Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind with the weather in Seattle today. Rain”¦ shine”¦ rain”¦ shine”¦ the weather is bipolar.
When I landed in Seattle, the weather was rainy and gray, but, by the time I got to the hotel, it cleared up and the sun was shining. It looked really nice outside, so I headed out into downtown Seattle to do some exploring.
The first stop on my journey: FOOD! I don’t know how I was hungry after all of the snacks I ate on the plane, but my stomach was grumbling like crazy. I guess I needed something more substantial (a meal versus a bunch of snacks) to keep me satisfied, so I looked for a place to grab a sandwich or a big salad.
I ended up at Puck’s, an “express” eatery by Wolfgang Puck that serves soups, salads, and sandwiches. It looked like a decent place, so I checked out the menu.
My eyes were immediately drawn to the Black Forrest ham sandwich with cheddar cheese and roasted red peppers. Mmm”¦ sign me up! It was the second or third thing listed on the menu , so I didn’t even read the rest of the options. It sounded so delicious; I was sold!
I took my sandwich to go because the real purpose of my travels was to find the nearby CrossFit (obviously). I planned to take a class later in the day, so I wanted to see how far of a walk it would be from the hotel.
Well, hello, Xplore CrossFit!
Almost as soon as I found Xplore CrossFit, the skies opened up and it started to downpour like crazy! I waited a few minutes under a nearby awning, hoping the rain would stop or at least slow down, but it never did.
Eventually, I got sick of waiting, so I walked back to the hotel and got completely drenched.
Check out the tiny spots of dryness on my pants””I was soaked from head to toe!
As soon as I changed out of my wet clothes and into my workout gear (I figured once I got dressed for CrossFit, there was no backing out), the frickin’ sun came out again””we’re talking blue skies and everything! WTF?!?
I thought about going outside and walking around some more, but I wanted to give my sneakers a chance to dry since they’re the only ones I packed and I wanted to wear them to CrossFit.
Plus, watching TV and eating my sandwich sounded like a much better plan. FYI: My sandwich was absolutely delicious””and totally worth the $8.75 I paid for it! Holy yum!
After lounging around for a couple of hours, I put on my (still wet) sneakers and headed to Xplore CrossFit for a workout.
Xplore CrossFit was really great. It was a gorgeous space””bright and open with lots of equipment (they had 7 rowers, so I was jealous)””and everyone was really friendly. I think every single person in the class introduced themselves and welcomed me to the box before the workout started. (I love how this a common practice at CrossFit.)
The WOD was a tough one!
As expected, the Knees-to-Elbows kicked my butt, but I got in one solid set (my first one) and made it though the other four sets with “close enough” Knees-to-Elbows. Ha! I really need to work on those babies. Even still, I got a great workout and finished in 27:45.
On my walk back to the hotel, I stopped by Starbucks to grab dinner. I ate lunch #2 only a few hours earlier, so I went with a smaller dinner: Chipotle Chicken Wraps Bistro Box. It was only 380 calories, but 26g of protein””perfect for a post-workout meal.
Inside was three whole wheat tortillas, lettuce, chicken, Pepper Jack cheese, lime-cilantro slaw, tomato avocado salsa, and a piece of dark chocolate.
Mmm”¦ everything tasted so delicious. I’m a big fan. Starbucks knows how to make “fast food.”
Now, I’m just chilling in my hotel room and watching some TV. Monica should be here any minute now. We’re shaking up for the next few days.
Stay tuned for more adventures!