Sunday, September 23, 2012

Business in the Front, Party in the Back: A TriForever Review and Giveaway!

UPDATE 9/30/12:
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.  THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!

Hey everyone!  Last month I was contacted by the lovely Rachel at TriForever about doing a giveaway and review.  Never one to turn down the chance for free running gear to increase my readership to give my readers some cool presents, I said yes! They have a TON of fun stuff ont their site and are triathletes themselves with a love for fellow racers, as you can see on their Facebook page! I went to their site and spent the weekend trying to decide what to get!  I went with a tech shirt since I could wear it to work out and then give you guys the lowdown.  Also, I could be confident with the giveaway part!

*That was a joke.  I have no cars to give away.

I chose what I thought was a pretty clever quote and sent off my order.  It came with the saying on the back rather than the front, so my one suggestion is to not be a dolt like me, and double check your order details (I think I was just looking at the different variations and must not have clicked the 'front' button again).  I decided that having the writing on the back just meant I would have to run faster so that there would be people behind me to read it!

Plus, it seemed like a good nod to 80s fashion, which is making a comeback in a big, bad way:

Business in the front,


PARTY IN THE BACK!

Did you guys get the reference with the 80s mullet? Too much of a stretch?  Let's move on. (Real photos at the end of the post.)

I took my shirt out for a spin a couple of weekends ago for my last long run before my half marathon.  Despite the fact that it was a black shirt and I wore it at noon on a sunny day for an 11 mile run (because I'm a genius), it vented extremely well.  I liked the fit; it was a feminine cut but still loose.  I went with a size larger than I could have because I have a hard time fitting my chest (HA!) shoulders.


The sleeve seams did not chafe at all (a common issue for me).  I also felt that I could move my arms freely throughout the run.

Classic mid-run horsefly evasion tactics.

At the end of the run I was definitely sweaty, but no more so than usual.


I've since washed  the shirt and air-dried it, and so far the lettering is intact and the fit has not changed.  I like having loose, breathable t-shirts to run in and this one fits the bill.  Plus, it has a fun saying without being obnoxious!

And just so you know what you are entering for (if you choose a shirt) here are some real photos:

FRONT.


BACK!


Like I said, there are many options on the website, including clothes, jewelry, headgear, bib and award displays, and safety gear.  TriForever is offering a $25 gift card to one of you lucky ducks!  This contest is open to everyone (i.e. not limited to the United States), but please be aware that shipping costs vary by location and may not be entirely covered by the gift card, depending on your item of choice and where you live.

If you would like to enter, here is how to do it!

  1. Follow me and leave a comment! It's time for me to get some new numbers on GFC :)  If you already follow,  leave a comment saying so.
  2. Go to TriForever, then come back and leave a comment telling me what you would order if you won.
Optional Extra Entries!

  1. Follow me on Twitter.  I'm @triingathlete! Leave a comment here.
  2. Follow TriForever on Twitter.  They're @TRIforever1!  Leave a comment here.
  3. Tweet about the giveaway with something like "I want to win @triingathlete's giveaway for a gift card from @Triforever1!" Leave a comment here.

This contest will be open until Sunday, September 30th, 10pm PST.  I will choose a winner using Random.org and announce it on here.  Please make sure I can contact you by email or Twitter.

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DISCLAIMER:  I was sent the "Let the Course be with You" shirt in exchange for writing this review and hosting the giveaway.  All opinions expressed are my own.

UPCOMING POSTS:  THOUGHTS DURING MY LONG RUNS, SWIMMING, TORTURE TECHNIQUES FOR ATHLETES (or maybe it's just me)

89 comments:

  1. okay so I want one of everything, but I love "fast girls have good times" and "pain now...beer later" tees.

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  2. I follow you on twitter too. I like to stalk you :)

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  3. Thanks for the disclaimer of "I have no cars to give away". That made me laugh.

    That mullet? TERRIBLE! But in an awesome way.

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  4. Love the endorphins performance tee and the believe women's v neck.

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  5. I'd go with a new beanie since I managed to get mine stolen last year by stuffing it in some shrubbery after over-heating. S-M-R-T.

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  6. OH! Also, I would totally tweet about this, but I refuse to join twitter. FB and Pinterest are already ruining my life.

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  7. Having done most of the others, all that's left is to tell you what I would get, and that's a no brainer, "Pain now...beer later" shirt. Or maybe the socks that have the arch support and sop up my nasty foot sweat.
    Also, I love that you made this into a mullet metaphor.

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  8. I visited tri forever and I think I'd get a performance short sleeve shirt, maybe the run harder one!

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  9. I'd love one of the Pony Up Tri Hats!

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  10. I follow you on twitter
    @pace_of_laurel

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  11. I follow Tri Forever on twitter too!

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  12. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/249992854762561536

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  13. The Star Wars geek in me wants the Let the Course be with You V-neck.

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  14. Following you on Twitter - @Gabamonkey

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  15. While your V-neck is delightfully nerdy, I think I'd have to get one of the medal hangers so I finally have some way to display all of my awesome race bling.

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  16. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/Gabamonkey/status/249997562675863552

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  17. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/tricoachdawn/status/249998188189216770

    Thanks for doing this!

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  18. hahaha...one of the best/funniest reviews i've read!! i'm following u girl! :)

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  19. Ah I like your shirt idea! And I already follow you, obviously. :p

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  20. Aaaaannnnnd I definitely tweeted. Now. Now now. Not before but right now.

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  21. Party in the back! Amazing :-D

    I just followed you on networked blogs (and so glad you had this give-away because I had never seen it before...)

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  22. For the gear - I love their very simple 26.2 (with the girl runner) - nothing says I'm tough bitch' more than that :-P

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  23. I am a new follower on GFC........

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  24. I just started following triforever 1on twitter....

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  25. I just tweeted about the giveaway on twitter

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  26. I follower you on GFC as Victoria Mackasey

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  27. I love the custom engraved silver necklaces! But there is so much there, I can't decide!!

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  28. I of course follow you on Twitter!

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  29. I follow TriForever on Twitter!

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  30. I tweeted!! https://twitter.com/ErikaMyers/status/250284601820446721

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  31. and on the twitter
    *in old woman voice*

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  32. and i follow this cool new company i'd never heard of on twitter too, now!

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  33. and I'll fight Erika for that jewelry, but she'd win. so I'd just get a black eye and a great story.

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  34. Oh my! Gotta Run lounging pants?! Perfect for the end of every day!

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  35. Followed you on twitter @mymomsawhackjob

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  36. Follow Triforever on Twitter @mymomsawhackjob

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  37. Tweeted about offer @mymmomsawhackjob

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  38. Love the Believe shirt, my mantra daily

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  39. I would order the sterling silver triathlete necklace. So cool!

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  40. Love the Fast Girls Have Good Times t-shirts!

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  41. Following TRIforever on twitter!

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  42. I follow you.
    Your illustrations are amazing and you crack me up!

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  43. I want the hoodie - Fast Girls Have Good Times.
    HA!

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  44. If I won, I probably would get a "tri like a girl" shirt. 'Cause I do!

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  45. gfc follower: michelle
    I really love the Running Tshirt Short Sleeve Let the Course Be With You

    mwong241 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. tweet https://twitter.com/mw2314/status/252433330807644160

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  47. You are my first blogger 'follow' and this is my first comment. Woohoo! Love your blog/pics. Oh, and I wanna win this contest! Hehe.

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  48. Following TriForever on twitter! I'd love a t-shirt. :)

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  49. Yay! I follow your blog :) Duh. Ha.

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  50. I'd love a glitter headband! Very cute!

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