!
                                                     Daniela Cerqueira :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

The waves have been so bad lately. This past Saturday I decided to pack up the Mountain bike and head over to Raleigh to meet up with my friend, surf/mountain bike buddy and patient Bucky Mercado.
Bucky went on a "warm up" 30 mile road ride that morning and them met me for a shred session at the sweet singletrack of Harris Lake in the afternoon. He still outclimbed me despite the road ride 2 hrs earlier.
This video contains some of the highlights from that ride. Enjoy and sorry about the quality of the video, it was put together with a Blackberry smart phone:)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mountain Bike racing action last weekend.

Our Action Sports Team went racing last week. Daniela entered Wilmington's first Youth Mountain Bike Race in the Elementary School age division. While no "places" were given to the Elementary division -Everyone is a winner for having fun - She did well and most importantly, had a great time.
While dentistry is about teeth, we always like to emphasize to our patients how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle, especially for kids. Drinking water, limiting sugar intake (yes, juice and milk have copious amounts of sugar!) and exercising are all a great foundation for a healthy life in childhood, and in the later years as well.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our Action Sports team goes on the road for some different trails

Now that the New Year is fully underway, many resolutions begin to dwindle and the excitement of change for the better fades.  At the beginning of this year, we decided to PACE our lives.  This was with respect to many areas.  Time, work, play, family... We made the decision to choose wisely how we spend our time so that life could be enjoyed to the fullest, with more vigor, stamina, and happiness.
Just like the resolution some people may make to get healthier, flossing and better brushing included :-), we know that we want to spend as much time on the trails and in the water.  The mental and physical health that it brings is unexplainable!

We are so thankful to have both surfing and mountain biking in Wilmington. The trails at Blue Clay and Brunswick Nature Park are a blessing to our region.
Sometimes it's fun to ride differrent terrain so this weekend we went on the road to look for singletrack that is hillier, rockier and tighter. Charlotte is not Asheville, but it sure has a wide variety of fun mountain bike trails. It is also a lot closer to Carolina Beach!
The pics below were from two rides we did on Saturday, 2/26/11 and Sunday 02/27/11 at Francis Beatty park in Matthews, NC and Sherman Branch in Mint Hill, NC.
61 degrees on Sat. and 78 on Sunday! Our first "unofficial" spring ride!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Mountain Biking in Cancun

The Action Sports Team hooked up with the guys at http://www.mtbcancun.com/ for some south of the border exploration. If you are ever in Cancun on vacation contact Alberto and get to see the real Riviera Maya -the way the Mayans used to see it. No Pizza Hut or Coco Bongo on this tour!