Lap Pool Defined

I'm always amazed how much confusion there is about what is and what is not a lap pool. Time and time again, we'll ask a hote, is there a lap pool? And we will hear, YES! And it's Olympic sized! Then upon arrival, there is a small rectangle that may or may not have any lanes!

Here are some criteria to help those uninformed land-loving souls identify true lap pools:

A. If the pool is any shape other than a rectangle -- this includes kidney, round, S-shaped, heart shaped, etc., it is NOT a lap pool.  

 

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Unrealistic Bike Policy at Southwest, Alaska & American Better

Ask a Southwest Airlines representative about the cost and size restrictions to check your bike on board and their first response likely will be, "I don't really know."

We know. We looked.

First is cost. $75 EACH WAY. So yes, you may have booked that non-refundable ticket and now you have another $150 add-on. In the old days, if your case met the size guidelines, it was free. BUT, the size guidelines were completely unrealistic, so you still had to pay up. 

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Colonoscopy - No Big Deal: Helpful Tips and Recommendations For an Easy Colonoscopy

2021 Editors' Update.  Wow, time flies. We first posted tips to survive a colonoscopy back in 2011. That post follows this update. Since then, we've learned a few things. Our third procedure was this week and we have new tips. 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016 from Athletic-Minded Traveler

Here we are again! Another year gone by. So that means another Athletic-Minded Traveler Gift Guide. These are products that caught our eye this year, and we especially love recommending stocking stuffers! Note, we don't get any SWAG or payment for recommending the products :) We just like to share what we like.

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Outdoor Workout? Yes! Parcourse, fitness & obstacle courses & trails for travelers

At Athletic-Minded Traveler, we value “freebies” (Are you on our eNews list?) and that frugality extends to our workouts.  Outdoor fitness facilities are a budget-minded, active traveler’s best friend. To help those in our athletic-minded traveling community who prefer the outdoors, we have compiled a list of alternative venues to the traditional indoor gym.
 

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Hip Pain. Total Hip Replacement at Age 44. Protocol & Recovery.

For those landing here after a Google search for “total hip replacement”, this is for you: a "guide" of sorts. Our goal is to educate and demystify the surgical process, especially for younger, active, patients. 
 
** Editor's Note: Links corrected in 2024 and other minor updates
** 2021 Editors Note: The comments get updated often & present a resource of their own. Don't miss them.
 
BACKGROUND/PATIENT INFORMATION
  • Patient Age: 44

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San Diego Airport was a Pioneer in offering Free WiFi

We read earlier this summer about a number of airports moving to free WiFi access for travelers, and it made us proud to remember that our hometown San Diego Airport was one of the first to "see the light" and make available wireless internet access in all terminals -- Commuter, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 -- FREE...GRATIS...COMPED...PRO BONO (pick your adjective). This was 7 years ago! 

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Swim training in the pool. Improve technique now.

Carrie Jesse, a USAT certified Triathlon coach & US Masters Swimming coach, contributed this article.  Carrie specializes in helping beginner athletes conquer the open swim. 

I admit it. When the outside temperature rests in single digits for multiple days in a row, the last thing I want to do is jump into a pool. Even when the pool is inside, heated, and a hot tub is readily available, I can’t quite commit to leaving my warm bed for an early morning swim. 

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Our brains need exercise. Another reason to MOVE!

Yeah, we know, we know…exercise is good for us. 

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Fitting it in: How to Train in a 60 hour Workweek

The age-old question for any committed athlete, "when"?  It is NEVER EVER "IF". It is always when.  

Successful executive age-groupers have figured out how to fit their training into a 60+ hour work week. What is the trick? We explored the topic years ago in this post, and we detailed a training plan for a Half Ironman Triathlon.

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