Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy Anniversary to ME and a Giveaway for YOU!!


It is unbelievable to me that it has been 3 whole years since I hit publish on this:

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It All Started with One Conversation

To start, let me just say that if you are looking for serious how-tos for training for a triathlon, this is NOT the site for that. This will catalog my own personal experiences--both real and perceived--with multisport racing. It is my goal to show humourous depictions of my training in all three sports, two of which I have little to no experience in. I am a total klutz and the majority of my “athletic” background comes from eleven years of ballet and jazz; from the ages of 3-14, to be precise. I danced up to 4 times a week, and ultimately left due to artistic differences. I saw myself as talented,


and they saw me as klutzy, inflexible and not anorexic.



The full post is here.
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While the first thing that strikes me is how my drawings have evolved, I also love that I can look back on what I have done in my life over the past 3 years. I think that might actually be the point of a blog, isn't it?

Here are the best things about blogging:

1. I have met many fellow bloggers/triathletes/runners, some of whom have become my closest friends!






 







2.  I became an ambassador for FitFluential and Sweat Pink.



And I just joined the Tough Chiks!!


3.  Over time, I also got out of my comfort zone to try new things, like Hot Yoga.

It was nasty.

Indoor cycling classes and aqua jogging.



A Masters Swim class, and a Jillian Michaels Shred class.

 

Sometimes I do these things just for you, my faithful readers.

I got to join my sister and nephews as they ran their first 5k and became runners!!


And one year I was in a 1300 person flash mob!!

Most recently (you're not sick of me telling you yet, are you?)  I ran a MARATHON!


Over the past 3 years I have discovered that I can do so much more than I had ever thought possible.

Oh, and I also discovered that I really like high fives.


 A lot.

So.  In order to celebrate my 3 year blogiversary and to say thank you THANK YOU! A million times thank you!! for reading, I am  doing another...

DRAWING FOR A DRAWING!  

The winner will get their own personalized stick figure drawing, courtesy of TriGirl.  I promise to make it cool and totally awesome.

This contest is open to absolutely anyone!


You can enter by leaving any type of comment you want.  If you would like additional entries, you can: 

1.  Follow me on Twitter (leave a comment with your Twitter handle).
2.  Tweet this post (leave a comment with a link to the tweet).  You can tweet daily and leave a link to the tweet in the comments for an entry.
3.  Tell me a good joke.  Tell me lots of good jokes.  Just put each one in a separate comment so it counts as an entry.

Official stuff:
The drawing will be open until 12:00pm PST (Pacific Standard Time), Saturday December 14th, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random, using Random.org. Winner will be notified via email and blog post. If there is no response after 48 hours, a new drawing will take place.

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!  THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN AND ANNOUNCED HERE!

UPCOMING POSTS: REVIEW OF THE KOSS FIT SERIES EARBUDS FOR WOMEN, HOW I TRAINED IN PARIS, HOW MY SUPER-LONG MARATHON TRAINING RUNS WENT

47 comments:

  1. I love your drawings and your blogging! This was so fun to read. Draw on blog girl. Your drawing skills and blogging skills match your inspiring skills! Love you TriGirl… Valerie

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  2. Virtual high 5! Three years is quite an achievement. Congratulations! :)

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  3. Oh my goodness. I thought it was going to be a drawing for a drawing...meaning that in order to enter, readers would have to send in drawings they created. That would be hilarious!

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  4. I am so happy that you decided to hit publish three years ago! Yours in one of my favorite blogs! You never fail to make me literally laugh out loud (I have learned to NOT read your posts on my cell phone during business meetings.) I really hope I win!

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  5. Oh and I Tweeted! https://twitter.com/GeaLenders/status/409342420166246400

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  6. Running with Ollie always raves about your posts. Now I see why. I love your drawings.

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  7. High 5! happy happy blogaversary to you.

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  8. I already follow on Twitter. @detroitrunner1

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  9. Wow, three years! Congratulations. While I want nothing more than to force you to make a pickleope stick drawing, I don't want to clog your comments with all that. Besides, have I not given you enough ha-ha's not in traditional joke form both here in your comments but also for free on my own site? Now I have to dance like a monkey for you?
    Fine.
    It's seasonal too.
    The people who wrote the lyrics to "Little Drummer Boy" didn't realize that drums existed in the world, otherwise, why would they write onomatopoetic lyrics like "rum pa pum pum" multiple times? (It doesn't have to be funny "ha-ha", right? Funny "strange" counts?)

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    1. And just to get that extra entry, hecks yeah I'm following you on the tweets.

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  10. I absolutely LOVE your drawings!! It really adds to your blog, which I enjoy reading!

