|We had a choice of medal colors this year.|
2014 Sea Wheeze Race Recap, Part 3: The Race
2014 Sea Wheeze Race Recap, Part 4: The Sunset Festival
2014 Sea Wheeze Race Recap, Part 1: Travel and Expo
I found my third Sea Wheeze to be just as enjoyable as the first two - Lululemon once again put on a very good race and race weekend. This race makes my seventh half marathon since my first Sea Wheeze two years ago. It was my slowest half marathon to date but I've been nursing a sesmoiditis injury since mid-July and wanted to be in okay shape to run the Disneyland half this weekend and the two other Disney races I have lined up in the next few months. My only goal for this race was to finish without re-injuring myself and get the bling.
My trip to Vancouver this year was very similar to last year - I traveled by myself (out of Orange County's John Wayne airport this year instead of LAX) to meet up with my sister and her kids in Vancouver. We stayed at the same hotel as last year, the Fairmont Vancouver, located about four blocks away from the Convention Center/starting line.
|Misha Collins got a photo op with the Sea Wheeze mermaids.|
Unlike last year, our part of Vancouver was jam packed for the weekend. There were a couple of conventions in town, an anime one and one for the TV show Supernatural, plus the race so the line for customs to enter Canada was about three times as long as last year's. Though I traveled by myself I ended up picking up a couple of fellow Sea Wheezers (hi Connie and Chelsea) for each leg of my trip so I had company during my layover in Seattle, while waiting to get through customs, and taking the train into Vancouver. It's pretty easy to spot a fellow Sea Wheezer since we're outfitted in head to toe lululemon and usually sporting a lululemon gym bag as a carry on. It's an easy conversation starter.
In Seattle, I read about the special edition bicycle shirts the Robson store was giving out/selling in honor of its grand opening. I figured I'd stop there on the way to the hotel since my room wouldn't be ready. Though customs took so long that I got into Vancouver after 2 pm, I did go straight to the Robson lululemon store, rollerbag and all, since it's right up the block from my hotel. By the time I was done at Robson my sister had arrived in Vancouver.
|Yoga event at the Robson store Thursday night|
|Pre-dawn Expo lineup, looking to the front of the line.|
|At some point some entertainment for the line arrived.|
|View looking towards the front of the line, prior to the 7 am opening.|
|The merchandise floor seemed more crowded this year.|
|2013 Expo seemed a lot emptier|
|Looking towards the water.|
|Looking towards the communal changing room.|
|In line to pick up our packets.|
|Packet pickup counter.|
|Stuff sack and water bottle.|
|Bag tag is attached with a headband.|
After we were done with the store we moved on to the packet pick up room which was around the corner from the Expo store. The line was on the long side but moved very fast so I think it took us about 10 minutes to get our packet. The packet was a neat messenger bag style stuff sack, a cute Sea Wheeze water bottle, wristband, and our Chip timing chip. Though the outside plaza once again had stations for Sea Wheeze tattoos, organic cotton candy, hairstyles, and other freebies/perks we bypassed these to head back to the hotel to drop our stuff, grab a coffee, and relax for a little bit before lunch.
We had lunch with a long time lululemon community member, Ms. A., who I "know" from my Facebook groups but had never met before and is the nicest lady. I look forward to meeting her again next year. We also took a trip back to the store to see what was left. There were a lot of size 2s left, more size 4 shorts than I would have thought, and a smattering of everything else.
|Expo store at 5:30 pm. (Thanks to Ms. D. for this photo.)|
|Sunset yoga Friday night|
|Olympic torch at night|
For those of you who went to the Expo, what did you think? For those repeat Sea Wheezers, what did you think of the shopping experience versus previous years?