I am back from Spyder x Shape Take Tahoe, and all I can say is that I am forever humbled to have had this experience. I cannot wait to tell you all about our nonstop trip to Squaw Valley with Spyder Pro Athlete Amie Engrbretsen!
For today’s recap post, I simply want to take you through the Spyder x Shape Take Tahoe Trip and even so, it is going to be a long one!
In case you missed it, I spent four days in Lake Tahoe with Spyder Active Sports, Shape Magazine, and Amie Engrbretsen, pro skier and Spyder athlete. To have someone, especially a company that I so admire, fly me across the country for a trip that is the stuff of dreams! This trip could not have come at a better time: I am currently in the throes of an infertility battle and needed to get out of Chicago, to get out of my head, to connect with people beyond my immediate life, and to prove to myself that I am still capable… was an indispensable gift.
I will probably come back to that thought, I might just let it lie, but for now, I present to you…
Spyder x Shape Take Tahoe!
Thursday Spyder x Shape Take Tahoe Begins!
Thursday morning came bright and early with a 7:30 flight and 7 hours of travel from first wheels up to second wheels down in Reno. By the way, as I deplaned, the first thing I saw? Slot machines. I ended up spending a dollar on a Wheel of Fortune slot, instantly won and then instantly lost $5, tried another $1, lost that, and was done with it.
As Alex and I had both predicted.
After a major snack attack, we got to meet Amie, who would, with Spyder, be our host for the rest of the weekend. As soon as I met Amie, I instantly liked her–she is smart, humorous, driven, and remarkably intuitive and genuine. And gorgeous. But she has as much charisma in person as she does talent on the mountain (and seemingly everywhere else–seriously, the girl can do everything and do it amazingly well).
We piled into the massive rental car and headed over to the actual Lake Tahoe (Squaw is in North Tahoe, and about a 10 minute drive to the lake). OMG. I seriously couldn’t stop saying “This place is tragic.” SO TRAGIC. So epic. So dramatic. And yet… totally chill and accessible. I dug it.
After getting some snacks and drinks at a cute lodge-y restaurant, we headed back to the house to hang out before dinner and wait for our final member for the weekend, Kathy, who was arriving from Hawaii. By the time she arrived, everyone was starving, and we headed to a cute little spot in Squaw Village. Then it was back to the lodge, because it was going to be an early start and a long busy day to come!
Friday was the day that I was most looking forward to of the entire trip: we had plans to go skiing, do yoga, and then get massages before dinner in downtown Truckee. The day did NOT disappoint!
Spyder’s Mission + Coffeebar
We started the day with breakfast (I had eggs, toast, and sauteed spinach) and discussion of Spyder’s mission and women’s anthem.
I have SO SO SO many thoughts on this, and I think that Spyder is really going to become a key player in women’s fitness and empowerment areas. This is a company that I stand right beside, and the fact that they chose me to help represent them is one of the biggest compliments I have ever received.
Next, we headed to Coffeebar, a super cool, well, coffee bar in Squaw Village, for, well, coffee and to meet up with our photographer for the weekend, Cort before we headed over to get our ski rentals.
How cute is this place: light and airy, rustic and modern industrial, small town but urban.
Then, it was time!
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Sara and Kathy had never skiied before, and it had been 15 years since I was last on a mountain, much less in skis! Windy conditions complicated our plans a little bit and made it a better idea to split up for the first run: those of us who had skied before took the first run down the mountain and the new skiers waited until we could get on the Tram, which would take us to more suitable runs.
So many emotions. Fear, nerves, excitement, exhilaration, concentration, self critique, humility, and yes… pride. Just like last fall, I found that yes, I was a bit rusty, and yes, I lacked my original finesse, but you know what? STILL GOT IT!!!!!
While on the tram, we dug into some Clif and Luna bars, and I LOVE the new Cinnamon Almond Swirl.
It legit takes like a cinnamon bun, and Luna has done such a good job of cleaning up their recipes with lower sugar and cleaner flavors.
At Eagle’s Nest, our ski virgins got hands on attention from Amie and Maddie (a former pro halfpipe skiier herself) while Kendra, Megan and I headed off on our own (more lifts had opened up) for about an hour and half before meeting everyone at the bottom for a quick lunch from Soupa before yoga.
I got the Snow Bunny Quinoa Bowl with chicken, beets, pistachios, roasted root veggies, lettuce mix, and red quinoa on the bottom. I also added Cholula 😀 DELICIOUS and so necessary after our morning!
Wanderlust Yoga + Trilogy Spa Massages
After a quick change at the house (I had actually worn my yoga clothes as my base layers for skiing, so I was good to go), we headed to Wanderlust yoga studio for a fantastic class from Shari Beard, a pillar of the community and a gifted yoga instructor. She tooks us through a yoga flow for athletes, which was fun and different and totally humbling for me–it made me realize just how much strength I have lost since I used to practice 3-4x a week! I am going to have to work on that.
