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Bye bye January. Hello February and mileage runs!

Posted by on January 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm under catogories [PersonalPolyphasic sleepTravel] and tags. Leave a reply.

I’ve got to say, I’m pretty proud of myself for getting this post in before the end of January. Getting a second update this month seemed a slight stretch, especially with so much going on due to the new business, my in-laws visit, and the MBA.

Having to switch between monophasic (end of year holidays, in-laws visit) and polyphasic (the rest of the time) every fortnight for the past two months didn’t help much either: I felt like a zombie on all the days I had to give up my naps.

In fact, while I believe I’ve previously mentioned (either here, or on twitter) that my husband had encouraged to go back to a steady polyphasic rhythm, right now he is really pushing for it. Incredible, ha? But apparently, apart from me being the one to wake up first and thus the one to make the coffee, I’m a much nicer person as a polyphasic than as a monophasic.

Well, don’t you worry. I definitely plan to be a much nicer person and, since my in-laws left, I’m back to my “normal” schedule. At least, kind of. Switching between mono- and polyphasic can take a couple of days, but I’m not too worried about this. Today I had a wonderful afternoon nap that refueled my work as well as a second workout for the day and this late evening post.

Speaking of workouts, I must say I felt miserable this morning. Both during my strength training and during my run – if you can even call my pitiful attempt a run. I will blame it on the secondhand smoke in Las Vegas since I know from previous experience how powerfully such smoke can damage my workouts, even when exposed for a shorter amount of time. I’m hoping that my double-training today will help me get rid of the effects by the end of tomorrow.

And now, speaking of Las Vegas: I will be soon posting plenty of pictures in the gallery. Not sure if I’m going to do a post about it yet, but the pictures themselves are pretty telling, so even if I don’t , you won’t need any explanations :-) Still, depending on how many I upload (I shot over 800 photos in less than 3 days), I might choose some featured ones.

Aside from this, there’s a new trip coming up. In my last post, I had already mentioned my mileage run to NYC, my one-night visit to a best friend in Boston, and my long-awaited trip to Buenos Aires. But even I hadn’t expected to get this one in:

(I finally get to go and check how good/bad my Arabic is, heh).

One of the greatest lessons mileage runs have taught me is that you should regularly check for opportunities to fly to the places you want to visit and be very flexible. Most people, even if their schedule allows otherwise, will plan their trip by choosing a destination and date first. Then they will try to get the cheapest option possible. But, when you work on becoming a hardcore frequent flyer, you start with your list of desired destinations and then you jump on the opportunity when it presents itself. That’s how I got Dubai. Best of all – the dates I’ll be there seem to be a pretty good time to visit.

It will, of course, be an extremely intensive trip. The longest I’ve ever had too. I will spend four days travelling (two each way) and only two enjoying the city. On top of that, one of my flights will take over 14 hours. (My record so far has been only over 10 hours…)

To be honest, I’m not sure how I will handle this flight. I just know I’ll have to prepare really carefully because 14 hours is a bit long.

Well, that’s pretty much it for this January. Let’s see what February brings us.

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