So you?ve run a marathon, cycled through a century ride or two, and maybe even finished an Ironman triathlon. But now you?re ready for a new and tougher challenge to one up your fellow endurance junkies.
You could swim the English Channel or climb Mt. Everest, but c?mon, let?s be realistic, those people are nuts, right?
Last week, Erin and I flew for the first time with our 5-month old baby. Our annual trip back to Chicago for early xmas with the extended family was the occasion.
Both Erin and I were anxious about the 4+ hour flight as well as the 90 minute wait prior because, as first time parents, we just had no idea how Sevrin was going to handle the airport, security, the takeoff/landing, and the monotonous hours at 35,000 feet.
Much to the benefit of travelers everywhere, hotel chains have gone head to head over which offers the best sleeping experience.
You have likely tested out one of the many sleep systems out there: "Heavenly", "Cloud Nine", "Sweet Sleeper", "Simply Smart", "Comforts of Home", "Elite Dreamer", etc. These clever marketing terms refer to various iterations of pillow-top bedding, adjustable firmness, mattress thickness, quilting, sheet numbers and thread counts.
What they do NOT refer to is NOISE.
Let me explain.
As you can imagine, our editorial staff (www.athleticmindedtraveler.com) sees a superabundance of hotel gyms throughout the year: big ones and small ones; gyms with little equipment and some with a ton; some with mirrored walls and some with walls that barely stand; some that stink like mold and others that pump in flower scents; some occupied by gaggles of beautiful people and others without a soul to be found?
On very rare occasions we stumble upon a hotel gym that rattles our sweat-craving souls and excites our aerobically fit tickers the moment we walk in.
Most of the time we create our own content for the Blog. Occassionally, we read articles written by others that we believe our members will appreciate. We saw this article in the New York Times and felt it deserved re-publication. The writer is Gretchen Reynolds.
Does racing 26.2 miles put a heart at risk?
A new study by Dr. Siegel and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital and other institutions is at least suggestive. Sixty entrants from the 2004 and 2005 Boston Marathon were tested before and after the race.
Now that Thanksgiving is long gone and fresh carved turkey leftovers a distant memory, our staff is back to eating deli meat (until the next big holiday gathering that is!).
And ever since our posting on the dangers of nitrates in preserved deli meat, we?ve had an ongoing ?exchange? about which nitrate-free deli meat tastes best.
Southwest Airlines is on the recline. They've finally discovered (or admitted) that all seats on any given 737 have variable reclining distances.
Our Forum has many functions. One purpose for this space is to post athletic-minded lifestyle information for cities that have not yet been visited by our editorial staff. As you know, credibility and objectivity are very important to us and we will not add a new city to the list unless one of us has seen, heard, smelled, and sweat in the various options.
However, when we do learn about a good hotel gym, or a wonderful lap pool, or a can't miss running route, in other cities, we want to let you know too.
Since we're constantly on the prowl for the ideal hotel gym, people always ask us about our view of hotel fitness perfection. Accommodations such as the Houstonian, Four Seasons San Francisco, and Ritz Carlton Boston Common, are examples of a hotel gym "10". What do they have?
First, the sweat space must be open, airy, and comfortable.
If you are not familiar with Hookah (pronounced ?hoo-kuh?), you'd better take note. This trendy, Middle East inspired method of smoking flavored tobacco through a tube is on its way to becoming the next big North American puffing sensation since cigars.
Hookah bars are sprouting up in cities across the U.S. (18 yrs.