Nail Trails

How many nails do you have to lose at the gym, before it becomes a bit of an embarrassment?

  • Loss of Nail #1
    CND Shellac Tropix

    You can see why I wanted to save it!

    It was only a week after I had the shellac done.  I was showering at the gym after my swim.  I looked down to see that my middle finger was no longer deep purple in colour.  At first I thought that I must have lost it in the pool, but to my relief, I noticed it on the shower floor.  I picked it up with a view to saving it and gluing it back on with some super glue when I got home.

    I got out of the shower and went to the powder room to brush my hair and clean my ears.  I put the nail on the bench there while I fixed up my hair and face.  Half way home on my bike, I realised the nail was still sitting on the bench.
  • Loss of Nail #2
    It was the following Sunday and I was changing for my first hot stone experience with @mscofino when I noticed something on the floor.  It was my index finger nail.  Since I already had one nail out of sync with the rest (I had painted it deep red as that was the closest I had to matching the others), I didn’t think this nail was worth saving.  So I left it on the floor.
  • Loss of Nail #3
    This happened last Saturday, nearly a full week after the previous incident.  Many of the nails had begun to come a little loose.  During my swim, I noticed some extra drag from my thumb nail as the shellac coating was flapping with every stroke.  About half way through my 40 laps, it was gone.  On the next lap immediately after I noticed the nail’s absence, I spotted it on the floor of the pool.  I swam past it.  I decided that this was a bit gross and that I should pick it up, put it inside my bathers for the duration and discard it in the bin when I changed.  Unfortunately, it must of changed lanes, as I never spotted it again.

I’m back to the gym tomorrow for my next work out and swim.  With three nails down, I decided to remove the rest so at least I couldn’t be identified as the culprit if my third nail jammed the pool filter on my last visit!

Image Credit: cc licensed image (NC SA 2.0) by Melanie Allan

Going Commando at the Hot Stone Spa

I’m a fully paid up member of the gym since the 1st September and I’ve been going at least three times a week.  The challenge now is to keep this up and get my money’s worth from all the facilities.  This includes using the hot stone spa.

Apparently, undies are also a part of the jinbei outfit.

Yesterday, @mscofino decided to try it out for the first time after our weekly long run.  Unlike the onsen facilities at the gym, the hot stone spa has a real advantage for us, which is that people keep their clothes on.  Even after two years in Japan, I’m still not comfortable getting naked with people I know.  I have improved however, as I can shower and change at the gym with people I don’t know.

I didn’t know what was appropriate to wear so I hired the Japanese pyjama-like jinbei and a towel to use for ¥250 as advised by one of the gym personnel.  I’ve never worn jinbei before and it did take me a little while to work out how to tie the straps whilst I changed out of my sweaty running clothes in the toilet.   Then there was the other question – undies or no undies?  The pants did resemble the type I was given to use during my colonoscopy minus one small feature, so I decided to go with no undies.  I later inquired about the appropriate use of jinbei and this turned out to be the incorrect choice.

The hot stone spa itself is indeed hot.  You can book it for up to 90 minutes but we had decided to just try it out for 30 on our first go.  Ten minutes in and I was worried that my brain was starting to cook.  I have no idea how people use if for such a long time even though they are going in and out during the 90 minutes to cool off every so often.  It was great though and we both came out feeling relaxed and about a kilo lighter.  This looks like becoming a regular Sunday thing!

Photo credit: cc licensed image shared by Phokin