A few weeks ago I sent an email to Albert at Coffees Of Hawaii... I told him that I didn't know if his company had a local rep on Oahu or if they were even looking for one? BUT if they were looking for one, I was their gal! I went on to explain why, gave him a brief history of my experience as a sales rep (my old life pre-baby!), and then threw out a couple of ideas about how I might help their company locally here on the island. And wouldn't you know it? We set up a meeting this morning with their plantation manager who flew over from Moloka'i. :)
But first things first... like a good little triathlete, I figured out a way to still get my morning swim in... gathered a few girlfriends as headed to the ocean at sunrise. It was barely light when we got in, and very cold. These girls braved it without a wetsuit. (That's Heather from Stay At The Beach Mom on the left!)
We swam out to this island... can you guess why it's called 'Flat Island'?
Then we did intervals along the buoy line and then practiced running into and out of the water for beach start races. Super fun! (Except for the man who got in as we were getting out.... wearing a banana hammock style G-string speedo... not kidding... unfortunately the image is burned on my brain and I am forever scarred. What is wrong with people???)
Anyway, I had to rush off to my interview so my only option was beach park shower... with 20 mph sustained winds this morning, that water was blowing sideways in my face. Perfect start to the day.
And yes, I kept my wetsuit on through the whole shower. That wind was coooooold!
Um, minor problem when I went to get dressed...
What?? This beach park bathroom has never been locked before? Ugh. Laughing at myself and this crazy situation, I went and hid in my car to get dressed and finished getting ready. Seriously, who gets ready for their first interview in years in their car at a beach park? Apparently, I do.
Anyway, SuperWoman style change complete, I headed off to meet Maria to talk about the possibility of me becoming their local rep. And where else would we meet? Lol.
Keep in mind, Coffees of Hawaii is the company that sponsors the Floating Espresso Bar in Kona at Ironman, so I figured that Albert (a long time and very fast Ironman) would get a kick out of my interview prep if I eventually become a part of their company...
The meeting went superbly well, and I've been invited to go to Moloka'i to tour their plantation facility and get a better feel for their operation. Turns out, my timing in contacting them was perfect and they are in need of someone to service and grow the local accounts here on Oahu! It's just perfect, really. And Maria promised me that I would be on their Floating Espresso Boat in October! This will be me in a few months. Love it!
Anyway, it's not quite a done-deal yet, but it's looking good and I'm excited. I'm envisioning a part-time gig with them so I can still be a mom to Moana much of the time, and coach, and train myself... I'm going to be one busy mama... but I think it's possible to do it all.