Saturday, March 5, 2011

Zoot, Zappos, & Vegas

I am one lucky lady. I have a really cool sponsor, Zoot Sports, who sent Brendan Halpin & me to Las Vegas for the day to do a video shoot with Zappos. It's so that customers can get a 3D video idea of what the apparel and shoes look like on a real body, giving a better understanding of the features of Zoot clothing. Here's Brendan modeling a running tank, tri shorts, & compression socks:

Zappos would be a really neat place to work. They treat their employees well and they are happy and productive because of it. Our videographer gave us a tour of the Zappos facility where we saw employees working, singing, dancing, doing puzzles, napping, & working. I was able to act princess for a few minutes in one of the conference rooms. Great double Z meaning!

We finished quickly and we were in Las Vegas so we hit the strip for a bit. We lounged by a pool, toured a few hotels, played the slots (a whole $3) and hit the Bellagio Cafe for some lunner. I must give a huge thanks to the Bellagio Lost & Found for mailing me my camera to MT. It was a fun-filled day with Brendan, Sonja (Zoot and much more rep), & the folks at Zappos.

Tucson Training

Well I am not a snowbird this year but I did get to fly south for a quick week of training at The Cycling House. My week went something like this:

Wednesday: work in the morning in Missoula, fly south being picked up by the lovely Corbins in Phoenix, race CC eating In N Out burger (I win!), drive to Tucson

Thursday: Mt. Lemmon intervals opened up my week. They were 5x{5'@90-92%max heart rate (owee!) followed by a 2.5' grind} . After riding I did a mini transition trail run with Brendan.

Friday: Hill repeats at the golf course, 3 hour easy ride, 30 minute recovery swim.

Saturday: Brendan's 4.5 kiloyard set and a quick hard ride. It included lots of short 90-92% max heart rate intervals.

Sunday: Long trail run with Anya where I received a cactus spine to the foot that I still have. Easy 1k swim outside.

Monday: 4400yard swim set with the boys, Adam, Matt, & Bren. 4+ hours ride with those boys, hanging on for dear life at favorite kind of ride!

Tuesday: Crabby long intervals running. I should have had coffee before this one to boost my attitude. I came home, had coffee, and had a much better day. We rode Mt. Lemmon (easy) for Linsey Corbin's birthday. I was greeted at the top by samples of everyone's cookies.

Wednesday: Fly home to the winter wonderland (indoor training land) of Missoula, MT.