I experienced another fitness first last weekend by attending a Mindful Triathlon on behalf of bobble. Wanderlust 108 was held in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. I woke up early on Saturday to meet Meaghan and Sam for a morning of running, meditating, and practicing yoga. I arrived 15 minutes before the 5k run started and was impressed by how quickly the Wanderlust team was checking people in. After getting my bib, I checked my bag and headed to the starting line with the girls. I had run 10 miles the night before, so Sam and I took it slow while Meaghan crushed the course. The 3.1 mi loop started out downhill through some trees, curved around a lake, and finished with a long uphill. It was a much-needed shakeout run before heading to check out the vendors.
There were about two dozen vendors in the Wanderlust Kula Market and Food Coop, including bobble. The bobble team was allowing attendees to customize the filter and lid colors of their water bottles. Did you know that approximately 38 billion plastic water bottles end up in landfills each year? Bobble is an alternative to single-serve plastic water bottles that can help you eliminate unnecessary waste. Each reusable bobble comes with a replaceable carbon filter designed to make ordinary tap water taste better. I was lucky enough to get my hands on bobble’s new sport design, which launches in October and features an updated shape and grip. At Wanderlust, bobble was hosting a contest that awarded a prize pack to those who posted and tagged creative pictures with their water bottles.
After exploring the Kula Market and refueling with snacks, Meaghan, Sam, and I headed to the main stage area to set up our mats for meditation and yoga. Before the sessions started, speakers such as former NFL player Keith Mitchell talked about meditation and yoga being used to treat conditions ranging from PTSD to partial paralysis. The meditation, which felt powerful in a field filled with thousands of people, was led by Elena Brower and Garth Stevenson. As meditation was ending and the yoga class was beginning, it started to drizzle. We continued to flow until it was raining to the point where we were slipping during our chaturangas. Meaghan, Sam, and I felt bad leaving Seane Corn and the group, but the weather was also very cool. Fortunately, we hustled back to the subway with our Spiritual Gangster gift bags and made it back to our Manhattan apartments before the heavy rain started. A swim-bike-run triathlon might still be on my bucket list, but a run-meditate-yoga triathlon has been crossed off.