Sunday, February 26, 2012

Excuses, Excuses

I have been full of excuses for not working out recently.  First, there was Without Remorse.  Then there was vacation.  And then there were others I haven't even posted about, such as being sick and a having a heavier-than-normal workload at the office.

However, with the Downtown Columbia Triathlon coming up in less than a month, and the Tour de Cure and Lake Murray Triathlon following just six weeks later, I need to get serious about training or I'll be running those races with remorse!  Accordingly, I'm casting all excuses aside and jumping headlong back into training this week.  Expect me to report five or six solid workouts in next week's report!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Howlin' Good Time

Main entrance to the lodge
Did you miss me?  I didn't get my weekly post up last Sunday because I was out of town celebrating my beautiful wife's 30th birthday.  Our family and some friends spent a few days vacationing at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina.  What a cool place!  This was our first visit, but since everyone had such a fantastic time, I'm sure we will be at least semi-regular visitors in the future!

In case you've never heard of it, Great Wolf Lodge is a chain of indoor water park resorts based in Wisconsin.  The water park at the Concord lodge (which is one of the newest) features a number of water slides, a wave pool, a preschool play area, an activity pool, and a treehouse/splash pad featuring a 1,000-gallon water bucket!  My two-year-old son loved the Cub Paw Pool and my four-year-old son couldn't get enough of Slap Tail Pond, but my favorite attraction was the Howlin' Tornado, a pulse-pounding vortex slide that is very hard to describe.  You'll just have to experience it for yourself!