Sunday, July 5, 2009

Barcelona Bound

Heading to Barcelona in the AM, and looking forward t seeing the Tour for the first time. Also, the fact that it's Spain, Catalan, and Basque regions of Europe is going to be quite the cultural experience.

I ran 24 miles this past week, a record for 2009, and hoping to put in about an hour a day while in Barcelona. Had a slight Achilles ache on Saturday, so will have be careful. It's not easy when you're about 200 lbs! Hopefully I get to enjoy Barcelona and lose weight at the same time.

If you're not following my twitter account, @jimvance, I hope to do a bunch of posts and photos from the trip.

Stay tuned...



ryan.mingo said...

So Jim ... I stumbled upon your blog while Googling for fellow "expats" here in Barcelona who may be interested in getting together for training runs.

Reading through your post, I decided to drop you a note, just to make sure that you take full advantage of your visit to Barcelona for the Tour... Now that your're "running again" and trying to get in shape, do yourself a favor while you're here and head up to the "CARRETERA DE LES AIGUES" for one of the most scenic runs you can imagine ... 8km flat dirt road on the mountain (Tibidabo) above Barcelona with the BEST panoramic views of the city.

I've been here for 10 years now, running 10k's and a few marathons, and still get blown away each time I'm up there (almost weekly) for my runs. It's kind of tricky to get to, so just let me know if you want to have a transplanted Jersey Shore "local" show you the ropes.

Either way, enjoy Barcelona and the Tour.

Jim Vance said...


Thanks for the comment! Would love to run with a local! I'm staying at the Hotel EuroPark off Arago and Bailen. You can call there or email me at jvance at trainingbible dot com, as I'll have my blackberry and will get the email. Thanks!