Lots of Touring

I’ve been touring a lot lately. Touring begets more touring. I love everything about it, except that I don’t get to be with Ali. Sometimes that con feels waaaaayyyy heavier then all the pros put together.

Only 3 shows left…

Fitbit on the Road

This is my first tour with the Fitbit Flex around my wrist. Although you can track a bunch of different metrics, including calories, distance, sleep, and weight, I decided to narrow my focus down to just three:

Steps
Active Minutes
Water

Fitbit’s default daily goals for each of these are:

10,000 steps
30 active minutes
64 oz water

Surprisingly, I’ve been able to hit all three goals more often while on tour than I do when I’m at home. I thought that all the sitting on planes and in the van would mean a lot less steps, but I forgot about one important perk of hotel life: the treadmill! Most hotels have them.

I haven’t been running back at home very much because of the never ending winter. And now I realize that in order to hit the 10,000 step goal, unless I’m walking all day, I need to run for at least 15 minutes.

The repetitiveness of touring actually makes it easier to keep up with these three goals. I know I’ll get to a treadmill in the middle of the day. I know I’ll be able to drink my water quota before 9pm, because there will be two 12 oz bottles of water on stage if I need them. And during set breaks, I can skip rope for a few minutes if it looks like I might not hit my 10,000 steps.

Best of all, Ali bought me some different coloured bands, so I can wear the darkest one on stage and not look too much like a dork.

My daily stats for the past 7 days on the road:

Saskatchewan

In Saskatchewan this week with John McDermott. For a spring time tour it sure is cold!

Today is John’s birthday. I wouldn’t have known if Jason didn’t text me to let me know this morning. Not too many places to shop here in Prince Albert, within walking distance of the hotel, anyway. Safeway it is!

John McDermott – Tour Dates (Spring 2014)

I’m heading out for a few weeks with John McDermott, starting out west and ending in Winnipeg…

Mar 25 PRINCE ALBERT, SK
E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts

Mar 26 LLOYDMINSTER, SK
Vic Juba Community Theatre

Mar 27 SASKATOON, SK
TCU Place

Mar 28 REGINA, SK
Conexus Arts Centre

Mar 30 LETHBRIDGE, AB
Yates Memorial Theatre

Apr 2 GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB
Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre
Grande Prairie Regional College

Apr 3 EDMONTON, AB
Winspear Centre

Apr 4 RED DEER, AB
Red Deer Memorial Centre

Apr 6 CALGARY, AB
Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts
Jack Singer Concert Hall

Apr 8 MEDICINE HAT, AB
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Apr 10 BRANDON, MB
WestMan Centennial Auditorium

Apr 11 WINNIPEG, MB
Burton Cummings Theatre

(photos by Bob Magee)