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? 

April 30, 2015

Fit Fabulous Gear Swap

Last month I participated in a really fun exchange. It was called the Fit Fabulous Gear Swap. We all have fitness gear or items we love so why not share the wealth? What happens with this swap is that you get paired up with another fitness blogger and you mail your partner around $20 worth of fabulous gear. It can be anything...as long as it is fitness related. I was paired up with Mary Beth from Tutus and Tennies, go ahead and check out her blog to see what I sent her in her box. I sent her a box of items I knew she could use for her half marathon training. Go MB!


I LOVE these socks! She said she saw them and thought of me! How sweet.
Do this sound like fun? You can sign up at the Bendiful Blog prior to the 5th of each month. Check out the posts in the link-up to see what other gear was exchanged between the bloggers!

The Fabulous Fit Gear Swap! Readers, bloggers and fitness enthusiasts alike sign up today for May!

So how does it work? 
  • Each month you can sign up for the gear swap. You will be matched with another swapper. You will purchase $20 worth of gear that you think your swapper would like. (if they are into YOGA DO NOT buy them Crossfit gear, please)  It’s a great way to share your favorite items with people who are also interested in great gear.
  • You MUST sign up through the form by the 5th of the month, and agree to ship your gear out by the 15th of the month.
  • You will email your match and get an idea of their workout gear likes and dislikes, ask for sizing if you plan to look for apparel, no one wants gear that doesn’t fit.
  • The Best part YOU will also receive a package each month from your match!
  • Get great gear and meet some new friends throughout the month.
  • CURRENTLY ONLY open to people in the United States.
  • On the last day of the month, you can share (Blog, tweet, facebook, instagram) your new fit gear with the hashtag #fabulousfitgear
  • I will host a blog link up here at Bendifulblog.com for all the blog posts!
What do you think? Would you like to participate? What is your favorite item of fitness gear?

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?