Sunday, September 26, 2010

Boston is Beautiful, Rhode Island and PSI

Wow, I'm finally here! I've been training so hard and prepping for this trip and I'm in the midst of it.. As I was checking in there were guys from Minneapolis, Idaho and Mexico checking in as well. I'm really looking forward to meeting our group tomorrow and hearing their stories.
I left my house at 4am yesterday, made it over the border and was sitting at my gate at Buffalo International airport at 5:45am with a cappucino. Only an hour and fifty minutes early for my flight, but better early than late! I met a lovely girl named Jen on the flight here, Hi, Jen! I hope your business went well in Boston. Now, I thought it would be a good idea to rent a car here in Boston, but have you ever driven in Boston? It's crazy!!! I've had to do a few turnarounds, but it was definitely worth it for the freedom and flexibility.

So I arrived at the Langham Hotel in the Financial District yesterday morning, checked my bags and my car and then headed to Quincy Market and Fanueil Hall. I'll add photos when I get home, but it's beautiful! As we all know, Boston is filled with early American history from the Revolutionary Era, the Civil War, the Abolitionist Movement, etc. I got my fill of historic facts on a walking tour yesterday through parts of the Freedom Trail to see some architecture, graveyards, statues, Boston Common and more. Last night I drove an hour to see Trace Adkins and Toby Keith in concert. Now, I'm a country fan and love these 2 guys, but the crowd was awesome. American country music fans are expert tailgaters, they had bean bag toss games set up, everyone was bar-b-q-ing, drinking beer, and when I got there about an hour before the concert started they had obviously been there for at least a couple of hours!! Experts, for sure. Today I did a quick workout at the surprisingly nice gym at the hotel and then headed out for a 3 hour bus tour. I saw all of the sites through Boston and did a lovely tour through Harvard and MIT over in Cambridge. The next visit to the Poliquin Strength Institute will be when I know where I'm going and where I'd like to spend some time, this time was just a quick tour of everything.

It was a pleasure to go grocery shopping and prepare for the next few days. I dutifully bought fish, chicken and broccoli and only thought about buying wine:). I'm so excited to see the Poliquin Strength Training Institute tomorrow, see the new products and bring it all home to your guys when I see you next week. This is an amazing opportunity, and a privilige to be here, I'm very thankful to be able to do this.

I must say a few words about the cleanse I've done over the last month. I feel extremely healthy, strong and shapely, have trained or done yoga most days and feel very balanced. The thing about training is that it can be exhausting, it's a skill to determine what the best activity is for your energy levels on any given day. As mentioned I've done a fair bit of yoga over the last month, I truly enjoyed Gerald's class on Friday the 24th, thank you so much for that Gerald. This process has helped me be more grounded and peaceful while my training at the gym has ensured that I achieved the body composition change I was looking for over the last 4 weeks. Respect your limits and find balance to achieve optimal results. Hey, my new words of wisdom, "Eat like a bird, train like a beast". Or something like that:).

Finally, being in Boston reminded me that this is where the Boston Marathon is held each May. Wouldn't that be something? Marathons are not the best for those of us who are muscular(that degree of cardio does not support muscle maintenance), but maybe I'll drive in to experience the energy of that weekend. Should I run it? Marathons require a longer attention span that I expect to ever have, so I doubt I'll take that challenge. Maybe one of you should run it and I'll come down for moral support...Adriane???