Sunday, June 26, 2011

And the winner is....

Sarah from Sarah Tries Triathlon!  Sarah is new to triathlons - so check out her blog and give her some love! 
Sarah - shoot me an e-mail with your address! 

I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone that entered! I really do love this product - and personally - I think this is the best 'feel awesome on the bike' product for women out there.  We all know, that if certain 'girly areas' are not happy - the whole ride is like marching through hell.  UGH.  Not good.  I hope that everyone goes to REFLECT SPORTS and orders a tube or two! 

Now.  IMCDA.  What an awesome race.  Watching the start this morning, and the end this afternoon, I am now SO PUMPED for IMTX!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Living in Florida

When I first moved to Florida everyone was like 'you are going to be on the beach everyday - life is going to be like a vacation'.  Um.  Not so much.  My weekends are spent swim/bike/running with laundry, cleaning - and other fun domestic stuff.  Going to the beach is the last thing on my list of 'to-dos'   But last Sunday - I took full advantage of the beach.  I packed my chair, beach bag and headed out to Deer Lake Beach Access for a morning of R&R.  Solo.  I was the only person on the beach for miles.  This beach access is a state park and it's a pretty long hike through the dunes to get to the actual beach - but it's well worth it. SO worth it.   

Don't forget about my killer Hoo Ha Give-A-Way!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dad rocking the Lululemon

Man.  My dad is pretty awesome, to say the least.  I am very fortunate to have such an awesome family - and not doubt it my dad is the glue that holds my crazy family together.  And did I also mention that he is a bad ass runner?  I remember back in the day when we lived in the mid-west, I always knew when school was canceled due to snow/ice because I could hear my dad RUNNING around the house.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  RUNNING.  I thought I was OCD - but big pappa has me beat.  But my dad is a bad ass runner and ever since I can remember my dad (and my mom) will run together everyday.  So those days I don't feel like getting out of bed - I just think of my dad.  And now he'll be rocking a new pair of LULULEMON running shorts.  Way to be styling out on the roads of St. Louis Dad!  (PS - mom got Lululemon running gear for mothers day!) 
Thanks for being awesome dad:

Yep - he even ran to the start of IMFL ;)  See.  I told you. BAD ASS RUNNER! 

Don't forget about the HOO HA Give-A-Way!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hoo Ha Give-A-Way!

I hope everyone is having a killer weekend.  I don't know about you - but in Florida it's like an oven outside.  No joke.  This morning we ran at 5:30am - and it was 88 already.  Ugh.  Welcome summer.

Anyway - I'll get to the point on this post - THE HOO HA RIDE GLIDE give-a-way!  Who likes saddle sores?  Chafing?  Gross-a-roo.  Not this girl.  That is why  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product.  Judy from Miles of Madness got me hooked on the Hoo Ha  last year - and I just have to share the love.  It is all natural and smells great.  Hoo Ha gets me through my long training rides with a smile on my face - not to mention all of my IMFL training.  Want more info?  Check out their Reflect Sports site and read more - and also check out the other 'ladies only' products.  But seriously - this stuff is the sh*t and I could not image hopping on the princess with out it.
Now - how can you win this goodness in a bottle?  Simple!
1.  Follow my blog
2.  Post this give-a-way on your blog
3.  Follow me on twitter
4.  Post the give-a-way on your twitter
6.  AND if you have tired Hoo Ha - write a review! (on their facebook page)
7.  Follow the Hoo Ha on twitter @hooharideglide
Be sure to let me know what you've done be leaving a comment :)

Lot's of ways to enter! 
I just can't express how excited I am about this give-a-way!  This product is awesome and every lady who is out tearing up the roads, either by foot or bike, should use this product! 
I will draw the winner a week from today!  (6/25!) 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Race Report

This was the toughest race ever.  First of all - the week leading up to this race was awesome - but not really 'taper friendly'.  I had a major work function Weds-Saturday that was located in a beautiful resort in Orlando.  Now I don't know about you - but in my line of work, conventions = heels and booze.  I was good, but my feet STILL hurt.  At least I looked good!

