After nine months of excitement about SeaWheeze weekend, I can’t believe it’s already all over. I had a whirlwind extended weekend in Vancouver with friends and am both sad that it’s over but happy to be home to see Liam and catch up on sleep. Somehow I failed to be a good blogger and capture many good photos from the weekend.
Thursday morning started like any other, getting Liam up and ready to go to day home. I dropped him off with some extra hugs and kisses before grabbing a coffee and hitting the road to the airport. Brie and I were on the same flight and she arrived just minutes after I did.
We had a great flight and when we landed, Lindsey and her husband Chad were there to greet us, since their flight was right before hours (poor planning on our parts, we should have all got the same flight!). Our first stop after taking the train downtown was Yaletown Brewing for some eats and drinks.
Once we were done there, Brie and I made our way to my hotel so Emmy could nap before meeting up with everyone again for dinner. I stayed at The Burrard, which was the cutest boutique hotel.
We headed down Robson street in search of somewhere to eat with a group of ten and ended up at Milestones. It wasn’t the best meal, but the company was fantastic. After dinner, Brie and I headed back to my hotel to wait for her sister to pick her up.
Friday morning was an early-ish start for race package pickup. Conveniently, the Red Deer Crew (Lindsey and Chad, Mary and Scott and our friends Heather and Troy) were staying a few blocks down from me and picked me up along the way to head down to the Convention Centre. If there was a theme for the weekend, it would have been lineups. People line up at obscene hours to get into the exclusive runners store for special SeaWheeze Lululemon gear. None of us had any interest in that and we couldn’t believe just how long the lineup was and how many hours people must have waited in it. The package pickup line was pretty long when we got there, but we got through it in about 15 minutes which was really slick. We received Lululemon drawstring bags, water bottles, Nuun and a coupon for coffee in our packages. We spent the rest of the morning wandering around and checking out the rest of the fun.
Somehow I managed to organize a group lunch for 18+ people with no reservation since no restaurants in the area seemed to be taking them. We camped out for about half an hour waiting for Tap & Barrel to open and they were really great about getting us some patio tables together. Of course, we forgot a group photo, but it was nice to see everyone together and catch up. I was sad to turn down a beer flight, since I didn’t want to affect my pre-race hydration but I had an amazing bowl of mushroom and truffle mac and cheese.
In the afternoon, I headed out with the Red Deer Crew to Granville Island to wander the markets, eating yummy snacks. I picked up the most delicious macarons, a fig and goat cheese that was so creamy and sweet and a root beer float that tasted exactly like a root beer. I also got a fresh bagel and peanut butter for race day breakfast. I was fortunate that they had invited me to their Air BnB rental for dinner, where they were making spaghetti and garlic bread. It was great to chill for a bit and have a yummy carb dinner before walking back to my hotel and attempting sleep for the night.
Race Day! I will do a full recap on my race experience later in the week.
It was a very, very long walk back to my hotel after the race. I collapsed into bed to eat the brunch box they provided, have a coffee and eventually shower. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my afternoon, but the Red Deer Crew convinced me to join them on the Sea Bus to North Van to check out another market. The first order of business was lunch and I had a great order of halibut and chips, followed by a much-deserved beer flight at Tap & Barrel.
Back downtown, Chad, Lindsey and I hopped on a shuttle to the Sunset Festival in Stanley Park. I’m pretty sure we could have walked there faster, despite me practically limping post-race, because traffic was s-l-o-w. We got there and immediately grabbed some food and drinks, delicious fish tacos and the Obligatory Victory Beer and grabbed a spot for sunset yoga.
We wandered around the artisan market, checked out the enchanted arcade and watched a bit of Cold War Kids play before calling it a night. The day had caught up with us and we were tired. First order of business back at the hotel was securing a bucket of ice for my sore hip flexors while reading a couple chapter of my book and turning in.
I had hoped for a decent sleep in, but of course, my body had me up early. I lazed in bed before getting up and wandering out for some breakfast. I ended up at Forage, where a few of the girls had eaten previously and was touted as having some of the best eggs benny in Vancouver. My breakfast definitely did not disappoint.
I was dragging my feet packing up and checking out. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Vancouver just yet and wished I had another day or two to explore the city some more. Alas, my flight was looming and I made my to the train station and back to the airport. Luckily, Brie and I were on the same flight again so we got to recap our weekend and race thoughts together during the flight. I was sad to say goodbye to her in Calgary.
From the airport, I made a quick stop in at my aunt and uncles house for my cousin’s daughters first birthday party. I was pretty exhausted by this point so I didn’t stay long knowing I still had the drive home ahead of me. The only order of business at home was a long, hot epsom salt bath and curling up with my book.
Luckily, I have today off to laze around, grab some groceries and prepare for the week before picking Liam up and returning to normal life.