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. Mike Diotte

    Yes pleae!

  2. Jarek

    Satruday: 1h30 minutes, run at the half marathon pace,
    Sunday: long swim, easy.

  3. Steve Eadie

    3 hours hilly ride Saturday, then 3 hours steady bike Sunday

  4. Roy

    40k mountain bike ride and then a couple of pints to wet St Paddys day. Has to be done. Happy Paddys day folks.

  5. Thomas

    Hey Ray,
    on saturday I did 10km slow run, on sunday I did a 10km run with 5km at 10km competition pace, for preparing my race next sunday!

  6. Dana Spencer

    150m bike ride with 3x 20 min at Race pace followed by 45m T-run on Sat. Sunday was a 30 min bike pre- 8 mile run followed later in the day with another 8 mile run. Spent.

  7. Laure

    Hey Ray,
    on saturday I did a 15km race, so sunday was a recovery day!

  8. Garry J

    Snowboarding on Friday and recovery during the weekend with a run Monday.

  9. Charlie Anderson

    To recover from this cold. Easy trainer ride Sunday.

  10. Mat

    Sat Morning: 10x500m @ T-Pace
    Sat Afternoon: 1 hour muscular strengthening
    Sun: Long Run 2 hours with 2×20 Marathon Pace

    Preparing the Paris Marathon the 6th April.

  11. Jyrki

    Sat: 10k run
    Sun: 2h+ orienteering (freezing, but no snow…)

  12. Brian Ruggles

    Papa John’s 10-miler here in Louisville, KY this Saturday, then hopefully a long run on Sunday. Hoping for warm weather!

  13. Tim D

    10 mile easy pace run Sunday with -5 wind chill. Love the polar vortex!

  14. Murphy Flynn

    3.5 hour bike follwed by a 40 minute run on Saturday. 60 minute run and 2400 yd swim on Sunday. Preparing for my first 70.3

  15. Tommy Short

    Getting back to it after an injury = 5K run and a 30mi Bike ride. WOOT!

  16. Raghu

    10 kms easy run on sunday.

  17. Thomas

    21k run last yesterday(16th) done in 1:26:08, next Weekend: 5h bike and 2,5h Long jog 🙂

  18. Jon Valdez

    Taking the directions literally, To Enter: Give me your weekend workout plans. Simple as that!
    Friday-Brick 30is mile ride followed up by 3-5 mile run
    Saturday Morning Water Ski on Mission Bay. Saturday Afternoon 20ish mile ride
    Sunday Morning 45-50 minute core circuit exercise program; Sunday afternoon long run approx. 2 hours

  19. Alex Kirkpatrick

    Lots of skiing!

  20. Nikolaj Starnø

    Sat: a 1/2 h run and 1 h on Road Nike
    Sun: a swim and 2 h MTB – then a beer and a loooong nap 🙂

  21. German

    No plan for this weekend. Rest was medicaded by the Doctor.

  22. Colin

    An easy 10 miler yesterday.

  23. Joelle

    After 6 days of workouts Sat was a rest day! Back at it Sunday with a 5 mile run. Gearing up for 1/2 Ironman training which starts April 6th!

  24. Jon Rushton

    Recently took to cycling and training to do my first 100 miles. Looking to losr weight and have fun. I did 40 miles my furthest distance yet! Not long till I break the 100 mile barrier!

  25. Patrick McIntyre

    It will amount to at least 50 miles on the bike and 16 on foot……but the most exciting part is some of that may be outside!!

    • Ryan Doe

      TrainerRoad “The Thumb” and a double run day. Nothing too exciting, weather was pretty nice though!

  26. Kevin Nicholson

    10 mile run on Saturday. Cross training at YMCA on Sunday. Getting ready for race season.

  27. Taylor Chapman

    30 mi group ride on Sat, followed by interval runs on Sun

  28. EvE

    My weekend workout plans: depending on the weather; a long mountainbike ride or an epic windsurf session.

  29. Pawel

    Sat: 40′ of TR plus Core/Stregth work
    Sun: 1h on treadmill in hotel plus Core/stretching

  30. Alexander Serebryany


    I want to do my own interval workouts using my new FR 220!

    Thank you very much for best in the world reviews!


  31. Joe Brescia

    Saturday is soccer day, so Sunday is the only day this weekend. It is also my choice of St. Party’s Day and that’s my annual first long ride. In all green kit. With beer. Needless to say no intervals or crazy climbing/descending, but challenging and fun none the less. Espresso gel chased with a chocolate coffee stout is wonderful.

  32. Debbie Petch

    On Saturdays, weather permitting, I hike 3-5 miles in the Black Walnut forest. Sundays-lane swimming.

  33. Rex Richards

    Vacation – San Diego
    Friday 3/14 – 2 hour USS Midway Tour – not sure of official mileage traveled.
    Nutrition – jogged .3 miles to the local Greek Resto- Gyro plate

    Saturday 3/15 – 4 hours wandering around Sea World. Sorry Sea World staff would not let me put in some laps with the dolphins or the killer whales.
    Nutrition @ SW – what ever was available for purchase along the route.

