The Because It’s Almost St. Patrick’s Day…Giveaway


While I was enjoying the umpteenth day straight of mind-bogglingly sunny weather here in the ‘City of Light’, it occurred to my that St. Patrick’s day is Monday.  Despite the French fondness for any reason to take the day off, it is not considered a national holiday here.  Not that it would matter anyway, I get to spend some 12-14 hours on a plane bouncing across the ocean.

So for no other reason than it’s (almost) St. Patrick’s day, and sorta-spring like (lucky charms and all), it’s time for a giveaway.


The prize is simple: A $400 credit to to Clever Training to buy anything from the site you’d like.  You can use it on anything they offer, from a Garmin/Polar/Suunto watch to a PowerBeam trainer, or a Quarq power meter.  If the item is over $400US, you’ll simply pay the difference, shipping is free either way.  The giveaway is open to all readers – including international folks.

To enter yourself in, simply leave a comment below with the following:

To Enter: Give me your weekend workout plans.  Simple as that!

Got it?

Entries will be accepted through Monday night, 11:59PM Eastern time (March 17th, 2014).  I’ll be you giving one device worth up to $400US from Clever Training.   Winner will be chosen at random and announced on roughly Tuesday, depending on how tired I am after flying to Mexico City on Monday.  One entry per person.  The winner can decide on which device after they win.  For devices/gadgets/gizmos over $400, the winner can pay the difference.

This giveaway is sponsored by Clever Training, which I’ve got a great partnership with.  As you probably remember, by picking up sports technology gadgets from Clever Training you support the site.  And on top of that, all DC Rainmaker readers get an exclusive 10% off all products they sell (basically every sports tech company/gadget/device) using coupon code DCR10BTF.  Even spring running or cycling gear.  And most of all, you support the site in a big way – so I appreciate it!

Note, if you’re US Active Duty Military – you can submit your entry via e-mail.   No leprechauns allowed via this method.  Mmmkay?  Thanks all!


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  1. Andrew Salmon

    Fri: Tandem with my wife over some hills near home for 45 mins
    Sat: Solo bike round lake Zurich plus some hills 3h
    Sun: 1h easy on single bikes beside river with my wife

  2. Adrian Cuciurean

    2.5km indoor swim on Sunday.

  3. Yannis

    21km ran up Zurich Uetliberg and back 2km indoor swim at the pool afterwards on Sunday

  4. Steffen

    Just returned from a trip to Ireland (talk about stupid timing – back to work in Germany whilst the Irish family will enjoy St. Patrick’s Day today). Did a few intervals on the turbo, high time to switch the back wheel back to the road tyre!

  5. Dean Shears

    Last weekend, 33 mile trail run on the Saturday and 8 miles of easy running and walking for recovery on the Sunday. And the weather was perfect!

  6. Filippo74

    20km flat run

  7. Edu Callejo

    Saturday, run 15km and gym workout. Sunday 22km long run

  8. Peter Van Quaethem

    A 19km run to prepare myself for the 20km of Brussels on May 18th.

  9. Kasper Dall

    Well, as the weekend is actually over, I can tell you what actually happened. 25 min. run on saturday and a stormy 3hr bikeride yesterday…

  10. Martin

    Long Ride on Friday, Skitour for Recovery on Sunday and take free time on Monday for Uphill training.
    Perfect weekend if the weather in Austria at Saturday is nice for first year barbecue.

  11. Dominika

    Friday 1 hour horse riding
    Saturday 20mins running
    Sunday 30 mins running

  12. 19km long run with 5k build to Z2, 5k at Z2, 3k easy Z1, 3k Z3, 3k CD. Add in some headwind, if you have 🙂

  13. On Saturday a 10km trail running and on Sunday around 30km of MTB ride

  14. carlos

    12.5k tempo running in Madrid

  15. Johan

    A 30 km bike ride on Saturday, followed by a 3 km run with the girlfriend on Sunday.

