Monday, February 9, 2015

Race Schedule for 2015

 Still working on my schedule.. but this is what i have so far.. what am i missing?  
... still need a marathon on there somewhere.  
Will i be racing with you this year?

March 8- St Paddys 8K
April 4 - Lincoln Half Marathon (pacing 3:00 group)
April 18- Lakefront 10 Miler
May 17 - Challenge Knoxville Oly
May 23 - Soldier Field 10
May 30 - Mudderella (doing with 3 friends who this their first race)
June 6 - Volition Half Marathon
June 14 - Espirit Sprint Tri Naperville
June 20 - 3 Disciplines Tri Lake Zurich
June 28 - Challenge Atlantic City 70.3
July 12 - Lake Zurich Tri
July 24 - Salt Lake City UT Half Marathon
Aug 2 - North Shore Sprint Tri
Aug 22- Skokie Backlot Dash 5K
Aug 23- Fort2Base
Aug 29- Chicago Super Sprint
Sept 13 - Challenge Cedar Point (Debating on 70.3/Sprint)
Nov 14 - Las Vegas NV Half Marathon

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Challenge Triathlon Team Summit

Mid January, I spent the weekend at the Challenge Triathlon Summit and had a blast with my tri-family.  The team wanted a "warm" place so we chose Jacksonville but unfortunately, we were blessed with only 30-40 degree weather with a few snow flakes one of the days... BUT, i am NOT complaining!  I left -30 degree (with windchill) weather so I was ok with that.

The summit is an awesome chance for us to meet the newbies (now that i am a veteran) and hear from Challenge (formerly Rev3) Corporate and our sponsors. C4 will be making our team kits which look awesome, Powerbar will be including the team on PBTE and SBRSports will also be supporting us with tri-swim products, foggies and trislide.  The weekend was filled with conferences during the day, volunteering at a local race working aid stations and good memories with the team.  (some may remember the memories better than others :)  ... as one of the "old maids", some of those memories have been burned into my brain.  

First night as we all started trickling in
Newbies/Veterans relay.. Vets won!
Challenge Family Triathlon Team 2015
Many people will ask me what makes me so loyal to the Rev3-Challenge brand.  I have loved Rev3 since 2011(3 yrs before joining the team) when i raced my only DNF and the answer is pretty simple. They make the race experience something for everyone.. not just the racer.  They pick venues that have things for families to do, make the expo family friendly, have glow runs, and allow your family to cross the finish line with you w a free finisher photo. I have appreciated this as a racer for years but now that i am on the team, i LOVE seeing how committed the company is to making the consumer be the racer, spectator, supporter and volunteer!

And just to be clear, just b/c I love Challenge/Rev3 doesn't mean i hate every other company out there.  I have raced them and will continue to race them.  This goes from the other big corporate brands to the small local tri. In all my years of racing, I honestly have never really had a horrible tri race experience that the event could control..  but my family has had some bad ones.  Races where hotels are sooo expensive and/or sold out, we had to stay in a crappy place and there is nothing for them to do and they are sherpa-ing back and forth.. or the race venue is isolated enough they are forced to stand around all day waiting or when they have tried to drive around, the road closures make it difficult. Yes, they could be cheering like crazy people for 7 hours while they wait for me but they don't want to and i don't blame them. As my husband would say... "cheering for random spandex people for hours... no thank you."  Having my family there is important to me so I have to make race trips for us and "throw a race in there"

This year, I plan to attend:  Challenge Knoxville, Atlantic City and Cedar Point.  I am working on the rest of the race schedule including a 10 miler with my sis-in law and #runningbestie in Chicago, pacing the Lincoln Half, 10K in Utah, 13.1 in Vegas and plenty of local tris/run races! Thinking 25-30 races for the year sounds like a round number!!  Here's to an awesome (and hopefully healthy) 2015. 


