Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Dang, You Look Good in Those Bike Shorts"...Said No One, Ever


I mean, really.

As I previously mentioned here, I was invited to be a race ambassador for the Dilettante Chocolate Women's Triathlon on June 15th!  I will be doing the Sprint distance, but there is an Olympic distance race as well.  It will take place at Five Mile Lake Park in Kent, Washington.

They have every category you can think of: age group, Athena, 2-person and 3-person relays, and a friends and family category!  You just have to be at least 12 years old by December 31, 2013 (and if you're reading this then I would bet you are).

While I have not been following a formal triathlon training plan, I did start focusing on biking since it is my weakest sport...aside from swimming.

First off, I TriGuy put cages on my pedals so I can pump with more power.


Oh yeah.  Feel the burn!

I have also been building my strength and balance and I can now bike one-handed.


I can even stretch my arms over my head, or rest my hands on my hips while pedaling!


Look Ma, no hands!

And if you can believe it, I have managed to hone my water bottle skills!


Well, sort of.

Oh. There's one little caveat.  I mean, it's just a minor thing, really.

I'm doing all this on my trainer.


In front of a mirror.


While watching movies on my iPad.


It's a work in progress.

So!  I'm getting ready for you--yes YOU--to do this tri with me! Do you want more motivation to sign up?  How about this:

You can get $10 OFF your registration by entering the coupon code TRI-INGDWT13.

Still want more?  Alright, check this out!

They'll have chip timing, chocolate, pretty tech race tees for purchase, post-race food with chocolate, finisher's medals, chocolate...what else, what else? OH!

A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!!



Who is joining me in this race?  
Are you interested in being on a relay team?  Let me know in the comments and I'll see if I can connect you with others to form your own group! 

*As a race ambassador, I was provided with a free race entry in exchange for promoting the Dilettante Women's Triathlon.  

UPCOMING POSTS: MORE RUNNING, SWIMMING, YOGA (MAYBE),  AND I'LL BE GUEST POSTING SOON AT THE SARCASM GODDESS' SITE!



I'm linking up with Yeah Write this week, and celebrating their second birthday with them!

89 comments:

  1. I love this!!! As usual, your drawings make me smile :)

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  2. How awesome...two of my loves together! Chocolate and Triathlon!!!

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  3. This was hilarious as usual. I thought you were going to say that Triguy put blocks on your pedals so you could reach them (hehe). Save me some chocolate :)

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    1. Hahaha. Hardee-har har...I'll save you some chocolate.

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  4. Hahaha at first I was thinking "show off!"

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    1. Hehe, gotcha. But really, you should know me better by now ;)

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  5. Not in a place to race, but your post title made me crack up. Every time I head to spin class (I take public transport), I have a tiny debate with myself over going with efficiency (Just wear the danged shorts!) and fashion (What is that girl doing walking around with a poofy butt?).

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    1. Ohhh, I would never wear those shorts if I weren't about to get on a bike, currently on a bike, or had just gotten off a bike! That would make for quite the fashion look Holly :)

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  6. Sounds fun! Race day is my anniversary:)

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    1. So, that's *not* your idea of an anniversary celebration? ;)

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  7. Ah bike shorts - so flattering! I was thinking the same thing about running tights a few weeks ago in a race. Not many can pull it off!

    Sounds like a fun race!Chocolate post race - sign me up!

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    1. So very true about the tights! I typically wear shorts over them. Imagine what a combo of running tights and bike shorts would look like!

      And yes, come race!

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  8. hehehe oh the water bottle is hard enough on its own, I can only imagine that it's a million times worse being clipped into a bike. I'm sure I would choke while simultaneously falling over. I don't think I'll ever do a tri, but drinking from a chocolate fountain (haha) could be the push I would need to do one....but since you're all the way there, I'll live vicariously through you : ) Can't wait to hear more about your training for this!

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    1. I don't know that I'll ever manage to figure it out, but I guess I can always pull over to drink. I think you should try the run leg of a relay team if you ever get the opportunity. It's a different race atmosphere and so fun!

