Given the hectic nature of their jobs, IT managers and executives like to get away from it all. To recharge their batteries, they enjoy travelling \n\nto pristine natural environments where wireless access is limited and they can completely disconnect from work. To that end, Nancy Landry \n\n(pictured), director of information technology at accounting firm MPP&W, hiked the Colorado Rockies earlier this summer with her husband and \n\nson. \n\n\nSusan Kellogg (pictured), CIO and associate dean of IT at the University of North Carolina's Keenan Flagler School of Business, rewards \n\nherself with a week-long scuba diving trip. \n\n\nJames Brewer, director of IT at law firm Constantine Cannon, likes to get away on a sailing trip or cruise. "The forced 'unplugging' is critical \n\nfor myself and for my family," he said in the CIO Forum. \n\n\nDavid Petix, project manager for the City of Newport News in Virginia, packs his fishing rod and several books when he ventures off on a \n\ncamping trip with his horses. \n\n\n80 hour work weeks beg for some downtime. So it's no wonder some IT executives, including Gururaj Rao and Michael Kohlman, yearn for the simple, cerebral pleasure of spending a quiet \n\nafternoon reading. Kohlman, information systems manager at medical device manufacturer Cook Group Inc., spent half a day over Memorial Day \n\nweekend lounging in his hammock (pictured), reading What Got You Here Won't Get You There. \n\n\nIT leaders don't just think of themselves when it comes to rewards. A magnanimous bunch, they like to share their successes with their teams. \n\nKen Cameron, a former AIG IT exec, and Ron Billock, the senior director of IT operations at True Blue Inc., like to throw pizza parties for their \n\nstaff after completing a project. Cook Group's Kohlman recently rewarded members of his team who had to work 20+ hours over a weekend on \n\na maintenance cycle with some much needed comp time. (Of course, Kohlman also made sure his staff was well-fed over the weekend with pizza, \n\nsandwiches and donuts.) \n\n\nThe demanding nature of an IT career makes it hard for IT professionals to achieve work life balance. That's why several members of the CIO \n\nForum cited spending time with family or going on a special date with their spouse as one of their favorite ways to reward themselves. (Pictured \n\nhere: Nancy Landry on vacation with her husband and son.)\n\n\nWhen pressed, some IT executives admit to rewarding themselves with a luxury item. Ken Cameron, who most recently worked for AIG \n\nGlobal Services as a senior vice president, says he "upgrades" the wine he sips with a steak dinner to a Silver Oak cabernet or a Banfi Brunnelo. \n\nHe'll also cap off a celebratory meal with a fine cigar. Cindy Ireland, CTO or Realserv, treats herself to a new piece of jewelry if she gets a bonus. \n\nNancy Landry says she once bought herself a Wii and a pre-owned hot tub. \n\n\nNothing like participating in an extreme sport to take the mind off work. John Becker (pictured), head of information systems and technology \n\nat Rio Tinto, an Australian mining company, likes to spend his spare time shredding twisty mountain roads on his motorbike.