Travel Vs. Training
I have been a bit quiet on the keeping fit front, but it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been happening. Not daily as it use to be, back in the Sydney living days, but there has been plenty of action.
Our last week in Asia was spent in Cambodia if you recall, and we treated ourselves to a stay in quite a nice hotel that had a roof top pool and a gym, neither of which we ended up using. We were out the majority of the day walking, walking and walking the city that the weather had turned by the time we got back to the hotel so we weren’t really up for a swim. The gym went unused because it was not much of a gym after all and was just a bunch of cardio equipment (boring) and it only opened at 10am which is not ideal as doing cardio after a full breakfast when temperatures are climbing is not my idea of a good time, plus all the walking was doing me fine.
In Siem Reap we had a bit more down time so I went running one morning, amongst the dogs, tuk tuks, food carts and general hustle bustle you’ll find along any South East Asian street, off I went down the dirt road. I wish I could have taken a photo, me heading down the road with my bright shoes and workout clothes with my iPod on whilst the world went on around me. It is probably the most peaceful 45 minutes I spent on the roads in Asia, not one tuk-tuk driver asked if I needed a ride and not one stall vendor asked if I would like to buy anything – I think they could see I wasn’t carrying any money. Rob also joined me for a “schmulys mini bootcamp” one afternoon, post swin. We jumped around the garden a bit and did a mini workout, equipment free.
In Rio we were lucky as my uncles apartment complex, where we stayed for the week had a small, but extremely well stocked gym. It had weight and cardio machines, free weights, a range of resistance bands and even weight vests and ankle weights which I was most excited to see as I have never used these before. It was great to do some weight training once again, and of course walking, walking, walking is some pretty beneficial cardio.
Ilha Grande was our next stop and our super trek to Lopes Mendes beach counted as one pretty decent workout if you ask me. We were then off to Paraty and I hit the road a couple of times here once again, running through the cobbled streets of the old town was fantastic, although a little rough on the ankles and so vastly different to a run I was doing two weeks earlier down a far-flung dusty street in Cambodia.
Sao Paulo was our next stop and if it wasn’t for the fact the city is so huge; Rob and I would have covered a large proportion of any normal sized city by foot in the 5 days we were there. It all started with a 4 hour free walking tour and then we just didn’t stop walking. On average I think we spent about 5 – 6 hours a day on foot, and all in all it was a great 5 days in this super city, prone to even more super storms that can hit without warning, hard! I also then did a “schmulys mini bootcamp” one morning in the garden of the apartment we were staying at, much to the doorman’s bewilderment. I have outlined the 45 minute, equipment free workout below, which produced a considerable amount of pain the next day.
We arrived early yesterday morning on an overnight bus to Florianopolis, Barra da Lagoa, which is a charming little fishing town with a pretty tame surf beach perfect for learner surfers, dotted with beach bars, umbrellas, açaí bars and quaint eateries. There is no ATM in town but we did spot two gyms which when investigated look pretty decent at only R$10 ($5AU) a pop. We ended up having a sort of big night last night, starting with the free caipirinhas at the hostel we are staying at, so I don’t want to waste R$10 on a half hearted gym session where I won’t be that strong, so planning on a run this evening and Rob and I both intend on visiting the gym tomorrow – I’m excited, weights – yippee!!