Monday, June 13, 2011

Tough Chik Cycling-Review & Giveaway!


If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am absolutely in love with everything from Tough Chik.

If you are a new reader, you are probably wondering "what is Tough Chik?" so let me introduce you --



Tough ChikTough Chik is not just a clothing line, it is an outlook on life. All women have a personal story that makes them tough and our goal is to celebrate Tough Chik triumphs in a creative way. We want to revolutionize women's performance apparel by linking it to something more profound than just pretty designs.

As Team Tough Chik, we are designers, marketers, runners and cyclists that feed on creative expression. We are proud of our shin splints, scars and pedicures. We strive to support women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who celebrate life and seek to conquer its challenges and adventures.



I wear Tough Chik racing:
Sprinting to the finish at Polarbear Tri with my TC visor!
I wear Tough Chik haning out with triathlon superstars:

Hanging with Dave Scott

I wear Tough Chik hanging out with my bestie:

Running wild in Boston with Dawn and my Tough Chik visor!
I wear Tough Chik while I am working:

Working hard at the Y's indoor tri




Shannon, the owner, designer and Captainn Awesome of Tough Chik just finished up an epic 7 day cycling tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles - The Aids Lifecycle.  Shannon also raised over $3,000 for this event so this is the perfect time to celebrate one BADA$$ Tough Chik (Shannon, of course!) with a review (and giveaway) from Tough Chik's cycling line!!

I got the Aqua Tough Chik cycling jersey a while ago and I could not wait until the Maine winter was gone so I could get out and ride in this jersey.



2011 Tough Chik Aqua Cycling Jersey
•Women's specific cut
•Technical wicking fabric
•Form fitting for competitive riding (they run small so consider ordering a size up)
•¾ Hidden Zipper
•3 large back pockets
Price: $70.00










My first ride out with my TC jersey was a cold Spring day in Maine (sorry, no pictures of this adventure). I was able to layer it with a UA cold weather top and still managed to be functional while looking cute! But, lucky for me the weather has warmed and this is my go to cycling jersey for many reasons.

I wore it out on my first big group ride two weeks ago and lots of the ladies just loved it~it was certainly an ice breaker.

It's comfortable. Yes, it is a race cut and while I normally wear a size medium in most tops, I did opt for a large in this one. It fits great-not too tight but not too loose (you don't want your cycling top riding up on ya!). As I mentioned, I could layer it and still be comfortable but yet it is fitted enough to not chafe or ride up. It did not bind my arms and allowed for plenty of movement. It's tech material is also wicking so worries about sweating like a beast (which I do!) when out on a hard ride.

It's cute. I mean, really. Do you know how many comments I get from both males and females whenever I wear this out? The colors pop (a plus when you are out on the road) and yet it is stylish too. Win-win. It's girly. without being too girly.

It's a reasonable price point. If you have ever purchased a quality cycling jersey, you know that they are easily $100.00 and upwards. There is no skimping on quality in this jersey and it is a price that won't break the bank.

I love Tough Chik's unique designs--




Now here is YOUR chance to win your own Tough Chik product!!

To celebrate riding into summer, Tough Chik will be giving away a $35.00 gift certificate to one lucky reader of Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood!! You can then pick your out your very own cycling jersey!  Not a cyclist? That's ok. You can select from Tough Chik's tee shirts, hats, performance wear or hoodie!!

Here's how you can enter:
As usual with all of my blog giveaways, you must be a follower of my blog. Not a follower? just click that little follow button to the right. Now you are all set!

Mandatory: Visit the Tough Chik website and tell me what you would pick out (and why!) with your winnings if you are the lucky reader selected!

Follow Tough Chik on Twitter and tweet about this contest! Make sure to include @milesmusclesmom and @tough_chik in your tweet!

Like Tough Chik on Facebook and tell 'em Jen sent ya!

Follow the Tough Chik blog!

Tell me about an amazing cycling adventure you have been a part of!

Tell me what makes YOU a Tough Chik!

Share the love--link on your blog, share on Facebook, email your friends, pass out flyers. Spread the word and earn and entry for each way you share!

BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Spread the word about this blog--If I am to reach 350 followers on Miles Muscles & Mommyhood by the end of this contest, I will throw in an additional prize package to one additional random winner.

Entries will be accepted until Sunday, June 19th at midnight and a random winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries received.

To the FTC: I was not compensated in any way by Tough Chik for my glowing review, I honestly love all of their stuff and gladly promote their line any chance I get.

