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. Ernesto

    Sat 70k cycling, 10k run
    Sun 30k run, 5k warmup, 5x5k 4:10/km. Final long run preparing the Santiago Marathon in 3 weeks

  2. Plan was for a 5 mile run and 20 mile bike, but looks like I will need snow shoes, because I just woke 10 inchs of snow. New plan… Sledding with the kids.

  3. 3underscore

    Really hoped to get a run in as the weather has finally turned. Ended up the main exercise of the weekend was chasing a two year old around the park. Probably more fun though :)

  4. William Powers

    9 Miler on Saturday, 2000yds in the pool today.

  5. Oliver

    On Saturday I plan to bike around 40-60km and on Sunday I’ll run 10k.

  6. kasper vissing

    Friday: rest
    Saturday: football match with my local team
    Sunday: 5k slow run (yeah, I’m in bad shape!)

  7. 60 min weight training

    10km treadmill run (hey I’m in Canada! It’s still ice and snow!)

  8. Weekend just gone was to rest ;) did 9 miles cycling as part of a Cycling Leadership Training Award and 9 mile hilly walk on Sunday. Next weekend a 5 mile hilly run to kick start training for South Downs Half Marathon in 9 weeks :)

  9. Tyler

    Doing back-to-back-to-back trail runs in prep for my first real ultra; a challenging Kansas (not an oxymoron) 50 miler.

  10. Manos Maragkoudakis

    Sat. Bike: 4h hilly course
    Sun. Bike: 5h with 2X20′ @ 85% & 1X20 @ 80%

  11. Damien

    House moving, unfortunately no workout this and next weekend…

  12. Richard

    Sunday – half marathon
    Mon – fri – 1 hour crossfit session
    Wed – 6 mile run
    Fri – 20 mile run
    All in preparation for 3 marathons in the space of 14 days

  13. Managed a hill run Saturday evening, stood in the cold for a few hours serving hydration to 5K racers and then knocked out my own run in the afternoon.

  14. Christopher C

    [Friday] Hot Yoga
    [Saturday] 3 hours and 17 minutes of Trail Running (since 3/17 is St. Patrick’s Day)
    [Sunday] 15 Mile Trail Run + 60 mins of cycling

  15. Andi

    Is this still on?

  16. AI

    47mi road race Sat,
    30mi easy spin Sun.

  17. Alex B

    22 Mile Long Run on Sunday – last long run in preparation for the Brighton Marathon in 3 weeks time. All hopefully on course for a Good For Age time for London and Boston.

  18. Brad G.

    The 68 mile Georgia Death Race (in 21:05) this past weekend. This weekend will be volunteering at the Double Top 100 mile trail race (and maybe a little pacing)

  19. Paul Isley

    Knocked out a 3.5 hour ride some with teammates, some solo. My Garmin 510 bricked and lost all data…another story for another day. Then due to terrible weather Sunday was an 1:15 trainer session.

  20. Liza T.

    Saturday – 10am: LSD run 2pm: Les Mills Body Pump 4pm: Dance Central 3 showdown (with daughter)
    Sunday – 10am: 20 laps swim 12 onwards: Rest and Recovery

  21. Jon

    11 mile run followed by a 20 ride. Gotta enjoy this 40F weather while it lasts!

  22. Daniel

    Sat 5 miler at pace
    Sun hill repeats

  23. Sonny Winston

    I am going to get a fast 10km in, then drink myself into oblivion.

  24. Dan Contant

    Fri: 95 k bike ride
    Sat: travel day
    Sun: 1:15:00 16k run + 1:00:00 easy spin

  25. Clint Kale

    Friday Rest, Saturday mountain biking in the woods for a couple hours. Sunday 40 minute run.

  26. Graeme

    Recovering from a 900km training camp in Tenerife!

  27. Márk Olasz

    Sat 12k bike
    Sun easy 5k trail run

  28. Sander Claassen

    Sat: 2hours golf training and 5k easy run
    Sun: 5k stears climing event in Eindhoven, netherlands. Just for fun.

