Category: Travel

I’m Going to the CrossFit Games!!

Can you believe it?!?  I’m going to the CrossFit Games!!  

Last week I was notified that I was the Grand Prize winner of the “Get to the Games Sweepstakes” from HumanX and WOD Talk.  Seriously…I AM THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!  I have to admit that I’m still in a state of shock about all of this and the past week has been a whirlwind, but I am just beyond excited about this opportunity!!

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So here is what I won: a Trip for 2 to the 2014 CrossFit games, including airfare, hotel, rental car, 3-day tickets to the Games, a prize pack of HumanX gear, a WOD Talk annual subscription, and other great prizes from our incredible Sweepstakes partners: RX BarPrimo ChalkPrimal Life Organics, Pure Pharma, KT TapeNatural Force, and King Kong Apparel.  Is this real life???

This goes to show that anything is possible.  Little old me entered a contest that I saw on Facebook and now I’m headed out to California to watch the most elite athletes compete in my favorite sport.  Wow.

Since we will be in the Los Angeles area, it seemed like an obvious decision to extend our trip a few days and visit Disneyland, which is also a dream come true!  After my whirlwind trip out there last year, I honestly didn’t think I would ever have the means to return and now I can!  

Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see all the goings on from the CrossFit Games and my adventures in Disneyland.  Big thanks go out to HumanX and WOD Talk for this opportunity!  

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Headed to the CrossFit Games Northeast Regional!

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

Tomorrow I’m headed up to Reebok Headquarters in Canton, MA for the CrossFit Games Northeast Regional competition!  The competition consists of 7 events (8 for teams) over 3 days.  That might not seem like a lot, but these are grueling events!  Obviously I’m not competing, but I’m going to support the team from CrossFit Milford and all of the other athletes that train there, including the number 1 female athlete Kaleena Ladeairous!

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Kaleena training last weekend with Coach Jay

Kaleena training last weekend with Coach Jay

My friends and I had so much fun at the Games last year (read the recaps here: Part 1 & Part 2) that we have been so excited about going again this year!  I’ve got the air mattress ready, pop-up chairs and most importantly sustenance.  The tailgating was one of the highlights of the weekend!

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Snacks!

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Turkey & Cheese Roll Ups!

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Beer & Wine 🙂

On Friday, I will be there as a FitFluential Ambassador sponsored by Reebok!  Not only will I get to cover the event, but I will get in depth information on the games from the Reebok Training team and learn about their product lines, including the all new Nano 4.0 being released in July!  The awesome folks at Reebok also sent me this rad gear to wear for the day!  I received a Reebok CrossFit Perform Tri-Blend CF 74 Short Sleeve Tee, Reebok CrossFit Skinny Capris and a pair of the new Superhero Inspired Reebok Nano 3.0

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Make sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter all weekend to catch all of the action…it’s going to be a lot of fun!  Oh and now that you know what I’ll be wearing, make sure to say hi if you see me 🙂

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New York World’s Fair Anniversary Celebration

Last weekend I took a trip down to Queens, NY to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1939 World’s Fair and (more importantly!) the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair.  I say more importantly because 1964 is when Walt Disney debuted many beloved attractions, including the Carousel of Progress (then known as Progressland), Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and It’s A Small World.  Yes, my inner Disney nerd was stocked!

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I met up with my friend Estelle from This Happy Place and her husband James beforehand and we had a great lunch at Alewife in Long Island City.  Because we were pressed for time we didn’t take part in their $30 all you can drink brunch (say what?!?).  If you are in the area, you should totally check this place out.

We took the subway out to Mets Stadium – Willets Point and walked over to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  That morning I realized that was going to be the first time I’ve been on a NYC Subway in probably 8 years…a HUGE deal for me…but a story for another day.  

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In all the years I lived in New York, I can’t believe I never traveled out to this park!  First of all it’s HUGE and a great getaway from the craziness of the city.  Second, the icons that I’ve always seen on TV are MUCH cooler in person…I was really surprised at how big the Unisphere is.  

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There wasn’t a schedule of events available before we arrived so we really didn’t know what to expect, but we found a program in one of the tents set up.  There were a lot of activities going on…  

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The first thing that caught our eye was a visit inside the New York State Pavilion/ Tent of Tomorrow open house.  This area is normally closed to the public, so it was a great opportunity!  We headed over and got on the line outside…as good Disney fans, we understand lines.  However we quickly discovered that we needed tickets to get in…there was no mention of tickets anywhere.  Oh and guess what…it’s sold out!  Booooo.  Well I did manage to get some cool photos from the outside.

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I don’t know if you can see, but people were walking around inside with hardhats.  It looked like such a cool experience.  Sadly this was just the beginning of the disorganization of the event.  Next we headed over to the Queens Museum where we found another line and an admission fee…sigh.  Luckily a nice staff member told us to walk around to the other side where there was no line to get in.  

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We had no idea what we were going to find inside, but I’m really glad we decided to go in because look what we found inside.

