Friday, December 23, 2011


Thanks to vacation and then a crazy pre-christmas week I haven't been to Boot Camp or even slapped on my sneakers in about 2 weeks.
That's bad, bad stuff. I know I need to go back because I'm totally starting to get soft and lose my beloved muscle tone.

As I was thinking about Boot Camp and exercise in general I wished that I was one of those people that craved movement and exercise.
I'm not though. I go because I always feel good after and because I know I need to go but I don't ever get weird or stressed out if I don't go.

I have lots of pals who can't, physically, mentally cannot skip some form of exercise on a daily basis. It messes with their psyche and screws with their moods.
I envy them.

If I don't move, don't exercise and keep my fat ass in front of my computer I never get that internal itch, or that alarm that tells me to get up and get out.

The closest I can get to any anxiety about the lack of exercise is knowing how it's going to hurt when I go back. 
Once I'm back and in my groove I'm a fearsome beast, always trying to beat my own records, set new personal goals and I'm as focused as anyone ever could be.

I know lots of Strength training folks abide by the "no excuses" rule and let nothing, NOTHING get in the way of their training. It comes above all else to them.

I truly wish that I could be like that. It's not that I'm not driven or disciplined. I am. I will put whatever I need into meeting my own goals it's just that if something else in my life needs me I will not go out of my way, at whatever cost to be sure I move or lift or sweat that day.

I will skip that day and the next if I have to, and the next without a hint of regret or guilt.

My schedule gives me two Boot Camp classes to chose from on a daily basis. I can do the 9am or the 10am M-F.
If I wanted to skip kissing my kids goodnight or eating dinner with my husband I could go and do the 7:15pm or 8:00pm but I'm not going to do that.

See? Not willing to give it up for the sake of exercise. I have my very own Kettlebell here in my apartment but no room inside to swing it. Seriously. This place is THAT small.

Tomorrow morning however, I AM going to attempt a run. I might only get around the block but something will be better than nothing right?

If nothing else I know it will feel good when I'm done.

Monday, November 28, 2011


I've NEVER wanted to be a runner, never thought about running, always thought runners were a little touched in the head.
My father who has been obese his whole life, used to run when I was a little girl and I remember him getting his whole outfit on to go and run laps around Washington Square Park. (apparently 1 time around the park is 1/2 a mile) I also remember how much he hated it and even when he was running, he would mock the other hardcore runners who ran no matter what the weather.

EVERYONE in Hoboken runs so I guess it was just a matter of time before I fell in line. I've quickly come to realize that there is a serious science to this running thing and there are a lot of dos and don'ts when it comes to your stride, your footfall, your body position and your pace.
Knowing I'm never going to be a serious runner, but knowing that I do want to get that Disney 5K under my belt I've been playing around with how I hold my body and the distance of my stride and my pace.

Most of my runner friends seem to prefer a large stride. Cover more distance with each stroke of your leg. Makes perfect sense for those that have longer legs. I found today that if I try for a longer stride, I get tired much quicker and it feels really awkward. I have short legs and have to work with what I've got and a shorter stride feels more comfortable to me.

This amuses me because back when I had horses I always preferred a shorted stride like that of a pony vs a larger horse with a longer stride. The bigger the stride (the more distance covered with each footfall) the more out of control I always felt.  Guess I'm just a pony at heart!

Today as I was doing my warmup laps I found what felt like the perfect position for me. I had a not so fast pace going but the way I was holding myself felt really comfortable and my stride felt solid and comfy. I also found that I wasn't as out of breath as I usually am.

We have 9 days till our Disney trip and I've been doing my homework on the jogging trails that are around our hotel. I've found the one I'm going to attempt each morning.
It's a loop that is .8 miles.

Discussing the fact that I'm planning on running anywhere is still really odd to me...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Horses

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have horses in my life.

 Smooching on my father's horse Moet.

 Foxhunting pal named Nuzzler. He was an awesome horse.
 Nuzzler and I again getting ready to jump a picnic table.
 My horse. Bunker Hill.
 At our friend's farm.
 Bunker Hill & I at a horse show at Pace University.

