I am getting settled in Kentucky. Is it a shock to anyone that the first place I took the kids once I was on my own Monday morning was the bike store? Followed by checking out gyms?? And then, the grocery store. Ha. I am actually really glad I did that order because I wanted to talk to some real people about the gyms in the area. Sadly, the one that came highly recommended was out of my price range. I was also able to score a bib to the sold out Derby Mini Marathon from one of the employees at VO2 Multisport. I don't know who I will be running for yet, and honestly, it is a bit nerve wracking to hand over a wad of cash to someone you just met. I am just glad that I didn't have to get up early to wait in line for a charity bib and have to pay extra money. The person I am running for signed up really early, so I am getting the early bird price too! I am debating on going to the expo tomorrow just to check it out. I have always gone to marathon expos, so this will be a new thing for me if I don't.
I was excited that I also was able to get my Team Aquaphor team kit and samples on Monday! I got all dressed up, bike loaded, just in time for the rain to come. I was en route to the ladies ride at VO2 when the rain came down. I drove the rest of the way just to see if anything was happening, and it wasn't. I did get the comment that "I looked too serious for this ride". Ha. If only they knew the poser that I am!!!! They didn't see my mountain bike helmet with visor (the new alien helmet was left home on purpose). While it is obvious that my tri bike is brand new, it was not so obvious that I am brand new to riding a tri bike and group rides. I feel like my group rides with TIA don't count as group rides because I knew everyone from OW swimming first (where they all got to see how bad I am at that), and they witnessed my true beginning on the road. It is more of a word of mouth type thing, and not a public advertised ride. It is also an out and back course where no one gets lost. Being new to the area, getting lost was/is a legit fear. It occurred to Ryan last week as he hung on during a hammerfest because he had no idea where he was. His buddies proposed the solution, a Garmin 800 that has maps in it. Maybe next year.
At any rate, I was bummed that I couldn't ride, being dressed to look so fast and all. Here is the new tri top/shorts.
But, since I had scored the bib to the Derby race, I was justifying being OK with it since I should rest up for that race (sort of). I need to hit the bike hard next week, though, to prepare for R4R. Hopefully the weather will be more condusive to riding. It has rained every day since we got here. I feel like we brought it with us from MI. Also, I can't believe we noticed this AFTER we had our ice creams, but Graeters, my most favorite ice cream ever, has locations here and was running a special that for days that it rains in April in KY or IN, they will give you sundaes buy one get one free. How did we mess that up? I actually almost hoped it would rain today so we could go back and get sundaes today instead of single scoops. It would have been cheaper that way AND we would have gotten more ice cream!
So, here is where the giveaway comes in. I am giving away some of my Aquaphor Samples and one 3.5oz jar to one lucky follower. I do want to welcome my new followers. Most of them are from Team Aquaphor, and I am getting their sites added to the sidebar. I am not sure what to do if one of you guys win though! You already have the samples! Maybe I can dig up some marathon bars or something instead.
Here is what you have to do. Please leave a comment for each:
1. Be a follower of this blog and tell me why you love aquaphor
2. Go to Team Aquaphor on f/b and like them http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/TeamAquaphor (sorry, I am having trouble with links on the new laptop).
3. Post this giveaway on your facebook, blog, or twitter. Please comment separately for each.
4. Give me your best, "I wish I had some Aquaphor story". For example, mine was the time I wore a crappy sports bra in the rain for 11 miles and the entire neckline chaffed. I had a smile shaped scab on my chest as a result that was visable above my team Marathon tri top for at least one group ride AND a race. I had people asking me what happened, how did I manage to BURN myself there, was it a cooking accident?? No, a wardrobe malfunction.
The contest will close Sunday night, 5/8, and the winner will be announced on Monday, 5/9. If I can get a lot more followers, I will do ANOTHER giveaway that I am working on!