Sunday, September 28, 2008

Inter Bike, Vegas and a Training Recap


*Dinner and desert at Sushi Roku.
Tried a new tuna jalapeño roll, top of the line octipi, and a few other so delish rolls that I can’t remember the name of. Also had a to die for blood orange martini and this little number…banana flambé. Mmmm, mmm, good.

*Meeting product designers, learning the science, design and testing behind athletic apparel. Giving back input that might change their creations. How cool is that?!

*Going to the bathroom at the convention center and finding a numbers puzzle on the toilet paper. Very nice touch IMO, it’s nice to have something to do when your on the pot for awhile. Lol

*Collecting all kinds of supplements to train with – Cliff bars, and protein balls (new winter 08), Luna bars, Lara bars, Vespa (amino energy gel), GU with Roctane, Power bars, Power Gel Blasts, Jelly Belly sports beans and Nuun.

*The jalapeño bacon omelet I created during one of the breakfast buffets.

*Meeting pro’s and Bejing Olympic athletes. It’s very refreshing to see how humble they are and get to touch them to know they are actually real.

*Cool hotel room. Massive King sized bed. I tried to lie on it diagonally and I still couldn’t take up the whole thing. Cozy plush bathrobe. Starbucks coffee in room : ) .

*Meeting the Luna women’s cycling team and the Cliff bottle of wine. Woot! Woot!

*Banana saki martini, Tom Kha seafood soup

*Checking out all the BAD ASS Bikes! Personal favorites are below.
Felt “Team Chipotle “ argyle print.

This beautiful Orbea (might be my next bike ☺)
Carbon Orbea

Scott Plasma

Cervelo P4 – cool but nothing THAT special – check out all the silly men behind the pic drooling.

Really liked the bronze chain on this Cervelo

10 Seat Tandom, could you imagine how fast you could fly on that?!

Love the Colnago (This is tied with the Orbea as my next bike)

*Pearl Izumi banner – How cool is that?!

*I tried to get to ride the Jelly Belly bike but was told I couldn’t : ( Oh well, got a pic and sport beans instead.

*Check out these Sidi shoes – over 100,000 miles

*Going to dinner at Canaletto (Venetian) with Sugoi. Enjoyed great food and wine, but the frosting on the cake was the people I was with. Everyone was kind and generous and had great training/athletic stories and backgrounds to share. I was very impressed with the owner and founder, not only did he create Sugoi but was also founder of Pearl Izumi. The technology and science that goes behind their athletic wear is defiantly top of the line. Our sales rep did a great job of breaking down the technology of all the fabrics and pieces. Check out the view from our private dinner room….again, how cool is that!?

Oh yea, the gelato was the bomb!

*Beer thirty (4:30) everyday, getting a shot of whiskey at Knolly bikes.

*Waking up and getting my training in before work.

*Talking to different suppliers/vendors about funds they donate to charitable organizations. This is a good thing to see. Sidi donates a good portion of sales to Breast Cancer; they even have a breast cancer pink shoe!

*Having my girlfriends from kidnap me at 6:00pm on Friday evening. I was supposed to fly home but after an “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” from Margaritaville I somehow changed my flight to the next day. Time to get the party started!

*Enjoying a Hurricane with my girls at Planet Hollywood, then shopping at Bebe.

*LMFAO, watching Tiff carry my 50+ lb suitcase down the street in dirt and gravel rockin Steve Madden heels. Luv ya girl….oh and a shot out to Marylin for carrying my Sugoi bag. Come on now, I had been on my feet working for 12 hours days, 4 days in a row.

*Racing up the escalator in a dress and hells. (I have a pic of this and will post as soon as I get it) Dancing the night away at some club at Planet Hollywood. The escorted service in was nice as well.

Bloody Mary’s before my flight home.

Lowlights –

*Going to bed before 9:00pm 3 out of 4 nights in Vegas. This was a FIRST for me…it was also a first to be sober 90% of the trip. But you do what you need to do to make sure you A. Accel at work and B. Get your training in.

*Ugh, the $8 dried out chicken wrap for lunch.

*Going to dinner and drinks alone. There were a few people I could have gone out with but ultimately I was tired and didn’t feel like hooking up with anyone on the trip. So I ate and went to sleep. I guess I’m getting used to this whole eating alone thing, it’s happening a lot.

*Painful feet after dancing 4 hours in Steve Maddens.

*Energy lows throughout the day, ugh….lack of food is NOT a good thing.

*Having the airplane try to charge me $25 because my suitcase was over 50lbs.....all because of catalogs! Thankfully the staff was nice enough to provide me with a box to ship them in, so I didn't have to shell out the $$$.

Weekly Training recap

Tuesday – 1 mile warm up, 5 miles at “marathon race pace” 8:13s

Thursday – 1 mile warm up, 3 x 1600’s at 7:13 with 2 min flots, total 5 miles

Today (Sunday) – 10 mile run, PDX waterfront loop, easy pace.

That’s it; next Sunday is marathon day. Really need to rest up this week and put in work come Sunday. Here’s a run pic, one week out!


meherczeg said...

yay vegas update finally! i am still a HOT MESS and work is quite a struggle today. my first tri ON SAT YIKERS!!!

PS i think you decided you wanted to stay friday long before tiff and i ever showed up at m-ville. just sayin...

Jill Costantino said...

Good luck at the marathon. You will do AMAZING! Are you going to try to qualify for Boston?
Thanks for the spreadsheet!

Joe Tysoe said...

Wait.. Are you wearing compression socks? Do you like them?

One day I will go to Inter Bike to take in the bike goodness, in the mean time allow me to live vicariously through your post.

Kylie said...

small world!!! In the 10 person tandem pic... the guy in the black shirt... is the bike mechanic who introduced me to Mike! :)

Kit Kat said...

Jill - Yes, I'm shooting for my BQ qualifier of a sub 3:40

Joe - Hell yea I'm wearing compression socks and they're awesome! Love them!

Rainmaker said...

Wow, awesome post - tons of cool stuff in there. You're new job rocks, completely rocks!

And I agree, the Colnago is very sweet looking - much more so than the C4.

The Lazy Triathlete said...

Good luck on the marathon and it looks like you had a blast at Interbike. Why can't they have it in Orlando or New Orleans? I love those cities.