Horse Show.

 I started to ride at about 6 years old and got my whole family into it. My father and I were the ones that were really passionate about it though and he and I still really miss it. 

Bunk & I  I miss the blonde hair almost as much as I miss the horse

Horse Show

I'm riding Nuzzler in this video. The two guys I'm with were my dad's two best pals at the time. Yes, I AM riding in a black leather motorcycle jacket. What? Would you expect a metal chick to ride in something else?! 

1990 would make me all of 17 years old in this video. This is shot at Claremont in NYC. My senior year in high school I kept Bunk there and every day after school I'd go to the barn and take him to Central Park.  He kept me away from all the bad things bored teenagers do after school. My friends went to Central Park to get high on drugs. I took my horse to Central Park and got high on taking him for a flat out no holds barred gallop. You haven't lived till you've galloped on an off the track thoroughbred.

I sincerely miss riding and would love to do it again. I miss the way they smell, how they sound, how it feels to fly over a fence. I miss that bond between horse and rider. Maybe one day I'll be able to afford it again.

That is all. I'm done with this wander down memory lane. Carry on...

Monday, November 21, 2011

MS Climb to the Top Event

On Sunday March 4th, 2012 I will once again be a part of the National MS Society's "Climb to the Top" event.
I will climb 66 stories or 1255 individual steps to the top of Rockefeller Center Center in NYC.

I'm climbing for my aunt, my husband's aunt & his co-worker, for my friend Patricia and for everyone else out there who suffers from the debilitating disease that is Multiple Sclerosis.

This unique stair climb fundraiser is hosted by the New York City - Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society. Participants and sponsors will raise critical funds in direct support of national MS research and the hundreds of comprehensive programs and services the chapter provides the 10,000 residents living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties. MS is a disease of the central nervous system that has no known cause or cure.
My goal this year is to raise $1,000 and I know I will reach it with your help.

You can make a donation by simply clicking on the link to my personal page below or you can write a check - make it payable to Climb to the Top and send it to the address below. Be sure to write my name and account number in the memo section of the check.

National MS Society
attn: Climb to the Top
P.O. Box 10123
Uniondale, NY 11555

My Personal Page

Thank you for your support toward something so important to me.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Today I went to the studio to do some Kettlebell training with David. He had me run through the test with the 17 pound Kettlebell.
100 swings
16 clean & press on each arm
30 snatches
30 squats

Then he had me do 5 sets of 5 snatches on each arm with the 22 pound bell.

I struggled and felt awkward and frustrated with myself and my total lack of form.
I wondered if it would ever come together for me, if I would ever be able to correctly pull off any of these moves.
At this point, it does not feel comfortable and I cannot get the rhythm or the groove. I feel blobby and ungraceful. I feel fat and like a complete amateur.
I feel as though I have absolutely no business going after my certification when I'm this green with simple movements.

Of course, feeling this way only serves to fuel my fire and feed the stubborn passionate ego that I call my own. It hardens my resolve to work twice as hard till I have that breakthrough moment, where I have even one of the moves (the moves that elude me are the simple, basic swing and the downswing of the snatch) executed properly.

I will not give up and will dedicate whatever time it takes to get it right.  I don't like to feel uncomfortable with something I love so much.

Having said that, my arms are hurty...

Here are the videos. I've changed the audio to something nicer to listen to than David and I yap...He and I could talk the ears off of any sane human.

On another note, do you see what his 5 year old son is doing?! That's right. Freakin CHINUPS!! And not just one. Oh no. No. He does 10. HE'S FIVE YEARS OLD!!! Jesus Christ. I've got so much catching up to do!

YouTube doesn't care for videos that are longer than 15 mins so I've had to break up the workout he had me do into two parts.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Disney World Food

We have 25 days till our next Disney World trip and while I'm very excited there is also some anxiety which I've not ever experienced before.
I'm concerned about meals and snacks. Disney World has amazing food. Stop laughing! I'm serious! It's so good that when I'm not there, I dream about and crave much of the food from past meals.
Here look. Photos of food.