138 comments:

Finallyfit2011 said...

Yay I'm the first to enter!!! I follow you my love :)

StaceyL said...

I would pick the pink sleeveless cycle jersey. Need a sleeveless jersey and pink is the favorite. Would match the tape on the bike!

Stacey L said...

Following tough chick on tweeter and tweeted it!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I would choose the Grass Stain – Cap Sleeve Tee cuz I LOVE the color (matches my brand new pair of running shorts he he) & the fabric looks super comfy!!!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I follow tough chik on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway!!!

Stacey L said...

I liked tough chik on fb and said you sent me

Finallyfit2011 said...

I like tough chik on fb :)

Stacey L said...

I am following tough chik blog

Finallyfit2011 said...

I follow tough chik's blog!!!

Finallyfit2011 said...

Oops also told tough chik on fb you sent me!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I'm a tough chik cuz I went from being 20 lbs. overweight & lazy to fit & healthy, sacrificing sleep & time to get in those workouts & runs every week!!!

Stacey L said...

Just did my first 50 miler ever. Awesome day with an awesome group of women! We did the Women's Heart ride thru the bike coalition of Maine. We rode with our pink SMCC jerseys (check out their fb page to see the picture) and it was one tough but amazing ride! Beautiful day with over 400 women riding! Made it thru the ride fine and the after party at Gritty's only to then twist my ankle on the way back to the truck and havent been able to do anything for over a week now!

Finallyfit2011 said...

Posted giveaway to my blog!

~K~ said...

i'm a follower and i would pick the Run like you are being chased tshirt in blue...i like it b/c it's so cute and of course b/c RUN is really big on it! ;-)

~K~ said...

i like tough chic on fb and said ya sent me over!

~K~ said...

following tough chik blog now

~K~ said...

an amazing cycling event i've been a part of? Well...i'm more of a runner, but there was that Bicycle Safety Day back in 3rd grade where we took our bikes to the parking lot of a funeral home and rode around the cones! Does that count?

~K~ said...

i'm a tough chik because.....i'm little but strong...short but fast...and i can outrun a lot of people out there! (okay, and there are still those that can outrun me too...i'm aware of that!)

~K~ said...

i shared the link on facebk!

Karien said...

I'm a follower and have a link to your giveaway on my blog!

Karien said...

I'd definitely go for the I run tee!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love that saints and sinners jersey, I wish they made a mens version of that one

ltlindian said...

I totally want a tough chik bike shirt! I follow you already.

ltlindian said...

I follow tough chik's blog and like her on FB already.

Karien said...

I liked TC on FB and told them you sent me!

ltlindian said...

I am a tough chik not because I lost some crazy amount of weight, but because I did my first sprint tri's this year and I manage to be a mom to 3, a boss to 12, work full time and maintain a relatively clean home. Oh, and train for a tri too! (moms in general are tough....) :)

Karien said...

I've done the Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour, the largest timed cycling race in the world, twice! What an awesome experience!

Karien said...

I follow the TC blog!

CautiouslyAudacious said...

I'm a follower :-)

CautiouslyAudacious said...

I love the tri heart long sleeved shirt!

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Liked them on FB!

Karien said...

I'm a tough chik because I've conquered 26.2 for the first time in April :) !

bfb said...

I LOVE the saints and sinners Jersey, I also love that it comes in 2xl. I'm a tough chick because even at well over 200lbs,I just finished my first ever triathlon this weekend!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

I'm already a follower!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

I already "liked" Tough Chik on FB!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Checked out the website and I would love one of the Run T's or the
2011 Aqua Tough Chik Jersey!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

I now am a follower of the TC blog! :)

Jamie said...

Sam just got a bike, and immediately started complaining about how her bootay was hurting. 1) we need to get her a new seat.
2) she needs some new bike shorts.

If I win, I'd hook her up with the tough chick bike shorts.

Kiley said...

I'd get the triathamom shirt. I haven't done a tri...YET. I fully intend to ASAP. and of course, I'm a mom so this shirt would be awesome

Kiley said...

I'm posting this on my blog tomorrow - I promise!

B.o.B. said...

I liked it on facebook!

B.o.B. said...

I'm a follwer of your blog!

B.o.B. said...

I absolutely LOVE their stuff. I may just have to buy some if I don't win the giveaway. I am all about the Sweaty Bettie jersey. It rules.

B.o.B. said...

I just did the freakin' hilliest bike course ever during a tri and I almost quit. I didn't b/c I had a friend help me out and I'm a tough chik. ;)

Teamarcia said...

