One of the highlights of 2011 so far was the weekend I went to PrimalCon 2011 in California in April. I enjoyed it so much, that I booked my ticket for the 2012 event as soon as the tickets went on sale this morning.
I hadn't realised quite how far America was from Australia when I booked this year. I went at quite short notice and used my air miles, so didn't pay too much attention to minor details like flight times. I was trying to minimise time off work, so I left Australia on the Friday and flew back on the Sunday night. This was a big mistake! I now know very well that Los Angeles is a very long 14 hour 7,497 mile flight from Sydney. To make matters worse, as I used my air miles, I was assigned a very impressive route of Sydney to Brisbane, a night in Brisbane, a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne, then finally I got on my international flight at Melbourne!
It was all for the best however, as I met a wonderful new friend on the flight to LA, who was also attending PrimalCon (with just two people going from Australia, what were the chances of us being on the same flight?)
I'm planning to make PrimalCon 2012 into a much more sensible length America trip, especially as it falls the weekend after Easter.
I made some lifelong Primal friends in April, in fact, I spent a wonderful week in Texas with two of my PrimalCon friends, and met up with some others at the AHS in August. I'm really looking forward to catching up with them and making some more Primal friends.
Over the whole weekend, the food was incredible. So much was local Californian produce and it was great to have things like Kale and Turkey, which I find so difficult to find here in Australia (if you know of any good sources here, please let me know in the comments!)
One of my highlights from the weekend was the running workshop with Barefoot Ted. I learnt so much from him and my running style has changed forever. In fact, it was his workshop that inspired me to buy my Vibrams! I'm thrilled to see Barefoot Ted is back again for next year’s event – hopefully I can refine my technique further still.
Erwan Le Corre is a new presenter for the 2012 event. I really enjoyed his talk and demonstration on MovNat at the AHS this year, and to have the opportunity to have a small group workshop with the guy who does this is incredibly exciting!
I just received my latest Amazon book order of Exuberant Animal by Frank Forencich yesterday – so couldn't believe it when I read Frank Forencich is also a presenter at PrimalCon! I’d better get started on his book…
Hopefully we'll be able to get Mark Sisson over to Australia/ New Zealand in the near future, but in the meantime… anyone else coming to PrimalCon with me?