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'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 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.


March 3, 2015

Tri Talk Tuesday-Swim

Once again Tri Talk Tuesday is back! If you enjoy reading triathlon blogs please take a look at all the other links included in the hostesses: Cynthia Courtney Phadrea blog posts. Tri Talk Tuesday has now gone to once a month so please check back next month for a new topic. This week we are discussing the swim.

While I am no expert on the swim, I do actually love the swim portion of triathlon. It was never that case when I first started doing triathlons. Over the years I have learned a few things and it has made swimming that much more enjoyable. Here are just a few basic things I have learned about open water swimming for the beginner triathlete.

Relax. I can't stress enough how important it is to relax in the water especially during an open water swim. With all of the chaos going around you, I know it can be difficult. But this is where the phrase mind over matter comes into place. If you are not relaxed your breathing will become faster and you could start to panic. Close your eyes and clear your mind.

You are allowed to hold onto a boat. Yes it's true! Most races have spotters in the water on kayaks or watercraft. You are allowed to stop and hold onto the boat. But the key is you must stop and the boat has to be be stopped as well. You cannot let them pull you along.

Start in the back or off to the side. When that gun goes off the swim start can be really overwhelming. Arms are flying people are swimming on top of people and it can be scary! To avoid some of this swim chaos I would suggest starting in the back of the swim line-up or off to the side. It is usually less crowded in these areas and you shouldn't find the fastest swimmers here. Also one thing to keep in mind is that the buoys can get crowded. So if you have an out and back swim usually on the inside of those buoys you'll begin to experience the "washing-machine" experience once again. My advice is to just take a deep breath and try to pull to the outside if you can.

Test your gear. If you are going to wear a wetsuit make sure you practice this ahead of time. Swimming with a wetsuit is very different and you want to be comfortable. Make sure your goggles fit correctly and don't leak. Also one thing to keep in mind if what type of lens you want for your goggles. If you are doing an open water swim that heads directly into the sun, then you want some sort of tint to your lens.

Have you ever done an open water swim? What basic tips would you suggest for a first-time triathlete?