Fall Festivities

18 Oct

It’s definitely beginning to look and feel like Fall here in Florence! A few weeks ago my wife and I went to our local Farmers Market and it was all decked out in Fall pumpkins and beautiful plants!

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You could rent little red wagons for five dollars to carry all your fresh fruits, vegetables, and pumpkins!

Pumpkins everywhere!

There were amazing vendors inside the Farmers Market with anything and everything you would need to decorate for Fall! There were even vendors out in the grass selling yard decorations!

My wife found a beautiful flower for our front porch too!

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What’s your favorite thing about Fall?

Motivational Monday

17 Oct

After getting hit pretty hard by Hurricane Matthew last week I need some motivation to get back out there and run! So here’s some motivation for everyone!

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Let’s get back out there and run!

What’s your favorite motivational quote?

The Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

14 Oct

We got word last week that we would get some rain and wind off of Hurricane Matthew coming up the East coast but I did not picture anything like this! We decided to stay in Florence and beat out the storm at home and I’m blessed to say my family and our house are safe. The most damage we got were three and a half huge trees down in our backyard that we are working on cleaning up. My wife and daughter have been out of work and school for a week  and a half because of city power outages and roads that are still blocked from flooding and trees down! Here are photos of our yard and the damage we have seen around the city.

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One of the trees down in our backyard

Roads blocked from flooded waters and trees

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A neighborhood across the street from us

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Damage to the hospital right behind our house

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  I’ll get back to blogging regularly next week so keep an eye out! I hope everyone else along our coast stayed safe from this Hurricane!

Did you get any damage from Hurricane Matthew? What’s your favorite Hurricane activity to make the time pass calmly?

Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon Race Recap

6 Oct

Sunday Mom and I completed the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina! This was Mom’s third time doing this race and my second so we were a little familiar with the course.

Pre Race

We arrived at the race location about 6:45am on Sunday to give us enough time to find parking, unload the bikes, and get our transition spot ready for the 8am start time. Mom and I visited the marker tent where we got covered in our race number, age, and our name written on our bodies!

 

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Showing off our race numbers!

Once we got our timing chips the sun starting to rise and we were about ready to start… or so we thought.

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Race – Swim

The start time for the race was 8am, I was a little discouraged that we didn’t get in the pool until 9am! On Saturday Mom and I went to the pool to swim 250 yards and timed ourselves so that we knew we would be in the right time zone. Well I’m sad to say that other people did not think to time themselves and were in the wrong time zone, ultimately meaning they slowed everyone else down. Mom and I have decided that if we do this race next year we are going up a time zone in the pool so hopefully we are with people who not only swim pretty quickly but also know how to swim!

Saturday Mom and I timed ourselves on our swim and we timed between six and seven minutes. On Sunday during the race we finished the swim portion in about ten minutes for the fact that the slow person in front of me would not let me pass her! Mom and I finally swam around her, not sure that was allowed since you are suppose to pass at the end of the lanes, but we were a little upset.

Once we got out of the pool as ran towards our transition area and prepped for our nine-mile bike ride!

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Race – Bike

This is the part of the race that I was not fully confident in since I hadn’t been biking in a few months. Since we moved I’ve had some issues with my bike but my Dad fixed it up real good right before the race!

Chapel Hill is known for the hills that reside through the city. That’s the part that made me nervous. At the beginning of the bike ride there was a huge hill, I was silly to think that would be the only hill during the race! There was a number of pretty big hills but nothing me and Mom couldn’t handle! The worst was probably the huge hill RIGHT BEFORE the bike portion of the race was over. We had been biking for 8.5 miles at this point so, as you can imagine, that hill was the hardest to get up. I’m proud to say I did not get off my bike and walk it once through those nine-miles!

Race – Run

The two-mile run was the part of the race I knew I could do with flying colors! After the swim and bike ride my Mom and I decided to take the run a bit slower but we knew we could finish strong since two-miles for us is nothing!

We ran through a neighborhood that was really nice and *mostly* flat. There was one water stop at the half way point (why there was a water stop during the two-mile run and not the nine-mile bike, I don’t know). Those two miles went by pretty quickly and before we knew it we were at the finish line!

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Post Race

My wife and my Dad were so sweet to get both me and my Mom flowers for finishing strong!

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I’m so proud of my Mom for doing this race with me and not giving up! We are such a great team! I am so excited that my Wife and Dad were able to come out and cheer us on as well! It’s always a better race when you have a good cheer squad!

