Day 190: Road ID – Do you have one?

12 07 2010

I received an email today from Road ID advertising a 10 percent discount on all their products (through July 27). I’ve been on their mailing list for quite a while and have planned for a long time to order my Road ID, but I’ve yet to get around to it. I know they’ve offered discounts before, but I decided it’s time to go ahead and place my order. I’ve compared both the original version and the interactive version and figured I’d go with the interactive. Several people I’ve talked to in one of the local bike clubs said they have the interactive version and highly recommend it.

The original version comes in several options: a wrist or ankle bracelet, a shoe pouch, a shoe ID or the FIXX ID (which is similar to military dog tags).  Each one gives you up to 7 lines of customized text, such as emergency contact names, phone numbers, etc.

The interactive version allows you to customize the first 2 or 3 lines of text, but the last 4 lines are reserved for the instructions on how emergency medical personnel can access your Emergency Response Profile (ERP). The ERP is a secure online Road ID website where you enter your emergency contact information, physician contacts, medication allergies, medical profile (prescriptions, medical history, etc.), blood type, health insurance information, a photo of yourself and more. You can enter as much or as little information as you want. In case of an emergency, this information can be accessed (either through the Road ID website or by an 800 phone number) using the PIN number and password provided on your ID. In other words, if you lose your Road ID, call them immediately so they can change your password and PIN number. Same as you would with a credit or debit card. The first year of membership to the ERP is free. After that, it’s $9.99 each year. Not bad for peace of mind. Obviously, it’s like homeowner’s or car insurance – it’s something we purchase hoping we’ll never need to use it, but in case you do need it, it’s good to have.

Do you use a Road ID? Original or interactive? Did you ever have a time when you needed it?

As for the Tour de France, today was a rest day but tomorrow they tackle Stage 9 – Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. Be sure to check out more detailed Tour information from Tim, at http://thearmchairsportsfan.wordpress.com/

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Organic LF yogurt with granola = 450 cal.

Lunch:
— Grilled cheese on whole wheat = 431
— Chips = 60
— Diet Coke = 0

Dinner:
— Salad with ranch dressing = 178
— Baked potato = 163
— Iced tea = 0

Snacks:
— Skinny Cow ice cream cup (2) = 240

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

Thanks for visiting.

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