Friday, September 30, 2011

TRI & BE TOUGH!! (Tough Chik review/giveaway!)

As you all know by now, I am a HUGE fan of all things Tough Chik.


I have been lucky enough to work with Tough Chik and the head Tough Chik (and founder) Shannon for quite some time and I have to say it is always a pleasure to share the Tough Chik love with friends-and the blogosphere.


The Original Tough Chik, Shannon is also competing in her first triathlon this weekend! I could think of no better way to celebrate (and welcome one more to the dark side) than with a Tough Chik Tri Top review and GIVEAWAY!!!!!


While training for Timberman 70.3, Shannon so generously hooked me up with the new tri top from Tough Chik -
it was love at first sight.



I loved the color-even though it is not pink-it was vibrant. A rich, royal purple with the Tough Chik logo in white on the top front.

A black and gray "Checker flag" pattern blazes down each side.
The back is cut racer style (Oh.MY.LOVE.it!) with a small but generous sized pocket
(it that an oxymoron?). There were some initial concerns about the pocket (would it cause drag during the swim sans wetsuit) but after a couple swims with it in the pool, it was not a worry for me. Plus, 97% of the time I am wearing a wetsuit for OWS.
The top has a built in shelf bra which is perfect for me since I'm built like a 12-year old boy this would eliminate the need to wear a sports bra under the tri top. Most of the tri tops I have do not have this feature (Champion Systems, Zoot, Sugoi) and I was super excited about this!! But you do not have to be rocking the A cup to take advantage of this added benefit. This top easily accommodates a to D cups.
Plus, with the dark purple color AND the lining of the shelf bra, I did not have to worry about putting on a show getting out of the water or after being doused in water on the run-meaning it's not see through like some of my tops. No need for NippleGate right.
SIDE NOTE: Shannon actually put a lot of thought into the planning here-other colors were eliminated because of this very reason. She's a smart cookie huh??
BUT--would the shelf bra hold up in training?? (yeah-pun totally intended).
Yup, it did. Very comfy and it kept the girls in place and not a single episode of chafing. Even when layered with my Garmin HR strap.
The material is, of course, high quality. It is not a thin, flimsy lycra.. This has a nice "hand" to it and just has a luxe feel to it. Nice stretch but not restrictive or binding.
I think the feature I was most impressed with about the Tough Chik tri top was the actual CUT of the garment.
It was long enough in front to not ride up and continually expose my belly (like most of my tops) and it was long enough in the back to look good and stay put.
This is actually my biggest pet peeve about most tri tops.
While my chest is built like a 12-year old boy, I do have hips and I do have a booty. Most tops are cut straight and short, thus riding up constantly.
I do not want to have to worry about pulling my top down while running.
I was not going to worry about pulling my top down over 70.3 miles either....
So after weeks of training in several tops, I knew that the race day decision was going to be a "tough"one. While I love my tri club, I don't love their top. I really wanted to wear my club colors for my first half. BUT, I do love Tough Chik and loved the fit of this tri top.
So the decision was....


I was proudly wearing purple and a smile over each of those 70.3 miles!!


This top is not limited to triathlon.

I wear this top cycling on hot days.

I weight train in this top.

I run in this top.

I hang out with Triathlon Royalty in this top.

(yes, every opportunity to use this picture huh??)

So even if you are not a triathlete, this functional garment can work for you.

Want your own Tough Chik tri top??
You can find it here!!

Wanna win some Tough Chik gear??
One lucky Miles Muscles & Mommyhood reader will win one of Tough Chik's tees!!


There are TONS of way to enter for your chance to win:

1-Mandatory: Be a follower of this blog.
2-Send your well wishes to Shannon for a great TRI this weekend!! You can find her on Twitter and on Facebook.
3-Like Tough Chik on Facebook.
4-Follow Tough Chik on Twitter.
5-Follow ME on Twitter.
6-Tell me which tee you pick if you win and WHY!
7-Place an order with Tough Chik.
8-Sign up for the Tough Chik newsletter.
9-Tell me what makes YOU a Tough Chik.
10-Share the love-Tweet, FB, share on your blog, etc. +1 entry for each way you spread the word.

BONUS: refer a new blog follower my way, have them comment that they found the blog through you and get +2 extra entries for this giveaway-for YOU and for the new follower!!

**When I hit 400 Followers, there will be an EPIC givewaway**


176 comments:

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

Ooo...ooo...I follow you!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I sent some well wishes to Shannon via Twitter!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I follow Tough Chik on Twitter!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I like Tough Chik on Facebook!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I LOVE the "i run" tee! It says it all! Super cute cut on it too!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I shared this giveaway on Facebook!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I tweeted this giveaway!

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I shared this giveaway on my blog sidebar!

Jen said...

I'm a follower!

Jen said...

I follow Tough Chik on FB!

Jen said...

I follow TC on Twitter!

Jen said...

I wished Shannon luck on twitter!

Jen said...