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It’s a GIANT panorama of New York City…it was SO COOL.  The panorama was built for the 1964 World’s Fair and with a few updates over the years, it still remains in perfect condition.  We spent quite a good amount of time in here basically in awe.

Next we took some time to look though the memorabilia from 1939 and 1964.  There was some really cool stuff here, including a replica of the GE Pavilion which housed Walt Disney’s Progressland.

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Well this was all worth the price of admission…very cool!  Afterwards, we walked around a bit, checked out the food trucks (which had hour long waits!!) and listed to a pretty good Beatles cover band.  

Estelle and James hung around for the fireworks, but I headed back to CT before it got too late.  They walked be out to where B was picking me up and on the way, we got to see the original Batmobile in motion.  I love the license plate!

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Even though we really didn’t know what was going on and the event was very disorganized, I had a great day!  I got to spend a gorgeous spring afternoon with one of my good friends who I hadn’t seen in forever.  Plus we got to enjoy some Disney fun right here in our backyard.  Really nothing beats that 🙂

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Mountain Pie, Outdoor Bathrooms & The Strangest Gift Shop Ever

After our journey to Red Rocks Park, we started to make our way towards Mount Evans, Colorado.  But there were some interesting stops along the way…

First was lunch.  We were told that Beau Jo’s had the best pizza around and that we had to try a Mountain Pie.  Hmmm…being form the Northeast where we have some of the best pizza around I was obviously skeptical, but game to give it a try.  

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I typically prefer thin crust pizza but I went with the thicker Mountain Pie and it’s mountain of toppings and hand-rolled crust.  I went with the Sausage Combo Mountain Pie which has sausage, pepperoni, peppers, onions and mushrooms.  Go big or go home, right?  

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I also noticed that they had a bunch of local beers on tap and I always love trying local, so I went with the Tommyknocker’s Vienna Amber from right there in Idaho Springs.  Yum and I loved how it came in a mason jar.  Why do things always taste better in mason jars??

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Oh and you know what’s fun about Mountain Pies?  They encourage you save the giant crust, add honey and eat it for dessert.  Genius and delicious!

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After being sufficiently carbed up, be began the climb to the top of Mount Evans.  On the way we stopped at Echo Lake Park to stretch our legs a bit and walk off some of that mountain pie.  When we got out of the car there was a significant drop in temperature and I could tell the air was starting to get thinner.  10,600 feet is pretty high!

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Glad we brought those sweatshirts!  Going from 85 to 55 degrees was interesting…  There are a few hiking trails at the park that looked absolutely gorgeous, but I was already feeling the altitude start to get to me so I didn’t think it would be wise to start hiking off into the wilderness.

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As we were leaving, B and I decided it was a good time for a bathroom break….it’s a park, they have bathrooms right?  Oh look, here they are…

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What you fail to see from the outside is that these are basically glorified outhouses.  Oh and the best part…THERE ARE NO DOORS.  Really, no doors.  Which lead me to quickly turn around and proclaim “Fuck That!” apparently very loudly because it echoed through the park.  It is Echo Lake afterall…  I mean really who builds a structure like that with no doors?!?  Needless to say I held it until we got somewhere a little more private, like the Echo Lake Lodge.  This place is a gem and I knew from all the chatchkies in the window that I was in for a real treat in weirdness!

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Rubber ducks, got that.  Porcelain figurines, check.  A $300 toilet paper holder that looks like a bear, got that too.  Basically anything random and strange…they have it.  It was wonderful.  

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Looking for a little sustenance?  There is also a restaurant and bar there complete with giant homemade peanut butter cups!

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How amazing is this bar?  I was completely fascinated by it’s wicker back stools and 4 people working behind the counter.  It was like being in someones home.  If I wasn’t full of Mountain Pie, I probably would have grabbed a beer and sat down for what was sure to be some interesting conversation.  But we were full and moving on to higher altitudes….

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I Made It! Anxiety and All…

Two weeks ago I wrote about my super fun struggles with anxiety (insert sarcasm here).  Well anxiety aside, I overcame those fears and made my way out to Colorado and California.  Ok, ok…it wasn’t as easy as just overcoming my fears but what matters is, I made it.

Shockingly, B and I were packed and ready to go early in the day so we managed to get a good night’s sleep.  I think I’ve gotten this packing thing down to a science now, which clearly eases my anxiety.  All the flights were thankfully uneventful and I made it through with minimal problems.  I also had the help of some medication so I could relax and sleep….that’s always a bonus 🙂

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Still a bit doped up in Denver…
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Well tonight it starts all over again.  I’m leaving for Florida tomorrow for a relaxing trip with some of my best friends.  I’m definitely not as anxious this time around.  I feel like the more I travel the better I get at it.  And now with California under my belt, the flight to Florida will seem short…I hope!  Plus, I get to spend the week here:

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Nothing but excitement here!  Thanks again to everyone who shared their stories of anxiety with me and how you overcome your fears…it was all incredibly helpful!

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