I am so sorry.
I have been in a bit of a writing rut.
First off the Janurary challenge is simple.
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But there are THREE new year long challenges.
What better way to make 2016 great than by riding 2016 km!?! You’ve got it in you. We know you do. Get on your Expresso bike and go nuts. Your legs, your heart and your mind will thank you when you’re done. Not to mention that you will earn yourself the ultimate Expresso badge of honor for going the distance. Registration is required. Only the rides you do after you register will count!
P.S. This is 1253 miles for those of us who think in English units, but we’re not stopping you from riding 2016 miles either!
What do 90 Big Macs, 2000 Carrots, and this challenge have in common? 50,000 Calories! Burn it and Earn it! You have the whole year to ride to reach your goal and earn your badge, but take it from us… It will be a lot more fun if you stay consistent! Registration is required. Only the rides you do after you register will count!
Fun Fact: A pound of body fat equates to approximately 3,500 Calories, so by the time you earn your badge you will be about 14 pounds lighter! Ok well, maybe not exactly, but you get the idea!
This is the ultimate stage race! Ride every tour on the Expresso Bike during the year earn your badge. Your best time on each tour in 2016 will make up your total time on the leaderboards! Registration is required. Only the rides you do after you register will count!
This challenge takes guts, determination and a sense of adventure. According to our checklist you have all three of these traits, so what are you waiting for? Let’s ride!
The fall out from Pints to Pasta was pretty epic this fall. Though I wont be able to run because that is way to close to SF, I am really excited to see what they have announced and it looks to be an amazing race set up.
“Disclaimer: I received a Min0Tor to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”
My tummy is pretty sensitive towards hydration and workout supplement options so I was curious when the opportunity came up to test the MinoTor hydration drink came up.
What gets my attention with MinoTor is there transparency in their ingredients and what they have to offer on the market.
This is as pure of a drink as you can get your hands on in the market. In training I have felt the differences, specifically on some of the harder bike rides and TRX combos I have been doing since Seattle. I have more energy, I can push a little further and go a little harder. This is great because the 2016 goals are pretty big and I am going to need to push myself further to get to where I want to go.
In a sea full of calorie and chemical filled hydration drinks; this only has 50 calories. For those who are watching their calorie intake this is a huge plus. I tend to stick with water because I do not want to take on those extra calories.
I love what the company stands for and it got my attention. Their goal was to create a great tasting, truly functional, ready-to-drink, premium sports supplement that would allow you to grow leaner, stronger, muscles, supply you with sustained energy, and accelerate recovery. We are dedicated to educating our community and providing you with high quality products that allow you to lead a healthier lifestyle through fitness.
Now, for me the taste is a big issue. The best comparison I have is its a very sweet coconut water. (I have to mix coconut water with other flavors to enjoy them.) The company said that the taste comes from the amino acids. I tried to take only half a bottle at a time, and I tried to mix it with water and the taste just did not work for me. One of my next projects is to add a little bit of lemon to this. (Its my go to answer)
This is going to be a great option for some people. Just sadly for me, its just too sweet to go in my normal rotation but I will be using it when I need the extra boost.
I highly recommend checking out their page and learning more DrinkMiniotor.com You can use the code BibRave1 to get 10 percent off and free shipping.
. The founders had been unhappy about what has been on the market.
I have made it no secret, that Seattle Marathon is one of those events that I love, and I hate all at the same time. It has always been one of those races that has challenged me, but also helped me find how strong I really am.
This year was no exception.
Let’s start with the expo. The expo was actually smaller then previous years, but I really liked it being smaller because it made it easier to move around and get through. You start in one room to pick up your number, and then you head into the expo to enjoy the fun and get your shirt and goodie bag. The shirt was a bit of a challenge this year as they had been considerably bigger then last year. The goodie bags are always awesome and chalked full of runner friendly goodies.
As an ambassador for the Seattle Marathon, I actually had the pleasure of volunteering at the Kids Race registration pick up Friday night. This was a complete thrill because I spent a lot of time talking to young runners who had been so excited, and parents both. I would love to help out with that again next year just because the kids are so worth it.
As for the race.
If you remember the recap from last year, it was seriously cold last year. This year improved a tad bit, maybe by 5 degrees.
But I was smarter this year and I was well dressed for the weather.
The race itself is beautiful. It starts at the Experience Music Project and takes you right through the center ofdowntown Seattle. I was actually running really well in this strech and nailed my run walk perfectly. Its fun to run through downtown Seattle when it is still sleepy. You notice little things a lot more, you notice the bright and pretty window displays more. You notice the skyline more.
