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2016 October 04 Blackwood, Washington Township   2016 October 24 GTWP Health & Wellness Trail, Neighborhoods
2016 October 08 Sea Gull Century   2016 October 26 Blackwood, Washington Township
2016 October 11 GTWP Health & Wellness Trail, Neighborhoods   2016 October 29 GTWP Community Park, Camden County College, Outlets
2016 October 14 Blackwood Estates, Railroad Crossings, Liberty Park +   2016 October 31 Sawyers Creek, Nob Hill, Liberty Park, Grenloch Park
2016 October 19 GTWP Health & Wellness Trail, Valleybrook, Glen Oaks +   Final Stats  
         
         
         
         

 

October 04, 2016

Instagram Post: In what is most likely my final #biking ride before #SeaGullCentury2016 it was just a little 12 miles around town. I searched out long straight roads. The sky looked miserable as #HurricaneMatthew gets closer to the U.S. East Coast. Hopefully the weather will be bearable enough for the ride. Time will tell. #seagullcenturytraining #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #YouVsYou #LLLR

The Ride: I felt the itch to ride but I didn't want to tire out my legs. I sought out long straight roads so I could bike long continuous stretches to try and mimic the Century ride. I hit a couple courts through a few new neighborhoods for me so I have something to return to in the future. This ride was all about keeping muscle memory going for my legs.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Grenloch Park Manor, Samantha Ct, Windsor Forest, Mackenzie Ct, Raymond Drive, Pine Valley.

 

October 08, 2016


Instagram Post:I DID IT!! #SeaGullCentury2016 is now complete. The actual route changed due to flooding last weekend. My GPS was programmed to the new one. From #salisburyuniversity to #assateagueisland and back was 97 miles. I rode with t he #LLLR team and some of us did a warmup & of course a couple victory laps around #salisburyuniversity when it was all said and done. This brought the total ride to 111 miles for me. YOU READ THAT RIGHT, I BIKED 111 MILES TODAY!!

Around the 70 mile mark I started cramping. That's never happened before. I tried to stand but that made it worse. I definitely had a WTF am I doing moment but there was no way in hell I was quitting.


The finish line was special, coming out of the route 13 tunnel, we were directed past Henson & Purdue to Red Square. On either side of the barricades, there was hundreds of people ringing cow bells, whistling, clapping & cheering us on. It was an emotional moment and something I will never forget.


I rode this event for a lot of reasons. Helping fund a scholarship in the name of @robthomas_78 (a friend who tragically lost his life a year ago) was a big part of this & it was a privilege to ride along side his brother for a while.
I kept thinking on the ride that in June of 2015 I struggled to bike 2 (two) miles. Here we are in October of 2016 and I just biked 111 miles. I can't tell you how emotional this revaluation was for me. At 44 I accomplished something I never dreamed I could.


There are plenty of professional photos that will be available soon. I only took 2. The #assateagueisland welcome sign & of course a picture with #sammytheseagull


Thank you all for being a part of this journey. Could not of done it without your support. #LLLR #biking #YouVsYou #FitDontQuit #FightForIt

The Ride: For the better part of a year I worked towards this goal. My biggest revalation was that 15 months ago, I struggled to ride 2 miles and today I rode 111. The emotion of that moment was amazing when I realized how I transformed my life for the positive.

The weather held up. It was cool, a little wet, but I never had to ride in the rain. I met some great people on this ride including Paul (Rob's brother). Each rest area provided an opportunity to interact with people from all around the country and just experience an event like nothing I've ever been a part of before.

The first 60 miles was actually very easy. The Verrazano Bridge heading onto Assateague Island was no joke. That made for an interesting experience but I enjoy biking over bridges so that was a cool experience. The rest stop on Assateague Island was amazing. Sysco and Salisbury University Foundation did an amazing job of providing for us. Along the way I saw many people from the University that I interact with a lot given me encouragement was that was nice.

I felt great for about two thirds of this ride then the dehydration set in. I burned so many calories. I was just focused on finishing the ride at this point. The most amazing experience in my short biking career was the finish line. Having all those people just cheering on your accomplishment was something I will never forget.

I love my bike. I am grateful for this experience. I proved a lot to myself this day. An amazing day.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Sea Gull Century - Assateague Island course.

 

October 11, 2016

Instagram Post: First #biking activity since #seagullcentury2016 a modest 13 back on the home trail #gloucestertownshiphealthandwellnesstrail & some neighborhoods for good measure. Felt good to ride. Until I figure out my next adventure I'll continue to ride for the fun of it #LLLR #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #YouVsYou

The Ride: It was good to ride. I had intended to take a couple weeks off but I just enjoy this to much. Up and down the trail with a couple neighborhoods for good measure. I ride I have done many times before. 13 miles on the day. A good ride all said and done.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Gloucester Township Health & Wellness Trail, Hiltop, Lakeview Apartments, Liberty Park, Grenloch, Grenloch Park Manor

 

October 14, 2016

Instagram Post: Got out of work early so I had to take advantage of the daylight. 23 miles of #biking activity this evening all within 2 miles of home. That's an efficient use of the roads! Saw some cool Halloween decorations out there as well. 'Tis The Season. #YouVsYou #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #LLLR Do I dare start with #seagullcenturytraining2017 ? Nah still enjoying 2016.

