Monday, June 14, 2010

Westin Workout

I arrived into Vancouver at about 5 this afternoon and was met with the typical Canadian immigration scrutiny...what the hell is in my file? I'm like 7 for 7 with the extra questioning but also 7 for 7 with answering the questions and being sent through. It's really weird.

I'm at the Westin Hotel near the airport tonight. According to Expedia they had a pretty good gym with a pool, so I was excited to get in a workout.

But first I had to get to the gym. The front desk told me to get off the elevator on the 5th floor and it would be right there. So that's what I did. As I came out of the elevator I saw the sign for the gym:


The sign was pointing me toward the far end of the hallway - a pretty typical hotel gym configuration. So I walked down the hall and came to this door:


So I went through the door. But instead of finding a health club and a pool, I was in another long hallway. At the end of this hallway, there was another door:


I opened the door and was in yet another hallway. There was another door at the far end. This door had no sign on it, but when I opened the door, I saw this:


As advertised there where stairs. Not even sure I was still in Canada at this point, but more committed than ever to finding this gym, I took them down just to find another sign:


Another sign leading me down another hallway. Shocking. So I walked down the hallway and finally:


This is the door that finally led into the gym.

Once inside the place wasn't bad at all. They had some benches, some dumbbells, and a cable machine. I got in a pretty good lifting session.

The pool was fine as well - it was only about 15 yards, but assuming my counts where right, I swam 750 yards. I got a little dizzy though and it took me awhile to get used to the length without smashing into the side of the pool.

On the way back I got lost, but how could you not? I went down some stairs that I should have gone up, and ended up outside. Amazing.

16 comments:

Barbie said...

Hilarious, it was like reading something out of "Alice in Wonderland". I wasn't quite sure if you were ever going to get there - I was half waiting for you to say "It was all too hard so I went back to my room and had a shower and went to bed"

RockStarTri said...

Breadcrumbs next time to help you get back.

Matty O said...

HAHAHA! I have never seen anything that ridiculous before. You can see where their priorities are for their hotel huh?

Way to find the place and get a workout in!

HAHA!

skierz said...

you did not have to do cardio, it sounds like getting to the pool was the workout!

Caratunk Girl said...

WOW! That is crazy. At least you got a good warm-up in before you worked out, right?

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Should have put your Garmin on, then retraced your steps! I sometimes swim in a 20 yard pool and it's amazing what a difference those 5 yards make, so I can imagine another 5 just making it totally crazy.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

That was hilarious! You probably burned 400 cals just trying to find the gym.

OrangeBlossom said...

I was waiting for a sign, "You just did a gym workout".

Emz said...

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That cracked me up. It was a success for just finding the damn place! ;)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Ok thats just funny

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Ha ha..that's just crazy! I was actually waiting for you to finally get there and then have the gym be closed! I'm glad that wasn't the case and you were able to get in a workout. :)

Rad Runner said...

I think they did that, just for you.. To post on your blog...

DRog said...

Hahaha thats awesome...would have been great if it was a closet
DR

Chris Korn said...

Oh Canada.

lindsay said...

haha. funny. at least it was eventually there? if you have a run scheduled, you could knock out the first and last miles just getting back to your room.

Glenn Jones said...

I'm suprised that you made it before the gym closed!

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