  16. George K.

    Saturday: simple get the blood flowing 30 min run
    Sunday: local 10K race (didn’t go particularly well, hadn’e slept well, felt tired half way through, but managed to finish around the hour anyway)

  17. Laurens

    100km easy ride on Saterday and a race on sunday. Going to break the 40min at the 10km, looking forward to this.

  18. Fjellheim

    Friday treadmill, 15 minute slow warm-up, 15 minute tempo and 15 minute cool down.
    Sunday 7 km easy running.

  19. Ricky Henstock

    Tri Club swim on Saturday and Tri club ride on Sunday.

  20. Jamie Belcher

    Sat Long Bike / Run Brick, 2:00 bike with :20 run.
    Sun Easy Run :40


  21. AlohaSovatha

    Still recovering from my first tri, so only did two short bike rides this weekend. Damn, now I know many people are reading your blog, Ray!

  22. Jean

    No run this weekend, but a 18km walk to Vézelay, in Burgondy, on some good rest under the sun andwithout smog. Back to run on Tuesday!!

  23. Azrul Syaffiq

    A 5km uphill & downhill run on the weekend. Total elevation 284m. Repeat 5 time. that would be 25km with total elevation 1420m. 🙂

  24. Phil C

    Friday – Rest
    Saturday – 15 Mile run with strides @ End
    Sunday – 15 Mile bike ride.

  25. Tonny

    50km of MTB XC. Nice

  26. Nejc vidali

    I did one short run of 12km yesterday and tomorrow 21km. Training for local marathon.

  27. Rudy

    Went riding my bike in parco del Ticino along the canal, and then climbed some hills on the way back.

  28. Alex

    Gym workout for saturday and tempo run for sunday.

  29. Nick Pawley

    An hour gym (rehab workout)…onward and upward!

  30. Ed

    2.5 mile run Friday and Saturday.

  31. Paul

    9km run on Saturday
    25km ride on Sunday morning
    Slooow 17km run Sunday afternoon
    Interval running session on Monday evening
    Rest on Tuesday 🙂

  32. Garth Calver

    Weekend starts Friday – 20 km run early before work, need to fit in the long run before regional junior lifesaving championships will keep me busy and on my feet for 2 days, on the beach in the sun! Slow 15 on Sunday pm

  33. Kieran Campbell

    Exercise has taken a long break in favour of wedding prep so fiancé and I are taking the bikes down to the National Park for a long ride through the trees. Gotta love Australia in the Autumn!

  34. sai

    Saturday run 4 and cross train. Sunday run 6 and situps by the lake.

  35. Garret Barends

    10km run on Saturday, 31km trailrun on Sunday.

  36. Well, green beer drinking was in my workout plans this weekend. The town I live in (Wilmington, DE) has a pretty nice St. Patty’s bar loop, and we had a party starting at noon that went till 8:00. Plans as follows:

    Friday – Upper body weights, treadmill 4 x 400’s w/1% incline at 5k pace (400 jog recovery), pick up keg for party
    Saturday – 20 min race day warm simulation, party
    Sunday – Easy run – 45 min, no watch, no pressure, just enjoy

  37. Eduardo

    Saturday I ride my bike doing 80km in road. Duration 4.24h
    Sunday I run 10km in Fathers Day race. Duration 50min

  38. Ráksi, Ádám

    Plan: 2*1,5 hr asphalt run at @150-155 bpm

  39. Gary H

    Saturday: 10k tempo run
    Sunday: cycle 1 loop of Ironman UK 2014 route

  40. Maria

    For the weekend I only have a dance class planned. Hopefully will manage a short run. I do most of my workouts during the week.

  41. Andrew

    Saturday: Touch rugby – 2 hours…
    Sunday: Croquet 1 hour

  42. David Sànchez

    Bike ride with tri team-mates!!

  43. Will

    Saturday was spent enjoying the sunshine, but Sunday we rode over to a friends cross country race which went well then a nice ride home in the sun!!

