When I travel one of the more important features of the hotel I choose to stay at is whether they have good gym. I have stayed at some hotels that say they have a gym. Only to find out, once I got there, that they converted a meeting room into a gym by adding a couple of treadmills and some dumbbells.
Now there is a web site that can help with, not only the hotel selection, but also running routes, local gyms and their policies on guests and healthy places to eat. It is Athletic Minded Traveler.
Â The site has reviews of several cities, including the main Canadian ones. If you check now, they have a free preview for Toronto. There is a charge for the service. It is $20 a year or $3 a month. But if you don’t want to put your fitness schedule on hold while you travel, it is worth it.
This device is perfect for the runner, cyclist, skier or any outdoor activity. Anything you do outside, you will want to have this with you. A company called Motion Lingo is about to release Adeo. This device has built in GPS and speech. You can plug your MP3 player or iPod into it. Then plug in your headphones. Let’s say you’re out running. While you’re listening to your MP3 player a voice comes on and says “1 mile, 6 minutes 37 seconds”. The device keeps track of speed, distance time and elevation. When you have finished you can upload onto your computer. Motion Lingo has a web site that will track your activities and even link to the weather of the day.
Tonight I started a 10K running clinic at The Running Room. I did better than I thought I would, considering I haven’t been running in months. I completed 5K in 33 min. Not bad for the first night. The clinic is 10 weeks and my goal is to run a 55 min. 10K race on May 13th. The Running Room is quite a Canadian success story. Started by John Stanton in 1984, they have grown to almost 80 stores. They have branched out into their own branded clothing and accessories. All top quality products. I believe their pull is their clinics. For about $70 they will tell you everything you need to know about running. (plus you get a $40 T-shirt). And while you’re sitting there in the store, listening to all that great information, you’re staring at all this great running gear. Now, for me, gear is probably as close to an obsession as one could get. Whether it be running, backpacking, mountaineering or camping; I need gear. And not just a little, I need it ALL. Just ask my wife Dianne. Now imagine a gear obsession combined with being a computer geek and you can see why she rolls her eyes a lot.