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Rest in Peace, Dear Jim Karanas

By Jennifer Sage On August 26, 2013 Under Misc

The indoor cycling community is reeling yet again from another very sad loss this week. Jim Karanas, director of education and training for the Indoor Cycling Group, passed away in Brazil yesterday. He was there to be a part of a huge indoor cycling event. Bryon Black, ICA contributor, knew Jim for many years as a mentor and friend. Below is Bryon’s heart-warming tribute to Jim Karanas.

Jim Karanas at TDC

Jim Karanas leading the ride at the Tour de Cove in San Diego. Photo: Bryon Black

This has been an incredibly tough week for the the Spinning® and indoor cycling community with the loss of two iconic individuals.

Last week we lost Jeff Wimmer, the wizard of indoor cycling repair and maintenance. Actually, that title barely scratches the surface of what Jeff meant to the world of indoor cycling. Anyone that has had the distinct pleasure of riding a bike tuned by Jeff has felt the craftsmanship of his amazing talent. He had the ability to make a hunk of steel have a feeling of soul and depth. He was able to do what a master guitar or piano tuner could: take an inanimate object, tune and adjust it, and make feel like it had a real heart, a real soul. In short, through his hands, he was able to give a cold piece of metal special magic so that when ridden, it made you feel special. His skill and craftsmanship will be deeply missed.

Then yesterday, I got the very sad news that Jim Karanas passed away. Jim was a phenomenal coach to the many people across the globe that he touched with his unique perspective on fitness. For me personally, Jim was a coach, mentor, friend, and brother.

I met Jim nearly 15 years ago, when he came to Frog’s Club One Encinitas to do a master class. At the time I was a newbie Spinning instructor and Jim showed us how to train with heart rate monitors. His teaching that day was eye-opening and inspirational; his message was a breath of fresh air. It resonated within our instructor team in that it was the initial building block that would shape our philosophy about how we would build our program for the next decade. His bigger-than-life personality filled the room and his message was from the heart. Jim was about creating dynamic content that was approachable, engaging, and balanced while always being rooted solidly in physiological and kinesthetic principles.

Over the following years I had the amazingly good fortune to learn from and train with Jim on many occasions. While he was chief fitness officer for Club One he was a tireless champion for Spinning® and indoor cycling. He helped promote and support the club and program that I have taught at for the last 10+ years, by providing equipment, training, assistance, instruction, and advice.

Jim was also a passionate outdoor cyclist and cycling advocate. His words and examples about riding outdoors were infectious, his passion and romance for the bike made me and many other students and instructors go beyond the confines of the studio, to discover themselves and the true joys of riding a bicycle outdoors.

In 2006 Jim asked me to be a part of his crew for the Furnace Creek 508, a 508-mile ultra-endurance bike race. The race is non-stop, with limited rest for riders and crew, and it’s one of the toughest bike races on the planet. During the training and race I got to watch Jim face some of his own truths. Training and racing for 500+ miles at a time requires athletes to push their physical and mental limits. You watch them push to the edge of themselves, the edge of who they are. It is painful for the athlete, it is painful to watch; it’s suffering at suffering’s most elemental level, and at its most human level.

Witnessing your mentor, coach, or sensei experience this level of commitment and suffering gives you a tremendous insight into who they are and what they are about. I watched Jim face obstacles and demons in his training the same way he faced life, by manning up, and taking the challenge head-on with integrity, passion, and good humor. It was inspiring beyond words. Even now when I am faced with little or even big challenges in my life, I often go back to images of Jim facing a hot headwind, climbing a steep, dark 4-mile hill, dealing with being cold, or being exhausted yet still forging forward like a warrior.

Jim finished the 2006 version of the 508 in 34 hours and 49 minutes. I am forever grateful for being a part of those training sessions with Jim and a part of his crew. For me, those were some of the most memorable and meaningful experiences of my life as an athlete, as an instructor, and as a human being.

