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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Hazard Ground with Mark Zinno and Matt Pascarella Interviews Colonel Patricia Collins on Their Podcast

What is Meaningful Travel?

The opportunity to meet amazing and inspirational individuals like our friend Colonel Patty Collins.  Her story is one of accomplishment, perseverance and trailblazing. 

Compliments of Rutgers Magazine

LTD has a Mission to “Make Meaningful and Healthy Travel Happen”, but what is meaningful travel?  In this case, “Meaningful” is meeting amazing individuals like Patty Collins, who despite having had a portion of her leg amputated, persevered to become a champion in the grueling Ironman competition and a participant in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

What makes her so inspirational besides her magnetic personality????  Six weeks after U.S. Army Colonel Patricia Collins returned home from a deployment in Iraq, she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle to work at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. Ten grueling months later, at the age of 38, she made the decision to have her damaged left leg amputated below the knee. At the time, Collins LC’91 was mainly concerned with learning to walk with a prosthetic leg. Breaking a world record in the triathlon was not exactly a top priority.

When did we meet her?  At the Intermedix Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, Georgia, during 2013— where having swum 1.2 miles, bicycled 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles—in five hours, 32 minutes, and 41 seconds, she smashed the existing world record for a female unilateral amputee by three and a half minutes.

We have spent many a meaningful event with her including the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim where she swam on our team twice to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation.  She is a true trailblazer and we are honored to know her!

She went on to be a member of the 2016 US Paralympic Paratriathlon Team and competed in Rio de Janeiro.  Even more meaningful is that at the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim, Patty was awarded the LT Dan Cnossen award, who happens to be a fellow Paralympian. 

Recently Patty spoke with The Hazard Ground Podcast, hosted by sports talk radio host and Army veteran, Mark Zinno, and produced by Mark’s good friend and fellow Army veteran, Matt Pascarella.  Here's what they had to say about their time with Patty:

"As someone who was rising through the ranks and performing at a very high level in the Army's top tier, elite special operations unit, Patty Collins never thought she would suffer an injury that would end up taking her leg, when she wasn't serving in a war zone. But, in 2006, while riding her bike to work on Fort Bragg, she was struck from behind by an automobile. The marathon runner and triathlete, survivor of multiple combat tours, and recipient of both a Senior Parachutist Badge and the Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, was now facing injuries and excruciating pain that would eventually lead to the decision to amputate her left leg. Undeterred from continuing to serve on active duty, Patty would go on to complete over 24 years of active service and retire as a Colonel. Hear her very powerful story on this latest edition of HAZARD GROUND!"

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Xtrainerz Waterproof Bone Conduction headphones: A Flop or a Victory for AfterShokz?

The new AfterShokz Xtrainerz headphones are designed for swimmers and triathletes who spend time in the water in mind, but these earphones can be used for so much more. 

We will admit that we are huge fans of the brand AfterShokz.  It’s the one brand that has met all of our expectations for quality of sound, battery life, safety and fit.  Traditionally we have used Treks Titanium by Aftershokz for all of our running, cycling and traveling.  And We are DELIGHTED to review these Xtainerz.

Although true wireless earbuds have been hogging the limelight over the last few years, there’s another type of specialized wireless earphones that are relatively unknown: bone conduction headphones. While they may give you the impression that they are strange, bone conduction headphones have deep-seated roots in the hearing aid industry.  Maybe you have seen things like the AfteShokz Trekz Titanium on big box store shelves, there are some who consider it to be a gimmick while others find them to be invaluable.

How do bone conducting headphones work?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Pink Sale is Underway for the Island of Bermuda! Save 50% with special offers!

2020 UPDATE:

The Pink Sale is an Annual even and is on for 2020:

Save up to 50% off hotel or resort stays during the Bermuda Pink Sale. The sale includes a wide range of resorts, including Royal Palms, Coral Beach, Grotto Bay Beach Resort, and Elbow Beach. Sale prices are valid for stays through April 30 or from September 1 through December 31, 2020.

Sample per night rates for 2020 include:

From $129.50, Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Hamilton Parish
From $150, Greenbank Guesthouse & Cottages, Paget
From $167.50, Coco Reef Resort, Paget
From $175, Coral Beach & Tennis Club, Paget
From $189, Fairmont Southampton with continental breakfast
From $199, The Reefs Resort & Club, Southampton
From $199, Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Sandys

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Island adventures are calling. Save up to 50% when you book your room by January 22 and travel between January 2 – April 30 and September 1 – December 31, 2019. Nightly rates start at around $125.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Deal Alert for New York City: Deals on NYC Broadway Week, Restaurant Week and Must-See Week 2020

NYC & Company is offering three signature promotional programs to save in the Big Apple — NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week and NYC Must-See Week. All offers are valid January 21-February 9 with tickets and reservations accepted online now.

There’s nothing like live theater—and no place for it like Broadway. NYC Broadway Week invites you to experience the magic firsthand with 2-for-1 tickets to some of the most spectacular performances on stage right now.

Deal Alert for New York City: Deals on NYC Broadway Week, Restaurant Week and Must-See Week 2020

NYC Broadway Week: Purchase 2-for-1 Broadway tickets to as many as 21 shows are included this year, including a handful of Tony Award winners and at least eight that are new to the program. Aladin, Beetlejuice, The Book of Mormon and Frozen are among the marquee shows available this winter.

NYC Restaurant Week is a celebration of NYC’s most fabulous pastime: dining out. With hundreds of restaurants throughout the City rolling out special prix-fixe menus for a limited time, this is your chance to revel without a cause.

28th Annual NYC Restaurant Week: Reservations are now open with more than 350 restaurants participating. Explore vibrant neighborhoods across the five boroughs and the diverse culinary experiences at a terrific value. Enjoy two-course prix-fixe lunches and brunches from $26 per person and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $42. Bonus: Pay your dining tab with your Mastercard and get a $10 statement credit when you spend $65 or more during NYC Restaurant Week. Advance registration required.