Challenges of an Oregon Coast Cyclist

You know, I pondered a bit about the title of this post. Ya see, the challenges I am going to talk about are really NOT unique to those of us lucky enough to ride on the coast.

However, since I AM an Oregon Coast Cyclists and these were the challenges for me today, the title stands… Continue reading “Challenges of an Oregon Coast Cyclist”

Here use my spare….

Michelle and I LOVE where we live now. We’ve left the hustle and bustle (and lately, per the news, a plethora of overturned semis on the freeway) of the Seattle area and moved to the small town of Lincoln City Oregon, Population just under 8000 people.

Michelle was pretty picky about the town we chose. It had to be small, on the ocean, but large enough for high-speed interwebs (needed for working from home) a hospital (needed if I ever do something stupid) and nice people. Lincoln City won!

Just last week, though, we were talking that a small town like this would be MUCH harder if it weren’t for Amazon Prime. The nearest Target is over an hour away. And I have let the Costco membership lapse as it is even farther. Luckily you can get ANYTHING at Amazon…

Well this last week, I have learned yet another challenge and benefit of being here. And both revolve around the bike! Continue reading “Here use my spare….”

The Beach is Alive!

Having become a coast kid a year ago, I’ve come the realize something:

There is a HUGE difference between visiting somewhere on vacation, and living there full-time. Now, just to make sure no one worries about this statement. I LOVE LIVING HERE!! I think I was always meant to live at the ocean.

But, had you asked me 2 years ago what I knew about Lincoln City and the beach here, I would have been pretty confident with the answers I gave.

Having been here this last year, I now know how much I did not know…  One thing I have learned, is the beach itself is alive! Continue reading “The Beach is Alive!”

How did this happen?

People find this hard to believe sometimes, but I really an introvert. Yes I know I can loud, and yes I was a corporate trainer for years, and yes my job now deals with easily 20 people or more a day on the phone, but I really am an introvert.

Given the choice I ride the bike alone, back in my mountain days I would hike alone,

Standing by history

And Michelle and I really like to just hang out in the quiet of our own home….

But, since Thursday we have done anything but be home… Continue reading “How did this happen?”

Is anyone else surprised that this is the last day of January??  Seems like the year just started. yet here we are with Groundhog Day just around the corner.

I will take a minute to brag. With a combination of indoor miles on the trainer and outdoor rides on the weekend, I have cranked out 376 miles this month! Plus who knows how many miles walked on the beach and walked (even ran!) on the treadmill. I am kicking the winter food binge smoothness and getting back to what I want to be, one bad assed cyclist! More on that to come.

But I digress, this is about this week, and damn I liked it, especially the last 3 days. Continue reading

The night sky puts on a show

A year ago, Michelle and I were getting excited. The finishing touches were being put on the house, the Mighty P had given its final blessings and Mark, Kim and Rob were on board to come up and help move us south.

We were looking forward to so many things. Watching whales and seeing eagles, beach walks and crashing waves. Sunsets and wind storms. Tide pools and light houses. Good wine and good food, and just flat being together at the coast.

One thing I hadn’t thought about though, was the night sky… Continue reading “The night sky puts on a show”

A great beach weekend

With the new year, like many people, I have been trying, with a lot of help from Michelle, to get the body back in shape after too much good food, too much wine and not near enough miles on the bike in November and December. I am doing both rides on the trainer in the garage, as well was using the treadmill. I am also doing my best to get out each weekend for at least one outside ride.

I have to time it right with the weather, but so far I have been 3 for 3. I wasn’t sure if this weekend was going to happen though.  Continue reading “A great beach weekend”