Ironman Wisconsin – Oakley Giveaway

Congrats to the winner Ron a.k.a Punk Rock Runner for guessing the time closest to my actual finish time.  Ron guessed 11:48:52. My finish time was 11:53:25. Ron, you won the Oakley 2.0 Solution Tote.  You are going to be so stylish;)

2nd runner up: Congrats to Sarah who guessed 12:00:00.  Sarah, let me know if you are interested in the 30min free massage here in Chicago with my massage therapist :) Otherwise, I will pass the massage on to the person who guessed the next closest time.

Stay tuned for future giveaways and competitions!


Performing Beautifully Days 3&4

Sunday morning began with a a ride to Yountville, to this beautiful park, where we were led by the Tone It Up girls in a strength and toning workout!  Boy, do they like to work the booty just as much as I do.

Afterwards, we had a delicious brunch right there in the park.  We then went back and had about 1hr of free time, before our next activity!  So, we hung out by the pool for a little bit!

We gathered in front of the mansion at the Silverado resort like usual, and were then given the opportunity for a sneak peak at the new Toyota Prius, that is made for someone with an active lifestyle!  How cool is that?

Pro Triathlete Jenny Fletcher and Me

And now it was time to hike!  It was a beautiful hike, and somehow I managed not to take any pictures, mostly because it was so pretty, and I was really enjoying being in nature.  We then had a “picnic” lunch, which had delicious pasta salad, different kinds of sandwiches to choose from, fruit, and cookies.  It was then time to head back, and we had about 1hr of downtime, before we needed to start getting ready for the farewell dinner.

At the farewell dinner, they had a video already made of the entire weekend, including the hike we were just on.  It was super impressive, how fast the photographer and videographer could get things done!  We were entertained with that, which is now on youtube.  Then it was time to boogie down!  I seriously spent 3-4hrs just on the dance floor!  Does that count as a workout for Ironman training?  Probably not, but overall the weekend was fabulous!

Katrina (from Tone it Up), Me, Pro Triathlete Jenny Fletcher, and Karena (from Tone It Up)

Katrina then had a matching Dolce and Gabana bag to my dress, that I could not resist taking a picture of:

Seriously, even the lines match up!

It was then time to call it a night.  This weekend was the most I had stayed up past 10pm in probably the last 4 years!  But, it was all worth it.  I’m still trying to catch up on sleep, slowly but surely I will feel normal again.  It’s been back to reality, and Ironman training.  I am heading back out to the wine country of California in two weeks for Vineman 70.3.  After that the focus will be all Ironman Wisconsin!

Thank you Oakley for the most amazing experience of my life!  Thank you to the other ladies, for making it such a fun weekend.  I’m so excited to have met so many amazing women, who have inspired me to keep going after my dreams.  I’m so excited to be an ambassador of this amazing brand.  To the other women ambassadors, you all are beautiful and I can’t wait til we can get together again!  Who knew, I’d walk away from this experience with lots of new girl friends, who I feel like I’ve known my whole life!

Lastly, Scott, my boyfriend, who is a photographer, thought it would be fun to do a photo shoot of the new Drizzle sunglasses, and here is one of the shots he took, when we were at the beach yesterday.

And here’s all you need to know about the Drizzle sunglasses!  They are definitely a winner, because they are fashionable, yet functional.  We all wore them for all the activities the whole weekend, and they never fogged up, slid off my face, or any of those other annoying things that can happen with sunglasses when you are working out.

If you missed Days 1&2, you can read about it here.

Oakley Women Fitness Retreat in Napa Valley Days 1&2

Where do I begin?  This weekend was the most AMAZING experience.  I was surrounded by the most motivating and inspiring women in the fitness industry, from the other 9 girls who have been chosen to be ambassadors, to editors of Shape, Self, Women’s Health, Fitness, W, InStyle, and more, to Oakley employees, professional athletes, Gretchen Bleiler and Jenny Fletcher, and Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up!  It was a weekend full of ambitious and powerful ladies that want to make a difference in the world.  To be surrounded by like-minded individuals was the best feeling.  Everyone was supportive of each other’s endeavors, and there was no such thing as “can’t”, in fact, it was more so the attitude of “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

I left early Friday morning, as in 5:45am to get to O’hare to catch my flight to California.  I had a stop in Salt Lake City, with a short layover, and then flew into Oakland. I had a bagel sandwich at the American Bagel Company, I couldn’t believe they had fresh bagels and veggies and meat.  Nothing was pre-made, which was just what I was looking for!

After settling in to my room (p.s we all had our own rooms!), I met Brittany (one of the ambassadors), and Marni (another ambassador) at the pool.  Then it was time to go back, and get ready for a little meet and great with some of the Oakley employees and all the other ambassador girls.  I was so excited to meet all the other ladies, since we had already connected on facebook, it was fun to finally see everyone in person!

Thank you Erica for the awesome CD, which turned out to be the fashion show music!  Now, that it’s on my ipod, everytime I hear any of the songs it immediately inspires and motivates me.

Photo by Shawn Parkin

Photo by Shawn Parkin

It was then time for dinner and a fashion show of the Spring 2012 line!  And boy does it look awesome!  We then were invited to try on some of the sunglasses Oakley has made specifically for women.

Photo by Shawn Parkin

Photo by Shawn Parkin

Then it was time to call it a night, we had a 5K to run in the morning! Here is one of the outfits we received for the weekend!  And thank you Asics for the hot pink shoes!

We went to Trefethen for the 5K, but before the 5K, we did a dynamic flexibility warm up, a run form evaluation by Andrew Kastor (yes, Deena Kastor’s husband), and then we went through the Oakley Rolling O lab, to see the tests that Oakley puts their eyewear through, and boy is it intense, from a metal ball they send going over 100mph into the sunglasses from a foot away, to dropping a metal pointed object 4 feet straight into the lens.  After going through the Rolling O lab, is when we were given the prototype sunglasses, Drizzle, that will be coming out later this year.  These are the sunglasses you will see me and the other girls wearing throughout the rest of the weekend!

Thank you to Toyota for driving us around all weekend!  Oops wrong car!

Now, we’re at the right car!

Dynamic Warm Up with Asics

Photo by Shawn Parkin

Running Form Evaluation (at the end he asked me if I was a runner:)

5K through the Vineyard!

I ended up getting 3rd, Jenny Fletcher got 1st, and a woman from Women’s Health got 2nd.  I finished in about 22:23. (not my fastest 5K, but we didn’t really warm up, and there were a lot of twists and turns, so I was happy with my performance)

Photo by Shawn Parkin

All the girls did amazing!  And of course we had to top it off with some vino!

It was then time to head back to the Silverado Resort, where we were staying, and have some lunch before our bike tour of 3 different wineries.

Marni and I before the bike tour on your Trek Bikes (thanks Trek for supporting the ride!)

First stop Black Stallion Winery!

I loved rocking the helmet!

Photo by Shawn Parkin of all the ambassadors

Photo by Shawn Parkin

Yup still rocking the helmet (Photo by Shawn Parkin)

2nd winery of the tour, all 100 ladies, Photo by Shawn Parkin

And then we finished the day with dinner at the winery Paraduxx!

We ate family style, there were two big salads, one green, one pasta, and 4 different kinds of pizza!  It was delicious!

Stay tuned for Day 3 and 4!