Then it was time for Swedish massages at Trilogy Spa. 50 minutes later…. Ahhhhhhhh. I’ll spare you the details of that, but I want to know what oil they used–it was AMAZING. I wish I could say that I quieted my mind and the tension melted away… but it was not to be. I just couldn’t get my mind to quiet, so I instead focused on feeling the tension in my muscles unravel, even if I couldn’t get my mind to relax.
Dinner in Truckee
Dinner that night was in downtown Truckee, about 10 miles from our little house. Truckee is a-freaking-dorable, and if you are ever in that area, you need to put it on your list. Truckee is a small historic mining town that has a revitalized main street, businesses in adorable houses, and some awesome shopping and food.
We went to Moody’s Bistro and Bar for dinner at the suggestion of Amie, and boy, was it a good spot. Amie and her boyfriend Todd joined us for dinner, and they are a fantastic couple–Todd is awesome! Dinner was delicious, and omg the desserts. I wasn’t going to eat any… but then people ordered them and I was like, well, gotta take one for the team, right? Everyone needs cherry semifreddo in their lives. Just saying. But skip their coffee, it is terrible, lol. Can’t do everything well, I guess!
We were exhausted when we got back to house, and all promptly sad goodnight and collapsed into bed to get ready for another day of adventure!
Saturday was a rise and shine to bright sunshine day!
Barre and Shopping in Truckee!
We headed over to The Bar Effect and took a (literally) kick ass class from Amie. She taught a great class, and the studio was lovely.
We also visited High Fives Foundation, a non-profit that Amie works with. The organization helps mountain sport athletes who have suffered life altering injuries through physical therapy. Not that my situation compares in any way to what they have gone through, but I know the fear of losing your life and your zest for life that comes with chronic pain. To imagine what these athletes are grappling with after traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and more… Such powerful work.Planning a visit to Tahoe? Check out Suz's trip to Squaw + Truckee! #laketahoe #travel #sweatpink Click To Tweet
We headed to downtown Truckee for some shopping (we had spied a few stores before dinner last night that we wanted to hit up!) and I made a few little purchases for myself! Then we headed over to the Truckee location of Coffeebar for lunch. I got the quinoa bowl, which was tasty but a bit on the small side. Luckily, we opted to get some bakery goodies, and I’m glad we did, because they stole the show!
Check out that chocolate chip cookie!!!
Then it was time for Fly Fishing! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was looking forward to fly fishing or not. There was a part of me that reeeally wanted to get into it and get immersed in the meditative aspects. But there was also a part of me that was like… I have zero attention span and even less tolerance for cold water.
I will say that I met in the middle: my attention span wore out, but I was able to see how, especially if I was there on my own, I might really get into the meditative repetition of it. The problem with me achieving such a meditative state? The hole in my waders letting in water…. SUCH a Suz moment.
We called it after about 45 minutes and then decided to head back to Truckee for more shopping and time at Coffeebar before heading back to the house to pack up and get ready for dinner.
Spyder x Shape Take Tahoe Farewell Dinner
Dinner was a fabulous affair prepared for us by Chef Dani, and it was simply delicious! You would never know it was gluten and dairy free, and oh, that chicken was perfection.
We were joined by the local Spyder rep as well as her friend (and owner of the barre studio) and Cort, and it was so much fun to have everyone together one last time.
Sunday Return Home
Sunday morning, there wasn’t much time to do anything with a 2:40 AM wake up call! But we had to be at the airport at 4, so that’s what you have to do. We told Kathy goodbye (she was flying the opposite direction), and I promptly passed out on the flight!
I didn’t want to tell everyone goodbye in Denver, but it was time. I spent my layover walking around and grabbing a salad (roasted cauliflower, look at you, Denver!) and listening to the Anna Faris podcast. Then I loaded up onto the Chicago flight and finished the journey home.BEST WEEKEND EVER >> @Spyder, @Shape_Magazine + Suz take @Squawalpine! #Spyderwomen #sweatpink Click To Tweet
I may have gotten a frappuccino for happy hour 😀
Then I was home with my pupster and cat and hubs, and after a snack and hanging out, I passed out on the couch with him. He had to go into work for a moonlighting shift, so the girls and I cuddled the rest of the night while I tried come to terms with the fact that the trip was over, and real life was imminent.
And now… here we are.
I know that this is a bit of a novel, but I just didn’t want to leave anything out. There will be more to come, but those posts will be a bit more pointed 😀
Now, catch me up on life!!!
Have you ever been whisked away on a dream trip?