Hello friends – this time from Chilliwack, BC!
I’m currently hanging out at my aunt’s house near Vancouver and loving every minute of my west coast holiday. I’ll be flying home tomorrow and our plan is to head state-side for a little shopping today, but I’ll tell you all about that on Wednesday. For now, we’ve got a race recap to talk about – the Lululemon SeaWheeze!
I left home on Thursday afternoon and headed to the airport, suitcase stuffed with a whole bunch of neon luon, 3 pairs of Asics, one pair of Reeboks, and 2 pairs of flats.
By midnight (Pacific time), I’d met up with Christina and Robyn at our hotel and all 3 of us were fast asleep. I was exhausted from flying but felt fine in the morning, which was a good thing because we had a big day ahead! We started with breakfast at Urban Fresh, a grocery store sort of like Whole Foods but smaller. Because I’m a fruit monster, I ate a fruit platter. Yep. The whole freaking thing. Christina got an amazing looking oatmeal and Robyn went for eggs, toast, and bacon. Good eats all around!
After finishing our early brekkie, we walked down to the Vancouver Convention Center to pick up our race kits and check out the SeaWheeze store. (This is where Lululemon sells a line of SeaWheeze-branded clothes, which can’t be found elsewhere.) The line to get into the building was ginormous and wrapped around the majority of the building, but eventually we got in.
The SeaWheeze store was a little stressful because everyone was running around and trying to get things in their sizes before stock ran out, but thankfully the three of us managed to find everything we were looking for. The colours for the SeaWheeze branded clothes were great this time around, and the selection was far better than last year.
Next up was some more shopping downtown at Lululemon, then The Cactus Club Cafe for a blog reader meet-up. My meal was great – a huge salad with grilled chicken, tomatoes, egg, blueberries, and candied pecans. This was the one and only time on the trip that I ordered chicken, and I’m still trying to get as much fish and seafood in as I can before I leave because it’s so delicious and fresh out here! There are plenty more food photos to come. 🙂
That afternoon, Robyn and I had a stand-up paddleboarding lesson booked at Kitsilano beach. I was super excited about this because it’s been on my bucket list for a while now. We had a really great instructor, Kristy, who took us out on the water and was super patient. Robyn had been out SUPing once before, but it took me a while to get the hang of it. After getting a feel for it on my knees, I finally managed to get up on my feet (which really isn’t as hard as it sounds – my balance was just really crappy!) Kristy was just about to take a photo of Robyn and I standing on our boards side by side, and at the split second that she went to take it, guess who fell straight into the water? Yep, this girl!
After my little splash in the ocean, Kristy showed us how to do some yoga poses on the boards (which is something she’s awesome at and also teaches in private lessons). Robyn was a champ at this, and I… well, let’s just say I need to keep practicing! As you can see below, our instructor was awesome. I can’t do a headstand against a wall but she can do one on a board on water – pretty impressive, no?
After SUPing, we headed to The Boathouse on Kits Beach to meet Christina and her friend Ale for a pre-race dinner. This is the same restaurant we went to for dinner after last year’s SeaWheeze and I absolutely love it – beach front view, awesome seafood, and great service. We ordered all sorts of things, including the Seafood Chop Chop Salad for me (scallops, salmon, and shrimp on a ton of greens – freaking amazing!), ahi tuna tacos, cedar plank grilled salmon, and pasta. All of it was amazing.
Our last activity of the day was sunset yoga, which Lululemon hosted on Kits beach for race participants and the public. It was gorgeous, and the view was absolutely spectacular. When else do you get to do yoga on a beach with hundreds of people while watching a sunset? At SeaWheeze, that’s when!
We were home and in bed by 10:30, and up again by 5am, ready to race by 7. I had my usual pre-race breakfast of an apple and a Simply Bar before we headed down to the start line near the convention center for bag check and a sunrise stretch (aka massive jumping jack dance party).
And again, in our usual standing order…
The race route was very similar to last year, minus the great big hill which I was beyond thankful not to have to climb this time. Knowing my training hadn’t been as fast as I’d initially anticipated when I signed up for this race, I lined up in the 1:40 corral hoping to stay ahead of the pace beaver.
Although my initial goal when I registered was to PR and break 1:30, all of the iron deficiency issues I’ve been facing made me reassess. With such low energy levels earlier this month, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to finish. Knowing that race day would be a gamble, I set the following non-time goals instead:
- Stay out of the medical tent (ie don’t sprain your SI joint like last year)
- Stay loose in my upper body on the uphills (because I normally carry a lot of tension when running hills, which is a huge waste of energy) and use the downhills to my advantage by picking up speed
- Don’t look at my Garmin
- Stay positive the whole time
- Have fun!
I’m pleased to report that all of the above happened, and I even managed to finish with a decent time!
My Garmin was pretty close to my official chip time, which came in at 1:36:50. There were 10,014 people registered, and according to SportStats.ca, this is how I did:
And I’ll take it! I was overjoyed to have been able to finish and it was a way stronger race than I anticipated it would be. The cheer stations were entertaining, the weather was perfect, and the route was (for the most part) very flat. We really couldn’t have asked for more!
