August 12, 2015

Book Review: The Dating Intervention by Hilary Dartt

I know what you all are thinking...a BOOK review? Really? On a triathlon blog? I'm not much of a book worm since the majority of my waking hours are spent chauffeuring kids, training for the biggest race of my life, cleaning the house, and am in bed by 9:30 every night; t doesn't leave me a whole lot of free time. But when given the chance to review a dear friends' book, I jumped on it! In addition, Hilary is one of my dearest friends so of course I couldn't wait to read her work. What I loved about this book was that it was an easy read. I love easy read books especially before I lay my head down at night. The last thing I need after a long day is a deep heavy book that is going to keep me up and have my anxiety kick-in on overdrive. I enjoyed the characters in this book and could relate to each of them. I could even think of a few friends I have had over the course of my life that would fit into a particular character. The Dating Intervention is book one in a series of three. I am really looking forward to purchasing the other two books: The Marriage Intervention and The Motherhood Intervention (really excited for this one). The books are available for download on Amazon. Thumbs up and five stars on this book Hilary!
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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Dating Intervention by Hilary Dartt. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
This is the first book in the Intervention series.

The Dating InterventionThe Dating Intervention (The Intervention series #1)
by Hilary Dartt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: August 1, 2015

Blurb:
When Delaney Collins’s fail-proof dating system fails completely, her best friends Summer and Josie take absolute control of her dating life through The Dating Intervention. Although Delaney’s intuition is always right on when it comes to men, she never listens to it. If she doesn’t start now—with her friends’ help—she’s in danger of ending up alone and lonely in a sea of men with stained neckties and cumbersome baggage.


You can find The Dating Intervention on Goodreads

You can buy The Dating Intervention here:
- Amazon

HilaryAbout the Author:
Hilary Dartt is an author and freelance writer who grew up among the redwoods and hippies of California and now lives among the cacti and cowboys of the wild west. She and her husband live in Arizona’s high desert with their children and an assortment of pets, including five chickens. To maintain sanity and quiet her inner critic, Hilary runs, drinks wine and eats chocolate. She’s the author of The Intervention Series: The Dating Intervention, The Marriage Intervention and The Motherhood Intervention. Learn more at http://www.hilarydartt.com/.

You can find and contact Hilary here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Newsletter

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Dating Intervention. These are the prizes you can win:
- a 10$ amazon gift card

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A copy of this ebook was provided to me for free with an honest review on my blog. All opinions are my own. But Hilary did buy me a few glasses of wine on my birthday. Hmmm....

June 29, 2015

40 Beginner Triathlon Tips

40 for 40.

Today is my 40th birthday. In honor of turning the big 4-0, I thought I would post 40 of my favorite triathlon tips of all time and what every beginner triathlete should know. Enjoy and happy training!


1) Get a tri kit, you'll be much more comfortable in one.
2) You will be hungry. Eat well, eat often.
3) Train without headphones.
4) Start slow.
5) Have someone help you with your swim stroke.
6) Know what T1 and T2 means. T1 is the transition between exiting the swim and starting the run. T2 is the transition between exiting the bike course and starting the run.
7) Wear your timing chip on your left leg to avoid getting caught in your bike gears.
8) Make sure you have caps on the end of your handlebars to avoid disqualification.
9) Bring 2 pairs of swim goggles.
10) Race number should be worn during the bike and run
11) Count how many rows back your bike transition is set up. 
12) Do not tie a balloon to your bike.
13) Balance your helmet and glasses on your handle bar so you don't forget them.
14) When passing someone on the bike yell on your left to avoid collisions.
15) Two bike bottles in case you drop one.
16) Don't be afraid to ask people questions on race day.
17) Nothing new on race day.
18) Study the course maps prior to race day.
19) Waterproof sunscreen.
20) Tinted goggles if swimming in the morning heading East.
21) Lay out all your gear the night before you race. 
22) Bonus points if you post to Instagram!
23) When setting up your transition area, lay your items out according to order of event.
24) Buy a race belt (prior to race) for your bib number.
25) Prior to setting up for transition make sure your bike is in a low gear.
26) Prior to putting on your wetsuit, lube ankles, wrists, and neck generously for easy removal.
27) Buckle your helmet strap prior to exiting the transition area to avoid disqualification.
28) Start fueling for your race the week before. Eat a proper balance of carbs and protein and be sure to hydrate!
29) Replace the shoelaces in your running shoes with elastic quick laces.
30) Know how to fix a flat tire. Then practice at least three more times!
31) Know what a brick workout is. (It's a double workout usually consisting of a bike ride immediately followed by a run).
32) During training it's a good idea to incorporate brick sessions.
33) Never say, you'll never do (an Ironman, Half, Olympic etc)  distance race.
34) Practice a few open water sessions wearing your wetsuit.
35) If a race requires you to enter the water by jumping of a step, dock, boat or ledge...be sure and place your hand over your goggles to avoid them ripping off upon impact.
36) If racing long distances it's a wise idea to call your local bike shop and schedule a bike fit.
37) Several weeks out from your race it's a good idea to schedule a tune-up with your local bike shop.
38) Always wear glasses when riding your bike. You never know what will get kicked up from passing cars.
39) Join a local triathlon club. Not only will you make new friends but those folks' are the perfect people to solicit advice from!
40) Finally, have fun. Because if you are not having fun then why bother?