  29. Scott

    Short run and now….snow shoveling in DC….wonderful.

  30. roarshade

    Saturday – easy 5k run
    Sunday – long run 21k

  31. Marcus

    this past weekend:

    Sat: 8k easy run
    Sun: Barcelona Marathon, including personal best on the distance!


  32. Chris Walker


    Saturday morning will be walking the dog for an hour, then a 65 mile endurance cycle followed by 10min easy run with the dog. Then a walk along the beach with the dog again.

    Sunday will be 3,000m endurance swim in the morning followed by breakfast/lunch. Then 13 mile run with the dog along the river.

    Training for Ironman (City to Summit) in Scotland, and following a simple 20week plan. The girl signed up for it first (oh man I didn’t realise what I was letting myself in for…) I normally just do Half’s!

  33. Patrick Hughes

    Sat – 2 hour road ride (finally not on a trainer)
    Sun – Endurance swim and an hour run

  34. greg

    This past weekend:
    4 miles Saturday
    18 miles on the course of the NYC Half Marathon on Sunday

  35. Jennifer

    Heading out for a long run Saturday – probably 8-10 miles.
    Sunday will just be an easy run/rest – just a couple miles.
    Training for my tenth half-marathon, with a specific goal time in mind.

  36. Scott Turvey

    Sat: Fly to Shanghai, do one hour on spin bike when I get there
    Sun: Another hour on bike, collapse :)

  37. Maryro Mendez

    Saturday: long long shake out run 50 min fartlek with hills
    Sunday: 22 mile run with last 10 at goal marathon pace. Cool down on the bike 30 mins. Training for Boston

  38. specialist

    10 mile TT on the bike!

  39. Chris skinner

    Some 3′ AE reps on the road + 10-15 second sprints

  40. Joosep

    Sat: 1.5km swim
    Sun: 10km tempo run

  41. My weekend workout plans are continued physical therapy, recovering from surgery to reconstruct my femur after a skiing accident in January. Some of this involves outdoor walking, which I’m logging via GPS. Most of it involves indoor work with stretch cords and ankle weights. Muscle atrophy is the pits!

  42. Martin Groeneveld

    Sat: Easy 5k run in the morning and playing a soccer game in the afternoon.
    Sun: Recovery (cycling or running, depending on the weather)
    Mon: Long run 32k

  43. Nate page

    40 min 10k tempo run on the treadmill on sat and 7 miles in Sunday. Ready for spring

  44. James Cisneros

    Saturday: 6 miles on the treadmill at Gold’s Gym, clocking starting at 9:50/mi pace and ending in 9:00/mi pace. Familly went for a nice 1 mile walk around the neighborhood while my son rode his tricycle that his Papa and Grandma gave him last Christmas.

    Sunday: 3 mile road run, 9:00/mi pace

    Looking at the various responses is overwhemling…so many athletes that put in the time and effort to run, swim, bike, and so forth. I know being a father and husband is challenging enough! My wife and I recently started to build a training regimen this past January. I went to health fair that my school district that I work for was offering and WOW! it me like a ton of bricks. Cholesterol 230’s, pressure high, weight/BMI too high! I new I had let myself develop poor eating habits…affecting my too. She struggles with her weight I really wasn’t a great supporter for her. I was discouraging her…I’d eat the fried stuff while she’s trying to eat lower fat, more wholesome foods. My eating habits and lack of care to my health made her hurdles seem insurmountable.

    We go regularly together, we take our son on family walks with our dog and we are making lifestyle changes to benefit our family. The miles may seem a drop in the bucket when you see 35km bike ride, 3km open water swim,…I enjoy the exercise routine I am slowly building. I really enjoy the exhilaration and being free when I run. I feel my mind open up and mood change for the better. I try to use running as a vehicle to think and handle a very hectic life of teaching, graduate school, family, and supporting my wife as she prepares for her PhD program she will be entering in August.

    Thank you for the Blog and letting us get to know your adventures, family, and passions.


  45. Chris Chapa

    Easy run 9 miles and maybe ride the bike.

