Friday, August 10, 2012

Sea Wheeze Insanity!!!

Chip is our timing chip!
OMG, what a morning! It was lulu insanity. Now that I am back at the hotel and can relax it's more fun in my memory than it was in person. I didn't get as early a start as I wanted, I probably arrived about 8:20 am-ish,  so there was a bit of a line out the door of the convention center. There was some line entertainment, however:

My stalker photo of the Sea Wheeze fish and bear.
The Sea Wheeze Fish and Bear were there to take photos with people. It was a fun start to the morning. There were also people handing out organic bananas and nectarines.

The check in lines moved quickly. We had to sign our release forms and then got our cinch sacks, our timing chip and wristband, a coupon for our free flip flops, a coupon for 15% off the Sea Wheeze store, a coupon for free JJBean coffee, and a little cheat-sheet laminated card that indicates where the start corrals are and a listing of the weekend events. I like the cheat sheet card a lot. My husband helped work the check out, I think with the tall man pictured at the right of photo, and he was surprised how many people said it was their first time running a half marathon. I think that's pretty cool and maybe I'll have some company in the back tomorrow. ;-) I heard at the store yesterday that about 40% of the runners are lululemon employees and about half of the runners are from the US. I know a few girls from my local stores are coming up for the race.
Wristband and timing chip
After check-in we moved to another area to pick up our Native Sea Wheeze flip flops. As an aside, I'm surprised by how many people in Vancouver wear flip flips. I thought it that was mainly a Southern California thing since we're supposed to be so laid back but I guess so is Vancouver. ;-)

View from inside the store looking at the check in counter. The "trees" are where the clothes are.
Then it was into another short line for the store. O.M.G. the store was crazy busy! CRAZY! I think I got into the store area about 9 am but all the striped Cool Racerbacks were gone by that time. From the mounds of clothes around the outer ring of the store it looked like everyone had lists of requests from friends to get them something. I had a moderately short list myself but came up empty on most of it. The red speed shorts with the blue trim either sold out right away or were non-existant. They had lots of other cute color combos, though:

Keep On Running Duffel, $148 - so gorgeous!!!
My very modest Sea Wheeze haul
Close up of the dark plum/purple Swiftly pattern
There was a ton of new stuff - not new designs but new colors - at the event. There were swiftly tanks, tees, and long sleeves in dark plum or purple (code: DAPU), bright lime (BRLI), and that reddish orange color. There also matching headbands. There were striped CRBS in the lime, red, dark plum. I got there too late to even see the blue one that was in the sneak peek photos. They had Inspire crops in the Sea Wheeze blue color with blue and white stripes on the calf part. There were Run For Your Life tanks in the Lime, Red, Plum, and Black with the Sea Weeze dot pattern on the bra. They had jackets in blue and lime, I didn't note the style but I'll try to find out. The had Sun Runner LS tops in Lime, cream, and I believe the red. Racing CRBs in lime, dark plum, blue, cream, and red. There were shorts in blue, blue/white stripe, red, red/white stripe, plaid, plum, plum/white stripe in all sorts of styles - speeds, groovys, light as air. They had Go the Distance hats in plaid, red, and blue.They also had bras but not in any styles I like so I didn't note them. They also had socks, arm warmers, and compression socks. There were quite a few luxtreme crops but I wasn't in the market for them so didn't look at them too much. There were singlet tanks made of the swift material but I didn't look at them too much either.

All the clothes were grouped by size - 2 to 10. The Sea Wheeze lung "trees" denote the size stations. Shorts were in cubbies or racks next to them. The striped CRBs were gone in the first hour. There were long lines for the dressing rooms and an ENORMOUS line to check out. I think I waited well over an hour. It was pretty crazy trying to run around to find sizes if you were buying for a few people. However, they had a DJ blasting out some pretty awesome music to help pass the time.

For my own personal haul, I bought the dark plum Swiftly tank, two Swiftly headbands in the lime and plum, and the plaid hat. I had the Lime Run For Your Life in my hand but figured I could live without it. However, I must say the workers got the coolest shirts of all and when lulu does this next year, I hope they make shirts like this for the runners:

The volunteers got Five Year Tees with the Sea Wheeze Trees on front and the Sea Wheeze 2012 Race logo on the back. I believe women got Every Yogi tees with the same.  I am totally jealous because this is exactly the shirt I would have wanted - one with the race name and date on it. The lulu employees had two other flavors of shirts that I would have loved even more - a dark classic sport gray Swiftly with the same two logos. The other one, which I would have killed for, was a cream CRB with the Sea Wheeze Fish on the front and the Sea Wheeze logo on the back. I briefly considered offering a worker cash on the spot for one but knew they would never go for it.

My suggestion for next year is that employees, since they are such a large percentage at this race, get to shop later and/or have a separate check out line. Since they get to pay a discounted rate for their Sea Wheeze clothes I think the full-paying customers should get first crack at them. At least give us a few dedicated check out lines so we can get out of there faster. The guy at the checkout told me they did not expect to sell so much and were worried about having enough stuff for tomorrow. I can believe that because people were buying like mad. I also heard that later in the day they were limiting people to three of a style. I didn't really see people buying multiples of the same thing but I was busy and didn't look too closely. However, from what I saw people holding onto in line, it looked like people had a variety of stuff. I also think I was in the more casual-buyer group. My husband said there was a line to get into the place at 7 am, a full hour before opening time.