  44. So, last weekend i did an 160k Ride in Austria.
    At the upcomming weekend i will do a long job about 25-30km.


  45. Tridave

    Saturday: easy run along the Vardar River (5 miles)
    Sunday: Macedonian National Half Marathon Championships (13.1 miles)

  46. Tom Z

    Sat Rest
    Sun 10k race pace – didn’t go as expected though!

  47. Jose Carlos Sanchez

    Friday: 10K race quiet, the area around my city
    Saturdays: MTB Keynote Speaker, about 65 Km from the Sierra de Madrid
    Sunday: My favorite race of 15K trail running through the natural park of Ruidera

  48. Rich O

    Friday – Run to and from work easy
    Saturday – 1 hour spin bike
    Sunday – Push little one round the local park in a buggy for as long as he sleeps for!

  49. Francesco

    8K run on Sunday at 5:30 mins/km with HR ceiling at 170bpm. I finished on pace but went above the HR ceiling by a couple bpms…

  50. Peter Vosters

    Simple run of 7k
    After a week bike training of 216k

  51. Micke Sandberg

    Fri: 90 min indoorcycling
    Sat: 60 min distance run at moderate pace
    Sun: 28K longdistane run

  52. Shmuel Raviv

    I’m planning to go mountain biking on Friday and to run 10 kilometers on Saturday.

  53. Vish

    Sat – Warmup – Interval Training on hills 5X5min (2min recovery) at threshold pace- Easy Recovery Run
    Sun – 2hr Run at easy pace.

  54. Pat

    40km road biking – Saturday

    8 hours back breaking gardening Sunday


  55. Conrad Colman

    Because the weekend starts on Friday… First ocean swim of the season after work.
    Saturday. 7 hours intense training on a racing yacht, followed by 1:30 max effort on the big followed by race pace 5k.
    Sunday. On the boat again, followed by running intervals.

  56. adamk

    2 days of orienteering: Spring Spartacus Cup 2014 in Hungary

  57. Tal Kman

    Duathlon competition simulation :
    20 min warmup
    10km running
    40km cycling
    5km running
    Long cooldown

    Wish me luck 🙂

  58. Brendon

    Sat: trainer workout on my bike
    Sun: short run

  59. Alex

    I was visiting sunny San Diego from the Polar Vortex that is Chicago. I got in a lovely experience climbing Mt. Palomar.

  60. Ed

    Saturday will probably be an easy 5K run after a week of ski.

  61. Matthijs

    Friday evening (I call that weekend already): Shameless Friday Session in gym: which is pump arms
    Saturday: Long run, 15 km
    Sunday: rowing (the actual one on the water) 25 km

  62. Stephanie Bina

    Brick training: 3 hours cycling, 1 hour running and 30mins easy swimming.

  63. Craig T

    Saturday run 5 miles tempo
    Sunday run 1 hour
    Can’t wait for weather above 40. This weekend will be cold and windy.

  64. Mike

    Sat: 2 hour trail run
    Sun: 3 hour trail run
    NFEC Bear Mountain training

  65. Harri

    Resting and recover from flu

  66. Dennis Smith

    DC Rock & Roll Marathon on Saturday 3/15; Sunday off; Monday shovel snow!

  67. Dave

    Saturday, a nice easy bike ride with my son – 65k or so.
    Sunday – run 5k.

  68. Benoit

    No running workout.
    It was winter kayaking (through ice and slush) saturday and alpine skiing sunday…
    Very nice week end!

  69. Ian

    I have a running injury, so I will be strictly cycling. Indoors. On the trainer. In front of the TV. I’m ready for summer.

  70. Kevin H.

    Sat: Swimming in pool
    Sunday Run prior to flight back home
    Monday back on east coast and shoveling snow

  71. Siggi P

    Well, the weekend is over already. Was planning a short run Sunday night, but a combination of laziness and awful weather, even by Icelandic standards, put a stop to that. Settled for a 1000m breaststroke session Monday morning.

