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April 23 2010

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2010 – Day 1

By Aaron

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

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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!

  2. This makes my day! I’ll be checking back often. Hope everyone has a great time. Thanks for the updates.

  3. 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!

  4. 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? 😛

  5. By the looks of the last pic you were actually able to get a real live Grok?? 😉

  6. Amazing!! I wish I could of gone! Heres hoping for next year! 😀 I am so excited to see updates!

  7. 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

  8. That last picture is beautiful! What energy 🙂 That’s what it’s all about.

  9. 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!

    1. 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! 🙂

  10. Hmm…and the male to female ratio looks to be in my favor. Definitely attending the next one!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. It looks like they are having the time of their lives. And I’m not there. *envy*

  14. OOOOOOOOOooooo SOOOOO jelous!!!!
    I am definitly coming to the next PrimalCon!!!

  15. Awesome! Wish I could have been there, but stuck in an office in downtown Toronto.

    Also, love the Grok look a like 🙂

  16. 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!

  17. Looks like a blast. I hope it is a huge success, so I can join in on one of the future events.


  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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……

  21. 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?

  22. 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!

  23. Looks like all of you are having a fantastic time! Full report expected at the end all you forum-goers.

    Grok on!

  24. Can’t believe I’m not there! Everyone have a great time! Next year for sure!

  25. I was so jealous when I thought it was going to be a huge convention sized convention… now I’m even more jealous.

  26. Want to be there! You must post the date for next years’ PrimalCon ASAP, so I can bid my vacation around the date…and use my vacation passes! Have a great time!!!!

  27. By the way…I love the guy in the pic who LOOKS like his name is Grok…did you HIRE him as a prop? He is perfect!!! What a great pic!!!

  28. I’m soooo jealous! I’m in Australia so couldn’t have made it even if I had leave… but still… sooooooo jealous! Mark and team, hope you guys keep up the primal Cons in future cos’ I will definitely try to make it to one in the coming years…

  29. Yup, jealous. And noticing the abundance of healthy, robust beach bodies. That’s definitely another perk!

  30. I didn’t even know this thing was happening or I would have jumped at the chance myself!

  31. As much fun as it looks, not a single overweight person there. I would not fit in.

    1. Not true, IBRobynb. Just about every age and fitness level were represented at PrimalCon 2010. Not to mention that the group was the most friendly and welcoming bunch of people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. I expect future PrimalCons to be the same. Additionally, all activities are scaled for fitness levels and completely optional, so we encourage everyone, no matter where you are on your Primal journey, to attend. Stay tuned for PrimalCon 2011!

      1. Yea, I sort-of thought that too–with all these chiseled champions noticeably photographic at the event, my 30 pounds to go would not fit in either! Plus, I’m a complete clumsy Neanderthal next to these Paleo Cro-Mag-Adonises…is there room for an intellectual at the PrimalCon athletic inn? Maybe by next year I’ll pass muster!

    2. Not true. There were all levels of fitness and various body types present- just not pictures of all of us. ANYONE would fit in- and I would personally welcome anyone to join us next year- wherever they may be on their personal and primal “journey”. PS- whoever you are- my guess is that you are a better “golfball stacker” than I am- seeing as I completely failed at that task- therefore you will be guaranteed to at least kick one person’s butt (mine) on the obstacle course 🙂 This will need explaining- so I guess you’ll have to show up next year to get an explanation!

  32. Thanks alot Mark and all your team for the superb job, Hats off. I really loved it and enjoyed it and I am proud to be the one of the participant of the very first Primal Con. I and my primal fellows are waiting to see one happening in Canada.

  33. great lifestyle you might want to hold this event here on martha’s vineyard someday