Treadmills just don’t do it for me. I like running because it makes me feel athletic, happy and free. Running in place feels wrong. It’s a cruel joke to exert so much energy and go literally nowhere.

What sounds more like a human science experiment than a room full of people sweating and heaving on treadmills?

Despite my anti-‘mill stance, I love Mile High Run Club. For those unfamiliar, Mile High Run Club is New York’s first indoor-running training program, and yes they use treadmills. Think SoulCycle but swap the bikes for the real mental toughness machines.

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I tried a new studio last week, and I liked the class I took so much I signed up for the same class the following week on my phone on my way home.

Meet Crossfit Solace, she’s a unique beast.

Basically it’s an amenity-laden, very clean Crossfit studio that also offers yoga and sculpting classes. It breaks the Crossfit mold by attracting mostly ladies. Solace isn’t in a windowless basement like many Crossfit boxes, not does it smell like the inside of a old shoe. It’s also in Murray Hill so please infer the usual stereotypes.  It’s been on my list to try for a while because I like nice things.

CrossFit Solace

Welcome to here.

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As you’ve likely read on this blog, I learned to ride a bike as a full grown human.  So I’m pretty excited to use my new skills whenever I can.

Last summer I went to Iceland. My friend Trish and I rented bikes and spent a morning cruising around Reykjavik. I guess I never wrote a post about it, but it was a blast.  My bike riding trophy case is still sparsely occupied, but next to the Duathlon and the epic ride to Coney Island, riding around Iceland ranks pretty high.

biking in Reykjavik

biking in Reykjavik

So when planning for last month’s trip to Colombia, I did a little digging. My copy of Lonely Planet Colombia had “Bogota Bike Tours”  circled in it for months.  The company had outstanding reviews (how good can a city bike tour even be?) I logged the bike tour in the back of my mind as a “must do.”

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When we planned our recent trip to Colombia, I knew I wanted to fit in an overnight hike. I had never been on one before and I was really curious and excited. I wasn’t sure what it would be like to hike at high altitude. I wasn’t sure how my ankle would hold up. Would I get bored?   It was something I wanted to try. I knew it was a great fitness adventure and I wanted to have a go.

andes hike

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I’ve written many times on this blog that Physique57  is one of my favorite studios. I’ve let two guys review the studio and I’ve written about Physique’s special arms/abs only modified class (which was a beacon of light during the rock bottom stage of my ankle injury).

But I’ve never given you the down and dirty on why and how I’ve fallen hard for this particular barre workout, until now.

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