Monday, January 26, 2015

F^3 5K Race Review

First race of 2015 is in the books! Thankful to not miss it and so grateful I am starting to feel better.  6 full weeks of the plague and still having residuals (i.e. wet hacking cough and can't take super deep breaths).  But, this morning I was able to make it for 3.1 Miles.  Wore a few layers for the race (Challenge Family shirt, trusty Lulu Define jacket and my warm running tights along with my Headsweats hat).  Also, opted for pig tails b/c of the Headsweats hat.. Nice alternative for ladies to avoid dealing with a low pony that can make the hat ride up. Headsweats also has a women's line in winter hats that has a pony tail hole!

Packet pickup was conveniently located around the Chicagoland area and got my packet at Road Runner right by my house.  Easy Peasy

This year, they moved the race to Solider Field and had pre/post race festivities in the United Club.  Parking was $20 but having the United Club be the hub was super nice.   The weather actually was beautiful (Compared to the super cold weather last year when i did the half) so it would have been tolerable being outside but indoor bathrooms and 72 room temp before the race was nice. Picked up Tia around 9:30 in Lincoln Park, had a Peanut Butter Powerbar for breakfast and we were walking into the United Club around 10 for a 10:20 5K start.

This was a great addition from last year.  Also happy they added the 5K.  With it soooo cold last year, i couldn't commit to a half and happy i didn't (b/c I am still getting over my sickly december)

RACE:  As they moved the venue, the half was a diff course and this was the first year for the 5K.  The layout and timing was good for the 5K'ers as there was a no overlap with the half-ers and the fast people didn't come nipping at our heels as we were approaching the finish (this phenomenon is annoying to both parties and happy we didn't have to deal with it this time.)

The course looped around the stadium and then down the lakefront path and back.  You did cross over the finish line at one point which was our only water but it looked like it was finisher hydration so i didn't take it.  Thankfully, i didn't need as many fluids b/c of the cold temps.  Tia and I kept a really slow but steady speed.  The views were pretty as always and I loved the clouds.

We finished and were given some hot chocolate and some sponsor snacks.  We made our way back to the United club to warm up and enjoy the post race events.  As a non-alcohol drinker, gave my drink coupon away but still enjoyed visiting with the sponsor tents in the warmth!

I really liked the change in venue but can't speak for the half experience but i assume b/c the weather was better, they had to enjoy it more than last year regardless. I will be back next year..jury is still out if for the half or 5k :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dermasport Giveaway

What What!  Who wants to win some awesome skin care products?
Doing a giveaway for a full line of Dermasport. This stuff is awesome!
Read more and enter on my other blog I share with some tri-friends


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Year in Review --- Endurance Edition

January- F3 Half Marathon - the coldest half ever.. Will pass on the half this year but coming back for the 5K!

February - Got a Dog and House on same day.. too awesome to not be Feb highlight

March- Rev3 Summit with my awesome teammates

May - 5K with girls in my office.  Fun Glo Run with the Glo-comas
June- Leon's triathlon and meeting Chris Lieto

July- Hit and Run 5K with some of my favorite running family

August - Zooma half marathon with Tia (#runningbestie) and Lani!
September - Rev3 Cedar Point with the fam.  Josh got 2nd in his AG and Scott and I did sprint and I swam in 70.3 relay

October - Another fun work 5K
November - NYC Marathon --- dream come true
December - Not much activity going on (Influenza x2 + pneumonia)  Missed 2 races.  Ready to bring on 2015!

Even though i struggled with back issues the majority of the summer and ended with a month long illness, there were a lot of positive points and i was able to still do a lot of what i love... race!    This coming year I am looking forward to a great and healthy year.

Things I am looking forward to this coming year:
1. Being part of the Challenge Triathlon Team this coming year and seeing my teammies next weekend in Florida!  Cannot wait the synergy this year is going to bring with Rev3 and Challenge joining forces to bring an amazing family event to North America.  If you are racing in any of the N America events (minus the Cali Races), email me for a discount code and/or any questions you might have about the race series!   I am definitely racing: Atlantic City, Cedar Point and choosing between Knox/Quassy/Florida... i want to race all of them but the dear husband and bank account are shaking their head at me!