After meeting up with Christina after she crossed the finish line, we wandered over to see some friends at the Vega booth. In the process, we also managed to catch Brendan Brazier (former pro triathlete and Vega formulator) for some post-race pics, and I went for a little spin on the Vega blender bike!
We hung out down at the race for a little longer, then headed back to our hotel for food and showers. By the time I was all cleaned up and smelling nice again, my aunt arrived to pick me up. We’re now back at her place in Chilliwack, with a gorgeous view of the mountains and some great hiking trails. I’ll have plenty of photos to document the adventures from the second half of the trip on Wednesday morning, so stay tuned!
27 thoughts on “Lululemon SeaWheeze 2013 Recap”
Great Job Angela!!! Looks like you had a fun time all around. Vancouver looks like such a fun and beautiful city. I have never been but want to visit someday. Sunset yoga on the beach, what a fun way to stretch and relax before race day. Glad you race went well too. You kept it fun and no injuries this year. Plus a very impressive race time finish, if I do say so myself!!! Enjoy the rest of your visit. Look forward to the recaps and pictures 🙂
Thanks Desiree! It really is a gorgeous city – I could definitely get used to living out here! If you ever get the chance I come up in the summer, I’d highly recommend doing this race and spending some time on the west coast. You’d have to register early because it sells out, but it’s totally worth the $128 entry fee. Plenty for the kids to see in the area too!
LOVED reading your recap, angela!! looks like SUCH a fun weekend! congrats on your race results – glad you felt so good!
looks like lulu really puts on a stellar event!
enjoy your shopping time/chilliwack/visiting your aunt!
Thanks Cathy! It really was awesome. I wish we had more races like this one at home – the pre and post race activities are great, and even though I couldn’t stay for the post-race sunset festival this year, I’m told it was fantastic as well.
Congrats Angela – you totally killed it!
And it looks like the rest of your trip has been a blast too. I’ve always wanted to try stand up paddleboarding! Apparently there’s a place on Burlington Beach that offers it, so I’m hoping to get around to it before the end of the summer.
Thanks girl! I know there are lots of Groupons etc out there for SUP around the Hamilton area, so check those out to see if you can get a deal!
Congrats – glad to hear it all went so well for you. Enjoy your mini- vacation
I’m not a runner but this was a great post! CONGRATS on your race, you did amazing, I’m so impressed! Enjoy the rest of your trip in Vancouver, looking forward to hearing about it on Wednesday!
Wow this looks like so much fun! Congratulations on your race! Sunset yoga on the beach?! That looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your adventures, I have always wanted to try paddle boarding 🙂
Sounds like a fantastic race day! Reading more and more about the Seawheeze this year really makes me want to sign up for it next year!
Did you guys go to the Sunset party too?
It was great to meet you! Unfortunately I didn’t go to the sunset party after the race because I had to get to Chilliwack, but Robyn and Christina did!
Wow! Great job! What an awesome time!
Looks like a fun race, I’ll have to get my act together and register before it sells out next year! Looks like you had an awesome time in Van too 🙂
YAY! So glad to hear how well it went! You rock and I am so happy you are having a great time here.
Congrats Angela! You did awesome!
Way to ROCK it, my dear! What an exceptional time considering how down you were feeling.
Your colours are so bright and vibrant. It looks like a perfect wee vacation. 🙂
Thanks lady! It was fab. Let’s hope both of us can make it out there next summer!
Great race! I love that plaid jacket you are all wearing on the beach! Yoga on the beach with a bunch of other people sounds like a blast.
Thanks Nikki! That was one of the SeaWheeze-exclusive jackets that they had for sale at the expo. Luckily we got there early so all three of us managed to get the right sizes. I don’t think there were many left by the afternoon!
Hey girl! It was so awesome to meet you! I was so happy to see you grab your gear from me so early too! You’re totally inspiring and I can’t wait to hang with you again. Enjoy the rest of your time out west- I’m a little jealous. 🙂
It was so great to meet you too, Ale! I hope you have a safe flight back and hopefully we can meet up again soon!
I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to meet you for lunch on Friday – maybe next year! 🙂
I’m so glad there wasn’t the massive hill this year, as to this Albertan, it was a SUPER hilly course, but man, that was the best race weeked I’ve ever experienced!
I saw you run by as I was turning up the bridge, but didn’t want to be a creeper and yell out your name 😛
I wish we could have met too! But I’m glad you finally got through the SeaWheeze store line up. Like you, I can’t stand hills. (Must be an Albertan thing- I’m from Edmonton but haven’t lived there since 2001!). Maybe we can meet up next year. 🙂
great finish! how awesome to meet Brendan. What are those green things hanging on all your necks alongside the medals?
They were little pouches with oils in them that supposedly cool you down after racing. I didn’t use mine because it got a little rainy after I crossed the finish and didn’t really feel the need to, but they smell good!
Congrats on a great race!
Looks like an amazing weekend! You have made me want to run it next year! 🙂