Yesterday, I completed my 1st mindful triathlon at the sold-out Wanderlust 108 festival. A mindful triathlon is a 5k; followed by 75 minutes of yoga; and then 30 minutes of meditation. I had the BEST time!
I admit that I was a bit apprehensive about the mindful triathlon. It was supposed to rain in San Francisco the day before. Sure, I could run a 5k in the rain/drizzle/fog. No problem. But, yoga in the rain? Meditation on wet grass? And what about the rest of my Wanderlust tribe? Would they still show up, or will I be alone for the mindful triathlon – in the rain and cold? With other like-minded crazy strangers????
LOL – I should not have worried. It actually rained on Friday, and it was sunny on Saturday. Also, on Sunday morning for Wanderlust, it was blue skies, sunny, and warm. Plus the grass was already dry. PERFECT! My tribe gathered, and we were all excited about spending the morning completing a mindful triathlon together! YEAY!
We got to Golden Gate Park right before the 5k started (triathlon part 1). There was already a huge crowd at the starting line.
Everyone at Wanderlust was so very nice and friendly. I immediately felt a sense of connection with all the other (aspiring) mindful triathletes!
The 5k was totally laid back and casual. It was untimed, and Wanderlust provided a very generous 2 hour time limit. It was a nice route through the Park, with cheer stations and 1 water stop along the route. I was pleasantly surprised by the good organization. Part 1 done!
Next, we went searching for a good place to lay down our yoga mats. Wanderlust had a huge stage set up, and we found really good spots within 10 rows from the front! We hurriedly laid down our mats because volunteers let us know that over 3,000 other people will be coming soon, and it will be very crowded.
After we laid down our yoga mats and secured our awesome spots, we went to the festival. Many of the booths gave away free food samples, and we took them all! I loved the Brew Dr. Kombucha samples. The acai mini bowls were delicious. Kashi gave away an assortment of free bars. The Perfect Bar was yummy. It was a great festival, and everyone was so friendly. The longest line at the festival was for free yoga-inspired bags from Ford. These bags were big enough to hold my yoga mat, and made of good sturdy material, so it was worth the wait!
We could have stayed at the festival longer, but it was time for yoga (triathlon part 2).
Yoga was AMAZING! I stretched. I laughed. I challenged myself. MC Yogi who led the first part of this huge outdoor yoga dance party session, made jokes and I almost lost my balance sometimes. But, it was so very fun. There was music, and we clapped and snapped in time. We also danced on our mats! Then, Cat took over the 2nd part of the yoga. The sun shone brightly on all of us, as we collectively did sun salutations, tree poses, and downward dogs.
There was this one moment, when collectively we were all in downward dog. Cat said to feel the sun warming our backs and to feel the breeze going through our limbs, through our bodies. It was almost other-worldly in how perfect that one moment was. I felt so connected to everyone and to nature. The time just flew by, and next thing I knew, Part 2 was done!
Immediately, the last part of the mindful triathlon began. Vinny Ferraro took the stage, for 30 minutes of guided meditation. I closed my eyes, and I concentrated on my breath and on Vinnny’s voice. Usually, I have too many random thoughts during my mediation practices, but at Wanderlust, I was fine. Maybe it was warmth of the sun on my arms, or maybe it was the cool breeze that flowed around my still body, or maybe it was being with over 3,000 other like-minded people. I don’t know, but it felt AWESOME!
When I opened my eyes again, I was a mindful triathlete. Part 3 was done!
I turned and I congratulated my tribe. We were all mindful triathletes now- we did it together. YEAY!
Do you want to become a mindful triathlete? Check out Wanderlust 108: http://wanderlust.com/108s/