I think i'd go for the bamboo racerback tank!

Teamarcia said...

I like TC on FB

Teamarcia said...

I follow TC on Twitter and tweeted.

Teamarcia said...

I linked you on my blog

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I would get the triathamom shirt. Simply because it sounds like a superhero name!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I like Tough Chik on FB!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I follow Tough Chik on Twitter and tweeted!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I follow the Tough Chik blog!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

My amazing cycling adventure would have to be my crash last month. It was a total fail in so many ways, but makes for a bada** story. Blood and guts, who doesn't love that?

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am a tough chik in so many ways. First thing that comes to mind? I ran a 5K, 13 days post surgery, in a sling. And I finished 6th in my AG.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Linked you on my blog!

Penny said...

I like TC on fb and left message

Penny said...

I follow

Penny said...

I like the I RUN SHIRT.

Penny said...

I am a tough chik. I did my first marathon at the age of 48 and loved every minute of it.

Beth said...

I follow you! I love the sleeveless jersey!!

Cathy said...

I follow your blog. And I like TC on FB:)

I did RAGBRAI 10 years ago, with my then fiance. One day we we want to it with our 4 kids!

I would get a Triathamom t-shirt and a heaqdsweat visor (been wanting to try a hat when running!).

Sarah said...

I already follow you!

Sarah said...

I would get the the maroon "i run" t-shirt. I have been coveting it for months!

Sarah said...

I follow tough_chik on twitter and tweeted this giveaway!

Sarah said...

I follow the tough chik blog!

Sarah said...

I'm a tough chik because I am a mom of two toddlers who works full-time and goes to graduate school, all while training for my first marathon and getting super strong going to crossfit!

Sarah said...

I shared this giveaway on my blog!

Colleen said...

Oooh... I love their stuff. I'd get the "I Tri" shirt or the Burnout Tri Heart shirt!

Colleen said...

I'm a tough chick because run a company, volunteer, race, train and still have time for me! :)

Jen said...

I'd LOVE the Spiral – Cap Sleeve Tee in black - super cute!!! Maybe even the black performance tank! Great line of clothes!

Jen said...

I follow you & I'd love the Spiral – Cap Sleeve Tee in black or the black performance tank!!! Great line of clothing!

Jen said...

I tweeted!

Jen said...

I follow TC on FB and commented!

Jen said...

I posted your contest on runningwiththegirls.blogspot.com!

Jen said...

Training for my 1st marathon right now is what makes me a Tough Chik!!!

Erika said...

I'm a follower:) I love the blue hoodie or the run like you are being chased tee shirt!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I am a MMM follower!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I would love the no sleeve biking jersey or the sweaty bettie jersey. They are so cute.

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I am following Tough Chik on Twitter!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I am now a follower of the Tough Chik blog!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I have posted a link to this giveaway on my blog.

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I am a follower of your blog

BigHappyFamily said...

I'm torn ... will I get the I <3 mud shirt, or this is what tough looks like ... hmmm ....

BigHappyFamily said...

I like tough chik on fb

BigHappyFamily said...

I follow the tough chick blog

BigHappyFamily said...

An amazing cycling adventure ... one day, some friends and I decided to simply "get lost" and stayed on our bikes roaming around for ~12 hours. It was awesome.

Jeanette Marie said...

I am following your blog

Jeanette Marie said...

I would get the cranberry mesh back tank or tee. The cycling socks would be nice too!

EricaH said...

i like the IRun tshirt so that would be my choice

EricaH said...

i linked back

http://www.ericarunning30.com/2011/06/weekend-round-up-613.html#comments

ann said...

I am dying for the triathamom shirt

ann said...

I liked them on FB

ann said...

I follow their blog

ann said...

What makes me tough? I am a mom of two boys (3, 4) and I train year round to kick butt in 1/2 marathons and tri's. I LOVE this stuff!

Caratunk Girl said...

I would totally get the sweaty bettie jersey cause I have been eyeing that one. I have the blue chik jersey and LOVE the fit of their jerseys.

Caratunk Girl said...

Oh. I follow you. Duh

Caratunk Girl said...

I follow TC on FB

Caratunk Girl said...

I follow the TC blog

Caratunk Girl said...

Man, I haven't had any real cycling adventures that come to mind. But I always ride solo so that is usually an adventure in itself.

Caratunk Girl said...

You and I are Tough Chiks because we train in the winter in MAINE. And I can pee on my bike. Does that make me tough or just not potty trained?

