After 35 years of life, I have a few things to say.

Monthly Archives: March 2014

It’s been a few weeks since I have written anything. It’s been so busy around here, and with the ice storm a few weeks back, I have been keeping myself occupied by cutting down and chopping up trees that have fallen. It’s stillI a mess out there, with tree limb piles on every street, just waiting for the clean up crews to come take it away. My carport has a few years worth of firewood split and stacked now, thanks to our poor pear trees that did not survive the ice.

All American Sprint Triathlon (Thomasville, NC - April 26, 2014)

All American Sprint Triathlon
(Thomasville, NC – April 26, 2014)

Because of the storm, not only was the power out at our house for 4 days, but I have gotten really out of sync when it comes to working out and writing. This week, I finally got back to the gym and did a few classes, got back in the pool and did some swimming, and today I got back on the treadmill. It wasn’t easy, but I managed to get a few slow miles in, and plan to continue training strong for the next few weeks. My first triathlon is in exactly a month, and I want to be in good enough shape to at least cross the finish line under my own power. Finishing a triathlon will be a big deal for me. I played sports in school, from basketball to soccer to track, and I was decent at most of them. But that was a long time ago. Now I am older and not in the best of shape. I have some work to do, and I am doing it, but it is going to take time and effort. I have ran some 5K’s, put many many miles on my bike, and seem to be getting back in the swing of things in the pool too. What I have never done is do all 3 of those things during the same event, continuously. It will be a challenge, I know, but it will also make my accomplishment list one item longer, and one more checked item on my bucket list. One month to go and I am going to make it.

My wife is starting day shift next month, which is going to give her and I much more time together, including carpooling to and from work, and also more time to get outside and bike and run together. Since the weather is finally turning in the right direction, we will have the kayaks on the water soon also. We have decided to keep a blog of our adventures, and as my loyal readers, you will be the first to hear about it when I start it. We haven’t decided on a name for it yet, or if I will link it to this blog or start a completely new one. Regardless, I hope you have enjoyed my writings so far, as few of them as there are, and I hope you will follow our new one too. The way we are going to try to manage it is that I will log one of our adventures, and then the next time we do an activity, she will log it and put her spin on things. We have been wanting to write a novel together for years and have never had the time, so this will be our new beginning to start to write together and see where it goes. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know when it’s up and ready.

Hope everyone has a wonderful evening and week.
Talk to you again soon.

Simon A.


After a night of rain, sleet, and snow, it seems like half the state is without power here almost 24 hours later. The good news is that we have a fireplace and it is burning hot right now. The bad part is that my next door neighbor and the entire neighborhood behind him have power. From my house on in the opposite direction is dark.

Anyways, since this blog post is being constructed on my I-Phone while in the dark with 2 snoring dogs in front of a fireplace, I’ll keep this short. It’s funny that having no power in your house makes you want to panic, but out camping, it is fine to be unplugged. I guess it is all the worrying about the house itself. Will the pipes freeze? Will all the food in the fridge and freezer spoil? What will happen when the power flips back on? Just have to breathe, relax, and pray.

One other good thing is that with all our camping gear, we are all set for cooking on the Coleman stove. We can make coffee, eggs and bacon for breakfast, and whatever else needs to be heated up.

So the power is out. Big deal. My family is here, dogs and cat included. We are warm and cozy and have a roof over our heads. Life is good. TV, Internet, and lights will be back soon. For now, I will enjoy the silence and the crackle of the fire.

Peace.
Simon A.


Blisters are no fun.

Blisters are no fun.

What am I supposed to do now? I was in running shoes for 7 miles on Sunday and this was the result. It hurts and very tender, but I’m not sure what to do with it. Should I pop it? Or tape it? Is this the result of shoe or sock issues? I’ve had my running shoes for a year now, but never got a blister like this before.

Any thoughts or ideas on how to proceed? About how to prevent this from occuring again? I don’t want this to slow me down too much.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Much Appreciated.

Simon A.


Enjoying the lake trail with my dogs.

Enjoying the lake trail with my dogs.

I was supposed to ride my bike today, on an amazing 45 mile course with great friends. Other obligations prevented me from doing just that, dedicating the afternoon to the open road. However, between other necessary actions of the day, I managed to get a few workouts in. First, I took my dogs on a 4 mile walk, from the house to the YMCA, around the lake a few times and then back home. We all enjoyed that, and it wasn’t even the warmest part of the day yet.

Path to the lake through the woods

Path to the lake through the woods

After making myself some lunch and doing some other things, I drove back to the YMCA, walked down to the same lake I was at with the dogs earlier, and proceeded to jog a 5K, which was about 6 laps around the lake. This run was to make up for the fact that the dogs wouldn’t run with me this morning, and for the fact that I didn’t get in a run yesterday. All I got to do yesterday was build a fence, and bike 20 miles. I was so cold after the bike ride, I traded in the 5K run for a hot shower. Today was different. The weather was warm, and the run went well. After I finished, the YMCA was about to open for the day, so I went inside and swam 500 yards in the pool, followed by a hot soak in the hot tub.

Rear view of the trail. Love the trees.

Rear view of the trail. Love the trees.

Once I got home, I bathed the dogs on the porch in the sun, and then made dinner for myself and my wife. Eating burgers with wifey is the perfect end to a glorious day. So I missed a great bike ride today, but I still think I made a pretty good day of it. What do you think?

Back on the pavement.  Parking lot approaches.

Back on the pavement. Parking lot approaches.