2. Having a coach for the first time ever.  This will be very new to me as i am used to just kindof winging it with my seasons.  For those who know me out of the triathlon/running, this is very different than my usual OCD/numbers mentality but I believe it provides balance in my life.  But.... with that said, i am ready for a bit more structure to feel more prepared come race day.  Excited to see where Tony will take me!
3.Got a new-to-me bike and excited to slice up the season! (pun intended).   I also hope with the new geometry that I will actually enjoy biking more. 
4.  Realizing that I will be in Las Vegas for the RnR half and convinced Scott to run it with me...

.... not trying to figure out how i pulled that one off but Scott will be able to take a break from gambling and golf and run 13.1 with me.  And since it is at night, it is perfect since I am going for work.  

... Looking forward to 2015... bring it!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cleveland Turkey Trot - Just two pictures.. no report

Clockwork Cleveland Turkey Trot.  Rode with Natsumi and Matthew.... We came, we ran, we finished and then we ate steak! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Take Time Tuesday.... on Wednesday

Take Time Tuesday November 2014Katie is a blogger over at LiveHalfFull and love this girl! She does a series called Take Time Tuesday as a way to reflect on what we are grateful for and I have been wanting to be a part of this for a while. So, here it goes:

1.  My family for following me around the NYC marathon (race report HERE) 2 weekends ago.  I am still on a high from that race.  It was amazing and although I was proud I only spent 250 bucks at expo.. i managed to shell out another 250.. such a sucked for a $50 jacket with a $40 2 inch square logo.  I will stop talking about the Marathon soon.. i promise. 

2. For my son winning MVP on his Might Mite team.  We weren't expecting it and I think Josh was totally surprised.  It was awesome to see your kid excel and love something.  He starts a Basketball League this winter which should be equally entertaining for all of us.  I am not predicting any MVP win in this sport :)
3.  All of the Veterans that have served and continue to serve our country.  “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

4. People I call my teammates.  That includes my blogging friends, local Crush Multisport group and the Rev3 AG team.  All of these groups have some amazing individuals that inspire me:  not only for their speed but for their sportsmanship and dedication to the sport. Without these people, i probably would still be doing triathlons but be much more of a loner and not having as much fun in the sport. Shameless plug: This is the last week to apply for the Challenge/Rev3 AG team so if you love triathlon and love being at events that care about their athletes --> APPLY HERE

5.  DermaSport - SBRSports is one of the amazing sponsors for the Rev3 team and I was given a set of the DermaSport products to trial.  First, I continually am grateful for my sponsors and what they have given me... esp when it is something I love!  

I have to be honest.. I was a bit leary to stop my usual “abrasive type” face wash that I have used twice a day for the last 2 decades. I have been told I have combination skin (oily and dry) so I chose the Normal/Oily option. I can see the combination skin coming out with oily forehead and then dry nose and cheeks.  I have trained myself to believe that I NEEDED a super abrasive face wash but I wanted to give Dermasport a fair go so I ditched my twice a day St Ives and used the 4 products from Dermasport.  After a month of using them, i have fallen in love with this product.  I went from using my abrasive face wash 14+ times a week to 1 time a week and notice a decrease in my dry skin and decreased need for reapplication of lotion during the day in my dry areas.   I use the face wash and toner regularly.  I will even use the mist before working out as it has just the right about of moisture before a work out and then use the lotion and eye cream when i know I won't sweat heavily and esp every night.  I can see a change in my skin from this regimen and excited I found this product as we head into the harsh winter!

You can purchase the items on Amazon HERE!  Also, if you do not have a charity attached with your Amazon purchases, consider using Medals4Mettle.  Through the Amazon Smile Program, they will donate 0.5% of their purchases to M4M

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6.  My dog... my dog.. my dog.  Lucy seriously have filled a void I never thought a dog could.  She is the best.  for reals.