  46. @Run_Pappy

    3 Mile tempo and a brisk afternoon of golf in Phoenix.

  47. Dan

    Sat: broke 10mi for the first time
    Sun: 2mi easy jog

    Only a few more weeks until my first half!

  48. MJL

    Cary March Madness Half Marathon, yesterday morning!

  49. Stefan Raab

    Saturday: Load car with 2 wood bunk beds, unload said beds and carry up stairs, assemble, carry other beds up to second floor.
    Sunday: 20 x stair repeats until all trash is removed and jobs finished.
    Not sure how this will help me with tri season. Ah the joys of a new house.

    Monday: Shovel snow. in DC. seriously. Be glad you left for sunny Paris.

  50. Jari Lilja

    Sat 7:00 Cycling indoors 3x8min@280W RI2min
    Sun 7:00 Cycling Indoors 60min@250W 13:00 Cyclocros Endurance Easy 2h+

  51. Arron Hampton

    Long then longer rides. Chiberia’s Polar Vortex has had a serious stronghold on us for many months. Road season is coming. Must ramp up base ASAP! Ride long. Ride outside. No matter yo!!

  52. Candice Badders

    Saturday: Yoga followed by run with my pup.

    Sunday: Relax! Training for my first half-marathon starts tomorrow! (So nervous already!!)

  53. chris

    nice 9 miler and then time with the family!!!!

  54. LF

    Saturday run and Sudany bike!

  55. Michael Rodgers

    Saturday: 4 mile Pace. Sunday: 12 mile Long run.

    (1st taper weekend for April 6 marathon!)

  56. Peter

    2.5 hours on the computrainer on Saturday and an 11 mile run on Sunday.

  57. Following your country hopping training, this weekend:
    Friday – skiing in Sierra Nevada
    Saturday – 90min run around Casa del Campo in Madrid
    Sunday – picnic in Retiro park, Madrid
    Monday – 90km cycle around Dublin Bay with St Patrick’s Day pint along the way

  58. Carina B

    Morning run and afternoon yoga every day, and also looking forward to getting my bike out this weekend, the snow is almost gone now in Stockholm

  59. David

    Weekend WO Plan:

    Saturday: brick session
    5h 30 min ride outdoors at zone 2
    30 min run at zone 2

    2h run at zone 2
    1 to 1.5 mile OWS

  60. Owen Delaney

    Skiing Le Pas de Chavanette (The Wall), Portes due Soleil, Swiss Alps. 1km long and 331m vertical drop, classed as too difficult for normal classification. Bring on the fear!

  61. Mark van den Bergh

    On saturday a 16k run in 5.00min/k and on sunday hopefully a 60k maiden voyage on my new Wilier Gt-R (to be delivered this week!) Or else i’ll hop on the Orbea Ora time trial bike.

  62. Stephanos

    Taking advantage of the beautiful weather for running!

  63. Joseph McLeod

    Rode up the mountains in north Georgia!

  64. Nir

    Saturday: the last long run before the taper for Vienna Marathon: 38k…

  65. Rob W

    It was a long cycle ride where I strategically set out into the headwind…so I could get the tailwind home.
    Except, it never works like that, does it?
    No. The wind is always a headwind, even when you turn round…. :-)

  66. 90 mins Trainer Sat
    90 mins MTB and 120 mins rolling hills on the road!

  67. Greg

    Saturday: Pool baby discovery with my little Arthur (2 years old) & Wife
    Sunday: Run ~5 miles around the beautiful Enghien Lake, France (95),and Wed/Fri/etc.. :-)

  68. Amaury

    Going to set up my new FLO wheels on my Madone. Then heading out for a spring warmup on Saturday. Sunday I’ll then be pushing hard by vineyards here on Long Island, NY. Then taking a break to finish my first new borns crib.

  69. sAAmp

    Sat: usual couch lounging
    Sun: 5mi of escalator sprints
    Mon: DFW Dash

  70. Dan Zimmerman

    1.5 mile run up hill to get to car to rescue wife with twisted ankle.