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

I would pick out the pink no sleeve jersey or the shorts...cuz I like to look good since I'm not fast. I don't have any good cycling adventures other than the last long ride I did, 33 miles, I totally bonked and my husband was about ready to go get the car and pick me up - nutrition is a good thing, must remember to eat before riding that far! :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Great giveaway! I would get the running zen tee shirt and the tough chik ball cap :) I <3 Tough Chik!

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Tweeted giveaway :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Already like Tough Chik on FB and commented :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Already follow the Tough Chik blog :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

No cycling adventures :( I hope to one day have some though!
What makes me a tough chik? So much, lol. I rock climb like there's no tomorrow. I swing kettlebells that weigh as much as my child. I have no problem venturing into the backwoods with just my backpack and whatever fits inside it :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Shared on my FB page!

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Linked to my blog :)

Kayla said...

I follow your blog!

Kayla said...

I follow Tough Chik on facebook

Kayla said...

I follow Tough Chik's blog!

Kayla said...

If I won the gc I would get the shirt that says I run or I heart mud or the tough chik visor. Very tough decision!

Stacie said...

I like the Run t-shirt. I'd love to have that one since most everyone thinks I'm crazy for running. They always say the only way they would run is if they were being chased. Perfect shirt for me :)

Stacie said...

I like Tough Chik on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I follow the Tough Chik blog.

Stacie said...

I follow Tough Chik on Twitter & tagged both of you ~ windyrunner

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on my blog.

Stacie said...

I posted the giveaway on Facebook.

Stacie said...

I emailed the rest of my family and friends about the giveaway.

Stacie said...

I did my first Sprint Tri last year. I fell in love with the bike. I'm not a fast runner so once I realized I was taking down people like crazy in the race, I was hooked. It was an amazing experience.

Stacie said...

I'm a Tough Chik because I am in the process of running 4 Half Marathons in 21 days. I just ran my 3rd yesterday and got a huge PR ~ 2:04:52. I'm running my 4th at the RNR Seattle Half next Saturday.

~K~ said...

extra entry: i'm gonna go with 23:57 at your next 5k!

Laima said...

I'd go with a tank - probably the racer back pool tank - it's too hot to run in much more:)

Laima said...

Follow Tough Chik on Twitter

Laima said...

Tough Chik on FB

Laima said...

Linked giveaway on my blog

Emily Manship, CPT & Yoga Instructor said...

http://www.toughchik.com/bamboo_racer_back_Cranberry.php

http://www.toughchik.com/grass_stain_tee_shirt.php

I couldn't choose! Either the tank for yoga, or the green tshirt to train clients in!

I was in an adventure race years back (4 yrs?). It involved mountain biking. We biked through downtown, HILLS, fields, marshy areas and even had to carry our bikes on our shoulders through a creek. It was a BLAST. The first extreme race I did, and we finished 7th out of 20+ female teams.
I'm a tough chic, because I've been pursuing what I want to do in life to help others and help me at the same time. I recently became a personal trainer, and soon enough I will have my RYT (Yoga) as well. I like to train o/s the gym when I can--using whatever I can find-my son's bike for shoulder presses, laundry soap to row, or monkey bars for pullups.

Molly said...

I follow you!

Molly said...

hmmm, I have zero cycling gear, so maybe I'd put the winnings towards the bike shorts!

Molly said...

I follow Tough Chik on twitter!

Molly said...

tweeting : )

bethanyfehlinger said...

I now follow your blog! with my google account

bethanyfehlinger said...

If I win, I love the "I heart mud" tee, the "run like you're being chased" tee and the retro cycle tee.

newsie15 said...

I am following tough chik on twitter (@Wonder_Vegan) and I tweeted!

bethanyfehlinger said...

I liked Tough Chik on FB.

bethanyfehlinger said...

I now follow the Tough Chik blog!

bethanyfehlinger said...

I'm not doing any cycle event yet (!) but I LOVE spin class AND I am getting my bike from my parents' house repaired! I am back on the road!

I am a tough CHIK because I battle with IBS every day, but still work a full-time job, farm on a CSA one early morning a week (I work nights), and am training for a bunch of 5Ks this year, two of which I am running in memory of my deceased relatives who died of lung cancer.

Boats and Planes for Fragile X said...

I'd buy Tough Chik Woman's Cycling Shorts Style #990004 for sure ! I have a century ride coming up in september and for what could very well be an 8 hour ride, lol, I'm going to want proper cycling shorts !