Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Socks for Me; $$$ for Your Charity

I am getting a new pair of socks.
Thank you Sock Guy!
I am getting a $12 pair of 1" cuff bike socks for free.
I'll get them in about a week.
All I had to do to get them was take Plus3Network's Challenge!
The Challenge is part of Plus3Network's effort to use YOUR fitness to raise money for great causes.
Do you walk, run, hike, swim, play golf or table tennis?
Do you ride bikes, or play motion-based video games?
Do you do yoga?
Through Plus3Network you can turn your fitness miles and hours into $$$$$ for a charity.

Every workout you do raises money for the cause you pick. And there are a lot of good causes - International Mountain Bicycling Association (sponsored by Rock Shox), World Bicycle Relief (sponsored by SRAM), American Heart Association (sponsored by Wells Fargo)....LOTS of great causes....

Your part? Move it and log it. That simple.

All you have to do is sign up and get out there and move it or even rehab it (yeah, Plus3network has it so
 you can make money for your cause by rehabbing your injury). Then you go online and log in what you did. An hour of running? Make some money for your cause. Weight lifting? Yoga? Do it and log it and make some money for your cause.

You are exercising anyway.
 This is just a great way to make some money for YOUR cause. The sponsoring company pays you to give money to your cause. The more you move and log it, the more money you make for the charity you pick.

And you can join the Challenge and get free socks.
Just log 99 road rides and you get free socks from Sock Guy.
They are giving away 500 pairs of socks and only 173 people (including me) have claimed them.
Log 99 swims and get free socks...only 18 people have claimed their socks and they are giving away 33. I am logging this weeks swims tonight and I will be 3 session closer to another pair of socks.
You can even sign up for the dog walking Challenge.
Sign up won't be too long before you are getting a pair of socks.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Live, Love and Tri

I had a busy week!
Monday through Friday I got all my training in....AMAZING!
This looks like scary gibberish, but it keeps me on track.
The jest of this is -Sunday: bike ride 51 miles
Monday: life weights for an hour 
Tuesday: elliptical 45 minutes (like running, but saving my knees)
swim 1500 yards
bike 17.04 miles
(hey, that's a triathlon, but spread throughout the entire it should be called a triathlong)
Wednesday: lift for 1 1/2 hours
swim 1600 yards
Thursday: Bike 20 miles and run 2.5 miles
Friday open water swim .8 miles and run 4 miles
Saturday - I took the day off from training (yep, I ditched the the 50 mile bike ride and 5 mile run) and helped my son with schoolwork. Then I went to my coach's WEDDING.
Sinta and (Coach)Tony
These two may look like newlyweds, but don't be fooled.
They are IRONMEN!!!!
Between these two beautiful people they have thousands of miles on them. Tony has done more than 20 Ironmen and Sinta has done lots (she can do an Ironman in 12 hour, something). So, thousands of miles swimming, biking, running, plus all the hours and miles of training.
And they like dogs!
They are perfect for each other!!
Sinta Tan
(FYI - my coach took issue with how LARGE they made him in the wedding topper - and it was funny because he is RACE thin...I mean, RACE ready!!!) 
During the wedding ceremony Saturday afternoon, there was only one time people attending the wedding snickered.
We snickered because we heard the word TRANSITION.
"blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, in the TRANSITION of your life, blah, blah, blah, blah"

I can't speak for anyone but myself, but when I heard that (blah, blah TRANSITION, etc), my mind went to the time I was in T1 trying to get out of my wetsuit and I was so cold that I was shivering and my brain was dead..and I had to mentally bitch-slap me to get me going and get my wetsuit off and then I was colder and shivering more and I couldn't decide if I wanted to just huddle over in the corner and warm up or throw on some arm warmers or a parka. Deep down under the cold, I knew the best thing to do was just put on my bike helmet and get my ass out of T1.
And that's what I did.

That's not transition pad is yellow and I have WAY more stuff on it...but I never have time to take pictures. Also my feet aren't that big and I wear a TIMEX watch.

So maybe Sinta and Tony thought it was just time to get their asses out of T1 and into married life.

And they lived Happily Ever After....


How could you go wrong with Live, Love & Tri?

Congratulations Sinta and Tony.

Okay, now back to me.

So, I was thinking about the Live, Love & Tri thing and as many of you know, I have been married for 26 years and my guy "TRIed" before me...and I have done some sprint Tris without him, but we try (lol- I love this word) to do stuff together.

Robert got me through the swim and bike at my first Olympic Distance....and then I got him through the run.