Jim was also hugely and tirelessly compassionate, helping champion many charity rides including his own 3,000-mile trans-continental bike ride to raise money for charity, and other rides and spin-a-thons, including multi-year appearances at the Tour de Cove here in San Diego, and several others in northern California and across the country and planet, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and increasing awareness for a variety of charitable causes and foundations. He was a huge proponent of inclusive fitness, and supporter of many charities such as the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Over the years Jim touched hundreds, perhaps thousands of instructors, each of whom received some of his wisdom, magic, and energy. On top of that, thousands of indoor and outdoor cycling students, along with countless regular human souls, have been energized and made better people by spending time with Jim Karanas and an indoor bicycle.

Teaching and sharing his wisdom and energy in the studio was both Jim’s craft and passion. It was also his gift to share with the world. I remember a discussion Jim was having with a group of instructors where he asked us why we teach, and each of us gave a response. Jim summed it up simply and directly, “We do this because we like to serve people.”

You could feel his service of mankind in his words and the tone of his voice. It was a special experience; you could sum it up as one part college level physiology course, one part kick-ass workout, and one part Zen lesson. You left sweaty, sometimes exhausted, always smarter, feeling centered and better for the experience.

As cyclists, we all face and deal with suffering but there is no flavor of suffering that compares to the suffering that is the feeling of loss. There are no words that can describe that feeling. It is nothing like an uphill grind in 100 degree heat; it’s nothing like the hurt of going fast or going full gas trying to stay on a wheel; it’s nothing like a bonk or feeling completely empty or out of energy. No, it is a much deeper feeling, more immense and profound than any of that physical stuff; it feels permanent and helpless. It feels permanent, as in FOREVER.

My heart goes out to Jim’s family and loved ones. I pass on my personal condolences, thoughts, and prayers for peace in this time of immense loss. Feel free to share your thoughts on Jim and his impact on our industry below in the comment section.

Dear Jim-

I will miss you my friend. I will miss your smile, your voice, your laugh, your energy, and your wise advice. My wish for your next life is to be one of great virtue without suffering.

Your Friend,

Bryon Black

 

Note: Jim’s last class was in Brazil at the Pedalando No Topo event. The two photos below were taken the day before Jim passed away. Below the first photo are Jim’s last words on his Facebook page about the amazing event, which really touched me when I read them. They reminded me that I need to call him again, and I planned to do so this week. This past spring, Jim had contacted me about contributing content for ICA. I told him I would be delighted to have him write content for us and that I’d get back to him shortly (I was recovering from surgery at the time we spoke). Then we each got very busy, and I went to France in July. Prior to IDEA we said we’d connect there, but the two times I went to the ICG booth I missed him. So I said I’d connect with him later this month. Don’t let opportunities slip through your fingers, people!

 Jim in Brazil

 I have heard for many years what a beautiful and vibrant people the Brazilians are and how much they love indoor cycling. Pedalando No Topo was truly the best cycling event in which I ever participated. Many thanks to the event organizers, sponsors and particularly ICG MT Bernardo Parente for inviting me. There were 6 Master Classes, each taught by a different presenter (of which I was one). Each class rotated a new 300 people through to participate. The organization was amazing as each class was full, the entire area was cleaned between each class and all bikes were in perfect working order and remained so throughout the day. Each presenter was provided a team of 23 solid riders to help demonstrate on stage so that all the participants had a great view. This picture is me with my team at the close of my class. Thanks to all that rode with me. I will never forget this day.
~ Jim Karanas


Jim in Brazil on stage

Jim was also a longtime friend with Johnny G, and helped launch Kranking. Dear Johnny, your heart must be breaking this week from the loss of two very good friends. 🙁Jim and Johnny

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  1. Jennifer Sage
    August 26, 2013
    12:02 pm #comment-1

    I had the amazing opportunity to share the stage with Jim at the 2008 Tour de Cove in San Diego. I got a couple of great songs from him at that event! One that I remember was the Streetlab version of Gimme Shelter by the Stones. I spoke with him this past spring about being a contributor for ICA, he really wanted another outlet to spread the word about the Indoor Cycling Group. It was in the works, we just hadn’t finalized it yet and had planned to connect at IDEA. We were both just so busy lately, and I am broken hearted that I didn’t make that happen sooner. I not only missed out on an opportunity to introduce Jim to even more of the indoor cycling community, but also to get to know him on an even deeper level. For that I am truly saddened. 🙁

  2. Shari Karanas
    August 26, 2013
    12:18 pm #comment-2

    Bryon, I deeply appreciated the words you wrote about Jim. What more could be said. He was truly a lovely soul. He lived life intensely and with a deep heartfelt purpose.

