5 reasons I love SPIbelt

July 20, 2017

I ran with SPIbelt since my first marathon back in 2011 when I stumbled upon the kiosk at the race expo and my dad told me it would "be a good idea to carry something like this during your race." I bought it and never stopped using it. I told my sisters about it and each bought one as well for their races. You wouldn't believe my excitement when I applied for their ambassador program and I got in!! I couldn't wait to be a part of the team and share a product I love so much! 

Here are my top five reasons for loving SPIbelt...

1. I can move the pouch wherever I want it to go
Some race belts only face one direction. If you moved it around to the back it would just be awkward. But SPIbelt fits comfortably and can be moved anywhere around the waist.

2. There are different sized pouch options
There are simple pouches that fit your phone or bigger pouches that can fit phone, keys, gels, and have an inner pouch.

3. Easy to open, especially during races
I don't want to be fighting a zipper during a race and I never have to because these belts open easily.

4.  Doesn't leak! Doesn't bounce!
Ok, so that's like two reasons in one but ya get me.

5. There are tons of different styles to choose from

Go shop SPIbelt and don't forget to use "sara2017" for  a 15% discount on SPIbelt products!!

Race Recap: Tri for Old Glory

July 18, 2017

In May I had no idea if I was even going to race this Summer. I had summer classes to finish, working 12 hour shifts, babysitting on my days off, and mainly lifting weights and running. I hadn't swam since December and my bike was hanging in the garage. My older sister came into town and she raced a bunch in the past and she told me to just do it. Triathlons are fun and sprint tris are easier to train for. In June, I started adding in a few more workouts and planning better. July 12th was race day. 

500 meters in 11.21mins

This was my first open water swim with ZERO anxiety. I don't know how it happened but I literally swam like I was in a pool. I felt calm and comfortable. I took three strokes then sighted the next buoy. 

I'm the white cap ^^  No, I'm kidding this isn't even my wave. 

11 miles @ 15.2mph in 43.17mins

I started off the bike on the ground. The man clipping in right in front of me completely stopped to get on his bike and I wasn't expecting that. When I tried to back up I slipped because #bikeshoesnogrips and fell on my bum.

The race directors warned of a steep hill starting off the bike and that we should get off and walk up due to the high traffic of falling. He said in the past 80% of racers fell at the hill. After clipping in, I told my sister "ok, this counts as me falling one time" and hoped I made it up the hill.

And I did. The bike was an 11 mile loop around country roads. It was a beautiful course and I felt good on the bike considering I only rode about 4 times in training before the race.

7:43min/mile pace for 22.24mins

I got off the bike and began the run chasing down the next runner in front of me. By this time (9am), it was 90ish degrees on black pavement. I pushed through to keep up a good pace.

I finished in 1:19xx with a 1st place age group win and 6th female finisher!!

^^ TriMafia has my back ;)

Double the medals!

I'm glad I decided to race this Summer as it reminded me that racing is a part of who I am. It's fun and exciting and it keeps me motivated. I've got another triathlon in a month!

Brand Ambassador!!! (+ discounts for you!)

July 17, 2017

This year is my first year of being a brand ambassador and these companies are amazing!

I heard back in October that I was accepted into the TriMafia family. This group is the coolest. Over 300 athletes are included in the group from all over the world and we get to keep up with each other's swimbikerun and life events.

The clothes are from Velocity Sportswear and all the graphic tees are my favorite. I especially love my Triathlon t-shirt as seen below :)

Voler Apparel
I also was accepted to be a brand ambassador for Voler! This kit is too cute and so comfortable for riding.  I don't take a lot of pictures while riding (safety first) but this kit is functional and bright.

My profile on their site is located -- here --. And an update on my goals I mentioned on their site. We added these back at the beginning of the year but seasons change and goals change as well. I didn't get accepted into the New York Marathon (I literally had a 5% chance or something crazy small like that) and I won't be completing any olympic distance triathlons. But I competed in a sprint triathlon on July 12th, I've got another sprint tri in August, and my last sprint tri will be in October. Sprint triathlons are easier to manage with my hectic schedule but I know I will be back racing more next year when I have graduated nursing school!

Legend Compression
My number one item is compression socks. I wear them all the time during work, clinical hours, and after training. If you shop Legend Compression, you get 15% off your first order with this link!

Ahh, all the heart eyes for Spibelt. Check out my profile -- here--  I always carry a race belt during half marathons, marathons, triathlons. My favorite race belt is the Endurance series that has the race bib attachment so that it can double as a snack pack +  belt holder. I'm looking forward to using the Venture series during my marathon next Spring! Use code "sara2017" for a discount on your purchase!

Heart Zones
I was introduced to Heart Zones back in April. I received a heart monitor that connects to my phone app and allows me to track my heart rate during training. This way, I can monitor the intensity of each workout and see improvements each week.

You can see my profile on their website -- here-- and shop the monitors  -- here --

I am so grateful to each of these companies and love being able to share products that I personally train and race with!! 
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