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23 Apr

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2010 – Day 1

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox. Mark has his hands full today, so I’ll be reporting from the field. Check back throughout the day for text, photo and (maybe, fingers crossed) video updates.

7:53 am: There’s a buzz in the air as the inaugural PrimalCon kicks off in beautiful Oxnard, California. Attendees are trickling in. Grok On! shirts have been sighted.

8:00 am: Primal peoples meet and greet at registration

8:01 am: Getting hooked up with a Primal gift bag

8:16 am: Heading out to the beach park for sprint and lifting sessions

8:24 am: Chatting with Mark

8:27 am: PrimalCon event coordinator extraordinaire, Brad Kearns, sporting a slick PrimalCon shirt

8:32 am: PrimalCon attendees unite!

8:32 am: US Olympic team runner, Michael Stember, begins his sprinting instruction session

8:33 am: Philippe Til instructing on proper lifting form

8:55 am: Run like Grok!

12:10 pm: Ocean Plunge! A little cold water therapy does a person good.

12:45 pm: Primal lunch feast

1: 02 pm: The Aftermath

1:03 pm: FiveFinger Strawberry

1:33 pm: PrimalCon 2010 Keynote Address

4:06 pm: McGrath Organic Family Farm Tour

7:06 pm: Primal Feast number 2

8:02 pm: Mark and Barefoot Ted chat after dinner

8:32 pm: Wine and Dark Chocolate “Fireside Chat” back at Mark’s suite. Attendee overheard saying, “Man, I love this diet.”

11:33 pm: That’s it for the first day of PrimalCon. These updates hint at what the PrimalCon experience has been thus far, but in all honesty they hardly do it justice. Pictures can’t capture the joy of meeting fellow Primal Blueprinters face to face, or the taste of cedar-smoked salmon, or the experience of personal instruction in the Primal lifestyle behaviors. Tomorrow, if we can sort out the logistics, in addition to live blogging we will be bringing you PrimalCon 2010 updates using advanced technologies such as smell-o-vision and holographic virtual reality. See you then!

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2010 – Day 3

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2010 – Day 2

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. So….. jealous….

    But I hope everyone has a fantastic time, and I can’t wait to hear all the updates!

    Annika wrote on April 23rd, 2010
    • Ditto…

      Looks like a blast already!

      Adam Kayce wrote on April 23rd, 2010
      • Ditto. Have fun all.

        maba wrote on April 25th, 2010
  2. Way cool. Snippets from the field. Grok On!

    Pamela wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  3. This makes my day! I’ll be checking back often. Hope everyone has a great time. Thanks for the updates.

    sharonll wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  4. I am incredibly jealous…

    I’ll be checking back throughout the day for updates. There must be another one of these next year! I will be the first one to sign up!

    Toad wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  5. Would love to be there… at PrimalCon and in Cali.

    Steven wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  6. man, give me three years and i’ll be there!!

    Maybe next year i’ll start a campaign to help fund a trip to primalcon 2011.

    any ideas on how to do so? 😛

    Jstrick wrote on April 23rd, 2010
    • I’m thinking “work” and “saving” is one way….

      Dave wrote on April 26th, 2010
  7. By the looks of the last pic you were actually able to get a real live Grok?? 😉

    Mountain Dew wrote on April 23rd, 2010
    • that’s exactly what I thought when I saw the pic! lol

      Tanya wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  8. Amazing!! I wish I could of gone! Heres hoping for next year! 😀 I am so excited to see updates!

    Athena wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  9. Definately jealous! Hope to see video updates.

    Chris Robbins wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  10. Wish I was there! Stupid work…

    Caroline wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  11. Man, I am jealous. I hope to be there next year!

    Andy wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  12. Hi Mark – perhaps some PrimalCon attendees can share their stories? How the came upon Primal health and optimization? What benefits have they seen? What do they hope to get out of PrimalCon/what are they most excited about?
    Thanks! -Melissa

    Melissa wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  13. That last picture is beautiful! What energy :) That’s what it’s all about.

    Hilary wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  14. waaaaaaah! I want to be there!!! Looks like everyone is having a great time!

    kennelmom wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  15. Great stuff! Wish I could be there too!

    Pamela wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  16. I am so jealous right now…

    NicoB wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  17. Looks fun! Any plans for an East Coast PrimalCon?

