Party Warlord

Happy Friday, everyone—and happy first day of summer!  Let’s hope the official start of a new season means tons of runners will be out shopping for new gear today.

Workout #1 – Swimming

This morning started with a Full Throttle Endurance swim workout that focused on long sets—think 10-minute steady swim, 8-minute steady swim, etc.—and pulling, my favorite type of tech work. (Note sarcasm.) Since a lot of us are racing Stamford next weekend, we also practiced sighting and drafting.  And I rocked a new pair of goggles!

tyr-polarized-special-ops-goggles

I received this TYR pair (polarized special ops if the #trigeeks are interested) in my shoe training graduation swag bag, and as you can see, the goggles have a blue tint, which works better for pool swimming. (My trusty Speedo goggles have a dark tint.) Nothing but good things to say so far:  They didn’t fog up, they didn’t let in water, and they felt really comfortable.

Workout #2 – Running and Strength Training

After spending some quality time in the hot tub (more on that shortly), I hit the West Side Highway for an easy 20-minute run and finished with a full-body strength training workout.

Breakfast

Back home, I made an extremely green smoothie that contained frozen kale, one frozen banana, frozen blueberries, spinach, protein powder, and almond milk.

6:21-breakfast-green-protein-smoothie

Perfect for a warm summer day!

So you’re probably wondering about the title of this post, right?  In the hot tub after practice, my teammates and I started talking about the New York City Triathlon, specifically our post-race plans.  Yes, we’re pumped to swim, bike, and run on our own turf, but let’s be honest—the after party is a major source of excitement too. (Exhibit A:  South Beach.  Exhibit B:  Montauk.)  Somehow, one thing led to another, and my teammates voted me “party warlord”—yes, that’s the actual title—which means I’m in charge of planning our afternoon shenanigans.  How this responsibility gets delegated to the youngest person on the team … I have no idea.  Luckily, I have some party-planning experience:  In high school, two of my best friends and I hosted a summer “formal” for a bunch of our friends.  Midnight Masquerade was the theme in 2007.

midnight-masquerade-2007

And in 2008, we went with a color theme—silver and gold maybe?

summer-party-2008

Anyway, organizing these parties was a lot of fun—and a lot of work.  It definitely gave me a new respect for event planning.  Our setup worked nicely because we were a team of three, and thankfully, two of my teammates volunteered to help with our upcoming get-together.  But I was told to still “rule with an iron fist and veto dumb ideas,” so we’ll see what happens!

Do you have party- or event-planning experience?  Also, NYC-ers:  any recommendations for fun party venues?

26 responses to “Party Warlord

  1. haha! “Party Warlord” is such a great title. I can see how it was delegated to the youngest person – if it were delegated to the oldest, then the party would include Netlix and going to bed early 😛

    • We were brainstorming title ideas, and warlord was the winner! I proposed guru, but that was deemed too generic. And yeah, your point makes a lot of sense–although we’ll probably still fall sleep early because the race is on a Sunday, so people won’t get *too* crazy. 😉

  2. Awesome! I love party planning 🙂 Nike held its after party at Beauty & Essex which was SUCH a cool location. Food and drinks were superb. Maybe check that out?

  3. Nice looking goggles! I have an old pair of TYR that I love and the new ones I bought don’t fit my eyes correctly. 🙁

  4. Wow cool. I have little to no party planning experience…I wish I could help you out but I will tell you your green smoothie looks good LOL. Good luck and I can’t wait to see photos!

    • carriestevens

      Fingers crossed the party turns out well! A few of my teammates didn’t “vote” for me to be the party warlord because they were afraid the added stress would lead to a not-so-great performance on race day, lol.

  5. Congratulations, oh mighty Party Warlord! Sounds like you have the right experience. I’m so bad at planning things like that. I wish I had the knack for it!

    • carriestevens

      Clearly, I don’t have a ton of experience, but I am super organized, in-the-know, and like having power and control. 😉 Although I don’t quite feel like a party warlord; that’s a intense-sounding title! 😉

  6. haha love the title! that’s awesome.

    • carriestevens

      I proposed tamer phrases like “planner” and “guru,” but warlord was the crowd favorite. 🙂

  7. Hooooooray for the summer solstice!! I don’t know why but I just like days like these. 🙂 Ironically enough I serve on the planning committee for my non-profit’s annual gala Moonlight Masquerade. This is the 4th year I’ve been on the committee and it’s overwhelming, stressful and exciting at the same time. (Last year we raised about $68k.)

    I hope you have a blast planning the after-tri party! There are so many fun things that you can do. Oh, and the reason you were delegated is because you’re flipping awesome. Seriously.

    • carriestevens

      Wow, so you have a lot of actual, real-life experience. Any tips for this newbie? 😉 I fully intend to delegate whenever I can, but I’m not going to lie–I *like* being in charge and in-the-know!

  8. oh my gosh have so much fun planning! so much you could do

    • carriestevens

      That’s the part that’s overwhelming; the after-party could be anything really–a sit-down prix fixe meal, cocktails and finger foods, etc. I’ll have to poll the masses and see what everyone wants to do!

  9. I am going to try your green shake tomorrow 🙂 I have some frozen kale and have been wanting to use it! I have only ever used spinach in my green smoothies so I think it’ll be a nice change of things 🙂

    • carriestevens

      The kale-spinach combo makes it very green as you can tell, and the blueberries add some sweetness. Let me know how it turns out!

  10. Love my TYR googles… Specifically love wearing them around the house for kicks… Yeah whatever. And post-race festivities are THE best. It’s amazing how fast you can catch a second wind! 🙂

    • Right? I’ve also learned not to power nap before post-race festivities–riding the adrenaline high works much better. 😉

  11. That smoothie is really green! It looks like some experiment in a horror movie!

  12. No party planning experience, well other than our wedding since we planned everything on our own!

    • carriestevens

      WOW. That is no small feat. And I love how you said “other than our wedding.” I cannot begin to imagine planning something that important!

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