Category Archives: Hawaii

Chicago Triathlon

So as I have continued to lose weight this summer (now down to 255) and subject myself to some crazy workouts, I have challenged myself to do a Triathlon.  I signed up for the Chicago Triathlon which is on August 28th.  I ran a tri my last year in the Marine Corps in 1999 and loved it! Always wanted to do more, but I was to busy partying, going to Cubs games and just all around being lazy.  I’m finally motivated and in decent enough shape to give it a go.

After moving to Hawaii next year, I have another goal of doing the Half Ironman.  All the different legs are achievable by themselves, but together pose a pretty crazy challenge.  I purchased a new road, actually a triathlon bike, this week. It’s pretty sweet. I can’t wait to get on it and give it a spin this weekend!

My new tri bike!

Other than that this summers been pretty great so far. Just working out like crazy, working 2 jobs trying to save dough for the move and enjoying the weather.  I’ve lost a total of 65 lbs so far since January and have about 35 more to go. I’m still not sure how low I want to go.  Maybe after I get to 100 lbs lost, I’ll start weight training to help tone up more and put some muscle weight back on. Up to this point I’ve strictly done walking, biking, running and swimming for my weight loss.  Well ’til next time, which hopefully wont be a month, take care. Mahalo for reading my blog!

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The Beaches

The number one reason why I love Oahu is the beach.  Whether it is the miles of different North Shore beaches or the touristy beaches of Waikiki, I just can’t get enough of the sand and surf.  I’ve always been drawn to the beach. I grew up in Hammond, Indiana just a few miles away from Lake Michigan and Whihala Beach in Whiting.  Every single day during the summer I’d head up there applying my baby oil to maximize my tan.   It was a pretty awesome beach, I spent my high school years there playing beach volleyball and tossing around the pigskin while hitting on the girls, usually with no luck.  LOL

When I joined the Marines I spent countless hours at the beach. I’d skip out of mess duty during Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton and sneak off to San Onofre beach to do some body surfing and people watching.  At my next duty station, I’d drive hours from Twentynine Palms to LA or San Diego to hit the beaches. But once at Camp Lejeune, I found my favorite beach in Surf City, North Carolina just outside Camp Lejeune. There was a beach bar that constantly changed owners and names, but the atmosphere and drinks never really changed. The beach itself was amazing. If you’re a sheller, there were shells on the beach each morning. Me, I was a shark tooth hunter and this beach did not disappoint.

All around the Topsail Beach area, there were shark teeth washed up on the beach every morning. Sizes ranged from tiny all the way up to a few inches. Fishing off the pier was pretty good too. I wasn’t into fishing to much at the time but a few of us headed there occassionally to drink some beer and toss the lines out. I actually caught a Hammerhead shark one day that was about 2 feet long. I thought that was the coolest thing ever! A damn shark on my line and of all things it was the hammerhead.

When I visited Oahu, obviously the beaches were the main tourist attraction.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Waikiki beach, watching the kids jump off the break wall and the surfers catching a few waves.  But the people watching was amazing. You have women from all over the world coming to that beach, and they are all gorgeous.  There’s not another beach in the world that can compare.  I also really enjoyed Lanaiki beach and Hanauma Bay. There’s so many more beaches that i visited that I really don’t remember the name of, but really enjoyed my time there. I really can’t wait to get back to the island and visit all the beaches and enjoy the weather.

The Lure of Hawaii…

From the moment you step off that plane and walk through the open air terminals at  Honolulu International airport, you notice something extremely different about where you are.  The air is warm and full of amazing tropical scents.  People are extremely friendly, not that over the top fake friendly you get at some vacation destinations, but just really friendly and full of that ‘Aloha’ spirit that you will find nowhere else.

I often wonder out of all the people who have vacationed on Oahu from all over the world, how many have daydreamed about moving there.  I would guess it has to be in the high 90 percent range.  I have been doing my own daydreaming for about 5 years now. Since my last vacation there to attend the NFL Pro Bowl.  I spent 17 days there during that trip and almost didn’t come home.

I still can’t put my finger on the main reason why Hawaii is such an alluring place.  I have come to the conclusion that, for me, it is a combination of several reasons. I’ll expand on those reasons in future posts.