Food is as much a part of what we look forward to as visiting Mickey Mouse is. I have more than a few favorite meals that are less than healthy and do far too much consuming of sugar and snacks.

This trip HAS to be different though. I'm working so hard that to throw it all away on one week of over the top, caution to the wind snarfing would be a very stupid move.

While I know this and I know it's what I have to do, I know that I will be spending much of my time there feeling sorry for myself and cranky that I cannot eat the food I want to eat.

I know that this trip should not focus on what I can't have and what I'm denying myself but rather on how good I look and feel and how much fun I'm having.

I know I will find myself sitting, watching everyone eat their snacks while I have to wait for a meal or I get to snack on Almonds that I've packed and brought with me.
(Let me tell you, the first member of my party who orders either a gingerbread muffin or the banana bread pudding at the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom jumps right to the top of my shit list and I will seriously consider not speaking to them for the rest of the trip)

I know at our meals I'll either be skipping dessert or ordering the sugar free option.

To help myself along and to try to "get right" with these new choices I have to make and try to not feel so angry and sad at not being able to order what I want but rather what I should I've been doing homework and looking at all the menus. I need to know what I'm going to be eating so I can stay strong and make the right choices.

25 days to get my head in the game and get these changes right.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


So apparently I'm going to be able to do this 5k in my sleep. All you need to do is be able to keep a 16 minute mile to not get scooped up by the "pacers" who will be right behind the last wave of folks.

Considering that I walk a 20 minute mile without really rushing, I'm feeling a little bit more confident about this whole thing. That plus in all the videos I've watched of the event so many folks are walking.

NOT that I'm planning on walking but it's comforting to know that this event isn't just for serious "leave Diana in the dust" runners.

I'm still going to train to run the whole course and will continue to visualize myself running the whole thing. Knowing it's a full 5k but it's not timed or as serious as some other races makes me think that this is really and truly the perfect race for me to be involved in so I can check "running a 5k" off my bucket list.

We are actually heading down to Disney in a month and I'll be looking at EPCOT with this course in mind and with this course in mind I'm going to plan on doing some running along the jogging trails they have there.

Epcot Area Resorts
Your hosts at WDW have identified 4 running courses in this area, which are identified on the map. The first path covers 7/8 mile and runs along the Boardwalk Canal. Very little shading makes this one of those courses which should be reserved for cooler times of the day. This course is most easily accessed from the Dolphin and Swan, as well as the Boardwalk Resort.

Course #2 is essentially a large loop around the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts, while following Epcot Resorts Boulevard. It covers 1.3 miles and is fairly easy to reach from any of the resorts. The map also identifies a 1/4 mile section of course from the Dolphin and Swan hotels that can be added on to either of these courses.

Course #3 is roughly 0.8 mile and travels around Crescent Lake. This is the most central course to the area, and can be reached easily from all of the resorts. This course in particular gives the runner a chance to sample the varying "flavor" of each resort as you pass through it. These first three courses cover wide wooden walkways as well as paved paths with excellent visibility.
Throughout this area, you can catch glimpses of Epcot, including Spaceship Earth and the Eiffel Tower. In addition, distance can be added to these courses by following the walkways to Epcot and to MGM Studios.

Course #4 is the longest course, following along Epcot Resorts Boulevard and part of Buena Vista Drive. The scenery is largely devoid of water views, which is a change from the other courses in the resorts. The winding sidewalk and rolling terrain for parts of this course require the runner to use caution. There is very little room on the grass beside the sidewalk in places, so it is not always easy to avoid pedestrian traffic. It is only partially shaded, and therefore not a good choice for the hotter parts of the day.

I have never worked out while at Disney. I've always said I will, and have wanted to but the gym has all these machines I'll never know how to use and besides, I'm walking about 13 miles each day!

