July 24, 2010

Favorite Things Giveaway!

My First Giveaway!!!
Wow!  I cannot believe that I have over 100 followers!  When I first started this blog, I didn't think anyone would really want to read what I had to say.  It was just a way for me to put my thoughts down on "paper."  I hoped that what I was writing would appeal to someone, but I never imagined it would take on the form that it has.  I have learned so much from so many of you.  You have given me advice and encouragement that I could not have gotten anywhere else.  And for that I thank you.
So, without further ado, I give you my first giveaway!  Since I'm not sponsored by anyone or given free stuff from different companies (although if there are any companies out there that want me to try out and review their things I'd be happy to!) I thought my giveaway should be some of my favorite training things.

Here's what you'll get if you win! 

*  1-24oz Camelbak Podium Bottle (This has got to be one of the best water bottles I have ever used!  It doesn't leak and is super easy to drink from while biking or running!)

*  1 container of Lemon-Lime NUUN (This is great because it "turns water into a refreshing, sugar-free solution that keeps you optimally hydrated wherever you are."  And, it's awesome!)

* 1  package of Fig Newtons (one of my favorite things to eat on long bike rides)

*  1 Clif Bar (I don't eat a lot of these, but I like to use them on my long bike rides.  I cut it into 6 bite-size pieces and stick them in my bento box with a mix of other things.)

*  2 packs of Margarita flavored Clif Shot Bloks (I sweat a lot and these are great to eat on the bike and run when it's super hot because they have an extra dose of sodium)

*  2 packs of Sport Beans (I like to put these in my bento box with a mix of Clif bar pieces, fig newtons, and shot bloks.  I like to have a variety and sometimes these give me the sweetness I crave.  These are also super easy to eat on the run.)

*  1 Tri-Berry Gu (This is sooo yummy!)

*  1 Bora Bora bar (I like to eat one of these before my morning swims.)

*  1 trial size tube of Aquaphor.  (This stuff is great for just about everything from sores to dry lips)

*  2 Stay Put hair bands (I wear these every time I go for a run or bike ride.  They keep my hair in place!  For the guys out there, just give these to your girlfriend or SO and they'll love them!)

*  1 pack of Orbitz gum.  (I threw this in there just because it's one of my favorite gums)

*  1 Erin Baker's breakfast cookie (O-kay, I know I don't use these for training, but I won so many of them that I thought I would share the love!)

Here's what you have to do to win.  Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  
1) Become a follower of my blog, or, if you are already a follower let me know.

2)  If you were one of the first 105 followers, you get an extra entry!  Leave a comment telling me so!

3)  Tell me what some of your favorite nutrition things are for training.

The giveaway will run until Friday, August 30th.  I'll announce the winner next weekend.  Good luck! :)

135 comments:

Stacey said...

This is a great giveaway! I as a new triathlete I love your blog and reading how you balance life and training. I wasn't a follower on blogspot til now, but I was one of the 133 that followed you on google reader, does that count for an extra entry!? ;)

Wish it were Sunday... said...

I am one of the original bloggers and you SIS! Ha ha. my fab tip u have given me is a glass of chock soy after a long run. It is like a prize for finishing! Good luck w the giveaway, and contracts on your success! Xoxo

Regina said...

Go you! 100+ followers!

1) I follow you in my google reader

2) I've been following in my reader since March (is that before you hit 100?)

3) corn nuts for salt on looooong rides, amino vital endurance for sport drink and chocolate whey protein, banana, almonds milk shake for recovery.

Tracy said...

Awesome giveaway! I love Camelback water bottles too! I follow in blogger, so I can see when peps update their blog.

Hmmm... nutrition things. Well, I luv my GU Brew lime. I use it every ride or run. I also use Sport Beans, my fav is tropical punch.

GraceP said...

I am now following you!

GraceP said...

I love peanut butter before a workout - sticks with you, full of protein and gives me energy!

P said...

Follower!

P said...

*Bonus* I was a follower when you were still in double digits! :-)

P said...

Training nutrition is still a work in progress - I've recently started trying new things like Heed and Perpetuem to get my calories from a liquid. I love me some mini Clif bars, too! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

Rachel Wasserman said...

