So you all know I don't do giveaways often; I really just want this blog to be about my journey in life....mostly about running with a few sidekicks thrown in such as my kids (it was my twins birthdays yesterday - 17 *gasp). Or swimming (read last post if you haven't). Or the occasional biking thing or *ahem* a triathlon - which I have on Sunday.
But recently I won an adorable necklace from Tag! You're It! Designs after I simply followed them on Facebook (I love their stuff). I spent a couple weeks deciding what I wanted on my tags; I've wanted a necklace like this for a really long time but always have had such hard time deciding what I wanted it to say so I never ordered one. It wasn't any easier when I got the necklace for free, either....but eventually I decided on a couple simple words. Here's my necklace:
I thought it best described myself after my 2-year foot fiasco. I may not be running anywhere close to the paces I was before my foot problem, but I never gave up believing I would run again during those 2 years...and those who followed me way back then know I knocked on so many doors until I finally found someone who understood the root of my problem and could fix it permanently for me. I LOVE my necklace. Absolutely love it and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Sarah (who is just the nicest person ever!), from Tag! You're It! Designs offered to give one of you a necklace of your choosing - just for being my blog friend. How cool is that. At first I was a little reluctant as I just don't live giveaway blogs much....but heck, this is necklace is just really neat and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share.
But how to do it....my mind was pondering this for a long time and it finally hit me on my bike ride today:
Win it by predicting my overall finish time in my triathlon this coming Sunday. I know it's short notice, but like I said, the thought just came to me so you're going to just not have to be a procrastinator - like me.
Here's a quick overview and thoughts of the tri I am doing this weekend, to help your prediction (Tri for the Cure link here).
- 1/2 mile
- I am in the 3rd wave and start at 7:06am.
- First wave are "elite" triathletes, about 100 in all. Second wave are cancer "survivors", also about 100 in all. Not too worried about running into the elites, but there may be some navigational challenges around the survivors.
- Swimming is one of my stronger suits but I'm in a "competitive" wave so my wave placement may not be too high, but I think I'll do fine as long as I don't have to swim around too many people. Or get lost. Or get a concussion from someone kicking me in the head.
- You can check my last post for my mile swim times.
- 11.4 miles
- I'd describe the course as "rolling" with a couple big, but short, climbs.
- Biking is definitely my weakness of all 3 events. Hills slow me to a crawl!
- Course has two sharp 180 degree turns.
- The road is rough in many long patches. Sucks, to be precise.
- 5k (3.1 miles)
- Straight out of transition is a major climb for about a half mile. Then the course winds onto a gradual incline for the next 1.5 miles. At the half way mark, you turn around and run back the way you came (thus, a nice downhill - yay).
- I haven't run much since my I sprained my ankle over 2 weeks ago. I give my ankle a 50/50 chance of behaving.
- I've done no hill work since Leadville the end of June.
- Other stuff:
- Race morning temps are predicted to be about 65 degrees for the start of my swim.
- Transition from swim to bike is up a big hill and though my bike is suppose to be one in of the closer-in spots, but I have a feeling this is going to be messed up and I'll end up pretty far away.
- 3000 people (holy crap!!)!! Thus my concern for the bike rack placement.
- When I did the Chilly Cheeks Duathlon 2 years ago, the whole transition thingie was pretty slow for me. I suspect it will be the same this race but I have been practicing! :)
- It was my boys' birthdays yesterday and I ate so much crap and put on at least 10 lbs in one day. Or so it feels.
So there ya go, that's the run-down. I have no idea how I'll finish. I haven't a clue how the bike is going to go for me or the transitions or the 1.5 mile uphill climb to start on the run. Your guess is as good as mine - so HAVE FUN, guess a time, and maybe win an awesome necklace of your own design. Super fun, huh?? I thought so! :)
Here's the rules:
In ONE comment below (please just one, I don't want a comment for each 3!):
1) Like Tag! You're it! Designs on Facebook by clicking HERE.
2) Browse Tag! You're it! Designs website HERE and tell me what designs you like .
3) Predict my finishing time for the triathlon on Sunday!!! Wheeee!
The one closest to the actual time, WINS! Easy, huh?
All entries must be made via a comment on my blog and all made by 10:00am Mountain Standard Time Sunday, August 5th. No late entries, as the results may be posted after this time and that's just way too easy then (I know, I'm so not fair!)
Okay...y'all have 45 hours....Ready, Set, Goooooooooo!!!
In the meantime, I'll be trying to de-nervous myself as much as possible for Sunday's little event.
Guess strong, my friends! :)