The sponsorhip offers keep rolling in from SponsorHouse! My latest offer is from Gizmo Gear. Gizmo Gear makes really cool clothing for cyclists and runners. They make a variety of jersey's, hats, t-shirts, visors and tons of really AWESOME socks.
ABOVE: Gizmo Gear palm tree socks. I might have to get a pair of these as I train in Palm Beach County, Florida!
From the Gizmo website:
"WELCOME to Gizmo Gear. We have the hottest styles in active apparel for Running & Cycling. Take a look at our extensive and diverse inventory. Our customers love our creative and colorful designs. Athletes from around the world have been seen using GIZMO Products at events such as: Goodwill Games, Boston Marathon, Ironman Triathlon, NORBA Nationals, Duathlon World Championships, Chicago Marathon, Sea Otter Classic, Xterra Triathlon and 100's of events throughout the U.S.
Check out our new Adventure Shorts. Great for Hiking or just hanging out at the races. These shorts are quickly becoming a standard item for Active Athletes everywhere!"
ABOVE: Gizmo Gear psycho ward cycling team t-shirt. My husband's birthday is in a couple of months, I think he'd like one of these shirts. SHHHHH, don't tell him!
Just FYISponsorHouse is one of the best sites I've ever signed up for. I originally signed up for the free account, which lets you submit up to 5 sponsorship applications. There are currently 99 sponsorship opportunities listed for my sports - cycling and running. I decided to upgrade to the Premium Athlete account on SponsorHouse, which costs $39.95 per year and lets you submit unlimited sponsorship requests. I have submitted 28 applications so far, 2 applications were rejected, 12 offers were made to me and I accepted 10 of those offers. I'm still waiting to hear back from the other 14 companies.
Not too shabby for a 44 year old soccer mom. Who would have thought anyone would want to sponsor me? But I don't think I'm the average soccer mom. I'm really enthusiastic about cycling, especially road biking, and have just begun to get into running. I am a freelance writer, so that is probably attracting more sponsor offers. The companies see that I have two active sports related blogs, Bike Diva and Charity Fitness Events, so they know they will get lots of write ups about their companies on my sites.
I just got my Freestyle Solstice watch a couple of days ago. I ordered it from the Freestyle website on August 4th, it was mailed out on the 5th, and it arrived on the 12th - YEAH!
It's pretty sweet! I took it out for a test run this morning. Well, a test walk-about. I did a total of 6 miles - about 2/3 walking and 1/3 jogging. Got to start somewhere in my training for my first marathon.
ABOVE: My watch, isn't she pretty!
I haven't learned how to use all the bells and whistles on the Solstice watch yet. I did use the stop watch function to keep track of my total time this morning. The watch is very comfortable and has a durable, water proof strap. Much better than my last sports watch, which had a fabric/velcro strap that was always getting soggy - YUCK!
Thank you again Freestyle for sponsoring me!
Lynn AKA the Bike Diva
I've been getting a variety of sponsorship offers over on the SponsorHouse site. SponsorHouse offers a number of suggestions on how to setup your profile page in order to attract new sponsorship offers. One of the tips they made was to setup a Question & Answer section, listing how/why you got into competition. Here are the questions & answers I just posted to my SponsorHouse profile page.
How did you get started?
At the 2007 El Tour de Tucson (a 109 mile road bike race) I got the bug to get a new road bike. In February 2008 I got my brand new Trek Madone 6.5 from my local Bike America store. The new bike only weighs 14.1 pounds - talk about a SLICK ride! I thought I might have to try racing once my new bike arrived. Found out about a local time trial in my area and signed up for it.
List your competitive highlights:
On March 9th, 2008 I competed in my very first time trial and won 3rd place in my age group. Not too shabby for a 44 year old soccer mom!
What are you planning for next season?
