Thursday, July 30, 2015

Love Like Loathe

Since I promised more blogging, I thought of this new format that I may come back to on occasion when the creative well dries up. I am always trying new things and seeing new movies or reading new books so I figured I could do a love-like-loathe blog post when I have a good stock pile of things to review slash hate on. Let's begin shall we?
Book of Life. This movie is adorable. I don't know what took me so long to see it as it's been out almost a full year now. I have always loved the idea of Dia de los Muertos because it's a celebration of the lives of those we miss. And of course, the brightly colored sugar skulls are just so damn cute. The movie is based on those themes and it's fantastic. There's also several strong female characters which I appreciate and the music is flat out awesome. This is a big LOVE for me.

Infinit Mud Oh my damn, this stuff is DELICIOUS. This drink is a powder that you can mix with any kind of milk, I prefer almond, and it's a blend of caffeine, protein, and carbs. It's not super high in calories and it's perfect both before and after a workout. Hell, sometimes I just have it for breakfast regardless of working out. The mocha flavor is tasty and the added ground flax is a nice nutritional bonus. It's on the pricier side, but hey, you're probably spending more on a cup of joe then you should anyway, may as well add in some protein!
Nivea In-shower Moisturizer I remember as a kid watching TV commercials about lotions and creams and being like, "Who needs that? Why are all these people talking about dry skin?" Little did I know that my future would require ALL THE LOTIONS. And yes, I put the lotion on my skin, Buffalo Bill. Anywho, I saw this ad for this in-shower lotion and figured I'd try it out. While it does smell great, it's not an exact replacement for actual lotion. I'd say it's an aid if you are in a rush and don't have time to wait for the actual lotion to absorb into your skin.
Once Upon a Time I was looking for a new Netflix show to watch when the S.O. was out and I wanted something light. A co-worker recommended this show and while I can't say it's groundbreaking or thought provoking, it is exactly what I wanted. It's entertaining and cute and involves fairytale characters. The S.O. thinks it's awful, but I like it enough to watch when I have downtime and just want mindless TV.
Before I start, I should say I don't really loathe some of this stuff, but the word worked best. Because I do love alliteration. Ha!
Jupiter Ascending Remember that children's rhyme about boys going to Jupiter to get more stupider? Yeah, that's this movie. The S.O. rented it for me because I like Mila Kunis and sci-fi. However, almost from the very beginning this movie was awful. I am a little bit snobby when it comes to movies but I can get down with a cult classic or something cheesy every now and again. Unfortunately, this was just flat out bad. Channing Tatum looks ridiculous and I was so confused for the first hour. I gave up first. The S.O. couldn't finish it. Don't bother renting.
Hunting for Trophies AKA animals. I have no link for this one because you all know the dentist I'm referring to. I hate that he does this to ANY animal, let alone a revered one like Cecil. I'm not a vegetarian, but I am anti-hunting for sport. It makes no sense to me. I feel the same about fishing just to fish. I just don't get it. That being said, I don't think these hunters need to be gunned down by angry mobs. Let's just change the laws instead. If there is a real need for population control for certain species then it needs to be handled by the folks in Fish and Wildlife.
So, tell me. What's on your love, like, loathe list right now?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You can do side bends or situps...

*Congrats to Laura who won the HiPZiP giveaway! You've been emailed by SLS3 and they'll get you that sweet fuel belt.

Whoa. It's been a full week since I blogged last. I guess this has become the norm as I haven't been a very steady blogger as of late. I assume this is what happens when you've been blogging since 2009. I'm officially a dinosaur in blog years. And if I had to claim which dinosaur, as much as I joke about my t-rex arms, I'm finding more and more in strength sessions that my legs aren't exactly of the t-rex variety.

I remember as a kid hearing how strong typical women's legs were (whatever the hell that means) and I remember seeing girlfriends squat and leg press a lot more weight than I could. I have always felt that my upper body, strangely enough, is fairly strong. I won't say stronger than my legs, because, duh, they carry my body weight, but I prefer to do arm exercises versus leg exercises. I attribute some of my bike issues on lack of strength. I simply do not have a ton of power in my quads and butt.
And I find this butt and quad weakness funny because I don't exactly have tiny thighs and booty. Nor, do I want that look. I like a good booty.
...But please don't lose that butt.
So, like with anything, I gotta work on it. I've been trying to really think about firing my glutes when I run and I'm continuing my weekly strength sessions. I have trouble with squats and correct form still, and when doing long jumps today I was leaning forward and using my quads. Fortunately, Coach Jon's ever watchful eye was there to correct me.

I'd love to have more power for both running and cycling. I watch my friend Lindsay during strength and admire how powerful she is. I see this translate into her ability to climb while cycling. She's kind of a boss actually.

