Greetings from Seoul!
This is one of my favorite hotels so far. It's beautiful, the room is large and gorgeous with actual storage, my view is fabulous, the shower has great water pressure, the linens are beautiful, the bath towels are huge, the hair dryer works, there are accessible multi-national power outlets, and the gym is HUGE. Seriously, this is all I need in a hotel!
I was awake at 3:45AM this morning and in the gym by 4:30AM. Good news, it's 24/7. Bad news, it's FREAKING HOT in there. I thought maybe it was just me, but on one wall there was a thermometer that read 79 degrees. Good lord that is way too hot for a gym!
I did Tom's Fitness Challenge, mostly.
I say mostly because I obviously quit the push-ups halfway through. I also didn't do full sit-ups. I did bicycles, bosu crunches, twists, and leg lifts instead.
I also finished off with 10 minutes on the stationary bike, which reminded me of why I hate stationary bikes. SO BORING.
There's apparently a park nearby, so one morning this week I'll get out for a run. But 4:30AM in the dark in a foreign city is not the time to go run-seeing. Meetings don't start until 9:30 every day, so I'll have plenty of daylight to get a short run in. And maybe tomorrow I can sleep until, like, 5AM? A girl can dream ...
Last night I got off the plane, got to the hotel, took a shower, and headed to dinner to welcome our guests and fellows. It was on the top floor of the hotel, and the organizer always does a great job of making sure there are vegetarian and gluten-free options because our fellows come from all over and often have dietary restrictions. So, dinner #1 in Korea is a win!
This morning I had a breakfast bar after the gym. Breakfast is included downstairs so I'm going to go grab some fruit and/or yogurt. I want to venture out to see if I can find some sort of market nearby to have some fruit and water in the room, then I can avoid the breakfast buffet (ahem pastries) altogether. The breakfast downstairs is (apparently, I haven't been yet) one of those giant Asian buffets with every food you can imagine and my willpower is terrible when faced with a giant sea of baked goods. A protein bar and a banana makes a perfect breakfast for me.
We'll see what lunches and dinners bring this week, but I have my trusty bag o' protein bars to keep me from the porky fishy things.