Blue Friday Rambles

HAPPY BLUE FRIDAY!

Fridays are the best, especially when it is Blue Friday. If you are a Seattlelite then you will understand; actually, I’ll take that back….most of the nation knows that the Seahawks fans wear their jerseys, swag and colors on the Friday before a game. No Matter What.

Yes, I am that person as well. Even if it isn’t football season, you’ll find most people are wearing their Seahawks’ swag throughout the year. Call us crazy, but we love our team.

I had the opportunity to go to the Arizona game a few weeks back and boy it was nutz. Nutz actually isn’t the best word to use. It was out of control….or was that me? I’ll keep that hush hush for now.

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View from our seats.

This weekend, the Seahawks play the 49ners again, our biggest rival. Hoping for a repeat game from a few weeks ago on Thanksgiving. I want to go to this game so badly, but it is very costly.

 On another note, I was surfing the web yesterday and came across a very interesting article about drivers in America.

USA Today had an article about which states have the worst drivers.

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Here are the results with some explanations. I was pretty shocked with the results. Any thoughts?

Is anyone else mad about how Sons of Anarchy ended? I am pretty upset about it. That show was my #1. Now, I need to find another new show to watch.

Have a marvelous Friday and don’t forget to cheer on the Seahawks with me!

XO, Tara

Post Triathlon Recap

I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats waiting for me to recap about last Saturday’s triathlon. I’m always amazed at how good you feel after completing a triathlon. I can definitely pat myself on the back after doing all that before 9:30 a.m. I haven’t done that since last August.

Despite the few bad dreams the night before, I wasn’t that nervous.I was doing it with three other people so that helped calm the nerves.

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Pre-race smiles. 

Prior to the swim, my fellow triathlete asked me which leg is my weakness, I said the swim. I basically said that I “black out” during the swim, then I wake up and it’s time to peddle. She laughed.

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The crew. 

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Three. Two. One. Black out!

Overall, the swim went okay. I didn’t get kicked in the face which is always a good thing. I kept my head in the game and didn’t panic.

I felt strong during the bike. I had no problems using my tri bike for the first time in a triathlon. I’ll admit, I didn’t clip in this time, but I will next time. I didn’t want to throw too much into the mix and risk falling over like a noob.

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13 miles down. It’s time to run.

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Not the best, back end shot.

I racked my bike, grabbed my FITTIE and hit the trails. I don’t prefer trail running, I love hitting the pavement. I mean, after biking 13-14 miles your legs are like jello and running on trails even tougher due to the uneven ground. Plus, they literally just made the trail a few weeks prior to the race. Awesome. Not.  

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Time to pass this lady. Which I did. 

Since you weren’t allowed to run with music, I had to focus all my attention on picking people off. I’d pass one person, then focus on the next, and so on. Like usual, I left nothing in the tank and sprinted the last few hundred yards.

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I survived!

My official time was 1:34:30.

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My “fam club”= my rock. 

Everyone single person in our crew did amazing!!

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What happens after a triathlon? A shower, rest, beer and party time.

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The celebration. 

It was a fabulous day with good friends. So many accomplishments! It’s amazing what you body can do with some training. I highly recommend doing a triathlon. You’ll be happy with the results.

I potentially will be doing a duathlon in September with some friends. A duathlon is a run, bike, run race. I’ll have no anxiety about blacking out for the swim. Score.

Have you done a Triathlon?

If you do, what is your strongest leg?

Any tips for me?

XO, Tara

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The FITTIE Pack Review

Happy Tuesday!

I’m so excited to share with you the latest fitness accessory that made its way into my life. It is called the FITTIE Pack.

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Newman Dalton, the Founder/CEO of the FITTIE pack wanted to create a simple piece of gear to carry the necessities that any active individual would want.  By golly, I am thoroughly impressed with what he came up with. Not only is the FITTIE lightweight and comfortable, but it can hold a variety of items without weighing you down.

The FITTIE made its debut this past weekend while out on a training ride.

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While out on my ride, I literally forgot that I had the FITTIE attached to my chest. I was able to put my iphone, ID/debit card, earbuds and keys inside the front pouch with no problem. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I hate carrying anything while biking, running, hiking, etc., and the fact that I didn’t even notice that I was wearing the FITTIE pleases me. Double thumbs up in my book.

Here’s a close up of the FITTIE pack.

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The back side has a larger pouch for goodies. I.e., FOOD!

The FITTIE pack had it’s second debut the following day on a training ride. Dude, I must be hooked. Next up, running and hiking with the FITTIE. If it feels like I’m wearing nothing while cycling, then I’ll be uber happy while out running or hiking.

Oh by the way,  there’s another perk of the FITTIE, it comes with reflective tape on the front and back. You can never be too safe!

Overall, I highly recommend the FITTIE! I’ve had a positive impression from this piece of gear. I encourage you to try it out for yourself.

Have you tried the FITTIE pack?

Do you like trying new fitness accessories?

Do reviews encourage you to try new products/accessories/gear?

Have a great day!

XO, Tara

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Disclaimer: This is a personal blog and I did not receive monetary compensation for this product review. This review is based on personal use and results.

Seahawks Game Day

Before I start rambling about the Seahawks, let’s recap on last night.

First off, it was eye lash time. Wooot!

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My lovely full lashes are back!! Yes, it’s an addiction, but I am okay with it. Football is another addiction….