This was my first solo race.  Not the best decision saying that:
#1 It is a 70.3
#2 Six hour drive home
#3 It was hotter then HELL.  Seriously.  My mojo melted. 

I got to the race site on Sunday morning and set everything up.  Met a few other awesome local racers and chatted it up.  A few of the ladies are getting ready for IMKY - so they wanted to heat training.

The swim was in a lake that was around 84 degrees.  This was a small race, so all of the ladies took off at once.  I just stroked along - and for the most part I was all alone.  Which was kind of weird. 
Total Time:  37:47 (1st in AG)

I knew this bike would be challenging, but I was ready for it.  This is a new course for me and I was looking forward to the climbs.  We rode through several orange groves, tree farms, and some more wonderful scenery.  About 15 miles into the ride, Heather Golnick flew past me, which was pretty awesome.  But the hills where challenging and I really enjoyed it.  The odd thing was - that I was alone almost the whole ride.  Seriously.  I would get passed by a guy every now and then, but that was it.  There where a few times were I actually thought I was off the course.  Awesome.  Solo race - I could have ridden to Miami and no one would have known. 
But remember that HUGE hill?  Sugar Loaf Mtn?  On the course I saw several local roadies and they would cheer me on.  And after rocking up one major hill - a guy yelled 'congrats for climbing the mtn!'.  HOLY SHIT!  I did not even realize that was the dreaded hill.  So I guess riding with my guys really paid off. 
Total Time: 3:17 (17mph) 1st in AG

This is where reality set it.  It was about 96ish degrees out - there was little to no shade and crap aide stations (sorry -but they should have ice and stuff ready for you) It was a two loop course.  And I knew that if I was going to make the six hour drive home alive, I needed to make a decision.  So at mile seven - I dropped out.  Ugh.

BUT I did have the best cheering crowd at the end:

Words of wisdom.  Don't to solo races that are far away from your house unless you plan on staying an extra night! 

Congrats to everyone else who raced this weekend! 
Big give-a-way soon!!  Stay tuned! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Very Random Post

Note - this is a very random post.  Just to warn you.  :)

I found a few triathlon friends who where all about a raw dinner party. So this is my first go at Raw Pesto.  It was simple and pretty darn good.  Check out the recipe here...Basic Raw Vegan Basil Pesto 
Sideways - I know.  Can't get it to change :) 

Ok - back to exciting times.  My mom and dad came down to spend some time at the beach with me.  I'm super close to my family and it was awesome seeing them.  We at tons of amazing food...and had a few buckets of wine....yum.

Mom and Dad

I really have the best tan lines ever...ugh.  They will never go away!

On with this week.  So I'm heading to Orlando for a conference until Saturday morning - and then a 70.3 on Sunday.  My packing OCD is kicking in hard core.  I'm packing my triathlon stuff in one room, work stuff in another room, and FOOD in the kitchen (just to keep everything separated).  Hopefully I have everything needed for the next five days.  Hopefully. 

The race I have on Sunday is called the 'Intimidator'  and it is going to be hotter then hell.  The race is in the middle of Florida - and the heat index the past few days have be 95+.   So I'm giong to switch up my nutrition a bit (any feedback is welcome).  With the heat - it's hard for me to eat. 
I'm going to focus on taking my Hammer Endurolytes every 30-45 minutes, going through my two bottles of cytomax with carbo-pro mixed in (extra calories), water from my aero bottle (refill on the course) and at least two rice krispie treates (my new addiction).  I've been training with them - and so far so good. 
Hammer Endurolytes, water from the course, and then yummy strawberry shot blocks. 
Thoughts?  Feelings?  I'm actually pretty excited about this race - I have not done it before.  And I will be there SOLO.  All I can say - it's going to be a long drive home! 

ANOTHER GIVE-A-WAY soon!  I am super stoked about this product and sharing the LOVE I have for it!  Ladies who rock out the bike need to..wait...have to check out this product.  More details soon! 
(But I will share the link:  Reflect Sports)

PS - the a/c is out in my house.  I want to die.  I guess it's good 'training' for my race this weekend!