Something in Your Stocking — The iPod Shuffle Contest

Type: Killer Outside Ride
Distance: 20.57 miles
Time: 1:09
Average Watts: 181 watts
Normative Power: 196 watts
Average Heart Rate: —
Total Work: 751 kJ
Average Speed: 17.8 mph

It was just a nice day and I HAD to ride outside. it was interesting to me to see how difficult it was to maintain anything more than 22.0 mph and to ride fast uphill. I took it a little easier on the uphills after a while because I started to get that all too familiar burn in my quads. I wasn’t sure that my legs were going to hold up for the entire ride. I really should have ridden a flatter course, but what do you do. It helped me see how out of form I am right now. It gave me more motivation to keep pushing hard through the winter so I can enter the bike and running seasons in 2011 in top form.

But that isn’t why you are here, is it?

The Something in Your Stocking Contest

Everyone deserves something in their stockings, even the readers of this blog. You guys know how I feel about riding your bike with headphones on, But, if you can run somewhere safe I am all for using them. I also have a waterproof case on mine to swim with. They really take the boredom out of staring at the black line.

You guys remember that I know how to run a contest. Last time I gave away a Garmin Forerunner. The contest was really popular, and I would love to see this one go off of the charts too.

So I am going to give away an iPod. Not any iPod! I am going to give away a 2 GB 4th Generation iPod. It is the super sleek model that lends itself to running or swimming. Now, To make things interesting, we are going to give away three different iPods. That’s right, three. And to really make this perfectly clear, this is what we are talking about:

Now, we will run this a little different than the last contest. The first iPod Shuffle will be given away to a randomly selected Follower. If you are already a Follower, you are already entered. If you want to be entered, you will need to be a Follower. For example, if you were already a Follower, you would have a 1 in 180 chance of winning. I will put all Followers on a spreadsheet and then use a random number generator to pick the winner. Simple.

The second iPod Shuffle will be given away to someone who links this contest. There are three ways to get an entry for this iPod — on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter. You can also get an entry each day, but only one per social media venue per day. I have made this really easy — look down at the end of this post under “Share the Knowledge” and with one click you can enter on all three platforms. So, let’s say I post a link on Facebook, Twitter, and on my Blog on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I would get 15 entries for the second iPod. Now, I would like you to make sure you message me and tell me when you link to the contest using Facebook or Twitter just to make sure I get you entered correctly. WordPress is pretty solid at being able to track incoming links, but I want to make sure I get everyone. I think this is pretty straightforward, but if you have any questions about it, please message me and I will make sure I explain it to you. All entries will be put on a spreadsheet and then I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.

Finally, the third iPod Shuffle may be the easiest. Everyone who comments between now and Friday at midnight MDT will receive an entry. I would like you please comment on other posts I have and not just this one. But, there is no limit to the number of entries you can have in a day. I just want to make sure your comments are relevant and not spamworthy. I do delete spam and will be happy to do so. This particular part of the contest is pretty easy to understand. But again, if you have questions, I will be happy to provide you with additional instruction. All entries will be put on a spreadsheet and then I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.

Now I will tell you that these will be shipped by Amazon, and without expedited shipping, so I am not going to even try to tell you they will be received in time for your Christmas morning run. But, they should arrive sometime before the new year. So, make sure you take some time and enter for all three iPods. Just ask Stephanie Ann from if she thought she would win the Garmin…and with this contest, you have three chances to win!

I dare say this is the best contest I have ever come up with…it runs from now until Friday at midnight MDT, so enter away people. Let’s get this party started!

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...