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DATE TRAIL DATE TRAIL
2015 November 02 Home Gym   2015 November 17 Home Gym
2015 November 03 Home Gym   2015 November 18 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Home Gym
2015 November 04 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Home Gym   2015 November 20 Home Gym
2015 November 05 Gloucester TWP / Washington TWP   2015 November 21 Home Gym
2015 November 10 Home Gym   2015 November 23 Home Gym
2015 November 11 Home Gym   2015 November 25 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail / Extended Neighborhoods
2015 November 12 Home Gym   2015 November 26 Tour de GTWP / Timber Creek Park / GTWP Park
2015 November 13 Perkiomen, Schuylkill River, Skippack, Audobon Loop   2015 November 27 GTWP Health and Fitness Trail
2015 November 15 Home Gym   2015 November 30 Home Gym
2015 November 16 Home Gym   2015 November Final Monthly Statistics

 

NOVEMBER 02, 2015

 

Its always hard starting the statistics over with each new month. I had such an amazing October. November already started in the hole as I did not bike yesterday because I spent the day with the nephews. Today, I felt very sluggish and did not envision being on the road. I did put time in on the recumbent bike and honestly, for the first time, I felt worse after exercising.

Instagram Post: It's November, it's time to reset those monthly stats. First ride of the month, I stayed inside and did 30 miles. For the first time in a long time I actually feel worse after working out. Don't understand that. I'm going to hydrate and rest. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #Biking

 

NOVEMBER 03, 2015

 

It was a beautiful day, but I couldn't get outside. No worries though I still did 25 miles on the recumbent bike. Not my best performance but then again, it was better then doing nothing.

Instagram Post: A couple different commitments forced me to ride inside today, which was sad because it was beautiful today. That said, I still did my #Biking 25 miles. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

NOVEMBER 04, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
and Extended neighborhoods & Home Gym

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail, formerly known as the Blackwood Railroad Trail, is a paved bicycle/pedestrian path in Blackwood, Gloucester Township. The bikeway is constructed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way and connects neighborhoods with schools and recreational facilities. One of the trail's highlights is the restored railroad caboose adjacent to the right-of-way near West Church Street.

The trail begins at Brown and East Atlantic avenues, where there is limited space to park cars. It passes through a wooded area before going under New Jersey Route 42, also know as the North-South Freeway. After crossing Clementon Avenue, the trail enters the woods again.

Once out of the woods, Washington Avenue is on the right and a ball field and play lot are on the left. Now running parallel to West Railroad Avenue, the trail passes a large athletic complex with three baseball fields. The trail continues past residential neighborhoods before crossing Elaine Avenue and ending at Main Street by Grenloch Lake.

Extended Neighborhoods
Basically I just went off the trail at any cross street neighborhood that it intersected with. This is for the sole purpose of adding extra mileage. My app failed so I had to google map the ride below. Overall the 21 miles was a good ride as I snuck it in between other appointments.

Home Gym
Wanted to do some extra mileage today so I found a 45 minute window to ride the recumbent bike. I did another 12 miles which brought the total to 33. For the day, I was happy with the total ride. It felt great to be outside in November.

 

Instagram Post: (1) Limited time today but can't pass up a chance to ride on this gorgeous day. Sporting my #seagullcentury2014 shirt & honoring my friend @robthomas_78 #LLLR #Biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (2) Today's #Biking adventure was on two parts because I had many appointments today. The 1st was outside in this beautiful weather were I rode 21 miles. Just now I finished a brief workout inside of 12 miles. In all I squeezed in 33 miles in a day where I had 3 other appointments. Me, this time last year would have used the appointments as an excuse not to work out. Me, this year says #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #LLLR

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 6.0 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave.
to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

NOVEMBER 05, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township and
Washington Township

Part of today's biking took place on the
Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
For The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail see
the 2015 September 1 post

Gloucester Township
The present Township of Gloucester was one of the original townships that comprised old Gloucester County. It became the county's first political subdivision in 1685. The boundaries of Gloucester County extended from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean until 1683, when it was divided into two townships; Egg Harbor Township and Gloucester Township, which took its name from the cathedral city of Gloucester on the banks of the River Severn in England.[22][23] Gloucester Township further subdivided into four smaller townships, and on June 1, 1695, became one of the first New Jersey municipalities to incorporate. In 1844, the township became part of the newly formed County of Camden.

