April 1, 2015

Arizona.Whiskey.Run.Eat.Tweet. Not necessarily in that order.

Hey I'm not officially training for Ironman Arizona just yet! My training plan doesn't actually begin until May. So why is this my busy time? I assumed this would be considered my slow time! I guess I better think again.

So what's been happening? Spring is in the air and the workouts have officially moved outside. I have also been training really hard for a particular mountain bike race called the Whiskey Off Road. While I am still doing what they organizers call it "the fun ride" it's still some serious stuff. It's almost 20 miles and 2650 of climbing! Every week I have been riding slowly and trying to get more and more women to do this with me. So far I have had a good turnout of women come with me and I enjoy the company. I think some women are really intimidated by mountain biking but I am hoping that if they come with me and see that you don't have to be fast and that it is ok to walk certain sections, that they too will fall in love with mountain biking.

Photo credit: Epic Rides

Video credit: Epic Rides

Some pictures from our weekly training rides. Come join us.

 Truth... Go ladies!
This race is in about 3 weeks and I am just so excited. It's always such an amazing three day event revolved around bikes and music (with an occasional beer or whiskey shot thrown in). The kids even have a chance to race and they are already getting their bikes polished up!

I also had a chance to help out with a run this weekend with a group called Run Eat Tweet AZ I enjoyed the group so much and I must have made a decent impression because they asked me to be one of their Chief Running Officers. So I'll be volunteering with this group and helping run events when they come up to my neck of the woods. A summer run is currently in the works so I'll be helping to promote the Prescott run. Perhaps you may even see me on my mountain bike hosting rides. Then do we need to change the name to Bike Eat Tweet AZ? I'm kidding Jeremy, (well sort of). If you are active of social media be sure to give them a follow.
Facebook: Run Eat Tweet AZ
Twitter: Run Eat Tweet AZ
Instagram: Run Eat Tweet AZ

Why? Because it is a LOCAL group for us Arizonians. Come meet local runners. Events will be held with various types of runners in mind. It's not just for the fast runners. You won't be left in the dust. They will also post discount codes to local races and offer giveaways for some freebie items as well.

The event I helped with this past weekend was called the Nuun hydration run. We had about 50 runners of all abilities show up and run around Tempe Town Lake. After the run I had a chance to talk a little bit about being a brand ambassador for Nuun. Additionally we sampled various Nuun flavors and even raffled off some Nuun prizes. I would say the event was a big success depsite getting stung by a bee on the butt while giving my talk to 50 people.

Nuun Giveaways!

Jeremy, the mastermind behind Run Eat Tweet AZ! 

Discussing upcoming events.

Tell me, what have you been up to? Are you busier then normal or are you about to get really busy now that the weather is warming?

March 18, 2015

Spring Break 2015

What is the best part about having kids? Well when the kids get a spring break so do the parents! Last week we packed up the rv and headed to San Diego (because that is what all the Zonies do)! We spent a week down on Mission Bay soaking up the sandy beaches and sunshine.

Here are some highlights of the trip (caution pic overload)...

 We had a nice little cove right outside our campground that the boys loved to visit each day.

I got in a nice ride along the popular Rose Canyon route. It was such a refreshing change to see so many road bikers, including a local business welcoming road bikers! I love our small town but our bike lanes are terrible and road bikers are treated like outcasts.

Not the smoothest bike path but NO CARS so that works for me!
 I love this hydration station that one of the bike shops had set out for us.
 Doing kid stuff.

Ice cream on the beach always tastes better.

 Boogie boarding in March? Yep! These kids don't care that the water was only 60 degrees.

It was a highlight for all of us to spend time with my brother and sister in law. I enjoyed the special time I got with my adorable nephew.

We even managed to fit in a day at Legoland.

 And lastly I enjoyed running this path every single day. As much as I love living in the mountains, I do miss San Diego and the beach life. San Diego holds so many special memories for me (growing up) and I hope my boys will make some wonderful ones as well.

Have you ever been to San Diego? Do you have any vacation plans this spring?

Speaking of spring...don't forget to enter my SPRING GIVEAWAY going on now! Lots of great prizes are included.

March 15, 2015

Spring Into Fitness Giveaway

Welcome to the Spring Into Fitness Giveaway! Are you ready for spring? After spending a week in San Diego (last week) all that sunshine has me ready for more. Well hopefully we can all unpack those shorts and T-shirts very soon. Here is a little giveaway to get you into the warm-weather spirit. I am co-hosting this link-up with Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner. It's a link up of many other giveaways that will be going on, at the same time. Be sure and check out the links at the bottom of this post to find lots of other goodies from other fantastic bloggers.

Please note this giveaway is a little different from other ones I have done in the past. The giveaway is being held to raise money for my Team Ironman Foundation fundraising page. By donating to my charity you are given more entries to win ALL THE PRIZES! In addition when you donate, it is tax-deductible! JUST ADDED: If I GET ABOVE... $2000 in donations, I'll add additional prizes to win!

One winner will receive all of the items listed in this giveaway. Here is what the lucky winner will get:

  • A 30 day supply of Sun Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein Powder...you'll be busy training so you are going to need all that extra protein powder! Not only is it good for you but it tastes really good too. The chocolate is my favorite when blended with almond milk.
  • A Blue Seventy visor from Headsweats...to keep all that sunshine out of your face. But a visor (of course) to still keep you cool.
  •  Nuun Hydration gift pack (bottle, tattoos and 2 tubes)... with warmer weather coming you will need to stock up on your hydration. Why not with a couple tubes of Nuun?
  • A pair of Vim and Vigr compression socks... with all that outdoor exercising you'll be doing, you will want a little stylish compression to energize those legs. These come in a fun spring yellow and grey!
  • A box of Acai Berry Health Warrior Chia Bars... these vegan bars are packed with omega, fiber, protein and tons of antioxidants. The acai berry is refreshing and reminds you of a spring day.
  • Go-Stick and Kit Wash from Chamois Butt'r... with all that outdoor riding and running you'll be doing you certainly don't want to chafe in sensitive areas. Go Stick is a solid stick lube designed to protect you from rubbing and chafing. The Kit Wash is a mild (hand wash) detergent to protect all your fancy cycling, tri and run gear. It even removes chlorine from swimsuits!
  • A Pair of ROKA Pro SIM Shorts... Have you heard of Roka Sport's SIM short?  Well if you are a swimmer or triathlete you will want to get your hands on a pair of these! (The winner will get to pick either a PRO men's or women's pair of shorts). These are shorts you wear that are similar to using a pool buoy when you swim in the pool. According to their website: The SIM is the ultimate training tool for triathletes and swimmers who want to mimic the body position and experience of a wetsuit swim or a full speed swim race in open water or in the pool. 
    The SIM mimics the lift and position of a wetsuit without overheating.  It is also a pull buoy replacement, vertical kicking tool, and race simulator all in one. The SIM lets you kick and turn naturally, and the reduced buoyancy on the sides of the suit encourage proper rotation. The SIM makes every swim a race-specific training workout and is a great tool for your kit.
  • $50.00 credit to Tri Sports... and if you absolutely don't have anything to wear for the spring weather well then go treat yourself to something! Tri Sports is offering a $50.00 gift card to use on their website. So go ahead and buy that new hydration belt you have been eyeing or cute tank top you want to wear.
Good luck! This giveaway is to raise money for my Team IMF fundraising page. The prizes were provided both by me and from a few generous sponsors. Please also be sure and check out all of the other giveaways that were included in the Spring Into Fitness Giveaway Hop.