I was in Huntington Beach, California for a work conference from Friday, November 14 through Tuesday, November 18. At first I was a little nervous about not having my normal workout equipment but once I exited the airport and realized how warm it was and how beautiful it was, I knew I would figure it out.
My boss and I arrived in HB around 11:30 a.m. The time difference going west is great! We took a taxi to our hotel. I just couldn’t stop staring at the beach and the palm trees. Our hotel was beautiful! We stayed at the Regency Hyatt Resort and Spa. My room had a king bed with a view of one of the courtyards.
Once we set our things down in our rooms we made it downstairs to one of the hotel restaurants. We asked to be seated outside as we wanted to absorb as much sunlight as we could. Lunch was pretty good! I was so hungry, so anything at that point was going to taste good.
After lunch we headed to the beach! We just walked down the beach to the pier and watched people surfing and swimming. It was so relaxing!
We hung out by the beach for about an hour and then made our way back to the hotel. I knew (as did my boss) that I needed to get my workout in for Friday. I had a 60 minute bike ride and strength training to get to.
That bike was my bike for the 5 days I was in California. It was torture but at least I had something to simulate riding. I am a sweat machine as you can see from my picture.
I got my 60 minute ride in and then explored the rest of the fitness room. It was actually pretty nice and I was able to do almost all of my strength exercises.
My boss and I headed into the city to get dinner. We wanted to get off the resort as we knew we would be there most of the time throughout the duration of the conference. We got some burgers at 25 Degrees. They were very good along with the sweet potato fries that we shared.
Sunday I knew I had to get down to the gym earlyyyyyy. I had an hour and a half to get done. I was on the bike by 5:30 a.m. Unbelievable, I know!
Monday I got up and biked for an hour. The conference ended on Monday so I was looking forward to sleeping in on Tuesday! I slept in until about 7-7:30 a.m. and headed to the gym for one last time. I got my hour ride in and was happy to never have to ride (hopefully) an exercise bike again!
Ironman training has turned me into a crazy! Before this year, and before having a coach, I would have bagged some of those workouts. Riding on an exercise bike instead of my bike was pure torture but I DID IT. I was so happy and proud of myself that I got through it. Mind over matter. Anything is possible. Love this new path I am on with Ironman training.
I’ll end this post with some of my favorite beach pictures…