After downtown you hit I-90. You actually get to run in the freeway. They close down the express lanes and you get to run through the tunnel. The full marathoners get to run the floating bridge, but the half marathoners turn off after the tunnel. Last year I don’t remember ice being an issue, but there was enough moisture in the air that it was. That slowed me down quite a bit.
Once you head through the tunnel you head out towards Lake Washington which by far is the best part of the run. It does have a few little rolling hills, but there is a peaceful feeling as you run by the lake and there is a layer of fog on the lake. I started to rebuild my speed and I was pretty happy.
We all know what hill I am talking about. We don’t need the description. Its the hill that goes straight up. Then turns, and goes straight up again, with one more up before you head straight down to the arboretum.
Knowing it better then ever. I made sure my walking intervals had been right on the money. The hills are beautiful but they push you and challenge you. I kept the slower but steady pace I was planning for.
The Arboretum is many peoples favorite part of the race. Scenically its mine. But the up and down hills make you focus in on what your body is doing and pushing through. And honestly, not falling on your head on a crack in the road way. I got sidelined in here somewhere because of the fact I really had to go to the porta-potty.
Speaking of. I always have to laugh. Mile markers are also porta-potties. Every one of them.
The last three miles take you back into the downtown part of Seattle including a wicked downhill and around the Seattle Center before you get to come down into Memorial Stadium to finish in the 50 yard line.
I am a huge fan of the post race area. You get your medal, and get a space blanket before heading into the bowels of the stadium where they have all the food you need, a place to change into warm clothes, a chance to pick up any more Seattle Marathon Souvenirs. It is the perfect place to warm up and get your wits about you before heading back to the cold.
I love how well supported this race is. One thing that is never in short supply is fully stocked water stations with amazing volunteers. It has always been near the top of my “must-do” list. The event is ran truly with runners in mind.
And I love the fact that it continues to challenge me. The last five miles remind you how tough you are, and how beautiful of a town Seattle is. Time wise it was the best race I have done this year and I am so much closer to my “bigger goals” for 2016.
I will be back. It is my yearly reunion with my strength.
There are TWO challenges for Expresso bike riders for December.
First there is King of the Mountian.
Each ride has a certain amount of points you can earn based on the difficulty of the elevation. Your goal is to get to 50 points.
You can see the point breakdown here.
The other challenge is a bonus challenge.
It is called the Legend of the Abdominal Snowman
You can choose 25 miles, 75, or 125
Each stage has a set list of rides for you to accomplish. You start in the 25 mile and work your way down.
You do need to register for which stage yo are committing to.
Check out the rules here
As usual if you have questions, ask!
I went through a large patch where I haven’t wanted to write too many personal blogs. And now the spark is coming back to write.
I will be blunt. Some of what I want to say is going to come off crazy. Just follow me a bit. We will get through it.
One quick piece: Also I am in the running for a position at Pace Per Mile. If you could please stop by: Pace Per Mile and vote I would appreciate it.
If you read the last musings blog, I am defiantly in one of those places that I am putting it all out there to reach my goals; between trying to get the social media guru in me to the next level, trying to make sure running in 2016 is much better then 2015, the Pace Per Mile thing and a few other things which I am not quite ready to bring up in the blog.
But one of the things I have had to figure out is its going to be a fight for me to get anywhere.
If you have followed my blog you know about the health issues that my dad has faced, and I am probably going to get too personal here but I really am to the point I don’t care.
Obesity has been an awful part of my life for the past three years. My dad has been dealing with the consequences of it. Part way through this journey his doctors made it crystal clear, if he would of changed his path we might not of been here.
It’s changed all of us.
He has been in denial for the longest time about it. I think it has been the hardest thing for all of us to handle, the denial that obesity has been the big key to what caused all this.
Do not get me wrong. I love my dad, I always will. But I don’t like what this has done.
I went through my own journey with obesity, and I am lucky enough to continue in “maintenance” for the last five years. I know how challenging it has been, and I know what I went through. I truly became a “fighter”.
The thing is, watching someone go through the journey can truly be draining. You want to be there and support them but to be honest its costly.
I have watched dreams and things I have worked for fall by the way side because this has been my focus. I have convinced myself that going after certain dreams isn’t worth it.
The fight was kind of gone.
Obesity has taken so much of what is important to me.
Because I didn’t stay true to the boundaries I had set.
So many people have encouraged me to go after my dreams and leave this in the past. They have supported, they have cheered, they have been in my corner. But I have let this stop me from making the big leaps.
I had a long talk with my dads social worker who is a rockstar. She said it best when she said “You have done a lot of amazing things, but this has held your full life back for the past three years”
And the thing is, if I can survive the past three years. I can keep going and see where this road takes me, I just have to be willing to channel the inner fighter.
Thanks for following the train of thought. I just needed to put it all out there.