I follow your blog!

Rachel Wasserman said...

i was one of your first 50 followers i think!

Rachel Wasserman said...

i love carbopro and gu on a long ride. i also just got turned onto NRG bars, they are awesome.

ShutUpandRun said...

congrats on 100+ followers!! I always read you, but became an official follower now.

ShutUpandRun said...

Favorite nutrition tip: the day before a long run cut out dairy, high fat stuff and fiber and drink tons. This helps me so much to avoid stomach upset on my run the next day.

Patrick Mahoney said...

I follow you. I think I was in before 105. Lately when I ride I'm trying to not eat gels and processed stuff preferring a PBJ sandwich or Banana, though the banana looks silly in my back pocket.

Melissa said...

I follow you!

Melissa said...

I was one of the first 105!

Melissa said...

The only thing I've ever used is sport beans, but I am going to try to buy some Clif Roks today.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a follower and was one of the first 105!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I always take chocolate GU during my runs and post run (over 8 miles) is a clif bar and a chobani!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

apparently, I can't read ... separate comments.
I was one of the first 105 followers.

misszippy said...

I'm a follower

misszippy said...

One of the first 105

misszippy said...

My favorite is GU

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on 100+! I'm one of the 'elite 105'! ; )

Teamarcia said...

I love Hammer stuff for training and racing.
For just training though sometimes I'll eat dried apricots--maybe too fibrous but they work for me!

track coach and adorable wife said...

I am a follower!

track coach and adorable wife said...

I think I was follower #105!

track coach and adorable wife said...

We are both very new to training for triathlons and thats why I am glad I found your blog, so I don't have a ton of nutrition tips. I (adorable wife) have tried gatorade's new prime a few times a find it does help me feel like going running at least!

Barb said...

I thought I was already a follower, but I think I just added myself today (although your blog has been in my google reader for months and I love it)

Many of the things in your giveaway are my favorite training foods.
Accelerade is my staple drink.
Sport beans, fig newtons are my solids of choice.
shot bloks are too big for me I feel like they are gagging me.

I like clif bars, but never thought of breaking them into pieces and putting them in my bento box.

Congrats on your 100 followers!! I think I am up to about 8 :)

*Sarah* said...

I'm a follower of your blog--love the humpastry day. :)

*Sarah* said...

I've been a follower for a few months--pretty sure I'm one of the first 100 followers.

*Sarah* said...

My favorite snack on long bike rides is a Payday candy bar. Especially on rides lasting a few hours. There's something about the salty peanuts that tastes SO good.

Alex said...

I am a follower. I like to eat Mrs. T's mini pierogies. It gives me a break from the gels, blocks, and bars while giving me energy!

steph said...

I'm a new follower! I love mint chocolate gu. I only wish it was available all year!

DRog said...

Follow!
-Derek

DRog said...

Orig 105!
-Derek

DRog said...

Fav training things= Honey Stinger energy chews / Gu (currently love Vanilla Orange, Lemon Sublime, Pinapple ... NUUN Lemon Lime tablets
-D

TRI-james said...

I follow.

TRI-james said...

1 of the first 105

TRI-james said...

Mainly Gu, but only in really log rides. Last year for ironman training, I'm not proud, but I got stuck on pop tarts! I have not had one since but they were great on long swim / long ride / long run days.

Julie said...

Hi Aimee,
Yes, I am a faithfull follower!

Julie said...

I believe that I was follower # 30!

Julie said...

I love the Powerbar gels...strawberry banana is my favorite! I also like the sports beans:)

Julie said...

I am linking you in now:)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

You are too sweet! Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

I've been w/ya since (virtually) the beginnin' baby!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

My favorite things for training nutrition:

1.sweet potatoe/almond butter for breakfast
2.Raptur bar w/electrolyte/protein drink during
3. Protein Shake post workout

Ironman By Thirty said...

I'm now an "official" follower. I've been following in Google Reader for a while now though. My favorite training nutrition is pretty simple:

1) Homemade trail mix (Peanuts, raisins, m&ms, sunflower seeds) for on a bike ride
2) Granola bars (I love love love Nature's Valley Sweet & Salty bars)
3) Chocolate milk for recovery

Trish said...

