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I finished my season three weeks ago, but that didn’t mean I had no more events on the calendar. In fact, my schedule was loaded with trips and events. First off was an Olympic race in Santa Barbara. Then we’d be off to Kona – not to race this year, but as spectators. We planned to hurry home from the Big Island in time to participate in the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) event in San Diego, followed by the Tram Challenge in Palm Springs the week after. And the list of activities went on and on. But those plans came to a screeching halt in the blink of an eye. Remember that Olympic race in Santa Barbara? Well, that’s where the unraveling began with a bike collision one mile from T2. Fortunately, the other rider was unharmed. Me…. not so much. I’m sitting here today with four fractures in my pelvis, which means no weight-bearing for 4-6 weeks. If you are an athlete or live with one, you know that hearing this is like a death sentence. Now, this most certainly is an exaggeration, but in the first moments after hearing these words, that’s what it feels like. And, in

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 6/21/2011


Do you have your heart set on an ultimate cruise vacation in 2012? Luxury line Crystal Cruises has launched a sale on seven sailings departing between January and April 2012. Fares have been discounted to as low as 62% off the brochure price and start at $3215 per person. The price includes airfare from locations in North America, a $500/person shipboard credit, and ten to sixteen nights aboard the ship. Destinations include Miami, Costa Rica, Brazil, Buenos Aires and Caldera. Book by August 31, 2011. (Via USAToday) To commemorate the first day of summer on 6/21/2011, the U.S. National Park Service is offering free admission to over 100 parks. Additional free days this year include September 24 for Public Lands Day and November 11-13 for Veterans Day weekend. For accomodations, check out Frommer’s top picks for national park lodges. Southwest Airlines is celebrating forty years of service with $40 fares! The sale includes all cities in the Southwest network, as well as routes via AirTran. The $40 fare applies for one-way flights within 450 miles from the originating destination. Flights over 451 miles cost $80 each way. Book by June 23, 2011 for travel between August 23, 2011 and November 14, 2011. Note

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 4/12/2011


Check out the newly launched Expedia app for iPhone! According to various news sources, the free app will also be available on additional smartphones (e.g., Android) and tablets in a few weeks. According to the New York Times, the Expedia app “uses the device’s location-based service to search hotel availability, but travelers can also input a destination. The results are displayed on an interactive map or in list form. Each hotel listing includes a slide show tour, along with its features and star rating. Once the hotel is booked, the details can be shared via e-mail or text, and added to the device’s calendar.” Download the free app here. Take yourself to a summer ballgame with AirTran Airway’s baseball special! The airlines is offering discounted airfare to and from various destinations in the U.S., including: Atlanta to Washington, D.C. $198, Baltimore to Boston $86, San Francisco to Jacksonville $308. Book by April 14, 2011 for travel through November 2, 2011. A ten-day advance purchase is required and blackout dates apply. (Via Frommer’s) Anyone like the sound of a 12-night cruise in the Mediterranean? Royal Caribbean International is offering a tour by sea of Italy, Greece and Turkey starting as low