Welcome to Oz

Great Ocean Road 3

  I’m in love with Australia.  We’ve been here for a little over one month and yes, I feel very badly about being off the grid and failing to launch the promised travel blog.  But, as my friend Stacy pointed out: “Blog/Smog.  You’ve been busy DOING things.”  And that is true.  I’ve been eating, sweating, and seeking my brains out. 

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Ironman Triathlon: The Call of the Mdot


  February 19th, 2014: We just arrived in Melbourne a few days ago and preparations for Ironman on March 23rd are obviously underway.  The gorgeous stretch of road that hugs the coastline from Frankston Pier (scene of the swim) to St Kilda beach (the finish line) is packed with athletes, many of them sporting Mdot tattos, compression socks, and most noticeably, that

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The Fit Traveler: Where to get a good sweat in Sydney Australia

The cafe at the Boy Charlton Pool in Sydney

    After a few days here in Sydney, I’m convinced that a bad meal is, if not impossible, highly unlikely.   The famous Woolloomooloo meat pies, the fabulous seafood, the chocolate cafes — if you do not over-indulge in Sydney then you just aren’t paying attention. Fortunately, Sydney is a city where people love

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2014 Draft Itinerary


One of my new commitments in life is to stop creating endless lists and spreadsheets, so a key element to the master travel plan is to stay flexible. If we like a place, we’ll stay a bit longer. If we don’t, we’ll move on. The only hard and fast criteria for any potential location is weather: We

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My Must-Do List of Places to Cycle in 2014

Cycling in Western Sicily, 2007

As an endorphin junkie, I love to sweat and nothing makes me sweat like cycling.  In fact, cycling can hurt me like no other sport.  There is nothing quite like cresting a long uphill, the legs and the lungs screaming for relief, and then catching your breathe on clean, fresh air on a long, fast

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