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  11. Congratulations! 3 years is a LOOOOOONG time, but you've packed so much into it! I quite probably have the distinction of being your least-athletic follower, but it's amazing how much 'fun' you make it sound!! Look forward to the next 3 years!!!

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  12. I seriously can't believe it's been 3 years! That's awesome and congratulations TriGirl!

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  13. I follow you on twitter by the way! @vapidv

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  14. Joke entry! It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.
    Ha! Get it? *nudge nudge*

    Sigh.

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  15. Oh! Also, I re-tweeted your tweet. Oh my gosh I'm so annoying. Ok, I'm done. I promise!

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  16. Umm I lied. I just realized I've left 4 comments and I don't like that number so I'm changing it to 5 with another joke. And THEN I promise I'm done.

    The dyslexic devil worshipper sold his soul to Santa.

    BOOM!

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  17. I love reading your posts, your drawings are more than great!!! Felicitaciones!

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  18. I totally LOVE your blog! You have an awesome sense of humor, and your artwork is topnotch ;-) (I wish I would have thought of drawing all my pics on my blog because I'm an art geek and SO proud to be so). CoNgRaTS on your 3 years! And, congrats on all your accomplishments ;-)
    ~Kim from Running On The Fly

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  19. HAhaha, just read Vapid Vixen's joke! As soon as I think of a good one, I'll leave it! In the meantime, here's the link to my tweet! https://twitter.com/RedNomadOZ/status/409623433593368578

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  20. I love your pics & have enjoyed reading your journey (although I must admit I'm more of a lurker). Here's to many more years of blogging and tri'ing!
    PS - I follow you on twitter too (@fitcheerldr)

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  21. Why did GiGi cross the road? Because Whole Foods was on the other side of course.

    HAR HAR HAR - I'm so funny, RIGHT?!?!

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  22. Tweet Tweet Tweet!

    What did the Twitter Bird say?!?! He said this: https://twitter.com/Dubagee/status/409915489193033728

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  23. MANY a bad day your blog and drawings have made me LOL and smile -- so THANK YOU for manyyyyyy smiles and laughs! happy blogaversary!!! i hope i win -- then i can look at my own stick figure and bust a gut on whim!

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  24. Way to go Julie!! I have loved reading your blog over the years, and getting to know you!

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  25. "Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day!" Also congratulations on three years, I am so glad I stumbled across your blog last summer!

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  26. I want a drawing because I'm so vain I think that song is about me. I've enjoyed laughing with (mostly, sometimes at) you since I started reading, keep it up!

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  27. oops forgot to leave a joke (I was too busy praising you!).

    What do you get when you get when you take away a runner's favorite shoes? A cross trainer ;-)

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  28. I love your drawings and your recaps of runs/events. :) High 5 and congratulations, again, on your marathon-that had to be emotionally AWESOME!

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  29. https://twitter.com/truth2beingfit/status/410519945793925121 I tweete3d!

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  30. I LOVE your cartoon pics & how fun your posts always are - so fun & the hair is like mine.. for now - foreshadowing.. ;)

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  31. First, I follow you on Twitter! @lindsayonthego

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  32. I tweeted about your giveaway: https://twitter.com/lindsayonthego/status/411711457328254979

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  33. I'm not very good at jokes, but I told this one earlier this week (it's a diabetes joke...):

    What did the broken pancreas say to it's owner? "I'm sorry. Islet you down."

    Get it? Islet cells? *crickets*

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  34. Here is my joke...
    What is the difference between the bird flu and the swine flu?
    Bird flu get a tweet-ment and the swine flu gets an oink-ment!

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  35. I tweeted about you! https://twitter.com/paris_itinerary/status/411721865887895553

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  36. I also follow you on twitter @paris_itinerary.

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  37. oo. I tweeted again! I hope I win. I really want a drawing of me and Ollie! :)

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  38. Wow! Congratulations! (you posted this on my 50th birthday). I have crossposted (and given you credit for) your image of the gal on the bike--I hope that's okay. If not, let me know.

    I did a search for cartoons of indoor cycling and yours was the only "real" awesome one! AND--I am so glad because I have a feeling I will LOVE your blog. Now if I can only figure out how to "follow" it :-)

    Happy tri-ing! I'm also a new triathlete, started blogging three years ago, too!

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    1. Thanks! And happy birthday to you! Thank you for linking back to me, I'm happy to share as long as I'm sourced ;)

      There are lots of ways you can follow me: if you go to the top of the right side bar you can choose social media, or enter your email to get my posts delivered to your inbox. If you keep scrolling down, you can follow me on Google Friends Connect, Blog Lovin', or Networked Blogs. I hope one of those works for you!

      Hope your cycling gets eaiser (it hasn't for me!)

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