  71. Gordon Mah

    1:00 h zone 2 bike on trainer followed by
    LSD 1:30 h run on Sunday

  72. My weekend plans were nice and easy compared to most with it being a cutback week. I had a run about an hour each day, took an hour bike ride on saturday and went for a hike on sunday.

  73. Rob

    Sat: 2h Tempo Ride @ 70%-90% FTP 90-95rpm
    Sun: 45m Recovery Ride @ 55% FTP
    Sun: 8mi Tempo Run @ 6:50 pace

  74. Kay Scarbo


  75. Michey

    I ran the Rock and Roll Half on Saturday, then did some 12oz curls on Sunday.

  76. Nat

    Friday: 45-60 min fartleks over lunch
    Saturday: skiing and a short hills run
    Sunday: early morning LSD then evening yoga

  77. Chris

    Friday: 10m in the cold
    Sat: Nothing
    Sun: 16 miles in the rain (rained the entire time)

  78. Lou W

    Friday – Rest
    Saturday – CrossFit Open 14.3 (Deadlifts and Box Jumps)
    Sunday – Softball Practice
    Monday – Shovel :(

  79. Melody Balcet

    Run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (#5)!

  80. Iwan Balcet

    Run around ALL OVER Washington, DC cheering on my wife at the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon!

  81. Dave G.

    Friday: Rest & Recovery
    Saturday: 1:55 run including 2 x 2.5 mile MAF test (I skipped the 65 minute low intensity trainer ride that was to have followed).
    Sunday: 2:15 coached trainer session followed by a 40 minute brick run in the bitter cold wind (9 degrees with the windchill yesterday).

  82. Alex

    Last iceskating was friday, saturday Joop Zoetemelk classic (150km bike) sunday 12km run to the beach and back.
    It was a great weekend, hope it was for everyone!

  83. Matthew Basanta

    I just want to get outside and ride now that the weather is nice.

  84. ms

    2 x indoor swimming routine, nice and easy considering rainy weather

  85. Travis Thiex

    13 mile Run
    8 @ 8:01

  86. Steve Gupta

    Masters swim Saturday morning.
    Long ride on Sunday

  87. One day I do long run (2h+) or bike (3-4h in winter, whole day in summer – depending on light and not wanting to wake up too early when I needn’t). The other day running to swimming and back. Optimally + some basic body weight training as usual. Or if there’s a race day, I like to ride bike after for recovery and relax :-)

  88. Noah Rosenthal

    Easy weekend: lifting and swimming friday, step back 12 miler on saturday, and short bicycle trainer session on Sunday.

  89. Ben Hartke

    35 bike ride on Saturday and a 3 mile trail run on Sunday.

  90. Dudi

    10km easy from my home to the beach :)

  91. Timo M.

    Snow on the ground => long [1.5 – 2 hour] XC-ski
    No snow => long [2 – 2.5 hour] road bike

    Mostly easy with some interval-ish periods mixed in

  92. Ranapoona

    5 mi intervals x2 then Sunday 30 mi computrainer ride

  93. Jeremy Grand-Scrutton

    Cancelling a long-standing plan to ride a hilly 100km on Saturday, and running a local off-road 5km on Sunday.

  94. Steven DeArment

    5 mile run on Saturday, 6 on Sunday…and tagging along with my wife on Saturday afternoon for her first ever run over 3 miles!

  95. Pedro S

    Saturday: rest
    Sunday: 2h15 turbo session

  96. Miguel

    We still have a lot of snow in Spain so.. Ski!

  97. Nathan

    Hey Ray!
    Happy St Patricks day !

    For me it was, swim 2km friday night, 20km running on saturday and then Bike/Run on sunday (40km+5km). Now, it’s a week break.

  98. nami

    weekend plans; get back to the gym and start strength training.

  99. David PR

    Sking on Saturday
    Horse riding on sunday
    sunbathing both !

  100. Marco G.

    Because it’s still freezing here I have to train using sufferfest with trainerroad this weekend. I’ve developed cabin fever. Please help me relieve this never ending indoor trainer pain with a new toy. Thanx so much.