Apr 13, 2008

On the road again... this time to the land of sunshine and tequilla.

I just wanted to check in on the eve of my latest trek. I am off yet again to the land of sun and tequilla...

Oh yes - it is my bi-annual trip to that little ole' country known as Mexico, or 'May-he-coe' to those in the know.

More specifically I will be at that not-so-little dot called Guadalajara, the tequilla capital of Mexico. This little gem is located just about 3 hours from Puerta Vallerta, and is one happening artisan state.

I know what you are thinking, and all I can say - DON'T HATE! Two tropical locales in 1 month, yeah life is hard.

So for all you haters out there (Christina - COUGH) rest assured that my feelings about this trip are bitter-sweet to be quite honest.

My Hotel

The sweet part is that I will be able to get a lot of neccessary work done, in addition to really enjoying the city again. I love Gaudalajara. I am comfortable there and every time I leave I feel that I have been given a deeper look into the city that has such a life about it. You would not beleive the culture here! Three museums all right in a row - The national museam, the state musem, and the local Gudalajara museum all touch. They are adjacent to the Cathedral and a huge gathering place filled with crafts and artisans.

If you ever travel to PV on vacation, I suggest making the short trip inland to Guadalajara. It is definitely worth it!

As an example of the deeper meaning to this city that I am finding, I have found that Guad actually has three large metroparks. The admission is like $0.50USD to one of them the other three being free of admission, so I think that I can swing that. :)

My only issue is that I am staying in a different hotel than usual, the Crowne Plaza. This means that I will be further from the parks than previous. I did see that one is like 2K away from my hotel, so I should be able to walk there, however it is on the side of town that I have not ventured out into yet.

Hmmmmm... oh what an adventure I am going to have! ASSUMING that I can break away from my manager and get in a decent day-time workout. He wants to eat and drink all night whereas I quit drinking (except for the Mango martinis at Bar Louie in Flint - Hellloooooo swank!) and I am not a huge eater anymore. I know - SHOCKER, right? I mean I eat of course - 6-8 small meals a day in fact. I mean that I am not an eater for the sake of eating anymore. I am a chicken breast away from being vegatarian again. In fact chicken and fish are the only meat type items I consume anymore - the rest is pretty much octo-vegitarian.

So what is the down side to this trip (in my eyes at least)?

The bitter part to all of this is that I will be missing some key workouts in preperation for my race that is coming up here in the next few weeks. I think that my best bet is to focus on swimming and weights as my running is finally in check.

So we will see what transpires south of the border. I have packed my weight and swimming gear - having to leave the running shoes at home due to packaging constraints.

I will be able to check in while on this trip, so you know what that means. PICTURES!

I am such a nerd.

Keep on running y hasta luego mi amigos!

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