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  9. Hey, whether it be on a stationary bike or no, you're still improving, right? And I have to disagree with the title. There HAS to be a bike short fetish out there. This is the internet. If not, simply by writing that title, you've created one.

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    1. I was *this close* to putting something about fetishes for bike shorts in the post. I can't wait to see what kinds of searches bring people here now. And thank you for always encouraging me :)

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  10. LOVE your drawings as usual and CHEEEERING YOU ON as usual too :-)

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  11. I NEED to sign up for a tri. there was an indoor one at the local JCC this past Sunday and I chickened out. I do not own a bike yet, which is why I was thinking indoor tri, but I really want to!

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    1. DO IT! An indoor tri is something I have always wanted to do!

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  12. Love your posts!

    I remember when I got my first pair of cycling shorts...wait...I don't want to remember ;) lol

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    1. Thanks Kierston! I know, they're so crazy looking! Tri shorts are better but don't have the padding :)

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  13. When wearing bike shorts it's always best to stay in the company of others wearing bike shorts. Because while you're still wearing spandex shorts with butt pads, at least then you're not alone.

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  14. You had me at chocolate! Anything with chocolate has to be fantastic. I just wish that I lived closer. :(

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  15. That chocolate just about has me ready for a road trip! Not to mention my first triathlon in six years or so.

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  16. I love your posts and your drawings. Yeah, those bike shorts...The tri on the other hand sounds super fun and a chocolate fountain? Are you kidding?

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    1. Thanks Christine :) It does sound fun, doesn't it??

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  17. I love watching Netflix on my tablet while on the treadmill! Try me in a couple of years, maybe I'll be up to a relay then. :-)

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    1. I feel so futuristic with my tablet and my smart phone :) I'll hit you up for a race in say, 2015?

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  18. Have you tried dipping your bike shorts in the chocolate fountain? Makes them really attractive.

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  19. Good luck! I'm like you - I can't run unless its on the treadmill with the tv on.

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  20. I am scared of those pedal baskets. I'd probably fall (even on a trainer) if I had those

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    1. I won't be able to use them when I go outside. One time I was watching the Bourne Identity during my workout and even though I knew what was coming, I jumped at one point and I nearly fell off my bike.

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  21. Woohoo! You're a champion! Even if it's only a stationary bike - which is the extent of my cycling training as well.

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    1. Then you're a champion too! Weeeee are the champions, my frieee-heeeendddd... :)

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  22. That water bottle is totally tricky. I have a holder on the upright portion of my stationary bike, and even getting the bottle out of that is tricky. Good luck with the training!

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    1. Thanks Bee! I feel that all water bottle cages are a pain in the neck!

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  23. The nifty thing about drawings over photographs is that you had me suckered in to your mad skilz on the bike. I pretty sure I would choke or topple over trying to drink while cycling.

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  24. you're post make me happy. :) and hell's yeah, no one looks good in biker shorts!

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  25. Men in bicycle shorts look really good as you are coming up behind them. Now I can't wait for spring, and I really need to go get some sunglasses. No need to look like a pervert if it's possible to be discreet.

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    1. Haha :) Make sure to get those oversized bug-eye ones!

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  26. I loved your little hips in the first pic. I played volleyball in high school and actually got used to wearing such torture. Not sure I would don them now. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks! Oh, good job with the volleyball. I always ended up either bumping the ball to the back wall, or missing it entirely.

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  27. Ugh.... Chocolate fountains... I used to grab cups, fill it with chocolate and then just drink the stuff.

    I miss being young.

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  28. This tri sounds awesome! I wish I was a better biker, I would definitely get into triathlons.

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    1. I wouldn't let that stop you. I didn't bike at all when I started :)

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  29. I love the twist of the bike being on the trainer!! Good for you, your commitment to your goals is always such an inspiration to me!