    Al Kavadlo wrote on April 23rd, 2010
    • I’ll second that request. GO East!

      David Gress wrote on April 23rd, 2010
      • ditto!

        barb wrote on April 23rd, 2010
      • I am all for that :)

        Toad wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  18. More pics! So I can feel like I’m there :(

    lovestoclimb wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  19. If anyone needed proof of how Primal just works in terms of weight loss, muscle gain etc., i could just show them these pics!

    Compare this to a picture of a weight watchers (CW) meeting and it’s pretty obvious which has a more successful lifestyle.

    I will take bacon over vegetable soup any day of the week thanks!

    Jack wrote on April 23rd, 2010
    • Jack, I’m with you 100%! I had bacon with my omelet this morning before the sessions started.

      I had been looking around wondering who was with the group and who wasn’t, but found it easy to determine once I realized I only had to look for people with bacon-envy in their eyes! :)

      BenevolentForce wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  20. Hmm…and the male to female ratio looks to be in my favor. Definitely attending the next one!

    Caroline wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  21. Fun, fun, fun!!

    gilliebean wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  22. 8:55 am: Run like Grok!

    So easy, even a caveman can do it…

    Sterling wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  23. Yes, I’m full of envy, I’ll admit it. For the pictures of everyone leaving the ocean’s waters, I can’t help but think of George and the “shrinkage” episodes from Seinfeld.
    Just saying…

    Wish I was there!

    PrimalChat wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  24. It was a blast to teach and refresh/reverse engineer people’s skills and ‘Grok’ em up!

    Philippe Til wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  25. Oh, I see…this is where we all get taunted and shamed for not signing up this year. You got me! I’ll be there next time I swear!!! Don’t you dare move the venue because I’ll be living within jogging distance of it by this time next Spring.

    fireandstone wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  26. It looks like they are having the time of their lives. And I’m not there. *envy*

    CFS wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  27. OOOOOOOOOooooo SOOOOO jelous!!!!
    I am definitly coming to the next PrimalCon!!!

    Ika wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  28. Awesome! Wish I could have been there, but stuck in an office in downtown Toronto.

    Also, love the Grok look a like :)

    Primal K@ wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  29. Very jealous…but, because tomorrow is my birthday, we went to a restaurant tonight for dinner without the seedlings…A Brazilian restaurant. Where, for a fixed price, they will keep bringing you various meats roasted on a spit and carved tableside! Full buffet of starch included of course, if you eat that stuff. Salad and veggies too. We had 3 different (at least) cuts of beef, pork loin, sausages, lamb, chicken, turkey…all deliciously seasoned and marinated! Yummmy! What a find!
    p.s. Some cuts were even wrapped in bacon!

    Julie Aguiar wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  30. Looks like a blast. I hope it is a huge success, so I can join in on one of the future events.


    Dan wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  31. I am so jealous, such a fit, happy and healthy looking bunch of people, congrats to all of you. I hope to make the trek from Australia one day to attend an event.

    3fiddyz wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  32. Just finished the family vacation at Disney…Next year I hope to be at PrimalCon

    Paleo Nation wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  33. Looks fantastic. I couldn’t get across from Hong Kong this weekend but will definitely aim to be there for the next one. Or we could host one in Asia?? The water in Bali is beautiful and great surf!

    Paul wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  34. How about bringing it down to Australia for our summer!!! Looks fabulous. Great food, exercise and fun with like minded people. Might have to time my next trip to the States to co-incide, hmmm……

    Natalie wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  35. Animals…let go of jealousy and primally connect/morph/travel with the happenings. WE ARE THERE, HERE, EVERYWHERE. Met-a-morph with your primal con/with shamanic traveling powers. What a great swim eh?

    llynskyn wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  36. Terribly jealous…looks like a fabulous time! Hopefully I can join up next year; Mark, more advance notice of dates would be much appreciated to be able to plan to attend Primalcon 2011.

    Have a great rest of the weekend!

    Greensprout wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  37. sweetdeal

    frank wrote on April 23rd, 2010
  38. JEALOUS!! And I’m only down the road a ways!

    gilliebean wrote on April 24th, 2010
  39. pics makin me hungry… wish i had the money to fly out there!

    kevin wrote on April 24th, 2010

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