It took me a half hour to navigate that short distance. Once there, parking was easy, though it was a long walk from the parking garage to the convention center (I estimated about a half mile, based on it taking me about 10 minutes, walking briskly).
The only gambling I did was while waiting to meet my coworker on Tuesday evening. I lost $5.
Fast forward to Wednesday evening. I had invitations to two dinners. As I wrote in a previous post , my company, WTS International , was hosting a dinner at the Yard House, which is about a mile south of the Mandalay Bay. At the same time, FitFluential , for which I am an Ambassador, was hosting a dinner at the Mandalay Bay. I felt obligated for the company dinner, but I really, really wanted to meet some of my fellow Ambassadors. I had what I thought was a great idea.
I would leave my hotel early enough (the last session was finished by 3:00, so I had time to go back and change), drive to the Mandalay Bay, pop up and meet some FitFluential peeps, then dash off and drive the one mile or so to my company dinner. Great plan. But you know what they say about best laid plans .
My plan started to go awry as soon as I started my drive from my hotel. I planned to take a half hour, as it had the night before. I planned to take the Strip, since that was the best choice from the day before. So much for plans. After driving for 20 minutes, I found myself less than a mile from my hotel. I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and I could finally see ahead of me that all the southbound lanes of Las Vegas Blvd. (my side) were closed. It looked like there was some kind of protest in progress (I found out later it was the culinary workers on strike). They were making all the southbound traffic U-turn and head back the way we came. So, after 35 minutes on the road I was right back at my hotel. Not good.
By the time I maneuvered through some side streets and made it to the Mandalay Bay, it was already 6:00, so I decided I had to skip my FitFluential meet-up. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time with co-workers, but I was disappointed that I missed out meeting some bloggers that I admire.
Enough talking about Las Vegas traffic. Let’s get to the fun. The trade show started on Wednesday. As I’ve written before, it is always an amazing experience. Just imaging this huge room, filled with every kind of fitness toy that you can imagine (and some you’d never imagine). All the big equipment manufacturers, the supply companies, anything you could possibly need to manage a health club or fitness center. Treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, weights, functional exercise equipment, software, locker room supplies, saunas and steam rooms, Zumba, Les Mills, Anti-Gravity Yoga, Spinning, Kettlebells, TRX, and much, much more. It’s like a toy store for fitness people. Plus the place is crowded with people, music playing, classes going on all around. Here are some pictures so you can imagine you’re there.
Before we even entered the trade show. A sample of what was to come.
The Matrix booth. Some of the companies had floor space larger than the fitness center that I manage.
Lots of people!
So much has changed in a few years. This type of frame, used to attach TRX and other functional exercise aids were rare four years ago, common now.
Big Ass Fans
More frames and functional equipment
This was the Balanced Body booth. I loved this piece of equipment (and it’s inventor). Simple, elegant, functional.
Life Fitness, with more functional equipment.
I did finally get to meet fellow FitFluential Ambassador Lindsay, of Lindsay’s List . She was working the Technogym booth.
The very cute Exercise Lab girls.
Ready for spin class?
Yet more functional equipment. I love the bright colors!
More indoor cycling.
In this spin class you can imagine you’re outside climbing steep mountains.
My husband Alan used to surf with Laird Hamilton’s dad. I told Laird this, but he didn’t seem impressed.
If you’ve ever used the eSpinner, you will recognize master trainer Josh.
I did want to share a picture of my co-worker. I hope she agrees that this is a great photo!
In case you forgot, I got do experience the Anti Gravity Yoga too.Altogether a pretty amazing experience. I can’t wait until next year. IHRSA 2014 in San Diego! I hope you enjoyed my recap. If you missed any of the previous IHRSA posts, here they are: Now that you’ve read all that, wouldn’t you like to come visit me next year and attend IHRSA 2014? Hope to see you there!