If not now, then when?

I recently became a Bike Law Foundation Ambassador and although I thought I knew a lot; my mind has been shocked over and over with statistics. I know I’ve had close calls… not just on my bike but while walking and running too.

Did you know that the number one cause of death amongst American teens and the greatest threat posed to Vulnerable Road Users; to people on bikes, is distracted driving? 

I’ve literally placed my hand on the hood of a car because I thought I could stop it! I had to tell my coach that morning that when he saw the heart rate sky rocket it was because someone was on their phone, making a right, while I had the right away. I was over half way in front of that vehicle and I’m pretty sure when my hand hit her hood, I had her attention.

I’ve had close calls on my bike too. Some of them due to ignorant drivers who think it’s cool to scare someone on a bike. Some due to a distraction I’m sure… and I wasn’t the distraction, I promise that.

I had a friend, at one time, who I later found out I was their last call or text before hitting someone head on. There was a father in the other vehicle, he did not make it. I remember that like it was yesterday. A week after the crash, I was the one people were asking if I knew anything. Let that sink in. It took me a long time to realize I didn’t make that choice. It took me a long time to realize the impacts distracted driving has, not only on the person making the choice, but those impacted; the families, friends, those working the scenes. 

While I know I talk a lot about my triathlon adventures, not all close calls are with vulnerable humans. Fact is, I’m sure all of you have had some close call due to a distracted driver. Or maybe, you know of someone who died at the hands of a distracted driver.

Would you admit to driving distracted?  Probably not. I know as I get older, I realize that I need to pay more attention to the road… that’s what my Dad always said to me when I was 16. And when I was 16, I only had the radio as a distraction. No phone. No DVR player. But you probably don’t think about the radio being a distraction… or the hands free mobile device your using… guess what, it is.

Living in a touristy town, we get visitors all the time. And guess what, there’s a ton of people on bikes down here and we need to do our best to protect those coming to enjoy our city. To rent our bikes. To run on our seawall. And yes, I know, people get frustrated when people are going the wrong way on the road with their bikes and yes, we need to educate those people. And yes, I know people get frustrated because they have to go a little slower however, we can start by putting our phones away. Enjoy the moments of solitude while paying attention to the road. Let them enjoy what we get to enjoy everyday here in Galveston, Texas.

I want to ask you to do one small thing not just for me, but for your community. For that neighborhood kid (or maybe it’s your kid) who loves to ride their bike around. For your family member who likes to visit areas and take it in by renting a bike or a nice long run. Or even your friend who enjoys cycling to get outside. Pledge to #ArriveAlive by stating you will not drive distracted. We need to do this. We need to take accountability. Only we can create change and the time to create that change is NOW!

Sign the pledge here: https://goo.gl/forms/Xk1vjKa8TcIx8kJ72

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IdealShape Review and Giveaway

I was presented with the opportunity as a SweatPink Ambassador to review IdealShape and do a giveaway (more details on that later)! I have found that it is so easy to incorporate this into my daily life! As Ironman Florida training ramps up, I’m getting hungrier but I still need to lose some weight so I needed an alternative (to snacking) to help me out. This has been the perfect addition to my daily routine.

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I’ve been taking my shaker and putting the IdealShape powder in baggies to make it a little easier to get to work… I find myself drinking a shake on the way to work and then I’m good for the morning. I had been snacking a little too much at my desk and this has managed to keep me full for the morning.

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It’s also been great to take in a few extra calories before going to work out in the evening. With workouts consistently once or twice in my day, 7 days a week, I need to keep fueling my body. It’s important to me though not to overly fuel my body as it reacts with instantaneous expanding ass syndrome. Can’t be doing that with another Ironman on the way this fall.

The IdealShape chocolate IdealShake is my favorite as it is just a good tasting shake. I’ve made it with both water and milk (separate times peeps), and if you want it to be a little thicker then I suggest you go with milk. I like to do that for the morning, after my morning workout to help get some protein added in my system for recovery. I also have the Orange Cream and it is not bad at all – I’ve only had that with water so I bet it would taste like an orange dreamsicle if I made it with milk.

img_6678Depending on how I feel, I may incorporate IdealBoost into my day. The training munchies are REAL folks! I’ve found that the Boost not only gives me a little more pep in my afternoon step but it curbs my appetite. This has helped me make some huge gains in keeping my calorie intake at a normal level as an endurance athlete.

IdealBoost flavors have blown me away, in a good way! They are light and refreshing and definitely a nice complement for it being summa, summa, summertime! The thin packets fit nicely in anything you may be carrying (purse, gym bag, wristlet, etc). You can empty them in a shaker with 16 oz of water, or use a water bottle to have the same refreshing drink. I’ve found I can go about 3 hours, or most of the afternoon, not needing to snack. AMAZING!

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So you want to try IdealShape products? Awesome! They are sponsoring a giveaway to one lucky TriNTriAgain reader! The winner will be picked at random Thursday, July 14th at 7:00pm, CST. Here’s how to enter:

Entry to Giveaway – You must sign up for the IdealShape newsletter (scroll to bottom of main page and you will see “Receive our Newsletter”) and comment below that you did so. Required

Additional Entries can be made by:
– Following TrinTriAgain on Instagram
– Following IdealShape on Instagram 
– Posting below on how you think IdealShape can help you have an #idealfitsummer
– Share with your friends on facebook, instagram, pinterest, and other social media avenues! (1 entry for each share)

Post in the comments when you do any of the entries above (with your handle names) and we’ll announce a winner on the blog tomorrow night and on Instagram! Drawing will be done at random. To add a comment, please see the link at the top of the post…

The views expressed in this post are a reflection of my views and my views only.