Any tips or advice you can add for beginner triathletes?

May 17, 2015

Is the blog dead?




My last post was almost a month ago. And before that I went way too long in between posts. The blog is on hiatus. The blog is the lowest of my priorities right now and I apologize if I do have a few readers left. School is ending soon and things are about to get really busy around here. My Ironman training is in full gear and that has me going like the Energizer bunny! Sometimes I go to bed at night and think "oh I really should get around to blogging." But now I'm putting that aside. I'm not going to lose sleep on a simple blog post. I admit I wanted my blog to grow this year and had full intentions of trying to make it happen but I thought, "Why?" So I could get more readers? Maybe. So I could get more sponsored posts? not interested. Make money? nope.

But I know some of you would like to check in to see how my training is going so I promise to at least post once a month to report some updates. Here is a brief rundown of what's going on:

  • The six month mark to Ironman Arizona was a few days ago. This is show-time! No more goofing off, it's time to get cracking. I've enlisted the help of a coach. Her name is Amy with Pure Bravery. We seem to click really well and she's even had to talk me down off the ledge a few times and is always reassuring. I like that in a coach. I think we will have a great relationship over the next few months.
  • She's got me on a plan which currently has me swimming a few times a week, running 2-3 times a week and biking another 2-3 times a week. Now this is still very early on in my training. I'm only in week 3 (of 25). So I can expect to see some long days starting right around the time the kids go back to school in August. I been told that I should be prepared to drop the kids off at school, grab my bike and ride for about 6-7 hours while they are at school. It's overwhelming to think about but I have to trust in my training schedule to get me there.
Last weeks schedule looked like this:
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: Swim 2200 yards (sets) followed by a 30 min run
Wednesday: 1 hour spin, followed by 30 minutes of core strength
Thursday: Swim 2200 yards (sets)
Friday: Bike 1 hour
Saturday: Run 3 miles, Bike 1 hour, Run 3 miles consecutive (brick)
Sunday: Swim 2200 yards (sets)
  • My fundraising for Team IMF is going great! I am proud to say that I hit the $2500 mark yesterday. Yahoo! A giant heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to my friends and family members who have donated so far. I could not have done it without your support. I'll have a lot of time out on the course by myself during IMAZ and know that I will be thinking of each and every one of you. The entire team so far has raised a total of $112K for the Arizona community. That is pretty darn awesome!
  • Update on the kids: This is the last week of school. D graduated from preschool last week and had a cute little ceremony.  T is just finishing up third grade. We have got lots of fun activities planned for the summer so they will be plenty busy. I better not hear any "I'm bored's!" 
  • One last thing...I still plan to keep my blog's Facebook page and Instagram account up and running. In fact I am learning to LOVE LOVE LOVE Instagram. If you can please give me a follow on my Mom Who TRIs account. Since I won't be blogging as much I hope to post at least once a day on those accounts.

As I enter into the summer months, I will be reminded of this quote. Do you agree?