Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Back from China.... again.

Just got back from my quarterly trip to China. This trip was especially fun because I took my 18 year old daughter, Kylie with me as a graduation present.

We were there a total of about 11 days. Spent the week in Hangzhou (me working - her out sight-seeing with some very nice hosts from our office that took her to see the sights). I told her that she (and my oldest son, Corbin who went with me a couple years ago) have seen more sights in Hangzhou than I have because normally - I'm just working the whole time.

I did my usual running route in Hangzhou. It rained A LOT - so some days were relegated to the treadmill. And it was freakin' warm and very, very humid. Man, that combo just kills me. I'm not built for it. Probably sucked 20 seconds off my paces. And you get back to the hotel, can walk into the shower fully clothed and not get any wetter (I know - gross). Makes me appreciate the arid climate of Colorado that much more.

On Friday night we flew to Beijing for a couple more sight-seeing days. Went to the Ming Tombs, the Great Wall and of course the Forbidden City. On the group tour on Saturday we drove past the Olympic Complex and saw the Bird's Nest and Water Cube up close. Seeing anything Olympic related always sends chills down my spine. I would love to run a few laps on the track in the Bird's Nest - wouldn't that be cool? Unfortunately the only run I did was an 8 miler on the treadmill, in the very nice Marriott gym.

Our hotel in Beijing was very nice - Marriott City Wall. I got a free upgrade on the room, nice big room with two king beds. Kylie was styling :-) I told her that in general, having status (Marriot, Airline, etc..) doesn't suck.

Flew back on Monday - long travel day. We got up around 4:30am, cab to the airport, flew to Shanghai, then Shanghai to San Fran and finally back to Denver. Hotel to front door travel time was a total of about 30 hours.

I'm suffering from the usual jet lag from the trip back. It rarely even affects me more than a day on the way out, but on the East to West travel (back home) - I just feel 'flat' running. Takes about 10 days for me to feel right as rain again. Although I did a track workout this morning and felt pretty strong, hitting some good paces on what was a tough workout:

800m @ 5K followed by 400m recovery. Then 8x200m alternating hard / easy.

Did the above 2x followed by one more 800m. I was paired up with Bridget, who I had never run with before. My coach neglected to tell me that Bridget is a track-star ;-) Man that lady was fast. Really great motivation to keep up my pace!

Next few days I'll just do some more recovery running to reset the body clock. Paige has a race (tri) this weekend. I'm looking forward to hanging with Luke and being a spectator (i.e. watching other people suffer ;-)

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