My weekend in Galveston, TX was a whirlwind. I’ve been a spectator at many races before, but I had yet to experience it as official media. (Tomorrow’s post will cover the IM race)
As I mentioned in a post last week, I was recently contacted by representatives from the REFUEL | “got chocolate milk?™ campaign to come to Galveston to meet Chris Lieto, participate in the unveiling of his new ad, and watch the half-Ironman.
I flew into Houston late Friday afternoon and met up with the other 4 bloggers who were participating in the weekend’s events:
I started Saturday morning with a sunrise run – eight (or so) hot, humid, and sweaty miles along the beach.
After the run, I stretched and drank water in my room (and finished the first Hunger Games book!!) in preparation for a scheduled group run at 9am. When I made my way down to the lobby, I found out that we were going to have some pretty awesome company on the run – Chris Lieto! He was incredibly friendly and down to earth. If you didn’t know he was a world-class triathlete, you would never assume it from talking to him. (Note: If you aren’t familiar with Chris’ bio, I would recommend spending two minutes and reading it – he didn’t start doing triathlons until he was 25 years old and even had to overcome an accident that fractures his foot in over 50 places which doctors felt would prevent him from ever running again)
He led us on a fast (well, fast for for me since I haven’t been doing much speedwork lately) four mile run during which he happily answered any questions that we tossed at him.
After the run, the boys cooled down with a dip in the water boys while the girls opted for a shallow wading.
We ended the morning by drinking what else? Chocolate Milk as our recovery drink.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Gaedo’s, one of the oldest seafood restaurants on Galveston. There is nothing quite like freshly caught fish!
After lunch, we made our way to the race expo and press conference. Monica, Kelly, and I checked out the expo for a bit.
One booth had a recovery suit that I had never seen before called the Recovery Pump. It sounds pretty awesome, but the $1,000 price tag is a little steep for me)
The press conference included six of the top professionals competing on Sunday, including the eventual male and female winners and Lance Armstrong. It was upbeat and light-hearted. (Click here for a full recap). Hands-down, my favorite speaker was Caitlin Snow, a super cute and bubbly athlete from MA.
Next up was a quick speech by Chris Lieto about his post-workout recovery drink of choice – Chocolate Milk followed by the unveiling of his new “My After” ad.
Have you met any professional runners or triathletes before? What did you think of them?