Tag Archives: beginner

This weekend: Test the waters

Grandfather Mountain

Sample a triathlon in Cary or sample hiking on Grandfather Mountain. Or, at the coast you can workout for a cookout. Good options all for the last weekend before Labor Day weekend.


Always a smart move, scheduling a cookout with a workout, which is the gist of Saturday’s Rise and Grind Workout and Cookout Saturday morning at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington. read more

This weekend: A smorgasbord of outdoor fun

Try your hand at canoeing at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, walk or run or bike to support a state park in Raleigh, or learn to ride a bike in the mountains.


We’re always on the lookout for a good, economical paddle adventure; this weekend our looking out has landed us at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park south of Goldsboro, where a ranger will lead an Introduction to Canoeing class on Sunday. The course includes boat, lifejacket, paddles and instruction, and will be conducted on the friendly waters of the park’s 11-acre, spring-fed lake. An especially great opportunity if you’ve never been in a canoe, but have given it some thought. read more

Tri it, you may like it

TriItForLifers at last month's Ramblin' Rose Raleigh.

I wrote the following for the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh; it appeared in both papers yesterday, Tuesday, June 12. It appears here, with links.

The idea of getting someone with zero interest in running to up and do a 5K seemed crazy not that long ago. But in the past several years, 12-week programs designed to do exactly that — the so-called zero-to-5K programs — have flourished. read more