This trip though, this one is special and different. I have a goal and I'm seriously motivated to make it happen. I keep telling myself

"The Diana of the future will thank the Diana of today"

I have a goal here (as I've stated before) and when I have one of those I'm usually really good about keeping on task with the training for whatever the goal might be. This goal requires me to run and so run I shall.

I REALLY want to get started with my running but this week is not cooperating with me and it's going to be a total wash. (Kids are home till Monday for NJ Teacher Conferences) The only running I'll get is what we do on the loading dock at Boot Camp.

Granted that today he had us run three laps at the end of class and were it not for a fellow boot camper urging me on I would have punked out on them but running the loading dock is different than going around the block for a jog. (or at least that's what I'm telling myself)

I compensated by pushing extra hard in class today and will do the same again tomorrow. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

and she's off....

So in a weird "everthing happens for a reason" moment I went to the Post offices today (again, that's the NY Post, not the Post Office) to get my book, get weighed and measured and have my "before" photos taken.

The book I got?

This book wasn't picked for me. It's one of the books the publisher sent to the newspaper. Perfect right?
I've only had a chance to read the introduction (Author is VERY proud of himself and tells us more than a few of his accomplishements in the first couple of pages - ICK. This does nothing but make me think you are an asshole.)

I read this paragraph and I'm curious to see where this book is going to try to take my exercise routine.
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I did Boot Camp this morning with my new found " I can & I will" motto. Class still kicked my ass.
I had David take video of it so I can truly see my progress over the next 6 weeks.

I should also add that I am by no means going to cut all this off at the end of 6 weeks. These changes I'm making I hope to make for life. This 6 weeks is just my jump start.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Tomorrow is my first weigh in and then I have 6 weeks to follow this diet and lose as much weight as I can.
I'm getting myself mentally geared up tonight and I can't help but think that this must be what serious atheletes feel like before a meet or a match or an event.

I had set my goal at 20 pounds over the course of these next 6 weeks. That's a total of a little over 3 pounds a week.
I told David my goal and he said I should aim to lose a pound a day.
My initial reaction was that he was off his goddamn rocker and that was NEVER going to happen but I can't shake that little voice that keeps saying;
"Why the hell not?"

Go big or go home right? So in that vein I'm going to throw myself heart soul mind and body into this thing to push myself as hard as I can and take off as much as I can in these next 6 weeks. I'm not going to limit myself to just 20 pounds. Why not push harder and try for more?

"When I go after something, I want to go after it with everything I have. I want to push myself to the edge."

I know it's going to hurt and there are going to be times I feel deprived and sorry for myself and ready to throw in the towel but I also know I need to push past all of those moments and remember that my new motto is

Or if you want to quote one of the men I admire most in this world;

"All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

I have two white boards on my fridge

I have a brand new mix of songs on my IPOD just for running:
Tomorrow I'm going to CVS and I'm going to get sticky notes and markers and I'm going to write myself notes and put them all over the place and I'm going to make a poster with things that motivate me. Ideas, images, places, moments.

I'm READY for this!!


I've been accepted to be part of a NY Post article!!

It's a 6 week long weight loss book review of sorts.
Tomorrow (Monday) I'll go to the Post's office (The NY Newspaper, not to be confused with the place your mail goes) to get weighed and get my before photo taken. They will give me a brand new, unpublished diet book to follow and in 6 weeks I'll go back and have after photos and a weigh in done.

I'm VERY excited and so are Coaches David & Jesse. They are totally on board to help motivate and push me and keep me on track.

My goal is to lose 20 pounds in that 6 weeks. (David thinks my goal should be a pound a day. I'm not sure that's possible or healthy. BUT if it could be done I'd lose 42 pounds which would be the MOST kick ass thing on the entire planet!)

David has told me that I need to write down my goals in short and long term forms.

My daily goal is simple and it's not about weight loss. My daily goal is to keep my eye on the prize and try to be kinder and treat my body better. To try to make the right food choices every day and with everything that goes into my mouth.

