Friday, August 9, 2013

Quick Sea Wheeze Report

I've been having some wifi issues (crappy hotel wifi) with all my electronics so I apologize for not posting any photos of my Sea Wheeze weekend just yet. I've been having a great time meeting people in person whom I've only "met" over the web and reconnecting with people I met last year. The Sea Wheeze store was not nearly as chaotic as last year and I got there early enough to be among the first group to be let into the store to shop. The style selection is different from last year (they had Scubas this year, for example) but I think I found more items that I liked this year to buy for myself.  Lululemon also put the mermaid logo on every item, even the swiftly tops so that was a nice update from last year. They offered their version of a "race" shirt - an ivory Cool Racerback tank with a big salmon colored mermaid on the front, with "Van Sweaty" on the back and on the inside hem it reads "Yoga. Run. Party. Sea Wheeze 2013" so an improvement over last year. I will put photos up as soon as I can.

Based on who was shopping this morning I'd say this year's race seems to have far fewer employee runners (last year was 40%).  My initial impressions are the crowd skews a bit older than last year - more like the typical half marathon dominated by 30-something and 40-something women - and there seems to be a larger number of men running this year. The line to check out moved very quickly for how long it was and the store was much less crowded than last year due to people being let into the store in batches. I think keeping the item count to 15 at a time may have cut down on the number of non-runners shopping since the line for the general public to get in the store was never very big and lululemon did a good job of letting the runners shop first and only let small numbers of non-runners in at any time. There was a lot of product but as usual the popular sizes and items sold out fairly fast - especially the Cool Racerback tanks.

I can't wait to see what the medal looks like. Lululemon tweeted a hint that we'll be getting earbuds at the finish and I saw a Skull Candy truck parked outside the convention center so I'd say it's a good bet that is what we are getting.

I need to get to sleep for the race tomorrow and I hope to put up some photos as soon as I can.


Anonymous said...

Good luck! Hope it's a fun, easy race! What a great accomplishment! Enjoy the race & enjoy all of your scores!

Anonymous said...

Hope you're having a blast! Good luck today! Enjoy, have fun! Hope the weather there is better than here in Seattle. We had a monster thunderstorm around 2 a.m. Hope there's a tailwind the whole way for you!

LuluAddict said...

Thanks! I need some coffee and then I'll feel much better. I couldn't sleep so have been up since 3 am - grrr. Though, that is a standard wake up time for the Disney Half marathons so no biggie. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of new to this product line, I saw the shorts were put in stores will anything else? I love that blue swiftly, do you think they will sell that or put that color into production? Have a blast and best of luck!

yogibabe said...

Good race to you! Bring home good memories! :)

(Bring me home the mermaid CRB in size 2 or 4!!!....yeah...for me and everyone else on this blog that not there! lol!)

Anonymous said...

Have a great race.
Thank you for a great blog,year round.
Hope to be there next year.

Jenny said...

How did it go for you? What did you buy? I was thoroughly impressed with the product this year. We were in line at 5:30am and the second group there. Join us next year! Unless you were part of the lulu chat first group that got there ;) Jenny

LuluAddict said...

@Jenny - lol. I beat last year's time by about 10 minutes and made a PR so I was very happy with how it went for me. I was within the first 50 or 60 people in line (with some fellow TJIers) and got into the store right away. I ended up getting the striped scuba, the mermaid CRB, the CRB with the thin multi color lines, and a pair of Track Attack shorts in the triangle pattern. There wasn't a ton I liked but I found more I liked than last year so I was happy. I am going to write up my trip/race report but I desperately needed to catch up on sleep since I got up at like 4 am, 5am, 3 am (couldn't sleep on Sat morning for some reason) on Thur-Sat between travel and all the events. My husband also switched out my PC to an iMac so I am trying to figure out where everything is and it's slowing me down a little.

Was this your first Sea Wheeze? What did you think? Did you enjoy it?