I'd like to try a duathlon or two - run-bike-run. I'm not a swimmer, so no triathlons for this chick. Planning to do my first half marathon on December 7th, 2008 and my first full marathon on January 11th, 2009. I'm also curiously interested in Cyclo Cross racing, but need to save up for an entry level cyclo cross bike. So if there are any bike manufacturers out there that would like to sponsor me - CALL ME!!!!
What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Getting off my butt, almost 5 years ago, at 40 years old and getting onto a bike. Yes, an old dog can learn new tricks!
Evomo just made a sponsorship offer to the Bike Diva through her SponsorHouse account. Who/what is Evomo? Here is a blurb I took off their website:
Evomo is the most progressive lifestyle clothing brand to hit the mountain bike scene. We are providing fresh, original designs and accessories for the style minded rider.
Although they are billed as a mountain biking company, they make a totally SICK line of clothing that appeals to a broad range of extreme athletic personalities. I am a multi-sport chick - mostly a road biker, but I also enjoy hiking, running, freak biking and occasional runs on the mountain bike.
ABOVE: Evomo's Men's Venom T-shirt
I'm getting me one of Evomo's totally radical Venom Acid t-shirts, which is pictured above. Don't know if I'll even be able to wear it or not, my son or husband will probably try and steal it from me so I guess I should order it in their size. I'll have to get one of the mondo cool Evomo chick shirts. I've got my eye on the Evomo Braincase t-shirt, I don't think my son will try and steal that!
ABOVE: Evomo's Women's Braincase T-shirt
Check out the Evomo website, and get yourself some crazy, sick clothing!
Lynn AKA the Bike Diva
Help support the GRUEL-A-THON, Dan Hanson’s challenging solo attempt to ride 1,000 miles in five days on a bicycle with no support and sparse supplies. The focus of the GRUEL-A-THON, apart from achieving a near-impossible goal that tests the physical, emotional and spiritual limits of the solo rider, is to raise awareness of and funds for the National Veterans Foundation.
Dan comes from a family whose many generations have served in various military branches during war and in times of peace. All proceeds raised to support Dan’s monumental efforts in GRUEL-A-THON will go to the National Veterans Foundation.
Visit Dan's Gruel-a-thon Myspace page for additional information.
I just started the Bike Diva forum a few days ago. The forum currently consists of the following categories:
Bike Racing & Events
Health & Training Issues
Nutrition, Hydration & Food
Equipment & Accessories
Charity Athletic Events
Links to Other Athletic Sites
As the site evolves, I’ll add additional categories. Let me know if there is a specific topic you would like to see covered, and I can add it as a new category to the forum.
Come visit the Bike Diva forum and join in one or more discussions. I hope to see you over there!
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva
INTERESTING BIKE RIDE
Yesterday my husband and I did a 57 mile ride with our Team in Training cycle team. We are training for a 100 mile bike ride, the 20th Intracoastal Century Ride, which takes place on October 26th in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
The ride started from Coral Cove Park, on Jupiter Island, and traveled north to Jensen Beach Park, on Hutchinson Island, and back. We rode through 2 counties, Palm Beach and Martin, and were just a few miles south of St. Lucie County. That was a lot of riding. For many of our team mates, this was the furthest they have ever ridden!
WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
About halfway into the ride, we started to see some dark storm clouds rolling in from the ocean. We felt just a few rain drops as we were heading down off the HUGE south Hutchinson Island bridge, on our way to our second rest stop at Sandsprit Park in Port Salerno. We stayed dry while at the rest stop, but as we were leaving the park took note of the clouds quickly rolling in from the east.
We decided to pick up our ride pace a bit to try and out run the storm. We got to within 6 miles from the end of the ride, at Coral Cove Park, when the rain started coming down. At first it was just a light sprinkle, but it quickly turned into a deluge. The team got a bit spread out as the rain came down.
