Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Triathlon for the Every Woman...

You might find this hard to believe since my blog is not the standard of English, grammar and otherwise riveting reading but....  I have friends who actually can write and write well!  Have you heard of Swim Bike Mom?  If you haven't, you must hop over and check her out.  SBM is a one woman triathlon cheer leading squad.  She is encouraging, she is working on becoming an Iron(wo)man at CDA this year and above all she is REAL.  She has up days and down days just like the rest of us and puts it ALL out there on the interwebs for the world to see.

Meredith's book, Triathlon for the Every Woman: You Can be a Triathlete. Yes. You., just hit Amazon this week.  It probably was written with beginners in mind as a way to get them into the sport but I think even someone who has some triathlons to their credit will also enjoy it.  I mean, Bree Wee wrote the preface for goodness sake and she loved it!

I was lucky (?) enough to go over to Meredith's house one day last week and help her box up all of the pre-orders for shipping.  (I think there were roughly 1 billion...ha)  It was my first glimpse at the book and I have to say I was impressed.  This book is legit!  It contains 400ish pages of everything you wanted to know about triathlon but didn't know who to ask.



Meredith has pulled together contributors to cover all areas from nutrition, mental focus and transitions to swimming, biking and running and interspersed them among her personal stories of how she got off the couch and started her triathlon journey.  If you love her blog, you will love this book.  Lots of humor, personal stories and useful information.


I am lucky enough to have a copy of the book to give away!  Just leave me a comment with either your most embarrassing triathlon moment or your proudest moment.  If you aren't into triathlons (yet...), tell me what you are waiting for!   I will draw a winner at random on Wednesday, January 2nd.  Ready, go.....

If you just can't wait to win a copy, go to Amazon HERE and get yourself a copy.  You won't be disappointed!

       




29 comments:

Matthew Smith said...

I met Meredith just a couple weeks ago, and she is just as you described...real!

Best triathlon moment: Winning the Savannah Duathlon (In all reality, there were only 17 people racing!) :)

Worst triathlon moment: Forgetting my goggles at my Olympic tri last year. I had to borrow some goggles from a guy doing the sprint as he ran out of the water and passed them off to me.

I hope I win her book! I've wanted to read it! I hope your Christmas was terrific!

Mari Fridenmaker said...

Fantastic! I love it when athletes are able to inspire one another!

So.Many.Embarssing.Moments.

At my first triathlon (2003 St. Anthony's Olympic Distance), I decided to take off my shirt and run in my sports bra for the second half of the run. Ugh. I *cringe* when I look back at those pictures.

Angela @ Fit Fun Mom said...

My proudest moment was finishing my first sprint tri -- SheROX San Diego 2011. I didn't know anyone who did triathlons so I did a lot of reading and signed up for a SheROX mentor who talked me through my questions and fears. When I actually finished and could call myself a triathlete, I was bursting with pride!

ltlindian said...

Proudest moment was finishing my first Olympic length tri this summer and my kids crossed the finish line with me! Actually, the best moment was when I got out of the water and had finished the ocean swim. I felt like I had already won at that point!

Jessica said...

Sounds like a good read. I want a copy! :-)

Terry Clough said...

Proudest and most embarasing all in one....I did my first triathlon(sprint distance) 2 years ago after losing 140 lbs, I just wanted to say I did it...i practiced,read all the books did the workouts....thought sure i was ready.....the whistle blew ...3 minutes in teh water I started to have a panic attack and thought sure i was going to drown...3 kayaks came to me and tried to convince me to stop....I said hell no I AM DOING THIS!!! got over the panic and went on to finish!!!!

Michael said...

That's so awesome!!

I think my proudest and most embarassing moment in triathlon came at the same time....well maybe not embarassing just humbling. It was when I crossed the finish line of my first Half Ironman, I was so proud, but also so disappointed because the race did not go as planned.

Monica Johnson-Null said...

Worst moment, while crossing the finish line of my first Olympic tri this past october and my bladder just opening up!! Best moment, crossing that same finish line with my son in hand and knowing I did it!!!

H Love said...

I want want want this book. I love her blog .

H Love said...

Proudest was making it through my first Olymic swim andtomorrow being partso of Rev3. Most embarrassing would be when I tried to transition off my bike too early...almost fell and them had to walk it rest of the way.

Ang said...

I haven't done a tri yet, but so far my proudest moment was when I finished my first 5K!

Anonymous said...

Proudest moment...finishing IMAZ on my 42nd birthday last month. I had something to prove to myself as I had started the race two years earlier after only being in the sport for a year. Needless to say IMAZ 2010 did not go as planned. The weather on race day was the worst they had seen in years: rain, hail, severe winds. The swim went fairly well, but the bike did not go as planned. I had a bubble in my front tire at mile 79 and a flat in my back tire at mile 101. With all of the mishaps I ended up missing the bike cut-off by 15 seconds. Needless to say, I came back with a vengeance this year and finished the whole race with no bike issues :o)

mamajo said...