My middle term goal actually surprised even when when I thought about it.

This is it: Disney Family 5k

I have 110 days from today to get in shape for it. That means I have to run every single day and push myself.

I'm unsure about the in between goals but I'm working on them. I do know that I will be keeping this massive end goal as the umbrella for all my other goals. This will be  the one I use as motivation, as inspiration as the thing I will not be able to do if I do not stay the course with my short term goals.

The insane thing about this goal is a month ago I hated running and whined and bitched when asked to do it.
I always tell everyone
"I don't even chase after my own kids!"

Jesse took me out for that fateful run and I've now got a new challenge. I want to be able to run more than a block. 

I'm not looking to be a "runner" and I think after I reach my Royal Family 5k goal, I might hang up my running shoes but I want to be able to say that I ran, and finished, a 5k and there is no place better for me than Disney World.

This race appeal to me because it requires more than just signing up and showing up. This race will need the purchase of a plane ticket and hotel room for at least a full weekend. That's a substantial investment and one that I cannot ask my family to make and then not give my best to.

Plus it's a trip to Disney World! (perhaps alone and without my husband and offspring)

There, now I've said it out loud and put it out into the universe and I cannot take it back.

As for my long term goal? I have one and it's a doozy.

I want to sign up for the 70 mile route on this bike tour & follow those 70 miles up with this one.

I suppose to some this might not seem long term but with my kiddos being so young still this isn't going to happen in 2012. It might happen in 2013.

Even beyond that here are two: To bike "La Loire à Vélo" and to one day get back to Ireland to ride cross country again.

In between all of these are the events I want to do again:
Climb to the Top 2012 -March 4th, 2012
5 Boro Bike Tour - May 6th, 2012
Bridges for Autism -  July? 2012
NY Century Bike Tour -Septemner 2012

I'm certain there will be other events this coming year that I want to be a part of. These are just the ones I know of now.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I woke up this morning and decided today was the day to get back on track. No more screwing around. I gave all the kids Halloween candy to my husband to take to work (including my secret stash) and went to Boot Camp with the chew bubblegum and kick ass mentality.
I went thinking I was only going to take one class this morning and so I gave that class all I had. I pushed myself super hard & today was a total ass kicker. We worked with the sled which we've never done before:
Since I have the ability to completely fool myself into thinking I'm lookin good and haven't put any weight on and I'm "fine" (Aerosmith has a song called F.I.N.E which is an acronym for  "Fucked up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional.)The best and quickest way for me to cure these delusions is to have David videotape me working out.

Today was the perfect day because I have something I might be a part of that includes a 3 month complementary gym membership and I told them that I don't do gyms. I do Hoboken Boot Camps only.

I wanted to show them footage of how different HBC is than a gym so I gave David the camera. He of course took no footage in the first class and so I decided to stay for the second.

David taped the second class for me:
(Holy smokes. No hiding from the truth no matter how in denial I might try to be. I really need to knock off the crap and rededicate myself to this project called Diana. FAT to the 10th power!!!)

I am madly in love with that damn sled and though it pushed me to the point where I thought I might throw up and left me panting worse than a dog on a hot summer day I in all my genius push myself to the limit glory suggested that after the second class I push Coach Jesse on the sled.

I mentioned this DURING CLASS not after class like a normal human might have. No, I had the bright idea in the middle of working out. Of course David said HE wanted to play too so I said I'd try to push him on the sled as well.

Never mind what I'd done before and what I'd just set myself up for after class. Jess decided that at the end of class I was going for a short run with her just to be sure before I push live humans on a huge heavy sled I would be exhausted and out of breath.

If I wasn't secure in the fact that these people love me, I'd think they were trying to kill me.

So here it is. Me pushing Jess on the sled, then David wanted to add weight to give me a "real" challenge,(By the way. I'm so NOT laughing. I'm trying not to drop dead. What he saw wasn't a smile. It was a grimace) then me pushing David, and then everyone got in on the act!

