Thursday, August 14, 2008

business tripping...


So on Tuesday evening after a full day of training and work I boarded a plane for San Jose. I can't even count the number of times I have been up here for work. This time I am up here for a proof of concept lab and training on a new Cisco Technology... VFrame. I know... very interesting.

Santa Clara, Ca


The good part is that I am staying at a killer hotel and from being in the area so much I know where to go to run. I am only about 1.25 miles from the Guadalupe River Trail. The gym also has a killer gym, pool (for lounging), and a dry sauna. So it's not very hard to get in some training here so it could be a lot worse. They have even have a fitness concierge and you can get physio balls and yoga gear delivered to your room. At the front desk they have run maps showing a 5 mile route from the hotel and when I got back from my morning runs I was handed a bottle of water and a towel and I entered the main lobby doors to go back upstairs... pretty awesome.

Guadalupe River Trail.


wednesday morning run.


water and running route slip provided by the hotel.


Eating right and "not" drinking on these kinds of trips can be a challenge. I brought plenty of good snacks and fruit with me but the guys I am traveling with all like to have a good time and like to use these trips for mini vacations from their day to day lives (wife, kids, etc...). So they are all about hitting the hotel bar and chowing down crappy restaurants. We got in kind of late Tuesday night (9:45pm) and I decided not to be a total jerk and had a couple of drinks with the guys at the hotel bar, which was actually very crowded, while watching the Olympics on some ginormous flat screen TV's. Good times.

That's about it. I got in some solid running and gym sessions and now it's back to San Diego this evening and time for serious time in the saddle this weekend before a rest week... looking forward to it. I am really pushing myself right now and after the weekend I have planned I am going to need some serious R & R.

is it weird to be craving a huge, homemade salad?

here's some photos of the hotel... it's pretty sick.

flat screen


I love robes.


sweet sink.


and the rack.

9 comments:

Ryan Denner said...

"is it weird to be craving a huge, homemade salad?" I feel ya man!

FatDad said...

Word! Living large. That's some prett sweet service.

Flatman said...

Nice rack!

emkruse said...

business travel presents training challenges? dude, tell me about it.

here's a pointer for you -- if you're at cisco maybe you can stay at the santa clara marriott (not too far), they have a pool that's big enough you can bust out some laps

XTERRA 29er said...

Training while traveling (with a setup like that)can be sweet. Different gym, different trails, I always come away feeling refreshed and stronger from the change in equipment and setting. Way to stay on top of it!

Benson said...

Holy spa treatment dude!
You're quite lucky to have that nice rack...
and robe and flat screen...
Don't get soft.

Mark said...

Hawt rack!

You should have taken a picture of yourself in the robe for the lady(s).

Paul said...

Every now and then you have to take one for the team!! haha. Club race this weekend?

GZ said...

Cool new photo on the top (I often miss that stuff as I don't get it in my reader).

Nice that you had nice gigs ... but I hear ya ... it is better to be home with your own fridge, your own rack ...