I wished Shannon luck on FB!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I am a follower!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I love the bamboo long sleeve in pool. Love the color and the design on the shirt. It is fall and I need some new long sleeve shirts!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

tweeted @Christyruns

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

posted on my facebook page

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

posting on my blog in the sidebar

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I like them on FB

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

following them on twitter @Christyruns

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I follow you on twitter

Arena @ I Run For My Kids... said...

I'm a follower of your blog :)

Arena @ I Run For My Kids... said...

I like ToughChik on Facebook!

Arena @ I Run For My Kids... said...

I like Tough Chik on Twitter (@Coastalmama01)

Arena @ I Run For My Kids... said...

I like you on Twitter (@Coastalmama01)

Arena @ I Run For My Kids... said...

I like the Run like you are being chased tee, because before I found the love of running I always joked that that is the only way anyone could get me TO run, lol.

Arena @ I Run For My Kids... said...

I am a Tough Chik because I am powering through C25K, about to start Week 7 Day 1 tomorrow!

Jamie said...

I'm a follower (obv). Sam needs some tri gear!

Jamie said...

Already following you on Twitter.

Jamie said...

T shirt - I <3 MUD!

Elle said...

I am a new follower. Found you through a TWEET by @cizmce

You look great in that purple tank. Love it.

Elle said...

I tweeted your giveaway.

https://twitter.com/#!/eatrunsail/status/119976537410908162

Elle said...

I do follow tough_chik on Twitter and I tweeted best wishes.

Elle said...

I made a spelling mistake in my Tweet so I deleted it and tweeted again.

https://twitter.com/#!/eatrunsail/status/119978047943348226

Elle said...

I follow you on Twitter
@eatrunsail

Elle said...

I love the blue Run Like You Are Being Chased shirt.

Elle said...

I am a tough chik cause I am tenacious and I don't give up!

Elle said...

I joined the mailing list at Tough Chik.

Elle said...

Linked your post to my blog sidebar.

Jen said...

I would like to get the tri top/shorts combo that you love so much since I'm going to train for a tri next year! :)

Jen said...

I tweeted your giveaway!

Jen said...

I posted on fb!

Jen said...

I posted your contest on my blog! :)

Jen said...

I am a tough chik because I'm going to complete my 1st marathon tomorrow! :)

fancy nancy said...

I follow your blog....and live vicariously through your tri adventures since I'm too much of a chicken to try one!

fancy nancy said...

I like tough chik on facebook

fancy nancy said...

I love the run like you're being chased t shirt...and the sweet pea shirt

fancy nancy said...

Oh sorry I would pick them because the first is hilarious and the second is cute!

fancy nancy said...

I put this on my side bar!

StaceyL said...

I've been following (stalking) you! lol

StaceyL said...

I sent wishes to Shannon on one of her posts earlier this week! So jealous of her...would love to do a tri in San Diego!

StaceyL said...

I follow Tough Chik on facebook

StaceyL said...

I follow you on twitter

StaceyL said...

I follow Tough Chik on twitter

StaceyL said...

Liking the Quote bike tee!

StaceyL said...

The fact that I at least get of the couch and "tri" makes me a tough chik!

Julie said...

I want that shirt! I'm a follower!

Julie said...

I wished her luck on FB!

Julie said...

I like on FB.

Julie said...

I follow her on twitter.

Julie said...

I follow you on twitter.

Julie said...

I like the thermals and I'm kind of digging the checkered bike shorts.

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

I follow you!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Follow you on Twitter.

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Follow Tough Chick on Twitter.

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Like the Zen Tshirt!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Like Tough Chik on Facebook!

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

I am a tough chik because I started running just this summer and I am up to 8 miles on my long run after only 3 months of running...when I was never a runner prior.

Unknown said...

I would love to get a tough chick shirt - I wouldn't be picky about the shirt but I like the running is zen shirt.

Unknown said...

I am a follower!

Penny said...

I follow

Penny said...

I like Tough Chik on fb

Penny said...

I am a Tough Chik I ran my first marathon with a running partner. This year I'm doing all the training and marathon solo. Boy it is a lot hard to do it all by yourself.

Penny said...

I like the Running is Zen tee

Sweet and Savory by Sarah said...

Posted on my facebook page!

Alyssa said...

I'm a new follower, and I'm enjoying your blog already!

Alyssa said...

I followed them on FB!

Alyssa said...

Followed them on Twitter!

Alyssa said...

I'm a tough Chik because I'm training for my first 50 mile race - while working full time and attending grad school!

Alyssa said...

Tweeted it!

Alyssa said...

Followed you on Twitter!

Alyssa said...

I want the shirt you have but I didn't see the tank top option! I guess if not I would like the "Run like your are being chased shirt" because I need to stop being a baby and run faster.

Alyssa said...

I tweeted the giveaway.

Missy said...

I follow you and liked them on face book. I love their stuff.

taylorlisa said...

I am a Tough Chik and here's why....at the age of 45, I am training for my first half marathon to benefit World Vision! I have run off and on but I have never actually started a training plan and seen it through from start to finish. I am hooked!!!!!

Suz and Allan said...

I'm a new follower!

Suz and Allan said...

Like Tough Chik on fb

Suz and Allan said...

Wished Shannon good luck on fb!

Suz and Allan said...

