Author: Brandon

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 8/7- 8/13, 2017

Long Run I nicknamed this run “The Hurtlocker: Alevkaya”. It had some pretty tough uphill sections and the heat and humidity was incredibly intense, even though I started at 6:30am. Despite that, I actually felt quite good throughout. I have felt far worse after completing shorter runs, so this is a good indication that my …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 7/31- 8/6, 2017

Long Run Jetlagged and downtrodden from my return to Cyprus from Montenegro and a couple of “meh” runs, I set out this weekend to explore some of the E4 spur that I discovered a couple weeks ago near one of my favorite trails. This ended up being a really nice find and I was able …

Hotel Gym Reviews, Travel

Gym Review: InterContinental Phoenicia, Beirut, Lebanon

Location & Hours The gym is located next to “The Spa” on the first floor of the hotel. The gym is open 24 hours per day, but is staffed only during the daytime. Machines This gym has a good selection of high-quality machines. This includes a leg press, leg extension, and leg curl, hip adductor, …

Travel, Trip Reports

Our $35,000 Trip Around the World

Introduction Veronica and I took a month-long round-the-world trip in February and March of 2017. We started in Cyprus, making our way to the U.S. with a stop in Chicago, then heading to Asia where we checked out Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and Singapore before ending up back in Cyprus via Paris. Neither of …

Travel

Our Incredible Singapore First Class Suites Experience

Flight Stats: Airline: Singapore Airlines Flight #: SQ 336 Class: O Seats: 3A & 3C Aircraft: Airbus A380 Route: SIN-CDG Date: 12 March, 2017 Award Price: 191,000 SQ miles + $411 (cash price: $13,442–redemption value $.07/point) Flying Singapore Airlines First-Class Suites from Singapore to Paris was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, no doubt about that. Because of …

Hotel Reviews, Travel

Hotel Review: Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Occasion We stayed for two nights at the Sheraton Imperial during our Round-The-World trip in March 2017. I booked our room using SPG “points + cash” for 2,000 pts + $35 per night (an incredible 4 cent/pt redemption). I requested, and received, a room upgrade to a Deluxe. Location The Sheraton Imperial is located on …

Hotel Gym Reviews, Travel

Gym Review: Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Location & Hours 6am-10pm with staff, 24-hour access by contacting reception. Machines I didn’t get good photos here, but they have a decent selection of usable machines including chest press, leg press, ab machines, etc. as well as several that seemed odd and out of place (like the disc contraption shown below). The equipment is …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 7/24- 7/30, 2017

Long Run I needed to make a bit of a comeback this week after not doing a long run last weekend. Life got in the way, as it sometimes does, and so I skipped it altogether and just went ahead with my normal training schedule. I’m still in Montenegro, so using Google Maps, Strava, and …

Training, Weekly Training Logs

Weekly Training Log: 7/17 – 7/23, 2017

Long Run I didn’t do a long run this week. GASP! I am travelling around in Montenegro and had too much going on this weekend to fit in a 22-mile run was was planned. But, life happens. It’s also really hot here (a little too similar to Cyprus, if you ask me!), so if I …

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