But at the our last Olympic Distance (which we did NOT do together) he whooped my time by a good 20 minutes....yes...20 MINUTES.
Robert is an awesome swimmer and a strong biker.
He sucks at transitions - love you, babe, but you SUCK at transitions.....

So the other day I was out running my favorite Victoria Avenue and....

...I ran into a couple of friends. We talked about what we were doing and one of them asked about my next race, SOMA - a half ironman distance, and whether I was going to run my own race, or if Robert and I were going to do it together.
I said, "I am running my race."

Really, it is to Robert's advantage if we both did our own race. But I started thinking about it and I thought maybe I should ask him how he feels about the race and what he wants to do.

So I did asked him.

I said, "Honey, do you want to do SOMA together or just race your own race?
He said....

So, in 4 weeks Robert and  I will be doing our first 70.3 miles TOGETHER!

Uhm, at this rate, I may be able to get him to do an Ironman with long as we are together!

Live, Love & Tri

Friday, September 14, 2012

I'm the Winner! announced the winner of it's 50+ scholarship contest today.

The winner was ME!
Yeah for me....I won $400 to get smarter. had a contest for people more than 50 years old to win a scholarship to further their dreams and goals.
click above if you want to see what I saw when I first entered.
I read the info. and thought, hell yes, there is always something new to learn and they will give me some money to do I filled out the application and 
(the big blank space denotes nothingness)
But I did see that my fellow Aquaphor athlete, Steve, was a finalist in the contest, so I voted for him. And the next day I voted for him and the next day I voted for him and the next day I voted for him.......
and then I looked in my SPAM
Thank goodness, I did NOT delete the SPAM....I actually read this one and it was from and it said I was a finalist.
I mean, voting had been going on for a good week and a half and YIKES, I had a lot of making up to do. I emailed right back and said, YES, I want in on the contest and a few minutes later, my name was in there with all the other 50+ age so deserving people who have hopes and dreams.
Yeah, this looks good, but this was not my TRIPOWER.....

I blogged about my being a finalist on my train-n-tri blog.

(This was my most read blog ever)

I posted my blog....and then TriPower took over.
This was my TRIPOWER:
and sorry if you don't like the pictures, but they are the best I could do lifting off of facebook......I guess now I will owe some of you DOUBLE drinks for pushing me to the finish line!!!!!
However, you only have 3 minutes to email me about NOT liking your picture to get the drink...exceptions are Rory, Paul and David.
LOTS of these people voted for me. They are from my triathlon club. Thank you TC for putting that finger to the computer and pushing ENTER on my name.
Rory Patrick Sandoval
This guy was vicious in getting me votes.
 Rory, without you, I don't think I would have even gotten out of transition to make it to the finish line. I would have still been standing around trying to peel my wetsuit off, or sitting on my ass eating a PBJ to get my brain unfussy to make it out to the run.
You are so tenacious that I am scared to go on a bike ride with you. Do you carry a whip with you when you ride?
My gratitude to you for rallying your troops to vote for me.
Paul Halliday
Paul, you jumped on the Rory bandwagon and then played tag-team with everyone you know on the planet EARTH. You had my head spinning with all your facebook "vote or I will hunt you down" mentality.
Paul, YOU ROCK...
(do you carry a whip also?)
Rory and Paul - when I run for a political office, I am hiring you two to run my campaign..I will be sure to win with the two of you behind me.
I am not posting David's FB picture because it shows his entire family and I don't have permission to do that.
(though read to the end to vote for David's son to be the Gerber baby....)
David went beyond the call of reasonableness and decided to have multiple personalities to help me win the voting contest.
(FYI David - I've got your back)
Thank you to all my friends in the Riverside Bicycle Club who voted for me.
(okay so a lot of your don't tri...but you are one part of it and thank you for always being there when I need a bike ride).
Thank you to all my fellow GOTRIbal friends who voted for me...(THANKS Tanya and Wendy)
Thanks to my friends in my "spiritual book club"...I swear I was always POSITIVE that I was going to win!!!
And thank you SO MUCH to my family....
good thing I married into an Italian family and they all have computers....
Special thanks to my guy who cajoled (browbeat, threatened, paid-off) guys at his work to vote for me.
He did his part!
The last day of voting was a ball-breaker.
I put my "please vote for me" on facebook and walked away, but Rory and Paul did more than that...I think they sat in front of their computers for hours and watched the voting, either that or they are really great at riding bikes, and running and swimming while pushing buttons on their iPhone.
Then voting was closed.
And the announcement of who won would not be made for tooooooo many days!