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  30. Hilarity! LOVE your stories & drawings. You captured my tri training on the bike to a tee (LOVE the stationary bike trainers). I forgot to practice the water bottle maneuver on the road...needless to say, it was a wee bit scary with the gauntlet of potholes and manhole covers. Good luck on race day!

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    1. Thanks Erin :) Oh you're brave for even trying the water bottle on the road!

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  31. Sign me up for the Choc-athlon! Your first line killed! hahahaha How true is that? For me it is. Keep peddlin'!

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    1. Yeah! Choc-o-late! I hate bike shorts.

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  32. I love that you were watching ST:TNG. Woot!

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    1. Yeah I was! Still am!! We're watching the whole series on Netflix :)

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  33. Admire your athletic prowess! I like roller derby because it sounds cool and tough (and IS super athletic) but avoids things I hate: running and swimming. So, you go with your bad self! I will drink from the chocolate fountain in solidarity. (While eating mushrooms, eggplants, and tomatoes.)

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    1. Ha! My athletic prowess...you're funny :)

      Are you a roller derby girl?? (When you're not pregnant) That is bada**! Will you be dipping that food into the chocolate fountain? I might be gagging over in the corner if you do :P

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  34. A very fun take on tri prep! Swimming is my passion and, while not fantastic at it, I'm pretty good, which makes my complete lack of competence in biking all the more depressing. You might have inspired me...

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    1. Don't let a little thing like 'skill' stop you. It hasn't stopped me!

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  35. I just really want you to have a banana or an energy bar in the back pocket of your bike shorts. Indoor biking or not. Please tell me it's so.

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    1. That just makes it so much more stylish :D I do carry gels, but they smoosh flat.

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  36. Always so happy to see you on the grid. You crack me up every single time. I had a very traumatic experience with biker shorts once. I saw a guy wearing yellow ones...that were very see-through...and he was no Lance Armstrong.

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! Yikes, that *would* be traumatic! I saw a girl in a race once who was biking right in front of me in grey spandex. That is see-through too.

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  37. Bahahaha!! Love the Star Trek reference. Good luck on the training and the race! I have been *sort of* trying to train for a 5K race that my husband signed me up for. I can't imagine working toward a triathlon, and I could certainly never bike with no hands, even if it was on a trainer.

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    1. Thanks! I really can't bike with no hands either :) Good luck with your 5k! When is it?

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  38. Bahaha!! I guess that's almost the same thing as biking outside! Seriously though, this totally made me laugh.

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  39. Yes, if by *almost* you mean 'not at all' :D And if I made you laugh, then my work is done!

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  40. This blog figured out the facts about athlete's training and for this purpose perpect athletic shorts must be used.

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  41. Oh my gosh that last picture was AWESOME! :D I totally pictured you coming up for air with chocolate dripping off that hair of yours and the biggest, satiated grin on your face.

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    1. Chocolate in my hair would be oh so gross. But it might be worth it if I could feel satiated :)

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  42. Ha! The bike shorts line - excellent! I loves me some chocolate fountain! I was supposed to do a bike marathon through NYC this spring but we got closed out of registration. Maybe next year!

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    1. Thanks Mod Mom! A bike marathon would be fun! I do hate getting denied on a registration; I bet you get in next year though :)

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  43. My bike shorts give me a camel toe. Or a moose knuckle. Either way, I'd wear them so I could swim in a chocolate fountain.

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    1. The chocolate makes it all worth it for sure :)

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  44. Good luck! You'll do great. My advice..take a picture of your transition area after you set it up. that way you'll be able to look back and determine if you liked it or not and set it up differently. I'm actually posting about triTraining tomorrow! Watch for it. :) triathlon
    shorts

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  45. ha ha ha ha...I LOVE this. Any race that has a chocolate fountain at the finish is a MUST do in my books!

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    1. Thanks Phaedra! Sadly, the fountain got vetoed, but it was still a good race, and if you're in the Seattle area you should consider doing it next month :)

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  46. FYI: Star Trek is my favorite thing to watch while riding on the trainer!

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