This was the Luon Lounge where you could get a massage and manicure or pedicure. I wouldn't have minded but my kids were fed up. They had spent three hours quietly playing their Nintendos and wanted to leave. Of course, that is the time I actually had time to chat and I was able to meet Lulumum  (which was pretty cool since we chat behind the scenes quite a bit) and a reader/fellow This Just In Facebook board member, Ms. X. I'm sure I'll get to meet more people tomorrow.

This was the scene for the noon yoga.

And that was my morning. I didn't find out anything about the medal except that it's nice and "very lululemon" which I take to mean it's a bit on the wacky side, like the Shop Naked ad or the Poser bag. I'm betting there is at least a fish and bear on the medal.

My Sea Wheeze lulu haul - showing the cinch sack we got at check in




28 comments:

lauren said...

good luck!! i am excited to see what your medal looks like!

Anonymous said...

I will pay top dollar for the lulu green stipe crb! Think about it :-). Lucky you,,

Anonymous said...

Wow I can't believe they had so much stuff in so many new colors!! I hope the general lulu community sees some nice new colors soon (not just re-releases of old ones)! thanks for all the awesome photos and detailed product info LLA!

Dawn said...

Good luck tomorrow, LuluAddict! Have fun and enjoy the experience. I'll be cheering for you from here in Ontario, Canada!! :)

Pink Peony 4 said...

I L.O.V.E. It!!!
I am so much more motivated to go next year. I plan to sell my first born for an extra large loot. Lol.
YOU GO, GIRL!!!

JCHokie said...

What an awesome experience! Good luck tomorrow!

JCHokie said...

What an awesome experience! Good luck tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

@ pink peony 4 - you actually made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that!

Anonymous said...

Oh my god I would have had a heart attack in the store. I'm silently crying to myself knowing that all those racing-length CRBs in so many colors will never be available. It's my favorite tank--I can't wear the full length CRBs! Anyways, have fun :)

Anonymous said...

i'm dying of jealousy right now!!!!! OMG I"M SO JEALOUS!!!! yes, please show us your medal!

MonkeyGirl said...

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR RACE!!!! How awesome are you? Not only did you accomplish your goal, you have inspired many of us! That shopping trip stressed me out just reading about it- but I would have been all in for a chance at that bag. Gorgeous.

CHARLOTTE BENTLEY said...

ah sounds like you are having a great time!!
i love the light blue luxtreme inspire crops - so cute!! i have some blue wu crops, but those are really special!
i also like the lime color. i was thinking today how much i would loooooove more greens from lulu - a hunter, more of the portapotie color, and even a jade! i'd go wild.
just got my light flare crb today. it is super soft, and i love the color. it is much darker/redder than pop orange but not so orange that it will look halloweeny with black (my biggest concern). i'd love to pair it with the angel blue energy bra but my store is out in my size of course! and it still hasn't made an upload. oh my lulu woes...

lexa said...

Good luck tomorrow!

Anna M said...

LOVE IT ALL! Cant wait to see pics from tomorrow!

SeeAlliRun said...

OMG! I love everything! Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Did their clothes Bly go up to size 10????

RunLiketheWind said...

Great documentation of the expo, thank you for sharing it with us! Run like the wind tomorrow :)

Jennifer K. said...

That seems like an impulse buyer's nightmare! Or fantasy....I wonder how much will end up on ebay. Hopefully they'll deem the event a success and bring it to to other markets coughsoutherncaliforniacough

Sharon said...

So so fun. Love the plum swiftly and the plaid shorts! Thanks for sharing the fun with us.

Pink Peony 4 said...

@anon4:47 pm: it all depends if there's a taker. I might end up with just the freebies and a headband if I'm lucky. Glad you got to laugh.

This sea wheeze colours are killing me right now...
Thanks for feeding our curiosity, LLA! Love the pics, btw. KEEP IT COMING. I can almost feel the breeze.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Good Luck GOOD LUCK!! You will do great. Just take one step at a time and before you know it you will be done and will feel fantastic!! You have lots of people cheering you on.....=)

Anonymous said...

We love flip flops in Toronto too. Live in them. Just saying.

Lulu IT GIrl said...

Love your Lulu haul especially the dark plum Swiftly tank. Good luck on the race and thanks for pics.

J in TO said...

Agreed, Anon 7:40!!

Stephanie said...

OMG. Oooh I want those neon green Dart & Dash shorts!!

Anonymous said...

Doyou think some of the plum or lime will show up in U.S stores after the SeaWheeze?

Good luck tomorrow enjoy yourself!

Kristin said...

Those colors ROCK! I must have all those speeds. Your new plum swiftly rocks. In love w/ all the wheeze gear. I wish I was there. Probably a good thing bc I would be broke.
BTW, love the Chip chip! LOL.

yogibabe said...

Yes Kristin! I'm with you in regards to the rocking colors. Hoping we'll see some in future uploads. And just because it's super cute, I will just have to get one of those seawheeze plaid speeds, even if I'm just walking the dog in it! :)