May 28, 2008
On Sunday, to celebrate our weekly day of vacation, we went to Acapulco’s water park to swim with dolphins. It is always said that dolphins are the smartest animals so I was really looking for an opportunity like this one to interact with them. The price per person for 1-hour swim with the dolphins was 1,300 pesos (US$130) so the expectations were high.
It looks like all men in the training are scared of dolphins because only women joined. I had the good luck to enjoy this activity with 5 really sweet girls from the training (as you know, I am always suffering and sacrificing myself;-). From left to right, they are Bonnie from Australia (remember her from my scuba diving last week), Colleen from Oregon, Jeanne from Phillipines, SuperGuille from Heaven, AnnaMaria from Hungary and Anastasia from Russia.
You can see all the pictures that I took of the event in my Flickr site (the link is on the right side of the blog). For this post, I want only to highlight my 4 main learnings of the day:
(1) Dolphins’ skin is softer than the ass of a baby
We swam with them a lot and touch them. I was surprised by how soft their skin is. Next time, I am going to ask them for their secret an create a skincare product for woman with that. They are so soft that you want to hug them. However, I hated the part when they tell you to kiss the dolphin in the mouth (can you believe it?). When my turn came, I looked at the dolphin at saw two problems with the mouth kiss: First, he was a male and second, he was a dolphin. So our love was doomed since the first moment so I decided to change at the last moment the mouth kiss by a cheek kiss as you can see in the picture.
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May 9, 2008
I am proud to announce that yesterday morning I weigthed 199 pounds (or 89.5 kilos)!!!! This is 7 pounds less than 4 weeks ago. I think last time, I weighted less than 200 pounds that was last summer so good for me an my in-process six-pack.
If I continue with this weight-loss pace, I will be 85 kilos by the end of the training (or 190 pounds). Anything below 85 kilos implies a long line of girls outside my door willing to use my body as an object :-). Seriously, I was 84 kilos when I ran the NYC marathon so 85 kilos would be nice.
Unfortunately, my happiness about all this was crashed by Bikram in the morning yoga class when he called me 7-month pregnant guy because I was not sucking my stomach in. This was the first time I was the target of Bikram’s insults and shouts. I must confess that I found it funny and I will definitely remember to suck my stomach in going forward. Anyway, I am looking forward to impressing Bikram with my 6-pack at the end of the training.
Mr. Pregnant 😉
April 29, 2008
I knew that sooner or later, I was going to face digestive challenges in Mexico like most of the people in the training. After over 3 weeks of resisting fiercely, my stomach has finally chosen today to complain and wake me up with an unconfortable diarrhea 😦
The legend says that any diarrhea problem caused to a Spaniard in Mexico is due to Montezuma’s spirit who is taking his revenge from the aztec defeat in the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
Anyway, I will spare nasty details. Just to be said, that I was lucky that Alison and others took care of me. Thanks to her, I am know taking (1) anti-diarrhea tablets to calm the stomach, (2) calcium tablets to prevent muscle cramp and (3) tons more of gatorade and electrolytes. Today, the yoga classes were a bit harder than normally to me (especially the ones that include some kind of compression to my stomach). As a funny note, I am now always trying to get my mat close to the door (in case a toilet emergency emerges during my practice of yoga):-)
Shoot!, I really can’t believe I just wrote a post about my diarrhea… this is sooo sad!!!!! Cute girls, don’t read this post please:-)
Anyway, I now feel much better. Let’s see how I wake up tomorrow.
April 20, 2008
Saturday’s is the only night that we have to go out (since Sunday is the only day we don’t have to wake up early). As a result, tonight we decided to go out of the Resort for the first time since we arrived (apart from our visits to Walmart) and visit Acapulco City.
We had dinner in a nice little seafood restaurant. I had besos de camaron (shrimp empanadas) and Chalupas de Cazon (Baby Shark toasts). Overall, it was good food and good price.
After dinner, German took us to La Quebrada to see the Clavadistas Show (in-divers show, I guess). Apparently, it is the most famous thing in Acapulco. It consist on young kids jumping into the sea from a really high rock just where the waves break. It was AMAAAAZING!!!!
This is where the guys jump into the water (and remember that they jump head first- I am still impressed that there are no accidents or death). You can see a couple of clavadistas climbing the rock:
Fortunately, I was able to record some videos of their jumps. So lucky you, you are going to witness what real action is. I was going to do a couple of jumps myself from the top of the rock but, since I had just had dinner, I didn’t want to have problems with my digestion;-)
The key secret of these guys is that they have to jump into the water when a wave just arrived to the coast so there is enough water depth. If not, the water is too shallow and they would crash into the rocks.
Ok, let’s see them in action. Here is the first video with the jump of one of the smallest kids (around 14-15 years old):
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