So I had to just fill my time up with swimmingThis is not me, but I want it to be...she had great HIGH elbows, though she could have the top of her head a little more in the water.


Nooooo...any kind of biking but this, PLEASE.....
This is my last resort biking, like if it is hailing with thunder.

 (no images...let's just get on with it)
I really wanted to win. Not just for me, but for all the people that put in so much time and effort to vote for me. I really appreciated it and I didn't want to let anybody down. Every night when I went to bed I would visualize ME winning.
Today I received the email that I had won. wanted a statement from me about winning and asked me not to let the cat out of the bat until they had announced the winner.

Well, I did tell my guy, and my kids, and my mom.....but I did NOT post anything until after the announcement.
But, RORY beat me to it...LOL.
He had a congratulations post on my facebook about one second after the announcement was made...

Congratulations Kandi DeCarlo :-}

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That's why I am picking Rory to run my next campaign and to kick my ass up GMR...he just doesn't down it yet.

Here is my OFFICIAL statement: (in case you don't want to read the page) -

Everyone who entered the Impowerage 50+ Scholarship Contest is a winner because all of them have goals and dreams and want to continue to grow as people. Just because a person hits a certain age, in my case, 52, does not make them old. What makes a person old is when they no longer have a zest for learning or being active. I really appreciate the opportunity from Impowerage to continue my learning about nutrition and fitness. I am going to continue to help people stay young, no matter what their age."
Okay, but just have to say this to my fellow Aquaphor athlete..

I am voting for Steve NEXT year!!!

What are you going to do to stay young and fit (mentally and physically?)
Start with this:

Click on the above link and vote.....
I know the power of friends and voting.
It is awesome POWER....Do it NOW!
Thank you to all my friends!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Still Time to Apply to ActiveAmbasssadors - Just Do It!

Update: You still have time to fill out your ActiveAmbassador application. Deadline is Sept. 20.
Why should you fill out the application?
Because a few of my tri-friends who did have ALREADY been picked up by a team.
It it not too late.....fill out your application TODAY!!!

In case you didn't see my first blog about getting a sponsorship, I am running this as a repeat (and it is my first repeat)......Read it and fill out the application. Whether you are a runner, a swimmer, a cyclist or all 3 (aka - Triathlete), ActiveAmbassador teams are looking for you.
FYI - once you get on a team, I want to trade goodies!!!

Here's your chance to get a shot at being an Active Ambassador.
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I recommend to ALL my triathlon, running and cycling friends - FILL OUT THE APPLICATION!!!!!!
Between NOW and September 20, you can go to Active Ambassadors and fill out a profile...create a profile on Active Ambassadors - Your profile must be 100% complete to be considered for an ambassadorship.

What can you get?????
Well, you can get picked up to be an ambassador for several teams.
(Marathon, GSeries, Polar, Sony, NB, Aquaphor, Gillete, Eating Right, Michelob Ultra, etc.)

Last year I was an Odwalla Ambassador.
I got a triathlon kit, a run kit, a jacket, visor and LOTS AND LOTS of Odwalla bars and coupons for drinks.

The best part of this sponsorship was I talked Odwalla into donating a great Native California Tree for the local elementary school. Plus my friends, training partners and my boys LOVED the bars...oh, and the clothes were pretty cute.

But Odwalla did NOT have a team for 2012 and I was sad.
The AWESOME part came when I was notified that I was picked up to be an AQUAPHOR Ambassador.
It has been wonderful.
Not only is the product fantastic.
The athletes are PHENOMENAL!!!
I mean, WOW!!!
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Look, we all know my motto is "Slow, but GO!!!"
But my fellow Aquaphor friends are SUPER DUPER FAST and GO!!!! I am amazed by them. And even though I am old(er) and slow(er), they are all so supportive and nice.
Then things got even better when one of the Aquaphor Athletes shared a tidbit about the Timex Factory Team, and the next think you know, I am on that, too!!! Woot-Woot!!!
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Photo: Times Factory Team - now just waiting on clothes.

Okay, the main point of this is that all this goodness can be YOURS too!!!!
Again, go to the Active Ambassador site and fill out the profile 100 Percent.

When it the profile question asks "HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT ACTIVE AMBASSADORS?" type in my name:

Kandi DeCarlo

Come on friends, Active Ambassadors is LOOKING for new athletes to put on some new teams and they want people who are cyclists, runners and triathletes.......and they are looking for friends of people who are ALREADY Ambassadors!!!

Go online now and do it......