  3. Tami Clifton
    August 26, 2013
    12:22 pm #comment-3

    I met Jim in 1992, when I was fresh out of college, fresh out of Texas, and only 5 years of teaching experience when I moved to San Francisco. Jim hired me the day he met me at Club One. He was my first real mentor as a fitness instructor, and helped me see the possibilities in this industry. He encouraged me to grow my career through teaching Master Classes, and to give freely of my talent to worthy causes. Jim mentored me and partnered me in the sport of competitive aerobics, and coached me to stretch my limits and reach far. He got mad sometimes, and forgave quickly. I haven’t seen Jim in probably 15 years, but I would not be the instructor I am today without his early guidance. I’m so saddened by his passing, and my heart goes out to his family.

  4. Shoshanna Moody
    August 26, 2013
    1:43 pm #comment-4

    Thank you for your beautiful words. Jim, we love you.

  5. Carol Galan
    August 26, 2013
    2:00 pm #comment-5

    Thanks to Jim’s enthusiastic encouragement, I bought my first road bike, raced in a few time trials and discovered the joy of riding long distances.

    Jim taught me how to think like a Zen warrior, dig deep within myself and find my inner strength to overcome self-imposed limitations.

    Jim epitomized courage, determination, kindness and optimism and his passion for fitness brought many wonderful people together.

    I am deeply grateful for the friendship that I shared with Jim. Jim’s generous spirit will forever serve as my inspiration to see the best in people and to be of service to others.

  6. Sara Pomish
    August 26, 2013
    3:09 pm #comment-6

    Such a sad day for our community. I had the distinct privilege of working closely with Jim to launch the Kranking program. I edited page after page of the instructor manual and the Kranking website…trying to take Jim’s incredible scientific knowledge and edit it so that us mere mortals could understand it. It was hard work but we laughed a lot. Shortly thereafter I got to meet him in person at IDEA, doing demos of the Krankcycle. I’m so happy that I got the chance to know him…and so sad that he left us far too soon. Rest well, Jim. You will be missed.

  7. Antonio Cassini
    August 26, 2013
    3:12 pm #comment-7

    i met Jim in 2006 at Johnny G house first time. I discover a unique human being. I met Jim again in first Kranking Camp in 2008 at Zaca Lake, where i shooted this photo above with Johnny. I was blessed to learn a lot from his experience, i miss him forever but i don’t miss his teaching.

    thank you Chief Jim.

  8. Bill Karanas
    August 26, 2013
    3:19 pm #comment-8

    Thank you for your beautiful tribute to my brother. Jim was my baby brother and the news of his passing has devastated our family, especially our parents who are in their late 80’s.

    Due to his busy schedule we never saw him as much as we would have liked. Tracking him on his travels was nearly impossible, but he always managed to make it back home, even if it was only for a few days. From the moment he walked through the door until he left the house would be filled with laughter and love.

    Our children and grandchildren all adored him. He would get down on the floor and play with them or lead them into the nearby woods on an adventure they would talk about for years. News that he was coming for a visit would always generate excitement and happiness.

    Jim regarded all of you as his family. As much as we missed him, it was always gratifying to know that he was with people he loved who loved him back.

    • Sara Pomish
      August 26, 2013
      9:59 pm #comment-9

      Bill…my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I hope that reading (and knowing) how well loved and respected he was by his peers is some comfort to you all.

    • Janis Mara
      August 27, 2013
      11:55 am #comment-10

      Thanks for posting, Bill, and my deepest condolences for your loss. How very kind of you to tell us that your brother regarded us all as his family. Needless to say, the students (I took his classes at Club One) who benefited from his wonderful mentoring all loved him very much.

    • boze
      August 28, 2013
      4:37 pm #comment-11

      Byron,

      Thanks for the lovely tribute.

