Mat Review: eKO SuperLite – My Favourite Travel Mat

I pack like a minimalist when I travel but I never leave home without a yoga mat. It is the first thing I unpack when I get to the hotel. There is nothing like getting a good post-flight stretch in. Unfortunately that means my cushy The Mat, by Lululemon at 5.8lbs, doesn’t really fall into the “packing light” category. There are a few different travel mats on the market, but my favourite is the eKO SuperLite Mat from Manduka. It is 1/5 the thickness of The Mat and folds up into a small handful. It is very versatile and adds less than two lbs to my bag.

eKO SuperLite eKO SuperLite

Brand: Manduka

Thickness: 1/16″ (about 1/5 the thickness of a standard studio mat.

Weight: ~1.98lb

Length: 68″ long, 24″ wide

Material: non-Amazon harvested natural tree rubber that won’t fade or flake. 99% Latex free. No PVC, toxic plasticizers or harmful dyes

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What we do in life echoes in eternity

Gladiators, are you ready?!

I’m 18 days away from completing #21. I feel like I’m almost Gladiator ready. Today I thought it might be a good idea to actually see how close I am to being “Gladiator ready”, so I checked out the website and this is what it said about training:

Quality advice. Minor detail that this is a blog of reckless abandon, so what kind of reckless abandoning would I be doing if I actually trained for the event? None. So I haven’t trained. Right on track, where I should be.

Ok, to be truly honest; I did train for a few weeks, a few weeks ago… and then life happened. I was in NYC last weekend and thought I’d go for a run while I was there, however The Meatball Shop and other such restaurants were much more enticing. Maybe this weekend while I am there I will endeavor to take a run over the Brooklyn Bridge. I did go on a meander up Runyon Canyon last week, but it was more of a social catch up than a real workout.

Generally the most important question you have to ask yourself in life is “Why?”

All of these are great reasons that are inline with my year of reckless abandon. My biggest “why” goes back two years ago, when I first heard about the event; some of my mates did it and had an exceptionally dirty and fun time. I love getting dirty and having fun. Ever since then I have wanted to do the Rock n’ Run and have shared my plan with my friends. I can’t go back on my word about completing it; although I’m not even entirely sure what “it” entails or if I’m fully prepared and fit for it. Ignorance is bliss… right? Either way I’ll take the wonderful quote another mate recently shared with me:

You don’t use life to train for the Gladiator Rock n’ Run. You use the Gladiator Rock n’ Run to train for life.

I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.

Sometimes life just gets in they way. I planned to start P90X at the beginning of the year, but life had a different plan for me. Instead I started the year in my homemade sick bay for the first week, watching a bunch of movies off my list. I don’t usually get sick but when I do, I do. Nothing by halves. As much as I wanted to start #18 I didn’t want to do it while on antibiotics. So just three weeks ago, I got out the dvd’s, exercise equipment and grew a pair, so to speak. Again with the not doing things by halves, I also decided it would be a great idea to do a boot camp in addition to the P90X program.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Fri I would wake up at 6:30 to go to boot camp then, depending if I was working that night I would either come home and do a second workout or save it for that afternoon. I chose to take on the Classic P90X regime, which was 6 days a week, with one rest or stretch day. Waking up at 6:30am three days a week was a new adventure for me, and after getting home at 1am after work most nights it was probably inevitable what was going to happen next.

All was pretty much going well until 4 days ago when I noticed I had a slightly sore throat. After pumping my body with Vitamin C, Athletic Greens and any thing else I could find, it told me to shove it and went for a full-blown flu, chest congestion and all. Bugger!!

My body is rather exciting and so I have to be on top of it when I get a cold or flu that it doesn’t worsen to pneumonia etc. So I took myself to the doctors for some magical antibiotics. Needless to say, I have not worked out since Tuesday. Does this mean I need to restart from day 1 of P90X to confidently cross #18 off my list? Theoretically I wrote that I just need to do the “full 90 days of P90X”. I did not say I needed to do it consecutively. After starting to pursue the things on this list I have learnt flexibility. There is no perfect time to start anything, it is better to start and deal with the speed bumps as they come up. Even if I had not gotten sick, during these 90 days I had planned many things that would make it a little more of a challenge to complete the program consecutively. I will be travelling to 3 different states, partying at Coachella and holidaying internationally. Some how I will make it work. What I’m most afraid of is losing the fitness I had started to build.

Potentially this weekend, while I am in New York, depending on how fast the antibiotics work their magic, I will take a run around Central Park or even start week 3 of P90X again. Keep on keeping on!