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Anyone looking for an easy beginners triathlon should definitely look into this one! We had an absolute blast!

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What’s your favorite race of all time (5k, half marathon, marathon, tri)? Drop a comment below with your suggestion for my next race!

Thanks!

 

Five Things Friday

30 Sep

This week has come to an end and I want to share some exciting things happening right now (especially #5 on the list)!!!

  1. Two Days until Tri Day!

I have a hard time believing that in two days I will be participating in my second Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon event! I’ve been (semi) training for this for the past few months and I’m real anxious to see how I do. Send me and my Mom positive thoughts Sunday morning as we wake up early to swim, bike, and run across that finish line!

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2. New Tri Outfits!!

I have an amazing wife who not only bought me new running capris a few weeks ago but got a new tri outfit recently and surprised me just in time for my upcoming race!! *Photos to come!*

3. I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately

I’ve never been a big book person but lately I have been zooming through books! Part of this may be because I haven’t started my new job yet so I have a lot of free time on my hands. My sister got my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for my birthday in August and I just finished it earlier this week (it was so good for anyone wondering!). I than continued reading a book I started months ago, Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres.

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4. Fall TV Shows

I hate to admit it but I love watching TV. I try not to watch too much and instead get out on walks or work in the garden or do activities outside, but let’s admit it… we all need our relaxing evening with a glass of wine and our favorite TV show playing. This is the time of year where some of my favorite TV shows are coming back with long awaited season premieres I’ve been waiting months for! Some of my favorite shows right now are Quantico, Blindspot, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, and (here’s my guilty pleasure show) Toddlers and Tiaras.

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5. Here’s the big news I’ve been wanting to share…I GOT A NEW JOB!!!

I’ve been job searching since we moved to Florence and I found out this week that I got a job in the best hospital in town! I will be a Medical Surg. Tech on the Orthopedic Floor of the hospital! I’m excited to start working on the floor in a few weeks but also super nervous. I have to complete orientation and training before I start working solo but I’m excited that I have found a job that I’m actually excited about. This is definitely closer to what I want to do in a few years (work in Surgery). I’ll be sure to continue updating on this new job opportunity as news comes!

 

What’s your favorite TV show? Have new job advice? Leave me your best advice for going into a new job in the comments! Thanks! 

 

Training for a Tri

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There are five days until Mom and I do the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon in Chapel Hill! I’m excited but mostly nervous at this point since I haven’t fully trained for parts of the race.

About the Race

The Ramblin Rose Triathlon is all about empowering women! There are five locations in North Carolina that host this all women’s triathlon; Raleigh, South Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Charlotte/Huntersville, and Chapel Hill. We’ve always participated in the Chapel Hill location because that’s the one we are closest too.

Course Map

This Triathlon is a 250 yard swim, 9 mile bike, and 2 mile run.

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Tri Training

I’m not super nervous about the swimming portion, I haven’t been swimming in a few months but it’s a sport that I can usually jump right back into with little to no trouble. I don’t have access to a pool right now to practice in so I’m hoping swimming will come back to me real quickly and I’ll do good at the 250 yard swim.

Biking is the portion of the tri that I am extremely nervous about! I took my bike out this summer to get a few minutes down the road and than realized my tires were slowly going flat. After that, I put my bike away and didn’t take it out again until this weekend! My wife fixed my tires and I took it out for a trial ride… and that’s where I found my bike chain to be rusted! I have a bit more work to do on my bike before it’s ready this weekend!

The two mile run is probably the part of the tri that I am most confident in! Since our big move I have been getting out on runs nearly every day and I haven’t started my new job yet so a lot of my alone time has been focused on my ‘healthy eating, healthy living’ motto.

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My mom and I have five days until our big race day, wish us luck!

Have you ever done a Triathlon? What’s your best Tri advice?

Puppy Play Time

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Since we moved to Florence we have been trying to find new things to do and new ways to get involved in the community. Last week my wife found an ad for a Pup Splash Pad in the next town over so my son and I took Zoey on Saturday, unfortunately Danielle had to work so she wouldn’t come with us.

I was speaking to some of the ladies there and they informed me that this splash pad is open throughout the summer for kids to come and enjoy but on the last day it’s open they invite dogs to come play through the sprinklers and misters! It was confirmed to us that Zoey is not a water dog but she did great with other dogs, even bigger ones, in the fenced in area!

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At the end of the day we learned how much Zoey does not like water! She was so exhausted the rest of the day but I think she had a blast with the other dogs!

Has your town ever hosted a water play pad for pups?