    Sunday 3/16 – Recovery Day – Big Breakfast # 2 @ Konos Surf Shop & Cafe.
    1 hour active recovery walk along Mission Beach – distance traveled unknown. Very crowded, lots of start and stopping.

  34. Tae

    Friday: 1600m time trial and 7 mile moderate run
    Saturday: R&R
    Sunday: 30 mile Bike Ride with scattered 2 minute cadence intervals

  35. Dan

    Sat – Run – Zone 2 (01:15), Swim – Endurance Form #3
    Sun – Bike Zone 2 (02:00)
    Mon – Strength (01:00)

  36. Brett

    Took the weekend off from triathlon training and rested!

  37. Jesus Agulleiro

    Friday: 8 to 10 miles.
    Saturday: None (I have 24 hours work shift).
    Sunday: About 16 hilly trail miles.

  38. Rob

    Hiked 18km as training for the 4 days marches in Nijmegen (4 days, 50km a day) and a short recovery run after running my first 1/2 marathon after 15 years..

  39. Peter

    Skate skiing at Eldora Nordic Center on Saturday, did 26 km. Sunday was a 2500 m swim at the gym.

  40. 50 min swim on Friday, 2 hour bike on Saturday, and a 1:40 run on Sunday.

  41. Canadian

    Fri: 17 km long run (had the day off work)
    Sat: 6.1 km
    Sun: 8.54 km

  42. Russ Lilley

    LSD on Saturday 12 miles
    Cross Train on Sunday 18 miles biking

  43. John

    Saturday – 3 mile run
    Sunday – day off!

  44. Ben

    Saturday – 10 miles on the bike, over every damn hill in the Surrey Downs
    Sunday – lumberjack duty

    How’s that for cross training?!

  45. Matthew

    Sat – 3 mile run, Sun – 8 mile run

  46. Tim Edwards

    7 Miler on Sat
    Sunday – off!

  47. Don

    Two workouts:

    1. FTP (15 min warmup, 5×1 min 100+ RPM, 10 min rest, 3×20 min @ FTP, 15 min cooldown)

    2. 1 hour Active Recovery

  48. Chris Howe

    I’ll give you guys my early season training which is light for the most part. Weekends in the Spring are spent doing:

    7am EST
    – 1h15m Z3/Z4 Turbo Trainer
    – 0h25m Z3/Z4 Treadmill Run Incline increasing with each KM (typically 5km in 25 minutes)
    – 0h20m Z2/Z3 1000M Freestyle Swim
    – 0h30m Core Workout Routine
    – 0h30m TriggerPoint Roller Massage/Recovery/Stretch Session

    Thanks for another great contest Ray!

  49. Mat

    Friday 15km fast
    Saturday 8km recovery
    Sunday 30km long and slow plus a little windy 😉

  50. JimH23

    Friday Spin Class followed by Battling ropes workout I’ve been doing lately. Saturday Off, and Sunday some time trials with a local bike club.

  51. David S.

    Took both Sat/Sun off to watch show jumping at the Grand Palais, so shifted final 20 miler to today, Monday. Did the southern side of Paris, up to the Chateau de Vincennes and finished by Notre Dame. And it’s now taper time for 6 April…

  52. Eric

    Saturday was a 40 mile hilly bike ride followed by an hour and a half lift and ab work at the gym. Afterwards a nice two-hour hike with my lady to enjoy the beautiful SF Bay Area weather.
    Sunday was just a nice, easy 5-mile run in the evening!

  53. I plan on doing 10 miles on Saturday and taking sunday off.

  54. KenNie

    Saturday: 15k run
    Sunday : Taking a spinning class and then lifting some weights

  55. Saturday 3h road ride: 4×20′ tempo @ 160-168 bpm with 6′ min rest, after that 1h-1,5h base ride.
    Sunday 4h offroad ride over 145 bpm avg.

  56. Nick

    12 oz curls of green beer

  57. Chris Portman

    I racing in the Get Lucky 7K in Chicago IL

  58. Michael

    Saturday is an easy 30 minute spin on bike trainer. (Should have gone outside, weather was nice for a change)
    Sunday is Shamrock Half-Marathon in Va Beach.

    • Leif

      World Champions 1/2 marathon (copenhagen) is less than 2 weeks away. The weekend is therefore not fully packed, but 1 hour TRX, 1 hour Spinning/BKool, 8-10 km brickrun. If possible 2 k swim. Thanks for some great inspiration – go for Linneo bar if you’re in DF. Cheers Mate

  59. Yang

    50+ mile enduro ride

    20m cx training ride for sea otter

  60. Adam P.

    I plan on running 9 miles, surfing for 2 hours and riding the bike for 30 min.

  61. Jessika

    I ran a modest 6km on Saturday. Then the same today.

  62. Nick

    I am bumping up my long run mileage to 11 this weekend in my training for the Kalamazoo half marathon in May. Hopefully the lovely weather holds and there is even less snow this weekend!