Have I told you lately how much I LOVE my Hoboken Boot Camps?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Today was my first day back to Boot Camp in almost 2 weeks. Last week the studio was closed for renovations and the week prior life got in the way.

Two weeks away from an intense class like Boot Camp is a very long time and swinging back into the saddle took much internal pep talking.

It was only difficult to come back because I knew how hard the first day back would be and how sore my muscles were going to be tomorrow morning.

No matter how much time I take off though I'll always go back beucase I love it so much.

Remind me I said that tomorrow morning as I'm hobbling around...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Class Today

Today is Columbus Day so I had both boys with me at Boot Camp. Got there early for the 9am and decided to go for a run around the block. Had to walk part of it but it felt good to do the block again.

This was the class today:
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I was NOT feeling Burpees today (despite knowing how good they are for me) so I did pushups and dips in their place. I did the same reps as the Burpees just changed the exercise.

All the Kettlebell work I did with a 15 pound bell.

At the end of class I checked in with the kids and they agreed that I could stay for the 10am class too so I got to do this all over again. Once again, I subbed pushups for the Burpees. I didn't do any dips in the second class.

When we were all done, I went and grabbed the 45 pound Kettlebell and did 20 overhead presses with it.

My arms are currently rubber but I'm proud of the effort I put forth today. I worked hard!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Offical Photo

Official Photo from the MS Bike Tour. This was shot just before I rolled across the finishline.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

This week and ahead

This week was rough for me. I'd promised myself that I was going to do back to back boot camp classes right up until our cruise.

Since I did that bike ride last Sunday I wasn't up to class on Monday, Tuesday I woke up sick and had to go to school to get Lion who remained home with me for the rest of the week, Wednesday Lion only allowed me to do one class rather than back to back and then Thursday class was freakin BRUTAL:

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I somehow got Lion to agree to let me do back to backs on Thursday though so I got to do this twice in a row. (Some form of twisted penance for missing classes this week?)
Yesterday I also only was allowed to do one class and today Linda asked me to cover her 12pm class which means I wouldn't get a chance to take a class today.

After the class ended, Mike and the kids waited around for me while I did a quick rundown of this workout. Lion was uber cranky so I didn't get to do it again as I would have if I was alone.  Rather than get pissy about it, I tossed in a rapid fire round of 25 push ups at the end and thanked my lucky stars I was able to do even one round and get some exercise in today.

Monday the kids are off of school which means they will be at class with me, Tuesday I have a meeting at school at 11am so I can do back to backs but have no time to fart around after and Wednesday I'll do back to backs. Our flight leaves on Wednesday evening.

I seriously hate having my goals and plans shuffled around and I feel like I didn't work my body as much this week as I would have liked. I also didn't get to run around the block once with my beloved (Mistress) Coach Jesse because I had the Lion with me and he's my shadow.

Normally I wouldn't really care about pushing so hard right up untill the day we leave on vacation but this isn't a normal trip. This is the first mommy and daddy only, no children trip we've taken in 8 years.
We are treating it as our 2nd Honeymoon and I want to look as good as I can. Of course, as I've discussed before there will no doubt be some of this:

and I refuse to let them think they are hotter than me. (Not that the gals in these two photos will be on the ship, just that this type of gal will be on the ship)

On a good note, I just took 4 tops over to the tailor to be taken IN because they are officially far too big on me and I can't wear them and want them for the cruise. (GO ON WITH MY BAD SELF)

I'm going to have to come up with a plan for the 5 days I'm away and on the ship. I know they have free weights and machines but I'm not at all used to working with any of this stuff.
If they have any open space I'll do what I can from the above two workouts and will see if David wants to loan a tension band to me and I'll pack a jump rope.

I found out it's 11 laps around the jogging track to a mile (Not that I'm even CLOSE to a mile yet) but on Tuesday I'll trot around the block with my pedometer and see how many steps and how far the distance is.

