This past weekend I was in Vancouver for SeaWheeze, which is probably my most favourite race weekend ever.
I’ll admit that last year I was a teeny bit frustrated with the registration process and the lack of items in the store, but I’m happy to say that all seems to have been corrected for this year 🙂
I mentioned yesterday I’ll be recapping my race on Wednesday, so for today I’m going to share with you the non-race activities I participated in.
Thursday after work I hopped on a plane and landed in Vancouver shortly after 8pm. My SeaWheeze buddy Lexie picked me up from YVR and we were off to Moda Hotel, our home for the weekend.
Friday dawned early as we had plans to shop at the SeaWheeze exclusive store. This year Lululemon introduced runners only access to the store from 7-9:30 and welcomed the general public from 10-6. We thought we’d arrive at a reasonable hour, just before 7am and were greeted to a super long line up that wrapped all the way around the Convention Centre.
Finally, we entered the store with squeals and hops and made a bee-line for luon 🙂
Compared to last year, the store was still stocked at 10am. AMAZING. Seriously. Well done, Lulu!
You’d think after all that running around, I’d have treated myself to a nap, but instead I needed to get myself presentable for what was to be a delicious lunch at Forage hosted by Vega with food by Chef Whittaker.
I arrived in a fluster at 12:30 and was greeted with water and a wonderful green juice.
Soon after it was time to take our seats at lunch. Vega and Forage did a wonderful job setting the table and adding touches like painting our names on stones for our seating chart.
The lunch was served family style with appetizers, main course and dessert with tips and tricks for race day presented by Emma Andrews, National Educator at Vega. To keep things fun there were prizes and I won a wonderful backpack from Vega.
Danielle won a copy of the Thrive Energy Cookbook, but since she already had a copy, she was kind enough to pass it along to me. I offered up the backpack but ended up going home with both! I’m quite excited to dive into this book.
After lunch, Cassie and I walked down to Whole Foods as we both needed some snacks for race morning.
I made it back to the hotel just before 4pm, did some work and then headed off to evening yoga. Since the weather was less than stellar, the yoga was moved inside the Convention Centre. I’m not a big fan of being cold and until we heard it was moved indoors, I considered not attending, but I’m glad I did!
I discovered a Chipotle in Vancouver on my walk to lunch, so we stopped there to grab some dinner…..at 9pm and ate it in the hotel room.
Then it was time to get ready for race day. This is also when I discovered I’d left my custom orthotics in Calgary. Ummmm. Oops?
Thank goodness for Dr Scholls and 24-hour drug stores.
Saturday was race day while I’ll be recapping the race (and the Sunset Festival) tomorrow, I will say, as always, I had a wonderful time.
Sunday morning, after 10 glorious hours of sleep, Lexie and I woke up, caffeinated and headed down to Bellingham so I could stock up on some US treats. I had four stores I wanted to hit, and thankfully they were all quite close to one another.
First we went to Haggens because I found out they carried Wild Friends nut butters….
Then it was off to Terra Organic for Epic bars…
…then Trader Joe’s because Trader Joe’s…
…and finally Target.
Since eating Chipotle once in a weekend is never enough, we made another stop for lunch at the mall and were back home by 3pm.
I somehow managed to fit all of the things into my suitcase and it was only 2.5 pounds over weight (thanks WestJet for not charging me!) and I was home and in bed by 11pm on Sunday.
It was a whirlwind, but it always is, and I’m so excited for 2016!
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How do you spend your out of town weekends? Your favourite place to race?
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