Washington Township
Washington Township was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 17, 1836, from portions of Deptford Township. The Township officially moved to the newly created Camden County on March 13, 1844. Monroe Township was created on March 3, 1859, from part of the township. Most of Washington Township, along with all of Monroe Township, was moved back into Gloucester County on February 28, 1871, with the remaining portions of Washington Township that were still in Camden County being transferred to Gloucester Township. Additional transfers to Gloucester Township were made in 1926 and 1931.[25] The township was named for George Washington, one of more than ten communities statewide named for the first president.[26][27] It is one of five municipalities in the state of New Jersey with the name "Washington Township".[28] Another municipality, Washington Borough, is completely surrounded by Washington Township, Warren County.

 

Instagram Post: (1) Today's #biking adventure was touring the neighboring towns. Went into some new places and some old places. In the end it was 30+ miles. It seemed like I was always going uphill tough. It rained a little when I hit the 29 mile mark. That was interesting. Also the picture shows all the pretty fall leaves that fell to the ground but it made traction a nightmare in some spots. I'm sore and tired today. It was a good ride but a rough ride. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit (2) I got a few comments on this so here it is by itself. Fall leaves make for great scenery but horrible tire traction #biking #problems #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

NOVEMBER 10, 2015
Instagram Post: Well it's been a couple days since I gave you all an update but I assure you that I'm still at it. The weather was miserable today & I had to replace the batteries in the display (wore out 4 D batteries already haha) but got in 30 miles of #biking today. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Instagram Post: Steady and consistent. Trying to stay motivated until the wetness & rain outside stops. 25 miles of #biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2015
Another day of rain, another day inside. Still pedaling though, still pedaling.

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Today's adventure was the Perkiomen Trail, Schuylkill River Trail, Audobon Loop, Skippack Trail and a couple Collegeville, PA neighborhoods.

The history of Perkiomen Trail railroad corridor extends more than 140 years. Founded shortly after the Civil War, the Perkiomen Railway Company started running from Oaks to Pennsburg in 1868. New transportation spurred development along the line, which then extended to Emmaus and the Lehigh Valley. In the 1920s the Perkiomen Valley was a favored vacation spot, and people used the railroad for access to recreation areas. The Reading Company bought the line in 1944, but a decline in recreational interests, suburban development on natural lands and the advent of the automobile as the favored form of transportation caused passenger trains on this route to cease operations by 1955.

Much of the old railroad right-of-way has been preserved as the Perkiomen Trail, a 19.5-mile multiuse trail extending from its connection with the Schuylkill River Trail in Oaks to Green Lane Park in Green Lane. The trail passes through a rich and varied landscape, including town centers, parks and rural areas, and parallels scenic Perkiomen Creek for much of its route. Most of the trail is surfaced with cinder and packed gravel, with some paved segments. The trail is a regional access between Green Lane Park in Green Lane, Central Perkiomen Valley Park in Schwenksville and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks, as well as two significant sites, the Mill Grove Landmark in Audubon and Pennypacker Mills Site in Schwenksville.

 

The Audobon Loop is a 4.14 mi Bike Ride in Audubon, PA, United States. The Bike Ride has a total ascent of 75.54 ft and has a maximum elevation of 217.81 ft. This route was created by entrtaner on 04/14/2012. Average Terrain Bike Path Surface Creek Surroundings For Travel For Workout Lake Surroundings Medium Difficulty Rolling Climb Contour Rural Area

The Skippack Trail traverses a township of the same name in eastern Pennsylvania, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Its western end connects to the Perkiomen Trail, a 19-mile north-south route from Green Lane to Oaks. From there, the pathway follows the Perkiomen Creek for its first half mile before heading east past a residential area. Here, you'll head up a large hill, under a set of power lines.

At about mile 2 from the Perkiomen Trail, the Skippack Trail splits; one branch goes north to the picturesque Village of Skippack. The trail's eastern end offers wide open landscapes and ends near Evansburg State Park, a scenic recreational area bisected by Skippack Creek

The Ride: Well it was windy and I didn't feel great but I got back out there. I did trails I was familiar with and the can be seen throughout this blog. I was added my sister's neighborhood and the neighborhood across the street from their house for some extra mileage. I definitely over did it as I haven't biked this hard in a while, but nice to know I can still do it.