On the first stop which is an island called Half Moon Cay which has an hour and a half bike tour of the island or a combo bike and hike tour. Hubs wants to swim and snorkle so maybe I'll do some of that with him and one of these tours as well.  The bike ride is only 3 miles but I'll take what I can get!

I'm aware that most folks go on a cruise for this:

and consuming a LOT of this:
I will do all the relaxing and consuming that I can but I also need to do the best I can to keep myself on track so when I'm back home I don't hang my head in shame or regret anything I did.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This weekend

1st Annual TOUR DE FORCE
Date: Saturday October 8, 2011
Location: Jersey City, NJ
 Type of Event: Touring
 Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 the Jersey City Police Bicycle Team, along with the Hudson County Corrections Bicycle Team, will be hosting the 1st annual "TOUR DE FORCE" bike ride through Jersey City. The ride will start @ 11AM in front of O'Connell's Restaurant, located at 111 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ. The ride itself will be approx. (20) miles long and is open to the public. If you plan on participating in the ride, we are in the process of creating a website where you can register.

After the ride is complete, there will be a block party from 1PM to 5PM at O'Connell's. There will be a live band, DJ, draft beer, food, and soda, face painting and activities for children.
The price will be $25. Children 12 and under are free. This includes the ride and party afterwards or if you just want to show up and party! Tickets will also be sold at the event.

For more information and tickets call: 201-232-8809.
Contact Phone: 201-232-8809

Sunday, October 2, 2011


So I had this entire post written out about my experience today doing the 30 mile route of the Bike MS NYC tour and when I added the photos my computer froze.

I don't have the energy to retype it so I'm just going to show you photos and tell you that I'm insanely proud of what I was able to accomplish with this ride.

I was able to keep my speed at an almost consistant 13 mph the whole ride and I met and beat my goal of pedaling up over 1 hill. I did 5 hills! I also said I was going to finish the ride by 11:00am and I rolled across the finish line at 11:10am.

I'm currently exhausted and that was the hardest I've ever pushed my body but I feel so good!

This is me getting ready to go at 4:00am.

This is the mileage I logged riding from my mom's place to the start line.

I initially went and stood by the marshals area thinking it was the start line. I finally turned around and saw that I was not where I was supposed to be and walked over to the start chutes.

Here are the starting chutes. The photos are blurry and I have zero idea why.
Took a photo of Bison
Skipped the breakfast out of the back of a truck.
The USS Intrepid
The Start
I zeroed out the pedometer so I could see my miles as I rode them.

My timing was perfect. I was one of the first folks to cross the start line.
Those folks are members of the 200 club. They have all raised a crazy amount of money for The MS Society. One of the perks is you get to be first out of the chute.

A very nice lady volunteered to take my photo. The second one I look like I'm in pain in but you can see the orange start line and how close I am to the front.

Some Teen beauty queen singing the National Anthem
Video of the teen queen singing
My feet which were completely and totaly numb. I couldn't feel them at all. It was cold this morning!

And we were off!

Mile 1 down! My legs were burning so badly at this stage I had no idea how I was going to finish.

Despite my early start at the head of the pack and my decent speed of about 13 mph people were blowing by me as though I wasn't even moving!

Frustrated at the way my legs were hurting and annoyed at people moving faster than me.

Into the Battery Park Underpass. I knew there was a rather large hill on the other side of this tunnel and I was nervous about it.

My legs that were not at all cooperating with the task at hand.

In the Underpass.

The hill. I won't lie. I was walking the bike at this point.

The FDR Drive

Apparently I lose the ability to smile when I'm on my bike.

All of these shots of my bike basket are to show you all milege and speed. Click them to enlarge.

 This was a very very evil hill. It's 218th Street in Manhattan.

 An equally looking evil hill.

 At the bottom of the evil hill was the rest stop.
The following photos were taken with my IPhone after my camera battery died.

I somehow hit the pedometer and reset it. I know I was at mile 23.

 The milage as I crossed the finish line. Add the 23 that came before it to this. 30 miles!

Back at my mom's place putting Bison away. I rode a total of 38 miles today!