      Bill,

      There are no words. I’m privileged to have known Jim. At 5:30, 6am. He was the most cheerful person I knew. What a motivator. What a human being. He’d ask your name once and then never forgot it, always addressing everyone by name, which seems like such a small thing, but isn’t. He touched my spirit and taught me how to meld mind, body and heart. I will forever treasure those early morning workouts and our ride up Mt. Tam. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. He coaxed me up the final leg. Thanks for sharing him with us!

  9. Laura Thornhill Caswell
    August 26, 2013
    6:41 pm #comment-12

    Byron, your words are full of Truth and Beauty.

    Your tribute to Jim made me cry and so grateful for the times, as few as they were, that I was blessed to enjoy his company and see a True Master in action. I will forever treasure the ride I did with him & Jim Mizes & Angela & a few others several years ago down the coast from Monterey to Santa Barbara…Truly Sublime.

    The Krank Cycle Master Camp @ Zaca Lake & all the different Training videos we shot in Santa Barbara @ Johnny G.’s… all of it Amazing. Thank you for your eloquence in sharing your story and words with us all.

    He will be missed around the globe by countless souls that were touched by his drive & passion.

    Much Love & Respect to you Master Jim… God Speed my friend.

  10. Chuck Cali
    August 27, 2013
    6:37 am #comment-13

    Bryon,

    A wonderful tribute to a remarkable man. It is often said that it is what you leave behind that defines ones life. One’s epitaph so to speak.

    If I were put upon to forever scribe into granite such words for this man I would have the chisel cut these simple words: JIM KARANAS, A MAN WHO BELIEVED IN LIFE, WHO LIVED AND SHARED HIS FULLY.

  11. Robin McDonald
    August 27, 2013
    10:05 am #comment-14

    Can someone please let us know where you find out about his service. I would love to attend. he was a dear friend of mine for many years

    • Jennifer Sage
      August 27, 2013
      2:37 pm #comment-15

      Robin, I’ll try and find that out for you and post it here, or have someone post it who knows. I don’t think they’ve made plans yet for a service. They are still making arrangements to retrieve his body from Brazil. Oh what an added layer of challenge and grief that must be! 🙁

      • Jeff Anhalt
        August 27, 2013
        3:36 pm #comment-16

        Hi Jennifer: I hadn’t seen this post when posting mine below about a memorial. We will let you know when we have something planned. Feel free to email me directly so you can post it when we have it set. Jeff

  12. Yvonne Juarez
    August 27, 2013
    2:53 pm #comment-17

    There will be a memorial service for Jim in the coming weeks. No date or venue has been selected yet, but I promise to post here as soon as the details are made available. As many of you know, The Challenged Athletes Foundation was an organization with which Jim was very connected. We are working with them to post a link to a page where people may be interested in showing their love for Jim and a celebration of his life through humble generosity.

    I have read thousands of words expressed over the last 48 hours about Jim, and for a woman of MANY words, I have yet to find my voice. I find myself nodding my head, wiping many tears, and smiling in agreement with all of your beautiful words. Thank you all for saying what I cannot yet express.

    YJ

    • Sara Pomish
      August 29, 2013
      9:35 am #comment-18

      Yvonne, it was because of you that I met Jim and became involved in launching the Kranking website and the college of knowledge. I remember that LOOOOONG conference call we had one afternoon, and a few video chats, and thinking at the time that Jim was one of the smartest people I had ever “met”. When I finally met him in person, I learned he was so much more than that. Warm, funny and sweet. Thank you for introducing us. I am a better person for having known him.

    • Jack Esselen
      September 9, 2013
      6:02 pm #comment-19

      Yvonne – I was connected to CAF through Jim – see my post below. Are there any details available?

      Thanks

      Jack

  13. Jeff Anhalt
    August 27, 2013
    2:54 pm #comment-20

    Robin and everyone else: Jim was married to my sister, my bro-in-law, and the uncle to my two girls, aged 6 and 7. Our best guess right now is that we will have some form of memorial in two to three weeks. We will make sure to get the word out as soon as we have a date and location.

