2011 MS Breakaway to the Beach

From 2011 Breakaway to the Beach

The Mid Atlantic Chapter of the National MS Society has done it again.  This is my third year participating in this event and as always it was a pleasure. The route was great and the support provided by the staff and volunteers was second to none. I was only able to ride on Sunday this year, but I did manage the 100 mile route.

Jackson Bluff Trail System

First time on Jackson Bluff Trail System this weekend and it was great. In 43 minutes I made 2 loops taking a few minutes to stop and look at the Cox Ferry Lake Recreational Area.  It was a great workout compared to riding on the road.

I’m not sure about cycling through this area with the little ones, but I am looking forward to walking the trails with them.

For more information, check the following links.

Waccamaw Trail Blazers




The First Step for Our Summer Adventure

I guess it is official.   We are really going to try to make this a summer vacation to remember.  We took the first real step on Saturday and purchased our first RV.  It is used and will need some TLC before we set out on our 7000+ mile trip this summer.  We are planning a trip from the east coast to the Grand Canyon with dozens of stops in between.  I will try to keep you posted as we continue to plan and as we go west.   Today’s thunder storms did help us locate a few leaks, but they should be easy to repair.  We will probably become good friends with the crew @ Camping World.

Our First RV

Tabitha has a bike ride under her belt.

We did this one for fun. No fancy bikes just an old mountain bike and a beach cruiser. I do believe I will be looking for a new bike for Tabitha.
We don’t get to see much change in elevation, but the headwinds would make you feel like you were in the mountains. It was cold this year and the winds were horrible. I still believe that any day on the bike is a good day.

We have survived our first 5K run.

Last night we participated in the RBC Bank 5K. This a part of the Myrtle Beach Marathon weekend. Tabitha did well completing in a little over 30 minutes. I walked it in about 42 minutes. We are going to also ride in the Michelob Ultra bike event on Sunday. We are only planning for 30 miles this year. We still have not found a road bike for Tabitha and will be riding the mountain bikes this time. It should be fun and we look forward to an early morning ride.

Just keep swimming … just keep swimming …

ok … so I haven’t posted in a while …

I am still TRYING to run … I say trying because I still don’t fill I am actually running.

I have ran for 30 minutes …. I have ran for 3 miles … and I finally ran a 5K (3.1 miles).

I still can not do these consistently. I ran 2 miles once this week but was not able to make 3m or 5K. Of course I still walk and try to burn those calories away but we have a 5K to run with our life group in Feb. Am I going to be able to do it???? I don’t want to embarass myself 🙂

Here’s an update on how great the running/treadmill are working – I have lost 18 pounds!!!!! I am hoping to lose 20 by Christmas so I am still working hard at cutting out calories and fats. 2 more pounds by next week doesn’t sound that hard but I have been stuck at this weight for at least 2 weeks … maybe 3 … ughh!!!!! I have made it back to a size 6 in jeans and I’m hoping to see my size 4’s soon … I don’t think I will ever see 3’s or 1’s again but I will be excited with 4’s – VERY excited to be in a size 4 – not 10’s … I just need to keep working … or as Dori says … just keep swimming … just keep swimming …

HEROES Season 1 has been a Great Motivator


This is an NBC series that is now in it’s third season.  I don’t seem to follow any shows on a regular basis, life keeps getting in the way (Life is always more important than television).   As the temperature has begun to drop and the days have grown shorter, we were finding it difficult to make time outside for exercise.  We were actually not very motivated to exercise at all. It seemed that we were dreading the treadmill and the time spent on it.  A friend suggested HEROES as a way to pass the time as we endured our nightly walk/run.  After watching the first night we were hooked.  The new rule was that we could not watch HEROES unless you were on the treadmill.  Each episode is about 42 minutes long and that time seems to fly by.  I finished Season one last night and I am hoping to start season 2 tonight.  I’m not sure what the plan will be after Season 2.  If you have any suggestions, let us know.  We will probably have to turn to Hulu.com for a while.  They have a few episodes from season 3, but not all of them.

2008 Cycling Season is Almost Over

This year I managed to log over 650 miles and around 60 hours on the bike.  As the days grow shorter and the temp drops outside the chances to ride are few and far between.  I hope to start 2009 with the Myrtle Beach Marathon Ride.  Tabitha has agreed to ride this one with me if I will run the 5k with her on Friday.  We have a few months to get a bike for her and get ready.  It looks like rides will be limited to the weekends until then. We will continue to run and I may try to grab an indoor trainer later this year.  I want to ride at least 1500 miles next year and run 300 miles.  That seems like a reasonable goal (My boss would be proud).

My Best Run So Far (Maybe it is just a fast walk)

I still can’t keep up with Tabitha, but I feel better after running tonight.  I managed to cover 2.6 miles in 42 minutes.  Today has been a busy day.  We started with a 9.1 mile bike ride and we both managed to run on the treadmill before bed.  I’m looking foward to a good night sleep and I feel sure we will be up early with the little ones.  Jessie is on stage with The Big House in the morning so we will have to be on the road early.