October 27, 2009

As of lately

I am at home from work as I am totally sick! It kills me to know I have laundry, vacuuming, recycling, and bathrooms to clean and yet it takes all my energy just to get off the couch. So, I will briefly let you know what has been going on with me.
-Brian and I have been re-organizing the store (with Rose's blessing) as she has been gone this past month to Hawaii. We still have a few things left to do but we are very excited for Rose to come back and see it.
-coaching is going really well and I am loving my Monday night swim group and Wednesday night spin group. I also have a great group of athletes I coach through Team TriLife who I adore (and who are all doing so well reaching their goals!)
-my mom was here for just over a week and we had a great time. So nice to have her around. We spent 2 days in Banff and stayed at The Banff Springs, which was wonderful!
-spent a fabulous weekend in panorama with Angie - great girls weekend! We were supposed to be working but decided relaxing was far more important. And we despite it was my first time playing Scrabble, we are both very competitive at that. What can I say? We are competitive triathletes - our competitiveness carries over to other things in our life.
-I have not been training much as my energy levels have been so low. With the way I feel today I am not surprised. I have been fighting this sickness off for a few weeks (Jeff has had this). No worries though I will eventually get back to it. I had a fantastic race season and do not feel the pressure to race as hard next summer.

That's the update for now. I am sorry nothing to exciting lately. Will keep you updated once I get better.

October 6, 2009

Interbike 2009 - Las Vegas, baby!

On Monday, September 19th, I headed off to Las Vegas for Interbike 2009. Interbike is North America's largest bike retailers show. The entire Tri It staff attended to learn more from our manufactures and see new products that we may bring into Tri It.

I headed down a day early so that on Tuesday I could participate in the Outdoor Bike demo. Here I am with some of the Kuota boys. I had to ride a Kuota! I love my Kuota Kalibur but, decided to hop on a road bike - I tried a Kuota Kebel. I loved it too and if I could have both I would! For now I just can't part with my Kalibur.

The ride was only 45km but, it was hard! Lots of amazing riders that included some pros. By 9am it was around 34 degrees Celsius and we had a hill to come back up that was over 10km long! I definitely got a bit of a migraine due to the heat. When we got back from the demo, I sat around the pool at the Mirage.

The rest of the Tri It gang arrived that night and I was so excited to have them there to share in all my excitement. Over the next few days there were many highlights:

  • attending all of the seminars
  • visiting all of the manufacturers booths
  • seeing the new 2010 products
  • attending Ka (Cirque du Soleil)
  • seeing my mom
  • attending Le Reve
  • seeing the fountains at the Bellagio
  • playing craps in the casino
  • sushi at Okada
  • just being in warm, sunny Las Vegas!

Alright I really did go to Las Vegas and work hard!
Some of the highlights on products I liked are:
-new Gu Roctaine flavor - Pineapple
-new Gu flavor (for the holidays) - Vanilla Gingerbread
Both are VERY YUMMY!!!!
Power Bar (www.powerbar.com)
Had a number of amazing products:
-if you have not had their Gel Blasts - you must!!! However, only 1 flavor available in Canada so far.
-Energy Bites - delicious and in a resealable package so you can have few without having a whole protein bar. Seal them up and have them after your next workout. Unfortunately, not available in Canada yet.
-Endurance Beverage - love this drink. Comes in Fruit Punch and Lemon Lime. I loved them both but again only limited flavors in Canada.

SPORT BEANS (www.sportbeans.com)
Some exciting new things from these folks:
-new easy-to-open resealable pouch bag
-new formulation that includes, all natural flavors and colors, tapioca syrup, naturally sweetened with evaporated cane juice, and six real fruit juices
-two new varieties:
Berry- a refreshing blend of blueberry, raspberry and strawberry flavors come together in a single bean.
Assorted- includes Lemon Lime, Orange, Berry and Fruit Punch all in one bag

The 2010 line is amazing and I love the colors and prints they have gone with while keeping the same amazing skirt pieces! I finally got to meet Nicole (Nicole DeBoom - aka the genius behind Skirt Sports. Here we are both wearing Skirt Sports.