  72. Simon

    Sat: night orienteering competition

  73. ryo

    i usually do stretching, 2 sets of pull up (4-6 each), bench press with 80kg weight, sit up and thats all..while controlling my breathing on each move

  74. Torben Knudsen

    Saturday: 16K trailrunning
    Sunday: 19K running

  75. Markus

    Friday: Bowling with coworkers
    Saturday: Moving house
    Sunday: Moving house & a surprisingly hard easy run (9km)

  76. Nicholas Forsyth

    If it was this past weekend, I did a 140km cycle from my house to a dam inland with a climb of around 2500m, 5 hours give or take, then a 4km swim at said dam (57min). On Sunday raced a 32km race around the dam (2hr40). And if you mean this weekend coming up, its race day for our South African Triathlon Champs, so easy ride Saturday and hopefully a quick Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday. $400 would go nicely towards paying for a powermeter!

  77. B Jackson

    Morning ride, move furniture and bucks party!

  78. JQC

    Sat: Play with daughter. Work around the house. Run 6 miles. Play with daughter.
    Sun: Play with daughter. Yardwork. Run 4 miles. Play with daughter.

    Playing with daughter will be the most exhausting, but most fun!

  79. Jon

    Ski walk up “lost” ski area (oh, and walk down also)

  80. h m

    Went hiking this weekend in the melting snow near fort william (scotland) – back to my usual cycling this week.

  81. Hayden

    After 3 years of being “out of the game”, I will be doing the local running club 7.4km race on Saturday. Which will hurt a lot, and the Sunday will be chasing my 3 year old son around and a recovery swim. I may be sleep deprived, but I love my family and my life again

  82. Mattias T

    Core workout on saturday and a 5k treadmill run on sunday in the north of Sweden.

  83. Ray G

    Sat: Did my first 50km ultra in Hong Kong.
    Sun: suffering the after effects

  84. Sam

    My training this weekend consisted of a lite 10km run Saturday, followed by 5 hrs of bushball (paintball) Sunday.

  85. Amanda Carlton

    My plans are to get in a quick 3 mile run on Saturday and hopefully get the road bike out of the house and onto the road on Sunday.

  86. Neal

    10K saturday, gym sunday

  87. Suzanne

    My training this weekend is a bit different than the usual group on here. I helped train a group of our local sailors on Saturday with a very busy day of drills. Then Sunday we went sailing again, for fun, in some big wind. I also went for a horseback ride as I’m working on my horse’s fitness.

  88. Jason

    My training was non existent this weekend due to a bad SI joint. I did see my frends off before their bike ride, and did one slow lap around the track with my 3 year old son.

  89. Edward

    My wife and I finished the four-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu on Saturday, so with Sunday a rest and travel day, that was the extent of my workout.

  90. bettie

    illness kept me home.

  91. John

    Cross training on Saturday. 1000m repeats on Sunday.

  92. Quinn

    Since it’s still a little chilly here in MN, 1 hour in RPM spin class followed up by 1.5 hours in TRX. Awesome calorie burn!

  93. John

    9 mile run followed by some pool work Sunday

  94. Kyle Shaw

    My weekend workout was hiking up Mt. LeConte in Tennessee. Hiked in from Newfound Gap on Saturday, stayed in the Mt. LeConte Shelter over night, and hiked/slid down on Sunday. Beautiful place to visit. Wish the weather had cooperated!

  95. aahhttoo

    10 km run on Saturday
    10 run on Sunday

  96. Saturday morning- 15 mile long run
    Saturday afternoon- Trip to Crabtree Brewing
    Sunday- Rest Day

  97. Ben

    Slow shortish run on Sunday to ease myself back into things post foot and knee injuries.

  98. Stephanie

    Friday: 7 km run
    Saturday: Speedwalk
    Sunday: Moving 2nd part
    Plan was to have 1 km running phases in exact time but there was awful weather outside during whole weekend.

  99. Jeremy

    Saturady 10K run followed by another 20k run on sunday!

  100. Joe

    Crosstrained this weekend. Getting ready to put some miles down this week.