I’ve been back home from Vancouver since Sunday. I feel like life has been going a mile a minute since I’ve been back with family, work, and everything in between, which is why I haven’t taken the time to sit down and start to recap our fun in Vancouver and at the SeaWheeze. I’m still waiting for some pictures from my friend Leanne (this blogger forgot her camera and my phone fogged up during the race so I couldn’t take any post-race pictures) from after the race so part 1 of the recap will be all about our adventures leading up to race day (which as you may or may not know by now was not what I was hoping for).
Krista and I headed towards the city around supper time Thursday afternoon. To say we were excited would be an understatement.
We ended up staying just outside of Vancouver Thursday night because it is so much cheaper than staying downtown where we would be for the rest of the weekend.
Being Moms we were both up way too early considering we were kid-free, but we decided to pack up, find a Starbucks and head to Vancouver earlier than planned instead of hanging out in the hotel room.
After navigating our way to West 4th (I will become a Google Maps master one day, I promise) we had about an hour to wait until Lululemon and Ivivva (the little girl version of Lulu) to open so we wandered around Whole Foods, grabbed some snacks and new products to try (hello sugar-free pre-workout energizer from Vega) and went back for some pre-SeaWheeze store shopping. There were the two cutest little girls waiting to get into Ivivva when we arrived, one of them was literally vibrating waiting for the doors to open.
After that we headed to the hotel to drop off the vehicle and our luggage. The room wasn’t ready yet but thankfully we were still able to drop off all our stuff and continue on foot for the rest of the day. We stayed right downtown and were basically right in the middle of shopping and race package pickup (and the start/finish line). We ate our snacks and then met Leanne down at race package pickup. Considering we arrived at lunch, and knowing it had been open since 8am, it was a little surprising to see such a long line-up, but we had no where else to be so we settled in and enjoyed some people watching while we waited.
The line actually moved fast and we finally made it inside, got our wrist bands and chips, then headed into the SeaWheeze showcase where we proceeded to spend close to an hour looking at clothes and waiting around for them to bring out the coveted hoodie in our sizes.
To be honest, I was probably circling that table like a hungry vulture but our patience paid off and two of us finally found one in our size.
There were some other things that caught my eye but nothing that I was dying to have so the hoodie (and a headband for our babysitter) was all I bought (don’t worry, I used the rest of my gift card at the Robson St Lulu store later that night).
Once we were done we headed back uptown to find something to eat and then headed back to the hotel to rest and hydrate for the next morning.
I was already starting to get a little nervous about the race but tried to put it out of my mind by focusing on the Food Network. I had another snack and plenty of water then went to bed relatively early. I was visualizing a new PR and having an amazing race. I had a plan of attack and knew I could pull it off if I set my mind to it.
Unfortunately, my body had other plans for the next morning, but that’s another tale for another time…