Friday, July 27, 2012

Vacation Time!

I made it through 8 weeks of summer school and working at my new job on my off days with one thought in mind.  Vacation!

Up until this past weekend, we didn't know where we were going on vacation.  We only knew that we were leaving July 30th for almost two weeks of relaxation and family time.  We considered visiting family in Minnesota, going back to Disney World, visiting the Outer Banks for the first time, hiking in New Hampshire or Maine, and finally Cape Cod.

We camped at Cape Cod two years ago and had a great time.  We love the Cape Cod Rail Trail so this was definitely in our sights as I am just over a month away from my first Half Ironman.  My biggest hesitation with going to Cape Cod was the Pan Mass Challenge which brings thousands of bikers down the trail, on my long ride day.  I didn't want to compete with those bikers so that wasn't going to work for us.

Finally, after lots of research, we chose Martha's Vineyard!  We get the Cape Cod feel but on an island.  The ferry is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from home so we don't have to waste precious vacation time driving.

I am not a beach person at all.  My husband and kids love the beach, but I can't sit and relax on the beach for longer than an hour before I get bored.  This is their year to get their type of vacation, so I set out this week to make sure I would spend this vacation active in between beach time with the kids.  Thanks goodness for Google!

Martha's Vineyard bike paths.  I plan on seeing the whole island on my long ride.

Fresh produce daily will save some calories for my lobster roll and ice cream that I can't wait to try!

The YMCA is only 2 miles from our campground. We are buying a weeklong family membership so the kids can swim in the pool while I get my swim workouts in.

While reading blogs this week I came across Sweat Junkie's post on her Sweaty Vacation.  I already had my sweaty vacation planned but loved her recommendation for checking out the Strava website.  Strava is like a DailyMile website that tracks your rides/runs but it also compares segments of your workouts with others and labels you Queen/King of the Mountain (QOM & KOM).  I love competition so already have looked up Martha's Vineyard and have found many opportunities to become QOM on different segments.

My other requirement of vacation was that I could still get online and blog occasionally.  So I will be bringing my computer and hopefully our Internet connection works so that I can post some updates.

Yay for downtime! Have a good weekend!


Marcia said...

Enjoy! I love Cape Cod!

Jolene said...

Have an awesome time!! I have always wanted to go to Martha's Vineyard! have a blast, and a lobster roll for me ;)

Raina said...

Martha's Vinyard would be a Lovely place to go for a vacation race :) . How convenient that the Y is there and you and the kids can both have fun at the same time!

Fancy Nancy said...

I ran the Martha's Vineyard 20 miler this past February and it was surprisingly the first time I had been there! The scenery was great and they have that awesome bike path! Have a great time!!!

Erin said...

Have a wonderful trip! You definitely deserve a vacation. :) (and too funny... I am the same way at the beach!)

Laura @ Mommy Run Fast said...

Enjoy your trip! I love that you were able to find the best of both- beach for kids, and you still get to maintain your training. I've never been there, but it always sounds like such a beautiful place. We're leaving in a week to spend two weeks in PA/NY with old friends and family, and I'm excited for the break!

Suzanne Westenhofer said...

Hope you are having a great time on vacation! Martha's Vineyard is very bike friendly so hopefully you are getting to see the entire island by bike.