Monday, June 17, 2013

Lots of Turns

by Meghann on June 17, 2013

I’m back!

Man, it feels good to be home. Nothing beats coming home after a long weekend away, nothing!

I was hoping to get a swim in before we headed to the airport this morning, so when I saw the hotel we were staying at was partnered with the L.A. Fitness down the street, I got excited. I even googled the gym to confirm they had a pool (according to the website they did – perfect). This morning I got up extra early and headed the mile or so down the road to get my swim in. Unfortunately the website failed to mention the indoor pool doesn’t open until the 20th. Boo. I was in and out in a matter of 30 seconds. All I had was my swim gear on, otherwise I might have stayed and tried to get in a spin class.

Plan B: The hotel’s pool.

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The picture is deceiving with size, the pool couldn’t have been more than 10 yards in length. Oh, well. You gotta do, what you gotta do. So I put my swim cap and goggles on and jumped in. I made it a few strokes before I had to turn around again. On the plus side, I did get to practice my flip turns.

I wasn’t sure how to do a workout in the small pool, so I counted did 3 sets of 40 laps, focusing on accelerating my speed with each set of 10. I also did a 20 lap warm up. In the 30 minutes I had to swim, I think I did 1400-ish yards? Not the best swim ever, but I worked with what I had (not a lot of time and a short pool) and made it work.

Does anyone have any recommendations for squeezing swim workouts in at hotel pools? Any special workouts or tips?

A month or so ago I got an email from Klout that I had earned a pretty sweet Klout Perk for a one day pass for American Airline’s Admiral Club. It was perfect timing since we had just booked our flights to Chicago on American Airlines. I’d been saving that sweet little pass and headed straight to Admiral’s Club once we arrived at O’Hare to cash it in. 

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I felt like a baller walking in. I had dreamed up this fancy, schmancy lounge stock full of free food, free drinks, and maybe even some free massages? I checked-in, then headed up an elevator where the Admiral Club was waiting for me on the third floor. 

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I might have blown my fantasy vision up just a tad. There was free coffee, house wines and domestic beers, but all the cocktails (including mimosas!) were still priced at a premium. The free food consisted of trail mix and whole fruits. There was a mini cafe to buy hot sandwiches, salads, etc, but it was still at that premium. And there weren’t any free massages. Darn.

However, it was blisssfully quiet. I connected to the free WiFi, found a quiet corner, and conquered my email. The bathrooms were also line free and very clean. It didn’t hit me how good I had it in Admiral’s Club until I left and was reunited with the crazy, hectic atmosphere that’s the norm at any airport.

I’m thankful I was able to experience American Airline’s Admiral Club today thanks to Klout, but I’m not sure it would beworth the $50 addition to a future plane ticket. Maybe if they had the free massages and an open bar. 😉

 

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