    Bryron: Thank you for your eloquence in this post, which our family has been sharing with many people. Our hearts remain too shatterred to be able to put our feelings into words, so we have been relying on yours. You have captured much of what Jim meant to the thousands of people who were lucky enough to have known and trained with him.

  14. Shelley and Merrill Burns
    August 27, 2013
    5:05 pm #comment-21

    We are stunned and heartbroken. Jim was our spinning instructor for the last few years at OMPower.
    The above comments ring so true. He was an incredible teacher, part Zen master, part biking coach, and part physiology expert. He made us feel safe and taught us to challenge our preconceived notions of what are limits were. On top of all that, he was a lovely, joyous person.
    Our sympathies go to his family and beautiful sweet wife who was frequently by his side.

  15. Sally Mead
    August 27, 2013
    10:39 pm #comment-22

    I became a student of Jim’s at OmPower during a difficult period in my life, and his teachings have been beyond invaluable to me. He helped me so much. Before I met Jim, I’d attended many indoor cycling classes, and my tendency had always been to let my body take over and my mind space out. Jim’s teachings changed all of that. Jim taught us to embrace the physical discomfort of working the body hard; not to fear it, and not to turn away; he taught us the discipline of keeping the mind present, and focused only on the moment at hand. He taught us about motivation, and how to immerse ourselves in the sensations of cycling, he taught us to match our breath to our pedal strokes using cadence and music as our tools, and there were moments when I sensed that the entire class was breathing as one. He taught us, in a special class that he led right before Christmas, that is indeed possible to achieve a peak heart rate by cycling to a spastic version of Silent Night. He taught us how to maintain focus when distractions are present; to be alert and ready to react if necessary, but inwardly calm. I will forever be grateful for these life lessons, and I will miss his special wisdom dearly. My heart goes out to Jim’s family and close friends.

  16. Martine Yzerman
    August 28, 2013
    9:00 am #comment-23

    The indoor spin family at Peloton Cycling in Calgary Alberta was incredibly saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. I met Jim in San Francisco just prior to opening my studio in Calgary. His passion, his knowledge and his love for cycling resonated in me. We instantly hit it off and just before our opening of the studio he flew to Calgary to teach us on how to use the my ride system and gave us some fantastic training strategies which changed how we all taught indoor cycling.
    Jim was always one of the first people to comment on our Facebook posts. Even though many miles separated us, when we spoke it seemed like no time had passed. His genuine nature and caring demeanour is what I will remember most about Jim.

    This is a beautiful tribute which you have written, thank you.

    With our deepest sympathies to his family and wife. As a tribute to Jim we will pedal the virtual ride “big sur” the last climb – this one is for you Jim!

  17. sabelo
    August 28, 2013
    11:58 am #comment-24

    Life can be to bad some times thanks for all the knowledge, it was my first time Idea fitness conversion where Mr Jim gave one of the best products indoor cycling and two weeks later this sad new. You will be always be remembered for the good things you contributed towards fitness community. Another great loss for fitness community

  18. KC
    August 28, 2013
    1:07 pm #comment-25

    Where can we send condolences?

  19. Liz Hager
    August 28, 2013
    9:54 pm #comment-26

    What a shock this news is. I had the incredibly good fortune to take Jim’s Sat spinning class at OM Power in San Francisco. Jim’s words of Zen wisdom resonated with me deeply. I’ll never forget one particular pearl, which he offered on my first morning in his class —”Follow the white line”—as useful in life as it is in biking. Here’s to Jim! I feel certain he must be following that white line still.

  20. Larry Briggs
    August 28, 2013
    10:11 pm #comment-27

    Jim was my coach and friend. But then, that is what everyone who walked into one of Jim’s classes might say. He had a special gift. Everyone, whether out of shape, not a great athlete, or a competitive cyclist, was equal in Jim’s eyes. We were all special. After you came into one of Jim’s classes, he was p’d off if he didn’t remember your name. Jim’s workouts weren’t for Jim; they were for and about each of us.

    Wow, do I miss you, Jim. Thank you for so many years where I was the only person in your class. Plus all of the others there. That good New York sense of humor helped, too. You took it as well as you gave it.

