Wednesday, January 25, 2012

And the TriSwim winner is...

Wow! You guys totally want some TriSwim don't ya???

So the randomly chosen winner is...

marianJan 25, 2012 01:22 PM
and liked on triswimtrislide on twitter

YAY, Marian!! Shoot me an email with your address and I will get that out to you ASAP and you won't have the chlorine stank on you anymore!!

For those of you who didn't win the giveaway, guess what??? YOU STILL WIN!!

Head over to SBRSports and get your $4 bottle of TriSwim lotion when you buy some TriSwim Body Wash...this code is only good today, so you've got a good 6 hours (give or take) to go get it!! Use code R3T12512 and while you're at it throw some Foggle and some TriSlide in your won't regret it!!

Team Rev3 Day at SBR Sports - A Giveaway!!

Have you been swimming lately? If so, you probably smell.

I mean, no offense, but eau de chlorine is not my favorite. Just sayin'.

So, here is what you should do. Head over to SBRSports, Inc., and do yourself a huge favor and buy some TriSwim Body Wash! Guess what? If you do that today, you can add in some TriSwim lotion for only $4!! Why, you ask? Well because it is Team Rev3 day, all day today!! Use the code  R3T12512 to get your goods for today only!!

You are so welcome!

Oh, and I know that once you start using this stuff, and you start swimming more (like all good triathletes should) you will want more, MORE, MORE!!

Well, today is your lucky of you will win MORE!

All of this can be yours. That is a can of TriSlide, the best lube around, 3 Foggle wipes to keep your goggles nice and clear, and a full size bottle of TriSwim Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner and Lotion.

This giveaway will end today at 5 p.m., so all of you who aren't lucky enough to win will still have a chance to go stock up in celebration of Team Rev3 day at SBR Sports!!

To enter do the following: (please leave a comment letting me know what you did!)

1. Follow this blog.
2. Like SBRSports on Facebook.
3. Like @triswimtrislide on Twitter.
4. Retweet or Facebook this giveaway: "I just entered to win a bundle of @TriswimTrislide from @TrimommyKelly."

I will pick a winner tonight at 5 p.m.!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Project Reduce Stress - Update

Ah, a recovery week. After three hard weeks of build, I am trying to maximize my rest week as much as possible!  I have also been thinking a lot about my undertaking to reduce my stress in 2012.

The main reason I have started focusing on this is because I am becoming more and more aware that daily life kind of stress is really, really bad for me, especially when I am loading up my body with all kinds of physical stress, i.e. training. If I want to take full advantage of the products of training stress - getting faster and having more endurance, then I have to make sure that I am not loading my body up with other kinds of stress.

You know the kind I'm talking about. The stress you feel when you think you might not make it home in time for the bus or the stress you feel when you are angry at the person who just cut you off or the stress you feel when you have a big project coming up and you are procrastinating or the stress you feel when you are at odds with a friend or loved one. This is the kind of stress that, as much as I can control, I am trying to reduce.

So how am I doing that? Well, for starters, I have tried really hard to not be running around like a crazy lady all the time squeezing too much into too little time. I have actually been home in plenty of time for the bus ever since the kids went back to school, and it is amazing how those few moments of time to myself before they get off the bus feel when I am actually calm instead of in a frenzied state to get home before the bus arrives.

I have also started going to bed earlier and getting up a tiny bit earlier, so I have a few minutes to myself before my kids get out of bed. I take a little bit of time to wake up, and I have noticed that if I am still in my "waking up" mode when I am trying to deal with the boys, I am generally not that happy. However, if I am ready to go, then I am much more patient with my children, which means much less yelling and much more smiling. Good for everyone, if you ask me. The benefit to going to bed earlier is two-fold because now I'm climbing into bed before Kel is actually asleep, so we get to chat about the day and spend some time together. It kind of reminds me of the days before our kids were born when we would actually eat dinner in bed almost every night. I kind of miss that!

So my Project Reduce Stress is steaming along quite nicely. Next week I'm back to work at Ithaca College, so hopefully I will be able to maintain my calm and cool composure with the added weight of more in my schedule. I also have a recital coming up the second week of February, so that will be another test.

I'm feeling like I'm going to get an A.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The 2012 Plan

I am a planner. With all the stuff I keep on my plate on a daily basis, if I don't have a plan I am doomed. Usually my plan is more of a daily thing, but as a triathlete, it is nice to have an annual plan as well. My "plan" consists of my race schedule and then how everything will revolve around that.

Those of you who took a peek at my 2012 vision board certainly got a few hints as to what is in my plan for this year, but today I am officially announcing that I am all in for Rev3Tri Cedar Point FULL REV!!

September 9, 2012
2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run.

This is not a decision that I made quickly or lightly. I've been seriously thinking about it for a few years, but I always felt that I did not want to take a stab at it until Noah was in kindergarten. Last year I was able to support Kel as he tackled this distance and that was certainly inspiring and motivating. Two years ago when I brought up the idea of Kel racing a full before me, he told me he felt like I should do one first since I started in the sport first, which was very sweet. But it was great for me to support him in his training and see how it worked with our family before I took a stab at it.

So, 2012 is my year!! To guide me through my journey I have Sonja Wieck in my corner, which is also great! I always thought Coach Mary would see me to the finish line of my first 140.6, but when she had the wonderful opportunity to move over to QT2, I felt like that meant I should explore my options a bit. I've known Sonja since I met her in 2009 as a member of Team Trakkers and my thoughts were immediately drawn to her. She is a crazy good triathlete (although, I am firm believer that a good triathlete does not necessarily make a good coach), she is a mother and a wife, and she has an amazing work ethic. After a lot of emailing back and forth, we both decided that we were a good fit, and I started with her in November.

A lot of my training in November and December was recovering my fitness that I had lost since my accident in September. Everything is moving along nicely (albeit a bit slow - not that I am worried about that or anything!!), and January has brought lots of solid base volume, which I am loving. I think Sonja and I are really starting to "get" each other, which is so important in an athlete/coach relationship.

There are many more facets to my 2012 plan, and I will be revealing those throughout the rest of the month. Let's just say though, that Rev3 will again play a huge part in my season! I'm excited for the year and if you wonder why I'm not posting as much, it's probably because I'm training!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year's Vision

The first day of anything is always momentous to me.  The first day of the year always brings a sense of starting anew. I know some people turn their nose up to resolutions and the like, but to me there is just something so fresh and clean about the first day. Just like I used to wear new clothes on the first day of school, it is time to clothe myself in new goals and vision for the coming year. The year is full of promise and I will embrace it.

I tend to be a goal-oriented person, and this year that is certainly not changing that. I still have several tangible goals that I will post about later this week, but this year my primary focus will be on my vision. Each day I am becoming the person that I most want to be. The person that God made me. Each day I am living my best life.

To support my vision for 2012, I created a vision board on Pinterest. (side note: if you are not on Pinterest, let me know and I can send you an invitation.) I have made vision boards before, but this is the first time I've made a digital one. I really love this because I was able to pin all different kinds of things on my board: videos, songs, motivation, inspiration, and affirmation. For almost every post I wrote just a quick sentence in the present tense that supports my vision.  Here is a little peek, but you can click this link to take a look at my entire board.

2012 Vision Board

I wrote all of my statements in the present tense because I believe that words are powerful. It is not about what I will do or what I want to do, but what I am doing, right now. This board is a powerful visual reminder of who I believe I can be.

Bring it on 2012!!