I am a follower!

Trish said...

I am one of the fab first 105 :)

Trish said...

Aside from when I lift really heavy, I don't use any recovery aids. Mostly because I haven't hit the distances or times where I would need them yet! However, I've heard lots of good things about plain old chocolate milk!! :)

Lindsey said...

I'm a follower!

Lindsey said...

I've been training with shot blocks, but I recently tried the clif bar type gu with the litter leash, and I like that strawberry one. I'm going to try some new gu today on my ride because I've got a tri in a week! Aah!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I'm a follower

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I was one of the 105

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Single best nutritional thing I like is nut butter, honey + banana on whole grain bread (and I mean completely unmilled)

64 CLASSIC said...

Hi Aimee. You posted on my blog last week I think. Just dropped back in for a visit and you have a free giveaway!! Cool.

I just added you to my FOLLOW list. I am number 112.

64 CLASSIC said...

Hi again Aimee. By the way, love the Denver area. Have traveled Colorado several times. LOVE the Estes Park area!!

Now--nutrition. Not my best area! If I'm doing a marathon or a big event, it must be PANCAKES for breakfast. Might throw in a bananna or something else but must have at least a shortstack. Its tradition.

For training.... jeez this is scary. I like to have Gu Packs as I move into longer distances. Vanilla Bean preferred. Chocolate is ok too. It depends on what I have in left in supply from my last big event. (Expo giveaways rock too!)

Breakfast on training days... coffee and _______. You can fill in the blank with who knows what. Cheerios, Cornflakes, a Bagel, it really depends on what is in the fridge and if we've been to Wal-mart.

As you can tell, I need to win your giveaway!!

64 CLASSIC said...

Aimee--one more little extra.

If I'm doing an ultra or really long marathon work. I like to mix Powerade or Gatorade half strength. (Less sugar.)

Fuel on these days--I've been known to have my wife pick up a cheeseburger and a chocolate shake and meet me somewhere to refuel. Hey, Coca Cola is like JET FUEL!! What can I say??

I obviously have a stomach of steel!!

I've done three ultras that go very long running and training hours so you have to eat.

Pizza and Coke restoked the fire at a 10 hour overnight ultra last summer. And that was at like 1 a.m. See Ya!!

Kelly said...

I am a follower - yay for giveaways!!

Kelly said...

I was in the first 100 of your followers!!

Kelly said...

I think you might be me when it comes to training stuff...love NUUN, love shot blocks (Stawberry is my fave, though) and couldn't get by without First Endurance EFS Drink - fruit punch.

Suzy said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

Suzy said...

I was one of your first 105 as well!!

Suzy said...

My favorite nutrition for training - bananas! Can't live without them.

almostveganblog.com said...

I've been a follower for quite some time! :D

-Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

almostveganblog.com said...

I was one of the first 105 too :]

-Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

almostveganblog.com said...

I'm a big fan of Hammer Gel, especially the apple cinnamon flavor! I swear, I've considered pouring that stuff on top of ice cream and eating it that way, it's so good!

-Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

Kelley said...

I am a new follower - enjoy your blog!

Alison and Karen said...

Follower! Great blog!!

Kathleen said...

I am a follower and have been doing so before you hit the 100 (congrats by the way).
I like Gu Chomps and enjoy Bonk Breakers. I am struggling with nutrition/hydration so winning this would be of great help.

J. L. said...

1. I'm a follower for a coule months now. You are actually the first tri blog I've followed
2. I was pre-105 followers...go extra entry
3. I've become a fan of Syntrax Nectar Protein drink. 90 calories and 23 grams protein. My fav flavor is pink grapefruit because post workout I want something sweet and refreshing and chocolate protein shakes don't hit the spot. This is so refreshing!!! And cliff shots and Hammer Gel are my favorite race day nutrition.

jojo88 said...

