Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tough Mudder Bear Creek, PA (Race Report)

After finishing a Rugged Maniac 5K race in Southwick, MA in the Fall of 2010 (which was neither Rugged nor Maniac-al according to my humble opinion) we started looking for a new challenge. Eventually, my attention was caught by an facebook ad for an event called "Tough Mudder". Dissatisfied with the Rugged Maniac and similar-length/difficulaty races such as the Warrior Dash and Spartan Race (partially, because they do offer 8+ mile and 48 hour races), the Tough Mudder looked like a formidable challenge. First, there was the distance of 11 miles, then the elevation changes since the race was held in a ski center with some snow still around, and finally the nature of obstacles. Before I describe my experiences from the race (I know, I know it is not a race, it is a challenge) I will share some of my observations and opinions.

Tough Mudder Pledge.

Tough Mudder Weekend in Pennsylvania

The central event of this weekend was the Tough Mudder race at Bear Creek Ski Center, just south of Allentown/Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. We wanted to take advantage of our presence in this neck of the woods and explore a bit. On our list were:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Slovenský cintorín v meste Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Adrenalínové preteky Tough Mudder (môj opis preteku a fotky sú tu) nás priviedli začiatkom apríla do Pennsylvánie, konkrétne do okolia miest Bethlehem a Allentown. Z Long Islandu sme vyrazili okolo obeda a tak sme mali do večera trochu času. Zabehli sme do Lost River Caverns v Hellertown (viac čítajte tu) a potom sme navštívili miesto, ktoré som v neočakával v tejto lokalite - "Slovak Cemetery" (Slovenský Cintorín). Objavil som ho úplne náhodne - v očakávaní nejakého voľného času v Pennsylvánii som zašiel na pozrieť či sú v okolí nejaké kešky - rýchlovky a pri skrolovaní mapou som prekvapený zbadal tento cintorín.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bicycling On Long Island: The Great Peconic Loop

Another beautiful Sunday was ahead of us and the weather was just begging for a long ride. It seemed like it was a good time push the boundaries a bit so we opted for a ~110 mile ride, which will henceforth be known as the "The Great Peconic Loop". Matt, my former student accepted the challenge and for both of us, this was going to be the longest single ride ever. Matt's maximum for this year (and ever) has been a 30 miler the week before and mine was ~60 miler just a week ago. My longest single ride ever may have been something on the order of 80 miles but that must have been solid 15 years ago. Regardless, I felt ready for the century distance and Matt claimed he was as well.
On Shelter Island.