Day 1 – Memorial Weekend Ride

Today, I got out for 90 minutes and explored West Linn and Stafford County. Both areas are beautiful. I saw beautiful farm house mansions and gorgeous river-front homes. Pipe dreams… 

Willamette River

We have been in Oregon now for a couple months. We are starting to get settled in and used to the new pace of life. 

My focus is shifting now from getting my feet planted and life setup to focusing on health, both physical and mental. Physically, my blood pressure, cholesterol and liver hate me. Mentally, I take medication for anxiety and panic attacks that I do not like taking. 

I do believe that with more balanced approach to life the medication are not needed. An overall focus on health should negate the need. (Yes, I know I am not a doctor.)

That being said, this weekend I rode 16.7 miles at a brisk relative pace, fast enough to get the heart rate up but slow enough to be able to enjoy some of the beauty around me. (Here is the link to the ride.) 

The latter part of the day we went with our great friends to Oswego Hills Winery and enjoyed some of the local wine and QT with friends. 

In terms of diet, I ate a great breakfast. Kale, broccoli, bacon and egg/egg white scramble for breakfast. For lunch a salad that had chicken, spinach, kale, red onion, and bruschetta sauce as the dressing. For dinner we had cauliflower pizza crust pizza with chicken, bacon, kale, onion, and a buffalo drizzle.

It was a great day!

Welcome!

I used to blog a lot back in my early twenties. It was a time in my life when work was easy, and life had very few commitments. No kids, no family, nothing but work and free time. 

I spent the better part of my twenties deeply submerged in the southern California endurance sports culture. I have done over 50 endurance events including triathlons, half-marathons & century rides. But as I got older priorities changed and endurance sports took a back seat to career and family. 

My family and I recently left southern California to pursue a new adventure up in Oregon. One of the unforeseen changes resulting from the life changes was that I got a little of the endurance sports bug back. 

We moved to the PNW in the best time of year. Warm temps and no rain. I have been taking advantage the past two months by riding my bike to work when I could. Doing this has definitely made the bug bigger. I am enjoying riding my bike around the Portland suburbs and exploring on my commute. 

So this blog is about my return to endurance sports and a healthier lifestyle. My hope for you is that you read this blog and get inspired in some way. I plan to post workouts, experiences, food ideas, and much more.