  21. Marci lief
    August 30, 2013
    5:18 am #comment-28

    I recently moved back to Maryland after 2 years in San Francisco. I underwent numerous surgeries during those 2 years and between recoveries, I had the distinct pleasure of working towards health at ompower with Jim as my instructor. He was extraordinary and this news of his death which I saw in the middle of the night is haunting. we thought we were devastated when jim could no longer could fit teaching at Om power into his busty schedule. How truly devastating his death is to all. He will be missed by many.

  22. Scott Ludeke
    August 30, 2013
    10:40 pm #comment-29

    I was in Jim’s P-Max group in San Francisco off and on, for several years. What a great workout he could lead!

    He had this wonderful way of saying the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, to help each of us do our best, and get the most from the experience. His constant emphasis on the mind — what you’re thinking, how you shouldn’t be thinking per se, but just aware, how to push your body calmly through pain into a new training zone — was really remarkable.

    And he did all that with such a constant display of good humor — constant banter, looking for a laugh. He had a nickname for just about every person in the class — again, more fun and smiles.

    We knew we were lucky to have Jim as our leader. In fact, I remember distinctly thinking that he is a guru at the craft of leading others in training.

    Thank you, Jim, for the gift of your time and talent. You truly enriched our lives.

  23. Karen Joy
    August 31, 2013
    9:59 am #comment-30

    LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVELOVEVOLVEVOLVEVOLVEVOLVEOLVEOLVEOLVEV
    Jim K, you were one of a kind
    You read my heart, and touched my mind
    I feel blessed to call you friend
    All the way through to the very end
    Godspeed to you, beautiful, generous soul
    In your wake, a gaping hole
    Filling with memories of days gone by
    And with the resonance of your last “Hi”

  24. Jennifer Sage
    August 31, 2013
    1:06 pm #comment-31

    Karen, that is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your poem about Jim.

  25. mands
    September 1, 2013
    5:21 am #comment-32

    To think Jim Karanas’ passion and dedication even reached Cape Town, South Africa. He gave us a Masterclass in riding the Tomahawk bikes – our gym had just imported the belt driven bikes and we, as instructors were really struggling to ride them. Let alone keep our members enthusiastic and to embrace the change. Many of us were feeling disillusioned with the bikes, and indoor cycling. Thank goodness for Jim Karanas. Those few hours spent in his company, learning from him, remain one of my highlights as an instructor. He completely changed our attitude toward the bikes and gave us invaluable advice on how to ride them well. Instructors who did not attend the session, are still riding them incorrectly. So even from the tip of the African content, his loss will be felt.

  26. Jack Esselen
    September 2, 2013
    9:16 am #comment-33

    It has taken me a few days to get up the courage to respond to this very sad news. Jim and I were close, old friends.

    We were recruited by the crew team at Clark University freshman year (1971). Neither of us knew anything about rowing but grew to learn and love the sport together and helped build a program from a four man shell to three men’s eights and also helped launch the women’s program. We were co-captains junior and senior years and at the end of our senior year also became unofficial coaches after we mutinied our coach – rebellious times!

    For those of you who know rowing, you will appreciate the number of grueling hours the team spent together training: running stairs and stadium bleachers (often carrying teammates), lifting weights, running distance for stamina, rowing in the tanks in the winter and of course double work outs, 6:00 AM and 4 PM, on the lake. Jim’s boundless energy and good humor motivated and sustained us – he was admired and loved by his team, even if we did think he was crazy!

    I have an endless number of stories over the years, but want to share this more recent one:

    Jim’s 4000 mile trek for the Challenged Athlete Foundation in 2003 officially ended in Boston but actually ended up in my driveway in Acton, MA. My wife, Cathi, and I were the last pit stop and clean-up crew. I have many pictures from this event including Jim with his crew and athletes in Boston and the CAF van/stuff in my driveway!

    I tracked Jim’s progress across the country on his historic journey and communicated secretly with his team about their route through Massachusetts. My plan was to appear out of nowhere on my bike outside of Worcester, join the crusade as a surprise and ride triumphantly with Jim to the Clark University campus. That worked – sort of…When I saw them coming, I cranked up a little late and had to play catch up – this went on for a least five miles, maybe ten. You see, Jim realized someone was chasing him so he went faster and faster. His team reported to me later that Jim was muttering obscenities (imagine that!) about the jerk who was trying to overtake him – Jim, of course, vowed not to let this happen. Finally, his team, thanks to our previous communication, realized who I was and slowed him down enough so I could catch up.

