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Getting to the Games

What a surreal week I had last week!  It’s still kind of unbelievable that I was the big grand prize winner of the Get to the Games contest from HumanX Gear.  I mean…those things just don’t happen…but it really did!!

Last Tuesday I put on my big girl pants and got on that non-stop flight to Los Angeles. Thanks to some extra leg room and free wi-fi on our JetBlue flight, it actually went by fairly quickly.  I’m sure being exhausted from the 3:30 am wake up call and the 1 mg of Ativan also played a part in that as well šŸ˜‰

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Our first stop in L.A., Disneyland of course!  If I was going to make the trip all the way to the west coast, I wasn’t going to pass up a visit to The Happiest Place on Earth.  We spent 3 fun filled days touring the parks and eating our faces off.  I really fell in love with Disneyland this time around…more about that to come on Running at Disney in the next few weeks!

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Friday it was time to Get to the Games!!  We didn’t have a car while at Disneyland because 1. everything is in walking distance and 2. they charge hotel guests $17/day to park…crazy!  We lucked out that the rental car location was about 200 meters across the street from our hotel room…couldn’t have worked out any better.  

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Leaving the Disneyland bubble and driving around L.A. was both interesting and overwhelming.  I’m not a nervous driver, but when we got on the 405 I was SO happy B was driving.  Seven lanes of traffic is too chaotic for me!

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The drive from Anaheim to San Pedro where our hotel was took about 40 minutes. Heading into San Pedro we drove through the Port of Los Angeles, which is the busiest shipping container port in the United States.  The photos do not do justice to the size and scale of this port.  I was completely awestruck and continued to be all weekend everytime we drove by.  This was one of the few things I was impressed by in L.A., but more on that later.

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We arrived at the DoubleTree San Pedro and were happy to find that our room was ready. Yay for early check-ins!  We were given some yummy warm cookies and headed up to our room that overlooked the gorgeous marina…oh and the GIANT port in the background. Can you tell I am still shocked by the size of that port??  Seriously…that shit was crazy huge! 

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I also received an awesome gift basket from HumanX that included t-shirts, snacks and of course our CrossFit Games wristbands!!

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We quickly unpacked and headed up to the StubHub! Center in Carson for our first day at the Games.  Oh the awesomeness that we were about to see…and the miles we were about to walk…

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More to come on the Games, the Vendor Village and some thoughts on L.A. in general from this East Coast girl šŸ™‚  Stay tuned!

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The Crazy Train Is Pulling Into Town

I’m traveling next week which means guess what the Crazy Train is pulling into the station.  I’ve never been shy about the fact that I’m not a big fan of traveling.  Travel by car, no big deal.  Travel by rail, meh it’s ok.  Travel by air, the world is crumbling.  Unfortunately traveling by air really is the only option when flying to from the east coast to the west coast if you want to get there in a timely manner, so clearly the world is crumbling all around me.

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Don’t get me wrong.  I actually love to travel once I’m there.  I love to experience new things, eat new food and meet new people, but it’s the getting there and the IDEA of being away that gets me all worked into a frenzy.  You see I am a creature of habit, like most human beings are, but I find a lot of comfort in both my routine and my home.  This has gotten worse as I gotten older and also as I’ve become very happy with my life at home.  I love my house, my cats, my neighborhood, my friends…why should I leave??  Well there is a great big world out there that would be a shame to miss out on.  My rational brain knows this, my crazy brain is convinced of the following:   

  1. My plane will crash, be hijacked, etc…  Out of the roughly 3,000+ flights that leave the NYC area per day it will surely be mine.
  2. An earthquake, probably “The Big One,” will hit California while I am there.  I have no idea what to do in an earthquake, not do I want to find out…they are terrifying!
  3. My house will catch on fire.  One of these days, that crazy wiring set up in my basement is going to freak out and start an electrical fire.  I don’t really care about my belongings as much as I worry about the cats in that scenario.  Which leads me to…
  4. I will never see my cats again.  But the worst part of that is that no one will think to go take care of them so they will starve OR no one will want them and they will get separated and/or sent to a horrible home.  Beth Stern, if you are reading this, please take my cats if some shit goes down.

This is all ridiculous, I know, but writing it all out actually helps.  It helps me to actually put some rational thought to these fears.  I need to stop freaking out over things that I can’t control (WHAT?!?!) and just enjoy life.  I wouldn’t get on a plane for a very long time and I missed out on some important things in life, like seeing my grandparents one last time before they passed.  I can’t let that happen again.

Is this to say that the next few days leading up to my trip are going to be a breeze?  Oh hell no.  My brain is already going a bagillion miles per hour and I am starting to make lists, upon lists, upon lists. Oh and wait until the anxiety poops start…that’s always fun. Poor B has to put up with this…he’s such a sport šŸ™‚  But it’s all worth it.  I get to visit Disneyland again, attend the CrossFit Games (!!!), dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean, and most importantly has amazing opportunities to grow my business.  So yeah, I’ll jump on the Crazy Train for a bit…at least it keeps things interesting.

Do you get travel anxiety?  What do you do to help it?

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My Journey West Has Left Me Speechless

So I take a trip out west and apparently stop blogging.  Maybe that’s a sign of having way too much fun, which is exactly how this trip was!  

After a stop in Colorado for a few days (have you seen my visit to Red Rocks?!), B and I made our way farther west to California.  Well, Disneyland in particular!  If you haven’t been following along on my journey through Instagram, here are a few highlights from the whole trip.

After Red Rocks, we made it to the top of Mount Evans in Colorado…the air was VERY thin!

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Faced my anxiety over flying and got on 5 different planes this past week!

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Went to Disneyland for the first time!!

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Had some DELICIOUS cocktails!

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Proceeded to run 21 miles in 3 days and got this awesome bling to show for it!

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And now I’m wearing it at work because I’m still on a Disney runner’s high šŸ™‚

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Regularly scheduled blogging will commence this week and make sure to head over to Running at Disney for my full race recaps and Disney dining review…you won’t want to miss that!  Thank you to everyone who supported me though the races this weekend…you have no idea what that means to me šŸ™‚  Until next time…

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