This month is the time when we reflect and remember the things that we are thankful for, and boy do I have something to be thankful for! At the end of October, I learned about the #sacrificenothing contest sponsored by CycleOps. This 4-week long social media photo contest was about reaching your fitness goals while still trying to balance everything else in life. This contest was so timely for the Oyler Family, given this new living situation we find ourselves in. The picture I decided to post was what every Saturday morning looked like this year: Maddie laying next to me while I ride the trainer.
A few days later, I was contacted by the very friendly people at Saris (parent company for CycleOps and PowerTap) and informed that I was the weekly winner for Week 1. I didn’t even know there were weekly prizes in addition to the 3 levels of grand prizes! As a weekly winner, I was awarded a $250 gift card towards a purchase at Saris/CycleOps/PowerTap. I couldn't believe it! I NEVER win anything! This was the sign from the triathlon gods I had been searching for. I'd been having this internal struggle about doing Ironman Texas 70.3. My heart really wanted to have this as my A race for the 2016 season, but my overly cautious engineering brain was nervous about adding half-iron distance training to my already long list of responsibilities. CycleOps came bearing a message saying "YOU CAN DO THIS!" While I didn't register right away (we were about to have a lot of money going out for Ironman Florida race week), my mind was made up that I was doing the race!
In the weeks that have passed, #sacrificenothing became my new mantra. It's my daily reminder that life is all about balance. #sacrificenothing applies to more than just swimming, biking and running. I have to be sure that I #sacrificenothing when I'm working and parenting, too! Where ever I am and whatever I'm doing, I need to be in the moment and completely present.
On November 11, the mantra of #sacrificenothing became replaced by #sacrificeeverything. Nothing exemplifies this sentiment more than our military. The whole reason I am able to take part in this contest is because of our Armed Forces, both past and present. I felt the overwhelming need to draw attention to that on Veterans Day.
I know this contest is about #sacrificenothing, but on this #veteransday, how about we talk about those that #sacrificeeverything: our military? Freedom is NOT free. It has been paid for through the sacrifice and dedication of the men and women of our #armedforces. This #coastguard wife and #coastiekid couldn't be more proud to be Americans and are endlessly thankful to our military for all that they do to keep this country great! #godblessamerica #homeofthefreelandofthebrave #navy #airforce #army #marines #teamrwb #starsandstripes #honorandpridesports #coeursports #runningskirts #bolderbands #findyourstrong #garmin #vivoactive #sidination #qaloring #swimbikemom #trainerroad #trekbikes
The contest ended on Friday, November 13th and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners. The really unique thing about this contest was that it had 3 levels of prizes. Usually contests like these are All-or-Nothing, so I thought it was really neat that CycleOps was spreading the love around. Last Thursday, I checked on the CycleOps instagram account (I may have been stalking it) to see if there were any announcements, and they commented that it would be made the following week. So, imagine my surprise when I was making my way back to my desk after lunch and I received an email letting me know that I
was awarded the 3rd place prize! Oh, how the good people at CycleOps spoil me so! The 3rd place prize included the CycleOps Fluid2 trainer, the PowerTap ANT+ dual speed and cadence sensor, the PowerTap PowerCal and a 1-year subscription to CycleOps Virtual Training (CVT). WOW!! What a haul! However, as we already have two fluid trainers, I already have speed and cadence sensors for my bike and I am considering getting a power meter, CycleOps kindly allowed me to apply the value of my prize towards the CycleOps PowerSync, which is essentially a computrainer!! AND, they're still going to award me a one-year subscription to CVT, which integrates with the PowerSync to control resistance. I am REALLY excited to get my hands on this new toy, as I do almost all of my biking (both short and long rides) on the trainer. This will allow me to simulate real-world biking while I'm home with Maddie.
So, as we head into Thanksgiving, I want to send a huge THANK YOU to the Saris/CycleOps/PowerTap team. Thank you for lavishing this prize on my family and me. It is a true blessing and will be put to much good use! Thank you for helping us #sacrificenothing as we chase after our goals!