So I pulled into Kansas City looking forward to a fun weekend packed with a gym visit, an @nfl game & a positive vibe. Anyone that knows me will tell you, I love a good laugh & I knew I’d find good ones with football.
Landing right on time with my employer, a major airline. I was excited. The town was geared up for a Chiefs Game & knew their team anytime I got in a discussion with football. They steered free & clear of talking smack. It would be a great match. According to getmoresports.com, both teams were showing to the start line with equal sacks (each team had 10), and neck & neck rushing yards (114 Jaguars, 113 Chiefs). The Chiefs were ahead of the Jags in winning a game.
I got to my first night that I found on Airbnb. It was an apartment off of Main Street and convenient to a few parks. It was too rainy to rent a bike, but the rates were 3.00 for 30 minutes. I decided I’d take a walk on Gameday, and googled gyms near me, too. I’m trying to stick to my 3 days a week in the weight room & aim to clean up my diet.
I got to what I thought would be a Gold’s gym, but as it turned out, it was a World gym that sold to Genesis Fitness. Two time acquisition happening faster than google seemed to be able to keep up with. This gym, Genesis, was the closest.
I had a fab workout. I frequently hit up gyms in cities in the US or abroad. This visit, was day rate “on the house”. So kind, but I was willing to pay the day rate of 15.00. After an hour in the weight room, & a front desk employee saying “wow, you’ve been here a minute, huh?” (It was nice that they noticed my hour there). I knew I had to pass along contacts for getting published with an international magazine, @oxygenmagau, and also refer the management to a couple of @ASICS partnered concepts, with one being, #ironstrength. The man running Ironstrength, Dr. Jordan Metzl, MD is originally from Kansas City. It just made sense to pass the info. along. He frequently holds free clinics in NYC, & in case he wanted to work in MO, he’d have a lead. No one pays me to do these things, I enjoy it, & feel I should “pay back” as I sometimes literally “skid through life” on a smooth rolling course with getting into nice gyms worldwide, most of the time without paying a fee. The other concept, RunSafer.com, I also mentioned to them is partnered with ASICS, too.
I’m an Ambassador for the Gate River Run 15K. It’s an unpaid position, but I love my “credentials”, & it’s so nice that the race director, Doug Alred, thought enough of me to call me an Ambassador. I’ve completed at least 8 Gate River Runs, & love the race. It’s “off the chain” fun, with a post race of 160+ kegs of Miller beer for all entrants, if they so desire. My PR for the race is 1:10 (and change), & I was never able to beat that time. Anyone that can run a fast race has my respect. The record holder for the race did it in just over 42 minutes, insane!
Fast forward to @Jaguars game day, and was it ever fun!!. While waiting in line, a mom shared she was raising her kid (a 2 YO), and 3 nephews under age 10. I was glad to listen, as everyone needs to vent on occasion. She was very funny, too, & helped me get my ticket pulled up from Ticketmaster. Her husband had treated her to the Chiefs game with it being her birthday.
From there, my “line waiting” friends transitioned the conversation to football betting and I was cracking up. I know very little about how to bet on football. I may pull a few slot machine handles in Vegas, but football betting is out of my league. I did give a website addy to getmoresports.com. I follow a couple of the Gronkowski ‘s on LinkedIn. GetMoreSports is put on by a two Gronk brothers and two other friends. They also have a podcast. Chris & his wife Brittany run Iceshaker, & I knew they’d get a kick out of the video.
In the stadium, I had a seat on the 50 yard line & was revved I had a good view of the field. The whole stadium was a “sea of red” & songs that were jamming were “Whoomp! There it is” by Tag Team, & “Let’s Go”, by Calvin Harris.
About five minutes into my view and excitement, the guy sitting next to me asked where I got my ticket & said his friend usually sat there. My seat was occupied by someone, so I took the seat that was empty. Next thing you knew, we were all discussing how Ramsey was a good cornerback, but needed to amp up his “pickoff rate”, like Rasheen Mathis did before retiring. They also knew Blake Bortles stats & though we didn’t chat much about him, we did notice two incomplete passes that were within a “grab and pull” length of a catch. All I could do was laugh. The best part was watching the scramble & sack of Patrick Mahones, and I laughed at that, too.
The Jags were in a shutout sitch with no points and KC was up 20 points in the 3rd quarter. I was wondering if I was gonna be going back to Jacksonville with a worse margin. The Jags caught up a touch and the sun came out. I completely expected a monsoon, as we’d gotten a good “dousing” before the game, and weather peeps predicted worse.
In between 3rd & 4th quarter, the man sitting next to me, an attorney, asked what I did for a living. I gave him the detailed version, with a mention that I used to model a touch. He said his girlfriend was into fitness & figure competing, so I gave him contacts for Oxygen Magazine Australia, in case she wanted to try and get published with them. He just gave me his phone and told me to text the info to her directly, and he went back to watching the game. I still model on occasion, but very infrequently these days. Modeling can be a cut throat business, and I try to maintain a positive vibe with it. It took years to get in a reputable fitness magazine, & I like to motivate others to do the same. Probably one of the fittest ladies I’ve ever seen was from Olathe, Kansas.
Oxygen Magazine Australia is an international magazine. I also read Strong Fitness Magazine.
I left Arrowhead stadium happy. Not that the Jags lost, but that they “showed up”. The Jaguars didn’t “shut it down” after halftime & gave it their best shot. I watched a good game and saw about 5 other Jags fans on my walk back to the hotel.
I also got a sense of “goal and fitness renewal” chatting about it. My training has been a bit stagnant, so I plan to amp it up a notch & clean up my diet. It’ll make for a rockin’ 2019.