Remember the Seahawks? That football team that went to the Superbowl last year and won…. Oh ya the Seahawks! Football season is upon us and of course pre-season is happening as we speak. The Seahawks played the San Diego Chargers last night.

Let’s recap on the evening. What game? SEAHAWKS V. CHARGERS

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By half time, the score was 24 to 7.

Wilson came out after the first half and Pryor went in for the second half. The Chargers is unfotunately manage to score which up’d the score to 27-14. Of couse, the Hawks are still feeling good. As I am writing this, the Hawks scored. AWESOME!!

The game ended with a Seattle Seahawks win: 41 vs 14. 

Do you watch NFL preseason?

Or the regular season?

What sport do you love to watch???

XO, Tara

 

Representing the Home Team

Hello! Hello!
I’m patiently waiting for my flight back home to Seattle. I’m not a very patient person especially when your flight is delayed; however an adult beverage does help.

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According to my uncle, adult beverages are known as “daddy soda.” I like it. And according to my cousin it’s called, ” coocooo juice.” I’m having myself a daddy soda/coocooo juice before a find hour flight.
Any who, enough with that. In my lady post, I mentioned that my mom and I visited an NFL stadium on our way to New Jersey to stay with my aunt, uncle and their two children.

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Yes, of course we had to make a quick detour to see Gillette Stadium. Home of the Patriots! 🙂
Needless to say, we had to represent the Seahawks! Durr. What kind of fan do you think I am? The best kind!
However, we didn’t stop with just one stadium..nope! We ventured to MetLife Stadium a few days later.

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I take my football seriously. It would be awesome to visit all of the NFL stadiums so I’ll add that to my bucketlist!!
Ok, it’s time to make my way to the terminal.
What NFL stadium are you dying to see?
Take care!
Tara

Summer Solstice = Painted/Naked Bike Ride

Fremont was the place to be on the first day of Summer. Tens of thousands of people flocked to Fremont to take part in the Summer Solstice festivities. If you haven’t experienced the Solstice Parade in Fremont, then you are missing out. It is something to see. You’ll see alot…literally.  It is a whole another world.

The festivities had the typical shops to look at, fried food stands, bands, beer gardens, a car show and the parade.

We started out day by walking around the shops, listening to the bands and looking at the interesting cars that showed up.

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Yes, there was a “Car Phone.” Hilarious.

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The “Lipstick Car”

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Here comes the “Superman car” all the way from Texas. We actually chatted with the lady who drove the car up to Washington, she said it was quite entertaining. Could you imagine seeing this car in your rear view mirror?

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He found his shop. Tye Dye Everything. Of course, he had to buy a new shirt (tye dye Seahawks colors).

After looking at the shops, it was time to go find our spot to stand on the street for the parade.

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People actually bring couches and line the street corners with them. What a fantastic idea.

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The parade begins with the Painted/Naked Bike Ride. Yes, some people paint their entire bodies and some just decide to ride a bike in their birthday suit. It was quite something to see (or not want to see).

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There were some very unique participants in the parade. Some I didn’t understand, but it was fun to watch.

Did I mention that the weather was perfect on the first day of Summer? I got pretty darn burnt on my face, chest and shoulders. Oweee!

We left the parade a little after 4 p.m. and headed to Bellevue Brewery for a cold beverage and snack, then ran a few errands before I headed out again to The Ram for a quite drink.

I was out like a light when I got home. Zzzzzz!

Have you been to a Solstice Parade?

How was your first day of Summer?

Have you seen any of these crazy cars?

Have a great Tuesday!

XO, Tara

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June Activities in Seattle

Only four more days until sum sum summer! I’m so pumped for summer to begin. Summer in Seattle is beyond amazing, because there are so many activities and the weather is beautiful.

Here are some fun activities to take advantage of in Seattle this summer.

1. Fremont Solstice Parade. I’ve been told that this is one parade to definitely check out. Participants paint their bodies and ride bicycles for miles. Apparently, the artwork on the people’s bodies are amazing.

2. Taste of Tacoma. Who doesn’t want to try a bunch of different types of food?

3. Bite of Seattle. This is a goodie too!

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4. Get active and check out the Tour de Peaks ride. Choose to ride 25, 50 or 100 miles in the beautiful suburbs of Seattle. Aka, my home town.

5. Seafair Torchlight Parade. Highly recommend it. Plus, there is a 5k prior to the parade.

6. Seafair Air Show. This is a weekend event during the first weekend of August. Super fun! Air shows, hydroplanes, food, and drinks. If you have a boat, it is even better!

7. Watershed 2014. Sadly, it is sold out; however, I’ve found lots of tickets on craigslist. There is hope and the weekend long concert is WORTH IT! I went two years ago and had the time of my life. I hope to go this year.

8. My Birthday….oh wait? Is that an event, sure why not! 😉

9. Ellensburg Rodeo. I really want to check out the Ellensburg Rodeo one day. I’ve heard that it is alot of fun and it will bring out the country in me. 🙂

10. Bumbershoot. Check out some good bands, food stands, vendors, etc. Bumbershoot is known for the last big event of the summer.

I hope you get to check out some of the fun events in Seattle this summer. I hope to check a few off this list.

What are you doing this summer?

Any fun events you are looking forward too?

Are you going to Watershed?

XO, Tara

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