It is time for me to admit something. In the back of my mind, I kind of think I am generally invulnerable to injury or accident (really, I am Wonder Woman!)
|That is me, 5 year old Wonder Woman!|
I know it isn't true or smart to have that attitude floating in the back of your mind, but I also don't think I am alone in this. It is part of our belief as athletes - we think we are the ones who are strong and will survive - impervious to injury or accident.
The truth is very different. We ride, run, and swim out in the real world which is a risky place.
One way to manage risk is with information. Road ID is an effective tool to transmit information to emergency caregivers. When an athlete is unable to speak for themselves, Road ID can speak for them.
As those of you who follow my blog (you guys rock!) know, I train alone 99.9% of the time. I will admit I am very bad at saying exactly where I am going, I usually leave a note that says, "Riding north - back later," or, "Went running. XOXO"
In my defense, there is not a paved turn for the next 30-35 miles north from my house, so that general direction will get someone to find me if they really need to. Um, and well, the running thing...I should do better.
I purchased my first Road ID about 5 years ago when I first started running. I got the Shoe ID, and I just left it on my running shoes, so it went everywhere I did. Then I started training for triathlon about 2 years ago, and that put me into the local lakes and out on the roads (and therefore at risk) much more often. It was not too long before bought a Road ID Elite.
Luckily, I have never needed either of the Road ID's that I have purchased. I hope I never need it. I hope you don't either.
|Check out my Road ID Elite|
The Wrist Elite version of the Road ID is sleek and comfortable to wear, I forget I am wearing it most of the time. I have had no issues with chaffing, and I like that it doesn't collect smell like a watch band does, which is kind of nice, since all of my other gear smells pretty bad most of the time. As for sizing, it is skinnier and not as obtrusive as a wristwatch, and is slightly wider than a Livestrong bracelet.
The clasp holds securely even when diving into water. Since you can adjust a little slack into the fit you can make it as loose or snug as you want. The bracelet is cut to fit so if you get this version, be very careful to follow the instructions and cut the band in single increments until you “tune” the fit to your liking.
Piece of Mind
Most importantly, I have peace of mind knowing that if something happened to me then the first responders would know how to contact my family. I just hope if anyone ever has to use Road ID to contact my family, it is to bail me out of jail, not to pick me up at the emergency room.
Want to Know More?
Go to RoadId.com to check out their great safety products. They have tons of other ID options including ankle IDs, shoe IDs and even necklaces. The holidays are coming, and a Road ID is a great gift for yourself or someone else, and a great way to let them know you care about them.
The great folks at Outside PR have been kind enough to give me an opportunity to test and give away a Road ID - but since I have one already (I guess I have 2 don't I?) I am giving my coupon to the giveaway, so there will be 2 winners. YEAH!
Here is how you enter. It is SO easy!!
Do one or more of these things, comment for EACH thing you do. Each comment counts as an entry, and you have a chance at 4 entries.
1. Follow me, let me know in a comment (or let me know that you already follow) (1 entry)
2. Like Road ID on Facebook - let me know in a comment (1 entry)
3. Follow Road ID on Twitter (@RoadID) - let me know in a comment (1 entry)
4. Mention this giveaway on your blog - let me know in a comment (1 entry)
All entries must be in by Sunday, November 7. I will pick a winner on Monday, November 8 using Random.org.