 

Instagram Post: (1) After a weekend sickness & three days of rain forcing me inside, I finally was able to do some #biking outdoors. In PA today so I hit up the #schuylkillrivertrail #perkiomentrail #AudubonLoop & a couple neighborhoods. I went 50 miles. I honestly over did it. The wind sucked today & truthfully I felt awful. That said, it was so good to be out on my bike again. #FightForIt #FightForIt (2) Favorite shot from today #perkiomentrail #lowerperkiomenvalleypark #biking


Perkiomen Trail
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 19.5 miles
Trail end points: Hill Rd. at Lumber St. (Green Lane)
to Station Avenue (Oaks)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
Skippack Trail
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: Perkiomen Trail to Thompson Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT

 

NOVEMBER 15, 2015
Instagram Post: (1) I spent the last 4-6 weeks maintaining my weight. That's good but I'm not at my target goal yet. I also had some sickness last weekend & busy this week before I start a new chapter in my life tomorrow. So all this life stuff has had exercise a bit hit or miss this month. Now here's the good news, the next 6 weeks (til the end of the year) I'm hard core going back to my diet and work out regiment. I'm trying to get to my goal by the end of 2015 which would be 6 months faster then my original time table. A bit of a wow moment today was trying on pants that fit & was 12 inches smaller in the waist then a pair I wore in June so that was my win for the day & helped to inspire today's workout. Let's focus & do this & start 2016 off healthier then I've been I'm over a decade! #biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Instagram Post: (1) Balancing this work/health thing. Working out instead of being a couch potato. If you want it, you got to work for results, not make excuses. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #biking

 

NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Instagram Post: (1) Not liking this darkness by 5pm shenanigans at all. Trying to balance the work/workout thing. Just got in 20 miles on the recumbent bike. I'm still doing that thing I do #biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
and Extended neighborhoods & Home Gym

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
For a complete description of this trail, see
the 2015 September 1 post

Extended Neighborhoods
Not a lot of time on the road today, but I did go through Grenloch and some neighborhoods off the trail to increase the mileage a bit.

Home Gym
Needed to do more mileage today as I was pressed for time before driving to Maryland. I came home, watched some DVRd shows and that put up another 17.28 miles. Overall, it was a little over 38 miles on the day.

 

Instagram Post: (1) Not a lot of time today (maybe an hour) but it's beautiful outside & the sun is out so I'm doing outdoor #biking YEAH!! #gloucestertownshiphealthandwellnesstrail for a while LETS DO THIS #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (2) So the #gloucestertownshiphealthandwellnesstrail has multiple street crossings where you wait for traffic. Today no exception. I never broke 14 minutes on my #mountainbike until TODAY!! A victory I did not expect. Hard work & commitment really does pay off #Excited #FitDontQuit #FightForIt (3) Never got a chance to post Wednesday's final #biking stats. Some road work, then some recumbent after my Maryland trip. Not a bad day at all. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 6.0 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave.
to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Instagram Post: (1) A quick workout on the #recumbentbike tonight after work. Wishing it was still lighter later but as the saying goes #FightForIt #FitDontQuit I'll do my #biking somehow

 

NOVEMBER 21, 2015
Instagram Post: (1) Today's #biking activity was a 35 mile venture in the recumbent bike. Time management is what life is like these days but I got it in. Onto the rest of today's scheduled activities #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

 

NOVEMBER 23, 2015
Instagram Post: (1) Time is precious today, daylight hours almost none. Glad I have this recumbent bike so I can do my #biking An hour tonight for 20 miles is better then nothing. I find a way, everyday to keep up what I started many months ago. What's that saying? It takes 7 days to make a habit? It's something like that. I definitely have a #biking addiction and now I long for the opportunities to be outside riding. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

NOVEMBER 25, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
and Extended neighborhoods

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
For a complete description of this trail, see
the 2015 September 1 post

Extended Neighborhoods
Through Lakeview Apartments and Hiltop to the west and Grenloch to the East.

 

The Ride: The Gloucester Township Health and Wellness Trail is my home course. It literally runs through my neighborhood. As a result of its close proximety to my home, I use this trail more than any other. Today I went out to ride this trail becuase the weather allowed it and I did not want to be inside biking. I do feel I have out grown the trail so in order to get in a good workout, I branch off into various neighborhoods. I've rarely discussed the neighborhoods so I have included blow up sections of the map below as well. Overall it was a nice day.

 

Instagram Post: (1) To nice of a day to waste any opportunity to be outside. I sneaked in a little #biking before work (probably will do the recumbent after work too). At any rate, 13.56 miles mostly on the #gloucestertownshiphealthandwellnesstrail and surrounding neighborhoods. Sporting the #seagullcentury2014 shirt and doing my best to #LLLR A little windy out there but that was the nicest 40 degree, even broke a sweat! #FightForIt #FitDontQuit - also learning there are different challenges #biking in the fall/winter as opposed to spring/summer but I'm learning. I'm a work in progress

 

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 6.0 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave.
to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