I have finished a couple tris, but my proudest moment is watching my older sister complete her first Ironman. I volunteered at swim transition because she was worried about her swim. She made it with less than 5 minutes to spare. I helped her transition and she was freezing! I had already put her socks on when she asked me to put them on - si I went through the motions. She flew through the bike portion and I barely made it to the spectators hill in time. She saw me and nodded. I felt better and knew she was going to finish. I volunteered on the run course and got to see her running 4 times with a smile!! She sprinted the last mile for my daughter who we did a 5k with and she sprinted at the end beating us both! Mike Reilly said her name and the tears fell from my eyes. I picked her up at the back of the finish line and she screamed. I had never heard my sister scream. We laughed and then as she ate I checked her out. She was muscular and beautiful in a whole new way. We grew up band geeks and bookworms and now we lust over bikes and good sports bras.

Tori said...

Love her blog.
Best moment was getting 3rd in Novice at my first race. Training for a half iron!

Ute said...

Never done a Triathlon, therefore would love to winn the book!
I run regulary, but am recovering from a knee injury right now! 2013 is going to be my Triathlon Year. I can do it!!

Carie said...

Falling face first in the mud when it was raining during my 12k this year, on a side note my sons wedding was the same day 4 hours later, kinda bad timing haha

Jill said...

I want to win this! Anxious to read it. Love reading about everyday people doing amazing things. Embarrassing moment...peeing myself during the run of my first Olympic triathlon, but being smart enough to dump water over my head while doing it...no one would know! Lol...

KHBurnett said...

My proudest tri moment came when I and my 8 year old son, passed the finish line at my first Sprint Tri this past summer. It was a Run for God Tri and I entered with my 8 year old son. I had trained for the entire year, lost about 55 lbs and was terrified. I was so afraid to fail that I made myself sick and had to see a GI doctor because my stomach was literally being torn apart from anxiety. I finished the race with the encouragement and training from my Tri Club and my family. I'm not sure if I was more proud of me or when my 8 year old son crossed the finish line....needless to say, it was a great experience! I would love a copy of the book. :-)

The Sixth Sister said...

I'm not so sure I can hold out till the 2nd...I stalk the swim, bike, mom blog daily to see if anything new has been written.

My poudest moment was not during a race but during training. I was pushing my 2 kids in a double stoller about to die of exhaustion when my 4 year old daughter started cheering "go mommy go. Your the winner!" I smiled because I realized my actions had a positive impact on her.

Sherry Shaffer Smith said...

I had a terrible car accident in 2010 and my left hand only has about 50% of its grip. After many months of counting the things I CAN'T do [hold a golf club, rock climbing, water skiing...] I decided to find something I CAN do. I said I was going to stop CANT-ING and start CAN-NING. So since I love to swim competitively & ride bikes as a kid "all" that was left to do to be a triathlete was running. I started training in August. Still learning, but I'm registered for St. Paddy's Day in Keller TX on 3-10-13 and Lake Alatoona GA on 6-23-13.

Mike said...

I would love to read her book. I follow her blog and agree it's very real.

Best triathlon moment - learning to swim. It took me six months.

Worst triathlon moment - how crappy I felt after NOLA 69.1

Most embarrassing - meeting a forum friend for the first time during a race and giving her a hug because I thought she was gesturing to hug me. Turns out she was gesturing for me to turn left out of T2 not gesturing for a hug. In my defense, I was leaving it all on the race and my mind was so focused on pain management I wasn't processing clearly (obviously) :-)

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Most Embarrassing Moment - At the end of my first sprint, I couldn't keep my shorts up. With about 100m left in the run, I said screw it and let them fall. All the people behind me got a full view of my crack.

Best moment - Crossing the finish line at Ironman 70.3 Texas. So awesome.

Rene' said...

I have not done a tri yet as I am afraid to ride my bike. YIKES!!! My best running moment was this year at the Chicago Marathon where I PR'd by over 20 minutes.

Tammie said...

I haven't done a tri yet, but we have a great sprint distance tri in town every August that benefits a local food bank. Last year, I did the bike leg as part of a team. I need to lose some weight, get fit and get going!!

eblogger said...

My proudest moment was simply finishing the one sprint length tri I did 3 years ago. I wasn't sure I would actually be able to finish...after the swim my legs almost gave out just getting out of the water but I kept going and it got easier and I finished!

I'm hoping to get back into it this year and actually run (not walk) the last leg. Wish me luck!

ajh said...

My most embarrassing moment was not putting my chip back on when I stupidly took it off after the swim. Having to go back for it cost me some major time but I won't do that again!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

What is this triathlon you speak of - is it hard? My most embarrassing moment would actually be trying to complete a triathlon!

lisaappelson said...

Just about every triathlon I finish is a moment of pride for me. My most embarrassing moment is coming out the water last (which in itself isn't such a big deal - someone's gotta be last), but then having the race director scream from my last 50m in the water, following me as I run up the beach "Last swimmer out of the water, last swimmer out of the water", to clear the path for me to get to transition (yeah, I guess I was that slow that the second-to-last person had gotten to transition a while ago.). At least I knew that the encouragement from the crowd was for me. :-)

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