The Road Without Barriers Posts

On September 25th, I conquered my first ever half Ironman triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta, held in Augusta, GA.  This was a 1.2 mile open water swim downriver, followed by a 56 miles bike course and rounding that off with a 13.1 half marathon run. This was also my first triathlon where I was not the only paratriathlete.  We had about 6 paratriathletes in total, but I really know about the other three hearing blind competitors–one other male, and two females. Jonathan Blackley was my guide for the race, with Tanya Jackson acting as communication access for my weekend stay in…

Yesterday, I completed my third triathlon. Last year, TRI Ballantyne 2015 was my first ever triathlon, which I managed to finish in 1:52:33.  This triathlon was 300 yard pool swim (with a time of 4:47), a 12.7 mile bike course (with a time of 51:22), and a 5K run course (with a time of 51:58).  I ranked 329 out of 357 individual athletes overall, which is a score of 7.9%.  I competed as a Paratriathlete Division athlete, and was the only such athlete, so I came in 1st by default. My second triathlon was the Indoor TRI Ballantyne, which involved…

The Event Recap for the Death Valley Open Water Swim 2016 is finally ready.  You can view it below on YouTube.

In the Lake Norman CURRENTS Magazine’s August 2016 issue, a four-page spread article on me was published.  You can view it on page 50-53 in the magazine here. This format is not blind or DeafBlind accessible though, and I am still waiting for an ALT text version that I can share here.  However, for now you can view it on their own website.

While I was in Durham two weeks ago, I decided to play with the Chick-Fil-A mobile app on my iPhone and try out a mobile order with a Support Service Provider (SSP) on hand as a backup. I utilize an iPhone using a refreshable Braille Display connected via Bluetooth.  The iOS device transmits data to the Braille Display when its built-in screen reader, VoiceOver is enabled and the Braille display is paired with it. Compared to mobile apps for Starbucks and Panera Bread, I’ve found Chick-Fil-A to be the most accessible from a Braille perspective, other than some issues. First,…

Last Saturday, June 11th, I competed in the Death Valley Open Water Swim Meet 2015 hosted by the Clemson Aquatic Team at the East beach Clemson University Rowing Facility on Hartwell Lake in Clemson, SC. While I don’t need a guide for pool events because I can see the black lines, I do need a guide in open water as I can barely see anything surrounding me, let alone other swimmers.  Joe MacGregor, a former member of the Gardner-Webb University swim team who graduated the same year as I did, flew in from Florida to help guide me in this…

Today I took the day off in order to recover from this week’s training before my swim meet tomorrow at the Death Valley Open Water Swim in Clemson, SC.  Joe MacGregor will be guiding me in the 1K and Half K events.  Stay tuned for results.

Weigh In Today’s weight in on the Fitbit Aria scale was 181.7 lbs with 22.3% body fat. CompuTrainer This morning’s CompuTrainer, while I had trouble keeping the cadence high, I was at least able to keep the power meter up.  View the workout on TrainingPeaks. Rowing I was able to complete 2757 meters in 15 minutes today. Walk and Run Today I completed my three miles walk, then started to work on the run segment with a goal of 4.8 miles; however, when I started the second set of 1.2 miles sets, my hips were beginning to bother me, so…

Weight In Today I weighed in on the Fitbit Aria scale at 284.2 lbs with 22.6% body fat. Endurance Swim This morning at Lake Norman YMCA, I completed a 1500 yard endurance swim in 39 minutes. Masters Swim At lunch, back at Lake Norman YMCA, under the direction of Coach Andrew and Coach Fred, I completed a total of 1900 yards. 200 choice warm up (I did free style) 300 choice kick (I did flutter) 400 free 300 pull 200 Fingertip Drill 200 IM (means 50 of each of the four strokes) 4×50 free sprint 100 cool down For the…

This morning, I used the CompuTrainer at Podium MultiSport in Cornelius.  I am currently focused on improving on power and translating that into high cadence.  Today was a tough nut to crack though!  According to the saved workout on TrainingPeaks, I went 14.1 miles in 54:16.  Because I can’t see the instrument panel of the CompuTrainer on the 40 inch TV mounted on the wall, I stream the desktop to my iPad which is mounted on the handlebars, and then zoom into the cadence and power percent meters. This afternoon, I went over to Sally’s YMCA to work on using…