My cycling glasses started fogging up on the inside, and were pelted with rain on the outside which just about made me blind. So I took a moment to pull over, take my glasses off and wipe down my face. Saw a bit of lightening - wonderful motivator to ride FASTER. I was practically flying as I was riding the last few miles - blasting through huge puddles and hoping the cars on the road could see me. Made for an interesting last few miles. But at least it cooled us down - tends to get a bit hot down here in south Florida this time of year. Guess I always try to look on the positive side of things!
Next week we'll be doing the same exact ride. Unless it rains, we will try to add a couple of more miles to next weeks team ride, to get up to 60 miles total. If we go down to the Hobe Sound Preserve, and back, by Hobe Sound Beach, that will add another 3.4 miles to the ride.
CRASH TEST DUMMIES
Just kidding. Two of our team members took a bit of a tumble during the ride. One of the girls crashed as she was coming off SE Bridge Road and trying to get to the sidewalk. The metal grates of the bridge get a bit slippery in the rain so we decided to go over the bridge using the sidewalk. Unfortunately her front tire got stuck in a rut between the road and sidewalk. Luckily she wasn't going very fast, and fell down on top of her bike. She got a bit of dirt and debris on her cycle jersey but didn't injure herself.
Unfortunately my husband, Coach Rob, wasn't so lucky. He took a pretty good spill coming down the south Hutchinson Island Bridge. He is actually a very good rider. But he looked behind him, to see how two riders behind him were doing, when he caught the edge of a chunk of cement. He took a hard fall onto the bridge - just about tore off the tip of one of his thumbs and got some major road rash on his elbow and leg. He totally shredded one of his gloves - but imagined how much worse his hand would have been if he wasn't wearing gloves.
Our SAG (support and gear) girl Tina, stopped to see how he was. He slapped a bandage on his thumb and kept riding. He was a mountain biker long before he got into road biking, so I guess he's used to crashing on the bike. If it was me, I would have probably freaked out and ridden in the SAG wagon for the rest of the ride. Moral of the story - don't look behind you as you are riding up a bridge!!!
Take care, stay dry and ride safe!
Lynn AKA Bike Diva
HIDE A KEY?
P.S. - Hey Rob, I didn't even mention how we were late to the start of the ride because you lost the keys to your truck! I guess that story will have to wait for another time.
It's official - I just got the BikeDiva.net domain name transferred over to me!!! So instead of having to type in http://thebikediva.wordpress.com to get to the blog, now all you have to do is type in bikediva.net.
You may have read a few weeks ago that the blog network that has been hosting my Bike Diva blog is shutting down. I am in the process of getting the www.bikediva.net domain name transferred over to me. Once the transfer is complete, the current http://thebikediva.wordpress.com blog will be moved to the www.bikediva.net site.
I did a search on www.bikediva.com. That domain name was available, so I went ahead and registered that domain. If for any reason I can't get the bikediva.net domain transferred over to me, I will be able to use the bikediva.com domain instead. There is some information on the www.bikediva.com site - just a freebie, 5 page generic website.
With the bikediva.com domain, I was given a free email account - email@example.com and an online forum. The Bike Diva forum is located at: http://myforum.bikediva.com. It's a pretty generic forum, doesn't have many bells and whistles. I'll try using it for awhile to see how I like it. If the forum starts to become active I'll keep it open - visit the Bike Diva Forum and check it out. You can add new discussions to the forum or comment on existing discussions.
Lynn AKA the Bike Diva
I am happy to announce that I received another sponsorship opportunity today.
BNRG, Inc., which stands for BioNutritional Research Group, just made me a sponsorship offer through my SponsorHouse account. BNRG makes a variety of nutritional supplements including Proto Whey, Alpha Glutamine, Cell Charge and Power Crunch protein bars.
Power Crunch bars provide 13 grams of protein per bar, and come in 7 delicious flavors including triple chocolate, peanut butter creme, French vanilla creme, peanut butter fudge, wild berry creme, cinnamon bun and cookies & creme.
I look forward to working with this exciting company and helping to promote their Power Crunch protein bars.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva