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Kona Ironman 2012…Finishing Last is Finishing First

The week of October 5th-October 14th, I had the opportunity to travel to Kona, Hawaii to be apart of the 2012 Ironman World’s Championship.  I went there to represent Oakley at the Ironman Expo a few days prior to the actual race.  I went there knowing I was going to be headed back to paradise, but had no idea how inspiring and moving this actual competition was.

 
Waking up at 6:00am on the day of the race was not an option.  Sure, the expo was over and we had the day “off”, but I was so excited to be apart of this community and event, I couldn’t help but to wake up with excitement.  Heading down to the start, I was overwhelmed on how many people got out of bed that early to watch the 2.4 mile swim.  The environment was buzzing as the athletes took to the water, following up with a 112-mile bike ride and 26.2 Marathon run….all in the heat that Hawaii brings everyday.

 
Sure, it was awesome to watch Pete Jacobs and Leanda Cave win for the men and the womens, but the real action was the last few hours of the race.  Around 8:00pm, I stood against a barrier lining the last few yards before the finish line.  Watching athletes ranging from 20-87 years of age, pushing their body to the limits was the most inspiring, heart melting thing I have ever done.  I wasn’t even there to support someone that I knew, but I cheered with all my might for each person that passed.  It was exhilarating to be apart of this huge crowd, who’d all been up since before the sun rose, cheering on individuals whose bodies were breaking down, yet they weren’t giving up.  Each person’s name was yelled over the loudspeaker with their own personal journey and careers.  Tears filled my eyes watching the joy that every finisher had.
In my opinion, finishing last might just be better than getting first.  Here’s some photos and a PERFECT video on the event.  Until next year Kona!

The Oakley Expo Crew!  🙂

The swim start…filling up the beaches at 7:00am!

My View of the Finish!  The crowd was so uplifting and truly a community!

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Top 5 Gifts to Buy a Yoga Athlete this Holiday Season

Are you struggling to find that perfect gift this season for your active family members or even yourself?! What kind of gift can you give to those close family & friends that want to step up their yoga practice, athletic performance, or both!?.. well California Yoga Sport has done the research for you! Check out some of these high performance gifts for your fellow athletes this season.

Top 5 Gift Ideas for Yoga Athletes:


1. Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat– This yoga mat is a fresh alternative for people who like travel yoga mats with superior quality and comfort. The PROlite is a lighter, zero-waste, non slip yoga mat for in the studio and on the go.

2. Moji Neck+– This product is an innovative all-in-one garment that provides soothing heat to the neck and middle to upper back. The Neck+ wraps around the contours of the body to deliver Moji’s signature warm hug and provides ample coverage for the neck or can be flipped over and worn to heat the middle to upper back. This product provides instant tension release in the upper back & neck which is a common place that most people hold all of their holiday stress. 😉 Yoga assists in relieving this tension, but throwing one of these on after a challenging vinyasa flow with one too many downward dogs is Ah-mazing!

3. Polarized Oakley Stockholm Goggles for those Ski Bunnies or Tanner Hall Signature Series Crowbar Snow Goggles for the Snow Men – Oakely is famous for its high level performance sunglasses & goggles tackling every sport that needs superior eyewear. This ski & snowboarding season don’t lose sight of your performance goals and be sure to pick up yourself or your snow hungry friends a set of these snow goggles.

*Perks to this perfect eye wear is the O Matter Technology that uses premium materials to provide its’ customers with flexible design, strap outriggers to distribute pressure, and the moisture wicking comfort of triple-layer fleece foam. The impact resistance meets ANSI Z87.1 standards and the UV filtering is 100%. They even tune the lens sizing for a greater visual range and hit it with F3 anti-fog treatment. CYS’s ULTIMATE buy for this Holiday Season!

4. Polar T31 Heart Rate Monitor or an over the top holiday buy with the Polar RCX5 Supreme Precision for Endurance Athletes – From improving fitness to enhancing athletic performance, Polar makes some of the best heart rate monitors around. If you know someone looking to up their game & gain serious competitive edge in their training than these two heart rate monitors, though very different, can do just that! Of course Polar T31 is the best basic heart rate monitor out there to introduce to a novice & the RCX5 is the ultimate holiday gift that would be an undeniable advantage in anyone’s training for those marathon runners, triathletes, or Ironmen/women. If you know someone training for a marathon or their first triathlon the Polar T31 is definitely the gift for them! *Benefits to using a heart rate monitor while training – accuracy & ease, helps monitor your fitness, prevent over or under training, helps track pace during training & in a race, and allows for pure constructive feedback on your athletic ability & improvements. Highly recommended for a personal purchase to start 2012 off on the right beat- no pun intended!

5. Lululemon Recognition Pants or Lululemon Core Short for Men – Looking for a new way to jazz up your wardrobe or your friend’s yoga attire for class? These gifts are perfect! I know for us here at CYS new clothes can give us that New Years Resolution boost we need in our practice. Another pair of yoga pants never hurt anyone..right?!  For the male friends & family members out there it’s always tough to find functional & comfortable clothing to practice yoga in as well as feel good wearing it – the Lulu Core Short is the pair for you! Lululemon’s clothing line & quality of fabric helps those novice yogis feel like advanced practitioners during those unpredictable hot vinyasa flow classes. Help your friends & family members, who may be trying out Yoga as a New Years Resolution, to start their practice off feeling good from the inside out!

Need more gift ideas?! Feel free to email us! We have a gift for every type of Yoga Athlete out there & plenty more ideas of self spoiling products to treat yourself to this holiday season!

Be sure to also check out our Holiday Special Offer for a 50 minute health consultation with our Health Coach Diana & a private yoga training session with our CYS Trainers Lacey & Lindsea!