Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vanoos at Scripps

Me and Ignas have found our go-to sandwich place in PB! Vanoos, rated 5 stars on Yelp.. and it delivers! Eating our yummy sandwiches at Scripps Beach on this gorgeous Sunday :)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Regal Beagle

Haha I just asked Ignas where we were and he goes.. "Umm The Eager Beaver?" Haha close enough I guess. So this place is a pub in San Diego that is famous for its sausage and beer selection.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We met ATB at Marquee Dayclub!

I've been on a Vegas high ever since we got back. We had an AMAZING weekend and we got to meet ATB!! Check out the video I just made from our time at Marquee.

Me and Ignas planned a short Vegas trip for 8/11-8/12. I really wanted to go because I wanted Ignas to see Phantom at the Venetian before the show ended. (I've seen it 3 times because I love it that much). Also, Calvin Harris was playing at XS on Saturday night and he is one of my favorite DJs. The night before we left for Vegas, ATB had posted on Facebook that he was on his way to Vegas to play at Tao Nightclub that night and I wondered if he were playing anywhere else in Vegas that weekend. Lo and behold, he was set to play at Marquee Dayclub on August 12, 2012. Not wanting to make Ignas watch 3 shows, I left the decision up to him. When we left for Vegas on Saturday morning, he told me that we were going!

Marquee was probably the most memorable time me and Ignas will ever have at a club. Not only were we in the front row for ATB's whole set, we got to meet him at the end of his awesome show!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Phantom of the Opera is there... Inside our minds!

We just got out of the Phantom at the Venetian. SUCH a wonderful show. It was my fourth time seeing it and Ignas' first!

Hi Vegas!

Got here in record time: 3 hours. It's only 9am and currently 37C.

Vegas Baby

Ignas and I are on our way to Vegas right now. I am super tired... couldn't sleep because of my excitement. Hope to periodically do live updates! Here is a picture I just took from the car.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Altitude Sickness Part 2

So I've done quite a bit of reading about high altitude hiking and how to prepare for it.. or not prepare for it. Basically, there is no way of ensuring that I will not suffer from soroche. I can train all I want but in the end, I may still be flapping my arms.

However, there were a few tips I read that I will be incorporating into my pre-trip training regimen to hopefully make high altitude activities as enjoyable as possible while in Peru. Currently, I would consider myself to be of average fitness level, definitely not above average (Ignas is superior).

Cardiovascular Fitness
This is a must. Typically, I set a miles/month goal for running, usually 30-40 miles per month. For Peru, I plan to do a 30-40-50 mile goal from now until October. I'll probably throw in some biking, just to switch it up. I like to use the stationary bike at my gym because I can read or study my flashcards while I'm pedaling. Swimming was probably the most recommended exercise to prepare for high altitude hiking because it is a low oxygen activity. The key is to increase distance or intensity as the trip gets closer.

Hiking at High Elevations
Hiking in itself would be good training but the ideal practice would be to hike at high elevations. I read about Mt. Whitney and Mt. San Jacinto, which are two mountains in the Southern California area that I would like to trek before Peru. It was also suggested to wear a (heavy) backpack while hiking.

The path I plan to do interval training on.
Interval Training
Interval training is when you do an intense cardio exercise, rest (either by completely stopping or decreasing to a lower intensity), and then go full out again. There's a hill that leads to the beach path that I run at. I plan to run up that hill, walk back down, and then run back up again - slowly increasing the repetitions until Peru.

Other Suggestions
There were other interesting suggestions that I read about: snorkeling, wearing a gas mask while training, bilateral breathing while swimming, breathing through a straw... not sure about these but just wanted to throw them out there. 

On another note, my Arequipa > Cusco > Lake Titicaca plan from the previous post makes zero sense. I had hoped that we could go from Arequipa to Cusco and then on to Lake Titicaca since, in this order, these locations are in ascending elevation. Unfortuantely, this make zero geographical sense in terms of trip planning. Lake Titicaca is completely out of the way! Definitely going to keep this in mind when planning the final itinerary.
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