Monday, May 20, 2013

My Name Is What?

Monday, May 20, 2013  at 5:19 PM
Over the last week, I have been amazed with the creativity of so many of you to come up with fantastic names for my new ride!  You all could teach a class on naming bikes!  I have finally come to a conclusion on the name as well as the top 4 names that I really liked, but before I tell you, I have to tell you about what the winners are winning.

At the end of last year, I contacted two companies that create identification bracelets for cyclists or runners or any athlete for that matter.  The first company I contacted was  
I asked them if they would be willing to give me an ID to giveaway in some sort of blog contest.  They said that they have contests on their facebook page all the time to give them away, so if you'd like to win one, go HERE and "like" their page.  It looks like they are giving them away pretty frequently.  They also sent me an ID to tryout.  

It came in the mail just a few days later, and I was so excited!  It really is a neat design that has a clasp on the back to close easily and securely.  There are trim marks on the silicone band so that you can dial in the fit around your wrist by simply cutting off the excess.

The second company I contacted was ridiculously generous!  They are  They decided to give me an ID to try AS WELL AS one for Jennifer to check out.  Both of us really like them!  The one I got has a strap like a watch band that works well as it fits any wrist size.  
Jenn's is the classic "Livestrong" band style with a smaller ID on it.  

But that's not all...  They also wanted to give YOU some ID's as well!  So, they agreed to give away:
Aren't they a cool company?  For those of you that don't win, Yikes wanted you to have 10% off if you decide to buy one, so use the code YIKES888 to get the discount.

Now, on to the names.
Just in case you didn't read all 66 names in the numerous comments, here is a list (those in red are honorable mentions):
  1. Red Piston 
  2. Robin Meade
  3. Rediculous
  4. Rexecutioner
  5. Reducator
  6. John Stamos 
  7. The Red Monster
  8. Red Lightning
  9. Big Red
  10. Raging Red       
  11. The Louisville Slugger 
  12. Abianne
  13. Bedelia 
  14. Ezri
  15. Fallon
  16. Indira 
  17. The Red Devil
  18. Edom (Hebrew for "red")
  19. Beast of the Southern Wild 
  20. Freight 
  21. Sandtiger
  22. 'Ol Red
  23. Red Velvet
  24. Scarlet
  25. Crimson Ride 
  26. Road Rage
  27. Redy
  28. Time Machine
  29. Tyrannosaurus Red
  30. Rogue
  31. Red Bull
  32. Chile (or Chilly or however you spell the pepper!)
  33. Rover
  34. Blue 
  35. Clifford
  36. Red shift
  37. 720 nano [red wavelength and well as two full spins =)]
  38. The Russian steel
  39. Red badge of courage
  40. Green bike (for the color blind people)
  41. Thin red lines
  42. Red bearing
  43. Seeing red
  44. El matador
  45. The mars rover
  46. Nile rider
  47. Cinnabar Handel bars
  48. Vermilion marathon
  49. Red Smith (like the sports writer)
  50. Red hammer
  51. Road rash 
  52. Ronaldo 
  53. “En Fuego” 
  54. Red Riding Hood
  55. Charlie
  56. Wedgie
  57. Strawberry Bikesicle
  58. John
  59. Rolling Thunder
  60. Circle Squared
  61. Tabasco
  62. Pete
  63. Solo Cup
  64. Nile
  65. Eternal Wind
  66. Perpetual Tailwind

And the winners are...
Although there were many that I thought were fantastic names, the top 4 were 
                 Jenn Batchelor - RED RIDING HOOD
                 Kevin - LOUISVILLE SLUGGER
                 Josh Woods - TYRANNOSAURUS RED

And my bike's new name will be (drumroll please)...
(from Erika Myers) 

Please contact me at for instructions on how to get your prize!

Monday, May 13, 2013

My New Family Member (BLOG CONTEST)

Monday, May 13, 2013  at 6:55 PM
I bet you all are thinking that I am announcing another kiddo on the way.  Nope!  Not yet, although I would love to have more kids one day.  Sorry for all of you that are frustrated and don't think my title was funny.  Don't stop reading!

Several months ago, I did get someTHING that is a big part of my life.  I spend a lot of time with it.  We hang out together.  We train together.  We eat and drink together.  Although it sleeps in the other room, we have a close bond as we both look toward finishing an Ironman on August 25 together.