Anyway, I regret to inform you all that I skipped my sprint tri last weekend. I was feeling exceptionally tired the week prior and hemmed and hawed racing all week. The S.O. and Jon encouraged me to race but when I woke up race morning with a nasty headache, I took my cue from the universe and decided to be an athletic supporter. (I did get to meet a reader named Bob, HI BOB! Congrats again on your race!)

As per usual, the S.O. came in the top five overall and got an age group award. He's kind of a big deal.

I am feeling peppier this week and am attributing last week's general fatigue to lady problems. I'm feel much, much better this week and just looking over the numbers for July thus far, I have been hitting my runs and am seeing some small improvements. I did two workouts of quarter mile repeats and saw a few low seven's, which is always nice.

Getting a little crazy with the gifs today.

I promise to blog a bit more and wanted to know if you all had any burning questions? Like there's anything I haven't already told you about myself at this point. Maybe race questions? Training questions? Oh and I joined Periscope. Lord help us all.

Peace out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SLS3 HiPZiPP fuel belt Review and Giveaway

After LOVING my SLS3 compression sleeves, I was delighted when they asked me to do a review on their HiPZipp belt in exchange for a free belt. Over the years I have tried countless fuel belts and haven't really found one that I cannot live with out. I was ready to try anything and I really liked the way these belts looked on their site.
The belts come in different hip sizes and I went with the small according to my measurements. #humblebrag Ha! When it arrived I was skeptical because it did seem rather small. I tried it on over a pair of bulkier running shorts and it was snug and scrunched up my shorts. But when I switched to a more fitted/flat pair of shorts it fit just fine. I'd recommend thinking about what you run in most when selecting a size.

 The belt is stretchy and has two long, zippered pockets on either side. This bad boy can store a LOT of stuff. I like that the pockets are really long and can fit any size phone.
This picture shows the belt folded in the middle so you can see the front pocket, and the back pocket. Again, lots of space for keys, gels, phone, kitchen sink....
Napkin test.
As you can see, it's a pretty wide band. One thing I was concerned about was it being waterproof for a phone. I sweat a ton and if you run in the summer, it's basically impossible to finish a run without being drenched. To test the waterproofness, I put napkins in the belt at the start of the run. I also threw in a gel and my car key.

I ran for about an hour and the best thing about this belt is that it didn't move. Not one time did I pull it down. And it was snug, but I forgot it was there. It was comfortable and didn't bother me a bit. After the run, the napkins were mostly dry but a little damp near the edges. I would suggest a zip lock bag if you want to run with your phone. I rarely run with one but it's great to have this option because my other belts are either too small or bounce around way to much to carry one.

Post run belt stayed in place!
So here's how I would break this belt down in pros and cons.

Pros: Stayed in place and didn't bug me at all, lots and lots of storage space, easy to clean

Cons: Not 100% waterproof (not that they claim it to be but this was something I was curious about), may be snug if you wear over "puffier" shorts

Final Thoughts: I will 100% wear this belt again. I can see me wearing this at races where I want to carry a phone for pictures and carry bigger fuel options, like bars or chomps.

Ready to get your hands on your very own HiPZiPP? You can enter through the rafflecopter below to win one AND if you don't win or just want one right meow, you can use the code HZ10 for $10 off.

Good luck!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Get Your Geek On! GeekyCon 2015

This post is a bit of a departure from my running/triathlon ramblings, but if you've read this blog for any length of time you will know that I am somewhat of a geek. Ok, fine, I'm a big geek. And I love all things geeky: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, etc. etc. etc. This is why I am so thrilled to have been given free tickets to GeekyCon 2015 in Orlando, Florida, in exchange for a before and after post about this event. Seems like a no-brainer to me!

I've been to MegaCon and Spooky Empire, and while those were both fun, I'm REALLY looking forward to GeekyCon. It's more all encompassing of fandom versus just comic books or the horror genre. Plus, you know, Harry Potter.

This convention is being held from Wednesday, August 29th through Sunday, August 2nd in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. It features more cool events than you can shake a Firebolt racing broom at. (See what I did there?)

I am personally looking forward to seeing the guy who creates languages, like Dothraki, and Jackie Emerson, "Foxface" from the Hunger Games. Plus, a lot of cool authors will be there. Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent Series will be hosting several interactive literature sessions. Holly Black who wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles is also hosting a few sessions. Be still my geeky heart. And if you are into Glee a bunch of those actors will be there too. Honestly, I can't even begin to list all the awesome.

Click HERE to see the GeekyCon lineup of Special Guests. 

And if there weren't already a killer lineup of Geek Mecca, they've added a major event. On Wednesday night, they reserved The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am. JUST. FOR. US. GEEKS. Pick up your jaw. You're drooling. 

For all the information on GeekyCon 2015, just click HERE. I hope I get to see some of you fellow geeks there. And before you head over to the site, check out their freakin' hilarious video below. Get Your Geek On.