Following Tough Chik on Twitter-I'm Suz4AU0608

Suz and Allan said...

Let her some encouragement on twitter too!

Suz and Allan said...

Following you on twitter!

Suz and Allan said...

I'm a "Tough Chik" because I ran 10 miles this week and I've never run more than 3.5 in my life!

Suz and Allan said...

Sweet and Savory by Sarah sent me!

Suz and Allan said...

I love the "Run Like You are Being Chased" shirt on the Tough Chik site!

BigHappyFamily said...

I am a follower of your blog!

BigHappyFamily said...

I like tough chik on fb

BigHappyFamily said...

I would get an i tri shirt for my SIL who registered for her first IM in Lake Placid 2012.

Kelly said...

I am a follower.

Kelly said...

I like Tough Chik on FB.

Kelly said...

I followed Tough Chik on Twitter.

Kelly said...

I follow you on Twitter!!

Kelly said...

I am a Tough Chik and I have scars from my recent bike crash to prove it!!

Kelly said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

Kelly said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

~K~ said...

i'm a follower! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i gave a shout out to shannon on fb [username karen r m] runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i like tough chik on fb [username karen r m] runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i love the blue run like you are being chased tee. cute! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

~K~ said...

i'm a touch chik b/c i will run when i hafta get up sooo early, run a couple miles before the sun even rises and do it when it's cold or maybe raining or maybe sweltering hot... runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

Finallyfit2011 said...

I'm a follower!

Finallyfit2011 said...

Wished Shannon TRI love on fb :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I follow Tough Chik on fb :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I also follow TC on Twitter!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I follow u on Twitter!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I like the Speed shop thermal!!!

Finallyfit2011 said...

What makes me a tough chik? Hmm, probably MAKING the time as a wife, mom of 3 and nanny of 1 to get out there & RUN RUN RUN! Fell in love w/ running back in April & still going STRONG :) :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Facebooked your giveaway :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Blogged your giveaway!

Finallyfit2011 said...

Tweeted your giveaway to :)

misszippy said...

I follow

misszippy said...

I follow them on FB

misszippy said...

Follow you on FB

misszippy said...

Follow them on Twitter

misszippy said...

Ok, I meant I follwo you on Twitter! Anyhow, off to tweet about it.

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Follow you already :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

I wished Shannon good luck and congratulations before and after her Tri already. And without you even telling me to, lol ;)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Follow you on Twitter already :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Follow Tough Chik on twitter already :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Already like Tough Chik on FB :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Shared this giveaway on Twitter :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Shared on my FB page as well :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

Already signed up for Tough Chiks newsletter :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

I'm really loving the Tri Heart Burnout Tee, it's on my list of tough chik wants (along with the tri top and the tough chik thermal for this winter!). All things Tough Chik rock :)

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

And... Shared on my blog :)

Erin Behen said...

i am a follower

Erin Behen said...

I wished Shannon good luck on her tri this weekend

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

I follow you (of course) on this blog. :)

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

I sent Shannon well wishes thru a daily mile message last week. :)

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

already like tough chik on FB.

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

tee that I want? triathamom. :)

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

already get the tough chik newsletter - and I think it's really cool how her blogs show up in my email!

Kabekona Tri Girl said...

what makes me a tough chik? I can only work out before work in the morning due to family time/issues and I get it done. AND I have done the One Last Tri in MN in sub 60 degree water 2 years in a row. :)

S said...

New follower, Elle @eatrunsail sent me!

S said...

Sent Good Luck via twitter!

S said...

Liked me some Tough Chik on FB!

S said...

Already following them on Twitter!

S said...

Now following you on twitter!

S said...

I would so get the GIRL BIKE LOVE tee... it's awesome!

S said...

Tweeted giveaway!

Tracey Levenson said...

I love your spirit Jen casey Small!!

Isabelle said...

Ok...finally sat at the computer long enough to do this! Yahoo!

Isabelle said...

Hello :)

Molly said...

I follow Tough Chik on twitter!

Molly said...

I follow you on twitter!

Molly said...

I like Tough Chik on facebook!

Molly said...

I'll be tweeting in a minute : )

Teamarcia said...

Follower!

Teamarcia said...

I like TC on FB

Teamarcia said...

I follow TC on twitter

StaceyL said...

Happy Birthday Lola! Hope its an awesome day! Woof Woof....from Aukya!

Andrea said...

I am a new follower!

Andrea said...

I like Tough Chik on Facebook

Andrea said...

I follow Tough Chik on Twitter

Andrea said...

Its a toss up between the Tri Heart Burnout tee & the Tough Chik Tri tee!

Andrea said...

I now follow you on Twitter (BGTriChick)

Ali Mc said...

I follow your blog

Ali Mc said...

I follow you on facebook

Ali Mc said...

I follow tough chik on fb

Ali Mc said...

I think I would pick the running T "I love mud" b/c I do :) true story

Ann said...

I'm a follower

Ann said...

I like them on FB

Ann said...

I would want the grass stain t

Ann said...

I recently bought the peacock one and the triathamom one

KC Krane said...

i follow your blog

BillieBuck said...

follower