It’s fitting that our second to last day in Puerto Vallarta pretty much sums up how we try to live our lives…in balance. Most cultures, belief systems, religions, philosophies and theories talk about balance and the part it plays in our Universe and consequently the importance it has in our lives. Eastern cultures use names like Karma and Yin and Yang. Most Native cultures believed (and still do) that we need to maintain balance and harmony with nature as we all interconnected. Christianity teaches us to “Do unto others…”. Newton’s Third Laws says that every action has an equal and opposite reaction and now we have theories by the genius Stephen Hawking and teachings of the Law Of Attraction by people like Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra. Since balance is a part of all of these belief systems we figure there has to be something to it. Plus as I think I’ve mentioned before I am a Gemini so I always see two sides to everything.
Anyway, back to our second to last day in Puerto Vallarta. We started the day with eating a bowl of oatmeal and pinning our numbers to the front of our brand new Warrior Race T-shirts. Nathan had suggested back in December that we sign up for this Tough Mudder type race and God help me I had agreed. In truth this was a much shorter, less challenging race (5km and 15 obstacles) than Tough Mudder but for a cardio and agility challenged person like myself it was more than enough. Now I am pretty fit and I work-out regularly but as I mentioned cardio is a weakness for me. After the first obstacle of crawling under barbed wire through the mud and then running up a steep rough trail I had a moment where I thought my lungs would burst and I would never make it to the end. Thankfully even though unlike Tough Mudder this was not a team event Nathan and I had made a pact to run together so he was waiting for me at the top of the hill (the men started 5 minutes earlier than the women) which gave me the kick I needed to continue. From there we ran together… climbing multiple walls (where Nathan was used as a step up by myself and several other girls), carrying heavy sandbags, swinging across monkey bars over a mud pit (yes I fell in), crossing balance beams and eventually climbing a rope ladder to the top of a huge plywood slide down into yet another mud pit before crossing the finish line where our friends Bob and Gerry were cheering us on.
Nathan of course was barely winded and really didn’t find it much of a challenge. I on the other hand had a twisted ankle, a scraped up elbow and a bruised knee, but I made it and I wasn’t last! I’m really glad I did it but I think next time Nathan suggests we sign up for something like this I’ll let him go it alone. I’m just not the competitive type and I know that Nathan could really stand a chance of being near or at the front of the pack if he didn’t have to help me climb walls and pull me out of mud pits. What this did do for me though was wake me up to the fact that I need to work on my cardio big time! Luckily I happen to be traveling with a personal trainer.
We were back home from the race just after noon so we had plenty of time to wash up and rest before the next big event of the day…watching the Seattle Seahawks kick some butt at the Superbowl! As soon as we knew the Seahawks were going to the Superbowl we booked a table at El Toritos in Old Town. As we were one of the first to do so we were even able to select our table which gave us prime viewing of three large screen TV’s. However as we were only two people at a table for four we would be joined by another couple which unfortunately were Broncos fans. Not only were they Broncos fans but they actually lived in Denver and came all the way to El Toritos in Puerto Vallarta every year just for Superbowl. Luckily they were an awesome older hippie couple who were a lot of fun and took their beating with true class and sportsmanship. They even joined us afterwards for a celebratory drink at our favorite hole in the wall bar Boleros. Oh and btw if you’re ever in PV El Toritos has the best BBQ ribs and chicken wings. In fact they, along with Boleros will be listed on our Best Of PV list coming soon.
So there you have it, our fun filled day of balance. We pushed our bodies hard in the morning, working our muscles and lungs and challenging our strength and endurance followed by an afternoon of pure indulgence. Gotta work hard and play hard in order to really Live, Dream and Discover!