The Ride: Just trying to ride with a purpose now that the Century is behind me. Just doing the old stumping grounds and staying active. I hit Blackwood Estates, Railroad Crossings, Liberty Park, Lakeland Terrace and Grenloch Park Manor. This is all close to home, but a lot of road and resistance along the way. Its a good route to gain mileage without having to go far away. I also enjoy seeing how people decorate for holidays and I did find some cool Halloween decorations out there on this ride.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Blackwood Estates, Railroad Crossings, Liberty Park, Lakeland Terrace and Grenloch Park Manor

 

October 19, 2016

Instagram Post: (1) it's 82 degrees in mid October and I'm off. Way to nice NOT TO go for a ride. And yes #ImBatman Who knows where the road will take me but that's the fun of this #biking adventure. (2) Done my #biking adventure. Turns out it was 42 miles (my longest ride post #SeaGullCentury2016). Felt really good just to be in my own world just doing something for me without worrying about other crap. I find riding my bike very therapeutic at times. On this fall day that feels like the middle of summer I found this amazing fall color tree. I sat there and looked at it for a moment. The little things in life. #YouVsYou #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #LLLR (3) I keep coming back to this tree I saw while #biking today. #peacefuleasyfeeling #serenity #momentofzen

The Ride: I did not set out to do 40 miles or ride for 3 hours, it just happened that way. I went up the Gloucester Township Health and Wellness Trail and then made my way into Glendora. I biked through Timber Cove Park, Glen Oaks and Valleybrook as the big three on this ride along with other neighborhoods. The weather was beautiful which made it an enjoyable experience. There was this one tree, all fall colors, I circled it a couple times. It was peaceful. Best ride (longest ride since Sea Gull Century.)

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Gloucester Township Health & Wellness Trail, Timber Creek Park, Villages of Chews Landing, Glen Oaks, Broadmoor West, Valleybrook, Cameron Circle, Rosegate, Juniper Lane, Cherry Circle, Lakes at Knoll Run, Peters Walk, Lakeland Terrace, Grenloch Park Manor

 

October 24, 2016

Instagram Post: Got out of work and decided I was going #biking Seriously didn't care where, how long or how much light I had, I was #biking I miss my bike. Felt good to get outside and enjoy this wonderful fall day. I feel fortunate to have found a passion and purpose in life. Who the hell knew I enjoy riding a bike this much at this stage in life. When #daylightsavings hits there will be much more #swimming and #recumbent work, but for now, bike I will. #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #YouVsYou #LLLR

The Ride: Quick ride only 10 miles. Just a muscle memory type of ride while trying to beat the darkness setting. A ride is a ride, no matter the distance.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Gloucester Township Health & Wellness Trail, Hiltop, Liberty Park, Grenloch Park Manor, Liberty Park, Lakeland Terrace

 

October 26, 2016

Instagram Post: It was 49 degrees perfect weather for #biking (maybe not perfect) but I still did it. 20+ miles today and at times i really felt the 8mph wind. It took a couple miles to get used to breathing that crisp, chilly air. As we get closer to #halloween I thought I'd see a lot more decorations but it's been a bit disappointing so far. I did however find the #staypuftmarshmallowman but sadly no #ghostbusters Until the next adventure #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #YouVsYou #LLLR

The Ride: Cold one. Stayed local, did neighborhoods that I hadn't rode in a while. Actually I ended up somewhere that I didn't expect because I rarely go this way but it showed me just how small the communities around me actually are. Always a good day when its a bike day.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Grenloch Park Manor, Grenloch Terrace, Grenloch, Grenloch Dog Park, Spring Mill, Wedgewood at Bateman Farms, Grenlynne Dr, Krista Lane, Winchester Farms, The Greens, Wedgewood Forest

 

October 29, 2016

Instagram Post: 23 miles of #biking activity on the day. I found some new areas of Gloucester Township to explore today but spent the majority of the ride doing the parking lots of #CamdenCountyCollege #GloucesterPremiumOutlets and all throughout the #GloucesterTownshipCommunityPark Nothing to exciting on the roads today and that's okay. I felt good, like real good. It was the best I felt on a bike post #SeaGullCentury2016 Until the next adventure #YouVsYou #FightForIt #FitDontQuit #LLLR

The Ride: I did the Camden County College, Gloucester Township Community Park, Gloucester Premium Outlet Circut today. A lot of parking lots which equals extra mileage. There was a ton of people everywhere today except for the college but then again, its a Saturday so a lot going on. This ride is all about mileage while staying close to home. On the way home however I did go a new way and found a few new neighborhoods and streets to explore. A good ride.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Grenloch Park Manor, Gloucester Premium Outlets, Camden County College, Freeway Centre, Loch Lomond, Revere Run, Mullen Manor, Gloucester Township Community Park

 

October 31, 2016

Instagram Post: #HappyHalloween I love #biking especially on holidays. I didn't run over any kids and I did not stop for any candy (of course I wasn't home to hand out any so there's some left WIN WIN). A quick 10 miles. I went into neighborhoods just to see what kids were wearing and how the houses were decorated. A lot of people wearing Carson Wentz jerseys in this area tonight. Anyway the ride, surprisingly I felt on straight aways that I had good speed. Tonight was more of being out there having fun rather then working out. 10 miles is 10 miles though. #FitDontQuit #FightForIt #YouVsYou #LLLR

The Ride: I only had an hour or so of daylight so I hit the Sawyer's Creek neighborhood to see costumes, decorations and soak up the Halloween vibe. It was interesting dodging kids but in the end, it was like any other ride. I got into the spirit by wearing orange at least.

Featured Areas: Check out the new section Community Maps for a detailed view of toady's featured areas: Grenloch Park Manor, Liberty Park, Blackwood Terrace, Sawyer's Creek, Nob Hill