It's my "new" bike!
I searched for what seemed like forever to find just the right one.  Ebay, Craigslist, Slowtwitch...I looked EVERYWHERE!  Finally, I knew exactly what I wanted.  I have had a Felt road bike for a long time, so I was going to go with a Felt.  Their two top models are the DA and the B2.  Both have this really cool Bayonet headset that moves with the front fork.  Of course, that HAS to make you faster, right?  So, after searching for months, I found this sweet ride!  Yay!  The only problem was, it was in Seattle, Washington.  Plus, it was on Craigslist, so I wouldn't be covered by any security from Ebay or anything else.  After emailing the guy selling this bike, we talked on the phone and skyped, and both of us felt a lot better about the transaction.  He had his buddy box it up and ship it off to me.  A week later, it got here!  I was more excited than a kid on his first day of school.  Immediately, I dropped everything to unbox it and put it all together.  Nothing was more important than getting my bike together!

Here are the details:
  • 2009 Felt B2 Pro 54cm
  • Dura-Ace Components
  • Fulcrum Racing 5 Wheels
  • Made to go FAST!!!
After some initial questioning if I had gotten a size too small, Tom and Colleen Kingery and Josh Woods helped me dial in the fit so I'm comfortable (well, as comfy as you can get on a TT bike).  I LOVE IT!  It looks good.  It rides good.  It is an incredible machine, and I absolutely enjoy riding it!

There is just one doesn't have a name!  And that's where I need your help.  Sure, I've got some good name ideas for this bike, but I want to have a bigger pool to choose from, and I thought we could have some fun while we are at it. 

A while back, I contacted YikesID about giving me some of their products to give away in a blog contest.  They make road id's just like Road ID, and they were really cool about it!  Not only did they give me and Jennifer a YikesID for free, but they will give away FOUR more id's to winners of this contest!  They really are a great company that is focused on their customers.

Contest Details
Come up with a name for my new bike and leave it in a comment.  That's it.  You can give me as many names as you want.  The more names I get to choose from, the better!  Now, here's where this contest gets completely subjective.  I will choose the top four names that I like (it's MY bike, right?), and the people that suggested those names will be the winner.  Now, I know that some of you don't participate in contests because you already have the prize and don't want to win it while someone else needs it more.  I respect that, but I want your names, too, so in your comment, just tell me that you don't want to be a part of the contest.  Got it?

So put your creative name minds to work and give me your best shot!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Missing In Action (Emphasis on Action)

Saturday, May 04, 2013  at 9:12 AM
Well, I know it seems that I forgot my blog, again, but I haven't.  I just haven't blogged in forever!  And although I've been a little weak on commenting on everyone else's blogs, I HAVE been reading.  Sorry for the lack of comments.

While I might have been M.I.A. on the blog front, I have been keeping up the action of training.  In fact...
I Registered For Ironman Louisville!
Just yesterday, I finally sat down and forked out the dough to be a part of IMLou on August 25.  

It's going to be awesome, and I can hardly wait, although it HAS to wait, because I'm not ready yet!  There's no way I could swim 2.4, bike 112, and run 26.2 at this stage.  It just wouldn't happen!  But I am feeling like I'm getting there quickly.

For some reason, my runs have been REALLY good!  I'm not sure if something is clicking in my head or if my legs are just stronger, but I've actually enjoyed running recently.  Crazy, right?  I bet you never thought you'd hear that from me.  On my longer runs, I've been cranking them out in the low 8-minute range and feeling good the whole time.  It's weird, because I've been getting a second wind at around 7 or 8 miles, and then it's just smooth sailing from there.  I love it!

On the bike, although I still haven't gotten my speed back, I've been feeling really good too!  I've been able to crank out some longer rides with my good buddy Josh, and he always makes the miles fly by.
On a fifty miler
Just last Wednesday, we met up at the Silver Comet (I's flat, and Louisville isn't), and rode 76 miles.  We cut it pretty close as it was absolutely dark when we got back to the cars.  It did feel pretty cool to know that we had been out there for 5 hours and were the LAST people to leave.
Before the Ride
We've got a 128 mile ride scheduled for his annual birthday ride coming up in a few weeks.  That's going to be awesome!  I also got to ride with Mr. Tom Kingery!  It's great living so close to friends that you can train with.  

I'll be honest that I haven't been to the pool in awhile.  I know, I know.  I'll go back soon.  It is the least part of IMLou that I'm worried about.  I enjoy swimming and plan on relaxing for that part.  :)  Sound like a plan?

So that's a quick update on the training.  I've got some more blogs marinating, so I'll be cranking them out soon including some reviews on some cool products that I've had the privilege to try.  Plus, there's a contest coming up to help me name my new ride!

Thanks for reading, and good luck to all those that are racing this weekend.  I hope the rain holds off!