NOVEMBER 26, 2015
Today's adventure was
Tour de Gloucester Township

The Places: Timber Creek Park, Valleybrook Golf Course, Gloucester Township Community Park Trail, Blackwood, Grenloch, Glen Oaks, Hiltop and more

The Ride: It's Thanksgiving Day and the weather is beautiful. I went on a ride that turned into a journey. I started off by heading over to the Premium Outlets. They were completly empty so biking around the lots was fun and safe. From here, I went out to Camden County College and onto the Gloucester Township Community Park. Its here that I revisited the off road trails. I then made my way back down Erial Road past C.W. lewis Middle School and Highland Regional High School. Since they were closed, I was able to get some pictures I normally wouldn't have been able to. From here I went onto Valleybrook Country Club then continued past Loring Flemming Elementary School and Glenn Landing Middle School. At this point I made my way over to Timber Creek Park Here I road the track for a few miles and also did some more off roading. It was nice to revisit this park. Last time I was here was August 13, 2015. At this point, I made my way down Chews Landing Road toward the municipal building. For the first time, I biked through the Glenn Oaks neighborhood. I continued my way up Little Gloucester Road biking the neighborhoods on either side of the street. I made my way back into Blackwood going through Blackwood Estates and then onto the neighborhoods surround the Gloucester Township Health and Wellness Trail like I have done many times before. I ended with the Grenloch cool down. It was a great ride,

 

Instagram Post: (1) #HappyThanksgiving I'm out here doing that thing I do #biking #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #LLLR (2) Off road on this #Thanksgiving #biking #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #LLLR (3) Another park on this #Thanksgiving #biking adventure so another opportunity for some off road adventures! #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #LLLR (4) I've finished my #Thanksgiving #biking adventure. It was a beautiful day, many old places many new places. Some off road work as well. In the end it was a 43 mile ride burning off over 3000 calories. The new job + daylight savings makes it hard to get outside. I ride inside almost everyday. I haven't had a workout like this in a while. There are many things to be thankful for today & this year, seeing how this is part of my #biking blog, I'm thankful that I am physically capable of being able to do this. I'm also thankful for all the well wishes and support from all of you. That really inspires me. Finally all day today while on my ride I get thinking about @robthomas_78 It's been a little over a month and a half since he was tragically taken from us and I know he would have been out there today enjoying this beautiful day running or biking. As the hashtag says #LLLR every day I am physically able to do this? I will 'Live Life Like Rob' Happy Thanksgiving everyone. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit

 

 

NOVEMBER 27, 2015
Today's adventure was the Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
and Extended neighborhoods

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail
For a complete description of this trail, see
the 2015 September 1 post

 

The Ride: Black Friday, an hour before sunset I decided to go for a ride. After yesterday's 43 miles and lack of sleep seeing that I got up at 4 am for work, I was tired. That however was the least of my issues. My quads were on fire. It was a tough workout to say the least. At any rate, my goal was simple, do the trail twice before dark. I did this in the suicide style. It was actually a beautiful day. When I got home, I cleaned my bike as the sun set as it desperately needed it. Below there is also a few pictures of some off road potential at the end of my neighborhood on the GTWP trail. Not really bike trails, so I didn't explore much. Maybe another day however. I got the off road itch after the Thanksgiving Day events. Today was also epic as I hit 1000 miles on my bike odometer.

 

Instagram Post: (1) It's #BlackFriday, I work retail, I actually got out early. Only about an hour before sunset so I hit the #gloucestertownshiphealthandwellnesstrail TWICE! Got in a #biking adventure outdoors when I didn't expect to. That's awesome. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #LLLR (2) Okay so those that follow my blog realize that I started #biking before I bout this odometer for my bike. In addition I have done a lot on my recumbent bike. This however doesn't take away from this milestone. Since July I've pedaled my ass off (literally my waist is 12" smaller" I've now rode this bike over 1000 miles since I installed the odometer. For someone averaging 25/30 miles a ride, that's a lot of dedication to pedaling. I feel wonderful about this accomplishment #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail

State(s): New Jersey
Counties: Camden
Length: 6.0 miles
Trail end points: Brown Ave. at Atlantic Ave.
to Main St. at Glenloch Lake
Trail surfaces: Asphalt

 

NOVEMBER 30, 2015
Instagram Post: (1) One last workout for November. Still trying to balance a new job, lack of daylight & getting in my exercise. Trying to utilize all my home gym equipment to maximize my workouts. Also going to mix up the cardio. No fear though, #biking got me to where I'm at & that's still my favorite. Tonight was 25 miles on the recumbent bike. November was rough, bring on December. I can't compare months I can only focus on the day in hand. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit those are good mottos.