1. I started following you when T posted your blog on Facebook.

2. Where do I find what number am I? First 100? Not sure.

3. I LOVE NUUN! Tired of Gatorade, Cytomax, Hammer Heed and finally found Nuun and I absolutely love it. As for energy while I'm training I alternate between Clif Shot, Clif Bloks and Sports bean. Just recently discovered a chocolate gel made from agave, it's super yummy but it's too hot to have something so rich so I went back to the bloks.

onelittletrigirl said...

Hi- I follow and have been a follower! Great give-away. I use GU, Clif bloks and lots of PB for my race day nutrition!!!

Middle Name Marie said...

Follower!!!

Middle Name Marie said...

One of the first 105 followers

Middle Name Marie said...

I love chocolate outrage GU with caffeine

Jes said...

Follower!!!

Jes said...

On of your first 105 followers!

Jes said...

I like the powerbar gels, and i have recently tried clif bars and they are pretty good too...

Phil Dearly said...

I am a follower.

Phil Dearly said...

I have followed your blog for many months, but I'm not sure if I am pre-105.

Phil Dearly said...

I like Fig Newtons & bananas for training foods. I've never tried GU's, clif bars, or any other specialized food products for athletes.

Angie Bishop said...

I am a new follower. I thought I was an official follower but must have just been a lurker/stalker since I have read your blog before :)

Angie Bishop said...

I looooove nuun and its not just because I work for them. I loved nuun and then got the job!

I think Shot blocks are my favorite energy. I keep some in my bag for when I am out with the family since low blood sugar and a large family is not a good mix.
I like the Vanilla Bean GU the best for gels and Chocolate Mint is a close second!

I think that dried dates make a great little pick me up on a long run too. I like to keep a baggie of them in my pocket on a long run. Easy on the tummy too.

Runners Fuel said...

I'm a new follower

Runners Fuel said...

I'm follower #116, does that count?

Runners Fuel said...

I'm just now geting mileage that needs some extra care. So, everything is pretty new to me. This win would be a great one for me.

Velma said...

I just came to the blog today to get an old recipe, but I will enter. I was one of the first followers~

funderson said...

woo hoo! already a follower...

funderson said...

I'm not sure if I was one of the first 105? Seems like I should be. How do you tell? I'm pretty computer-dumb...

funderson said...

my favorite nutrition things are..hammer gel, gu and dried cherries

Amanda said...

Hi Aimee. I am a follower of your blog, though I'm not a blogger. I want to, but I often wonder if I have anything to blog about:) Or if anyone will be interested!

I don't know if I was one of the first 105.

I love protein smoothies after workouts! I also love sharkies during long workouts and have been getting into nuun (triberry is my fav).

I love reading your blog and hearing of your training/racing adventures, as well as your family adventures. Thanks so much and hopefully someday I will join the blogging world as well.

Sara said...

I am already a follower of your blog!

Sara said...

I am not sure if I was one of the first 105 but I have been following your several months so it is a possiblity.

Sara said...

I like the shot blocks but I love having an ice cold gatorade after my workouts. It gets so hot in Texas the gatorades get me through my runs. I do have to say I really enjoy your blog my husband and I have rencently started doing triathlons and he is currently training for a half ironman. He has also read your blog and he is very impressed with how fast you are its more he is jealous.

myfeetinmotion said...

follower!!

myfeetinmotion said...

love to refuel with chocolate milk or powerade/gatorade. Also love kids clif z bars for a light snack before :)

Sarahlynsm said...

I'm a follower and I love the following things for training:

- Luna Bars - love them all, every flavor.
- gu - i stick to vanilla and choc mostly because they taste like frosting
- choc milk - drink it after my long run each week to help recovery.

Jeff Vanis said...

Been following you for a few months, so before the 100 mark!

I enjoy my choc milk recovery, a custom blend of Infinit for long workouts, Marathon bars for before races, Cliff bars/Shot Blocks when the mood strikes, plus some homemade granola bars and Lara bars for snacking!

I think thats 3 entries, great blog keep it up!

Gottatri said...

