Tuesday, May 15, 2012

FitBlogNYC: An Epic Day in the City

So now that my first triathlon is behind me, I have a million fun things to catch you up on from last week.

We'll start first with FitBlogNYC.

Remember last Wednesday when I said I was on a train at some ungodly hour of the morning heading to New York?

View out my train window. It's dark o'clock in the morning  #fitblognyc
So ungodly early that it was this dark through many of the stops

Well, I was going to spend the day at a fun "Meet and Tweet" event sponsored by Fitness Magazine. I got the opportunity to attend through FitFluential (disclaimer, I paid for my own train ticket).

I arrived in NYC just after 8 a.m. for the start of the day's fun.

#fitblognyc Whooo

The event was a chance to hang out with some of my favorite bloggers and to learn about a variety of health topics from guest speakers and staff at Fitness Magazine.

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Miz, Kelly, Julie and Tina on their panel
Photo by Steven Meyer

I had a blast catching up with some of my favorite blog ladies, like Ashley, Theodora and Gia, who I had seen last after the Rock N Roll USA marathon in March.

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Bloggers doing what we do best: Taking pictures and tweeting
Photo by Steven Meyer

I also got to meet tons of other bloggers in person, like Ali, who is just as sweet in person as she is on her blog. It's always nice to be able to put a face to a blog name/Twitter handle.

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Photo by Steven Meyer

The day was full of informative panels, socializing and hanging out with fun people like Mia Hamm.

Me and Mia Hamm at #fitblognyc
Could I be cheesin' anymore hardcore?

Oh and swag. The day was also full of lots and lots of swag.

So much #fitblognyc swag.

Upon arriving we were giving name tags and small swag bag with a "passport" inside.

We had a chance to mingle with the event sponsors and get stamps on our passports, which earned us an even bigger swag bag at the end of the event.

I am still sorting through all the swag I got, but one thing I've used already is the awesome pair of Oakley sunglasses that we got.

The sunglasses were from the performance line -- meaning they were made for fitness with sweat resistant grips around the nose and by the ears to prevent them from sliding, but they are also functional enough to be worn as every day sunglasses.

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Learning about the shades
Photo by Steven Meyer

As someone who has just recently taken up biking for triathlons, I had no appropriate sunglasses to wear. I would literally wear my big beach sunglasses under my bike helmet. It looked really goofy.

So in my tri on Saturday I used the Oakley glasses and they were 100% amazing. They didn't slide once on the run or the bike and they did a great job of keeping the sun from blinding me.

I did it!!

Oh and they looked super cute too.

A huge thanks to Oakley for hooking all the FitBlogNYC attendees up with these amazing sunglasses!

My day in NYC was a long one. I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to catch my train and didn't get back home until close to 9:30 p.m., but it was so worth it. I love events like this that bring bloggers together for an excuse to hang out and learn something in the process.

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Photo by Steven Meyer

Thanks to Fitness Magazine and FitFluential for a fun-filled day!

Oh and thanks for the man-candy too.

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Photo by Steven Meyer

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