  63. David

    Saturday is long run
    Sunday rest

  64. Jeremy

    45 mile bike, 80 minute run

  65. Dan Oakley

    1 hour sufferfest on the turbo on Saturday, then a quick hour and a half sunny ride on Sunday before flying out to Korea.

  66. Ricardo

    Saturday rest because on Sunday it’s a sprint race in Kurnell, Sydney.

  67. Roger Breshears

    2 hour Trainer Road workout (still too cold to ride outdoors) followed by a short brick run.

  68. Vincent Pimente

    3 hr ride on Saturday and brick workout on Sunday

  69. Raphael

    Next Saturday, hopefully 2 hours of bike if the weather is still sunny and mild
    And Sunday, long run – 1h30

  70. Ursula Lenseele

    Just one hour of running in Lille because of the smog. I prefer to wait it’s over.

  71. Martin

    Bike to local parkrun event and 5km parkrun on Saturday morning.
    Improbable cross training on Saturday night, taking my 16 year old daughter and her friends to see gig by All Time Low (they wish they were Green Day!). Queue shuffling and Dad dancing.

  72. John

    Weekend plans? Big miles on the bike, supplemented with big beers off the bike.

  73. Rory

    Friday 5km interval
    Saturday 8km tempo
    Sunday 28km LSD

  74. Michele

    saturday 1.15 h uphill skialping early in the morning
    sunday 1.00 h bike trainer

  75. CyrilleOnTheRoad

    One day of tempo run and the other doing some home trainer biking.

  76. Brucy

    Rollers, twilight run, and snow shoveling!

  77. Ran 5.5 miles along the lakefront of downtown Chicago on Saturday as part of my Team In Training triathlon training schedule. Getting ready for my first event – Elkhart Lake (WI) triathlon on June, 7th 2014! Sunday was a rest day…and I needed it…too many cocktails on Saturday night.

  78. maarten

    Saturday 10 k run.
    Sunday a well earned rest.

  79. John

    4 km swim and 50 mtb

  80. Shane DeLaronde

    Sat – 3km swim. 2 hour trainer session.
    Sun – Longer run and weights.

    Love the site.

  81. Sara B.

    10k (run/race) Saturday, active recovery bike ride Sunday. Unfortunately, it’s the treadmill for a rainyand windy Monday.

  82. Randy

    20 mile run

  83. Josh W

    2.5hr (mostly) Z2 ride, 20min Z1 transition run on Saturday, and a 75min run (60 at Z2, 15 at Z4) and 30min easy swim on Sunday.

  84. Danny G

    Saturday: 11 mile run in the hills
    Sunday: Rest

  85. robert taylor

    Plan vs. reality:

    – Plan: two 15 mile “maintenance” rides
    – Reality: two days of bed rest to fight flu-like symptoms …

  86. Eyal Goren

    28 km run on Saturday morning with a friend who is preparing for the Boston Marathon, followed by 45 minutes of swimming (indoor pool – still freezing cold here in Montreal…)

  87. DS

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

  88. Josh Chambers

    5 K run Saturday and 10K on Sunday!

  89. Thomas Kokholm

    As always, great blog post and reviews (okay that was the appreciation for now)

    sat: 35k @ race pace
    sun morning: 5k slow, afternoon: 10k slow (recovery)

  90. Sehlis

    Saturday: 22km easy run, with nice weather
    Sunday: 73km Mtb, cold and windy. Freezing a lot when I was back at home.

  91. Andreas

    Saturday 45 min on the ergo bike pushing hard.
    Sunday 1:30 on the ergo again. Hope for better weather.

  92. sk1

    Saturday: 5 mile easy run + 20 min Power Workout
    Sunday: 16 mile long run

  93. Sebastian

    I would like to do my first 100km cycling this year 🙂 Preparing for Herbalife Triathlon in Gdynia, Poland in August

  94. albert

    100km on the bike on saturday and 10km run +2km swim on sunday

  95. Sat: 13.5 ride and 5 mi run and a short walk
    Sun: 8 mi run and 45 min walk

  96. David Mangnall

    Sat 1/2 day hike along the Pennines way near cross fell, Sun gentle jog along the sea shore where I live in Lytham St Annes time dependant on hr and weather but 10 k ish

  97. Friday: Run day
    Saturday: 50 mile bike ride
    Sunday: 22 mile cool down ride

  98. David Richinger

    Hi – love your blog (and your Lady’s cupcakes. Stopped by her shop last week while in Paris).

    Anyway: my weekend workout plan:

    Saturday: 12-18:00 volunteer fire dept. competition training (involves lots of sprinting, rolling and unrolling hoses, connecting hoses to valves, etc.)

    Sunday: slow 10k jog (just coming off excruciating 10-week break due to first-ever shin-splint episode), with intermittent exercise stations (push-ups, pull-ups, jumping jacks, burpees, planks, etc.)

  99. MikeB

    Core workout and short run

  100. Matt

    Long(er) run for the week. Get wet in the pool.