1) I just started following...great blog! Thanks for the help on my blog. I haven't done my first Tri yet. August 18th is my first.
2) Pre-105 wannabe
3) I'm still trying to figure out the Triathlon nutrition. I use PowerGels and Sport Beans during the longer training rides. I have a chocolate milk, peanut butter, banana smoothie after 60 mile rides. I also have a V8, yogurt, banana, strawberry (other fruit) smoothie to get the carbs back up between training sessions. Always open to new ideas.

Jennifer said...

I have read your blog for a while now, but am now officially a follower.

Jennifer said...

My favorite training eats are shot bloks (margherita and tropical punch) and strawberry banana power gels. And bananas.

Krista said...

I just became an official follower through Google.

Krista said...

I've been a subscriber in Google Reader for months. Not sure if that counts in the first 105.

Krista said...

My favorite nutrition products are sport beans and clif shot blocks :)

Caratunk Girl said...

Yeah great contest!! WHEW! I made it under the deadline!

I am a follower!

I think I was one of the first 105

I like pizza. OH...you mean nutrition like on the bike or run kind of thing...I like EFS gel...and Hammer Whey powder unflavored for recovery so I can do what I want with it. And chocolate milk. AND any of your humpastries!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

I am proudly one of the first 105 followers of you lovely blog.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

I'm a follower!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

At the moment, my favorite nutrition training stuff: Nuun, Powerade, Powerbars, Hammer Gel or Gu, Fig Newtons. But I'm open to all kinds of new things. I love this giveaway. Very creative!

Heather said...

I'm a follower.

Heather said...

I like toast and peanut butter before my long runs and vanilla power gel during the long runs.

J. L. said...

Woops, turns out adding your blog to my favorites tab and checking it regularly are not the same as "following" your blog. I'm not the sharpest tool in the drawer. But now I'm officially a follower and will continue to read as I have been doing for a couple of months now.

Tracy said...

I'm a new folloer

Tracy said...

sigh...I do know how to spell - folloWer

And my pre run nutrition is peanut butter on a rice cake. During run- sport beans generally sit well.

I'm trying to love Nathan Catalyst (like Nuun) since it's what my LRS carries. It's not going so well so far though.

Lynette@ A Hodge Podge Of Randomness said...

I'm a follower

Lynette@ A Hodge Podge Of Randomness said...

I love the shot blocks, although I haven't tried the margarita flavor yet... Pre- run I like oatmeal with peanut butter and I actually like lemon water with a bit of honey for sweetness on my runs.

suzy@countdownto26.2 said...

am a new follower :)

suzy@countdownto26.2 said...

Shot blocks are my fav for running. My best nutrition tip....no mexican food the evening before a long run! (I learn my lessons the hard way!) LOL

Runners Fuel said...

I can't wait until you choose!!

WannabeRunner said...

I'm a new follower :)

WannabeRunner said...

I love shot blocks for runs. For general life I love smoothies! Frozen berries, a bit of orange juice, and some water = best snack ever!

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

I'm a new follower!

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

For long rides I like Clif Builder's bars, and cytomax while I'm riding, or for recovery.

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!!

Stacie said...

Right now I love Clif Bars, GU Chomps, and chocolate milk for recovery.

Jenna Z said...

I follow your blog!

Jenna Z said...

I LOVE chocolate milk too!! And I'm a big fan of luna moons! Yum!

KatieTri's said...

Long time visitor and I am now following your blog!

I have to agree with the Luna Moons, especially the watermelon. Yum.

And I also do well with Chocolate GU on the Bike, flat Coke on runs, and pretzels. I've toyed with Acclerade, Infinit, and Gatorade Endurance, but really just like water and Hammer Enduroltyes on the bike.

TiffersRunsTX said...

I thought I entered this! OHMIGAWSH! I'm already a follower. :)

TiffersRunsTX said...

I used TRI-Berry GU all during my training and race for the Chicago Marathon last year. I use it during TRI races (since it agrees with my tummy). I recently tried the CLIF BLOCKS and I was pleased with the results.

NUUN is a must in this heat and humidity! I sweat bullets and putting those electrolytes back in is so crucial for me!

CLIF bars are a daily treat, haha!

Chuguines said...

I follow your blog!

Chuguines said...

My favorite things for training are nuun and Gu!

slowly growing old together said...

I'm a follower!