    And then, we had the usual Jimbo greeting in the middle of some Worcester intersection where he hugged and kissed me, picked me up and carried me around until we stopped all the traffic.

    So, we made our triumphant return with the CAF van and crew to our Alma Mater. We met our former weight trainer, Richie Kendrick, a very close friend of Jim’s who passed away recently, and posed for various pictures. There is one I would like to share of the three of us sitting on the stairs of Jonas Clark Hall – where Jim and I ran with the crew team on a regular basis – please let me know if this is possible.

    Thank you for all of your posts – they ring very true, reminding me of my good friend’s bigger than life, warm and generous spirit.

  27. Jennifer Sage
    September 2, 2013
    11:24 am #comment-34

    Jack, thank you for the beautiful story. I could just imagine Jim trying to pull away from that guy trying to overtake him! You can send the photo to me at info@indoorcyclingassociation.com and I will post it here. Make sure to check out the photo tribute put to music that Billy Garcia (who was at Jim’s side when he passed away) created. I posted it on this blog.

  28. David Ecker
    September 2, 2013
    10:37 pm #comment-36

    Bryon this was a wonderful tribute. I remember Jim from the late 90’s when he taught the very special classes at Frogs and trained all of you. I first ran my heat rate to 100% under his direction. I remember him best from the Tour de Cove in the past few years. Always giving back. What a force for good he was.

  29. Suzie Chang
    September 5, 2013
    5:49 pm #comment-37

    Hello, I remember Jim at the first class I took at Club One, when the Citigroup club opened. He led a step class. He was a dynamo and I enjoyed hearing about everything he had been doing. He was such a great guy. So sorry to hear the news.

  30. johnny le
    October 3, 2013
    7:39 pm #comment-38

    omg , i am so sad. i am his hair stylist . i cut his every 2 weeks for over 10years , he was a happy person and always positive , rest in peace Jim , i always miss you n

  31. Charlotte Campbell
    November 19, 2013
    9:11 pm #comment-39

    Jim Karanas: the missing years. Around 1980 Jim and Joan Kent were part of the modern dance company, Oregon Dance. We worked and played together, and performed in Oregon, Washington, and California. Jimbo would do anything to help those around him. He was a joy to be with, definitely larger than life, and he provided the “kick ass” element to every rehearsal. Joan, if you’re reading this, our friendship is always there.

  32. sandra
    May 22, 2015
    5:55 pm #comment-40

    Jim was one of the first directors to audition me in the late 80’s. He was director at Club One in San Francisco at the time. .

  33. Ann
    January 16, 2017
    12:31 pm #comment-41

    Byron, I know I am a bit late adding a comment but I was really touched by your article. I trained with Jim at Club ONe and he was more than just the best Spin instructor I ever had. He taught me self-discipline and how to push myself beyond my current limits to new ones. For example, we had a training where he showed the maximum heartrate established by the science authorities was bullshit. Want ot know how? By pushing each and every one in the class beyond his or her maximum heartrate (mostly middle-aged hers in the class but he didn’t let anyone slack). We trained for weeks to get ready to push the limit and we all succeeded! Right now, I am going through a tough period and can’t make it to the Club to work out (plus it lost its good magic after Jim passed away). But, what gets me through this is tough sessions on the spin bike. I think I connect with Jim’s energy and he pushes me to keep going and not give up. He was and is my inspiration. DOn’t let the black forces bring you down.

  34. Bonnie Hommel
    March 14, 2018
    3:39 pm #comment-42

    I just found out Jimbo was gone, many many years ago when I was friends with Joan and single with three kids; Jimbo took the time to show my oldest his comic book collection and got him started collecting. He even drove him to comic book stores!! None of us have ever forgotten how he showed us all how to care for the comics and preserve them, he also roughoused with the kids and they adored him. Jim and Joan were absolutely great people, none finer.

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