Ritter Sport Chocolate Giveaway Winners

With the help of Random.org this morning 4 winners have been chosen.

– Emily:

I just decided to race my first triathlon ever! It will only be a sprint, but considering the longest race I’ve ever done thus far is a 5K, I think that will be more than enough to take on. Started by getting in the pool last night for the first time in ten years! I could only swim two laps at a time, but I didn’t drown! It was a big confidence boost after a baaaaad year.

– Tess

My Ritter Chocolate Goal is: to run sub 8 min miles consistantly for 10k. Hopefully placing higher than 8th overall in the Lakewood Trail series next Sept. Qualify for Boston….that’s always the goal. Run Boston, that’s the dream!
big hugs my friend.

– Ron

This year I’m going to be in the Clydesdale-Fat Tire (Old Man) bracket, but I’m doing 3 duathlons. And I’m doing my 4th charity hike up Pike’s Peak in under 5 hours.
All this because your blog and the comments are so inspiring. And because I like chocolate.

Kim Nixon

My first goal this year was to get on XC-Skis and not fall down. So this year for (an early) Christmas I went to a local ski shop and was outfitted with boots, poles, and skis. I had ski’d 2x in my life and spent more time in the snow on the ground with my butt then upright. I had a feeling that, this year, after becoming a runner might be different. I trail run and my balance and core strength have improved. But I had to set a goal–to enter in my first race a 12k!! So today was my first day upright on skis and in less than 45 days I have a race!! Whew! I got my work cut-out for me.
I’ve lost 50 pounds in a year BTW

Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment. Your remarks were incredibly inspiring to me and others. This will be a post that I read over and over for years to come.

If you didn’t win, don’t be too bummed. I have another contest in the works, this one for goodies from one of my sponsors. Keep working towards the goals that you wrote here because the next contest will required that you have made some progress in that direction. More details to come!

Me? A Blog Award?

I just got notified by some of my friends on twitter that I have been selected by the EverymanTri site as one of the top 10 endurance blogs of the year. Me? Little old me?

The Voting is here.

I scanned some of the other blogs, just to see who I’m rolling with. I wasn’t surprised to see the man who will be guiding my pursuits next year, my new coach, Chucky V. It’s not his first time on the list. I have been wooed by his blog for years (which oddly makes me feel like I’m being coached by a celebrity now).

So, apparently there is a voting contest for the top three. I was like, WOW, I should tell my friends so they vote for me. But then I started scanning the other top ten’ers. Ummm, how on earth an I supposed to compete with this guy? He’s like majorly ripped, and quite ummm, fashionable in that white uniform [read “hot”]. Unfortunately (for myself) I felt compelled and went and voted for him, I assume others will do the same. Although, just his top post made me want to sign up for the Ultraman (double Ironman). What is it with this guy? Hummm?

So, I’m supposed to compete with Bree Wee? But she’s MY favorite pro evah! And Gale Bernhardt? I haven’t coached any US Olympic teams, and I don’t even blog about riding bikes with dogs! Oh, but of course, I will whoop FatCyclist, yea, I’m sure of it, after all, he only just spent time riding with Lance and team Radio Shack. Seriously? How is little old me in the same ballpark?

The Voting is here.

I can only imagine that some of you out there like reading about a crazy mom in the Rocky Mountains that isn’t afraid to dream big and to chase those dreams with reckless abandon. Maybe you like following my crazy antics because so many of you know me personally and know that I’m in your corner, I’m just one of you, and I would gladly line up to shave my head for you.

Well, regardless of why I made this list, I am honored. Honered that representing and motivating and inspiring you all has landed my jumbled blog amongst the truely awesome.

The Voting is here.

If you are hear to see what I’m about so that you can make an educated vote, watch my videos, this is me for reals, just don’t forget to vote.

The Voting is here.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon R2R2R from sonjawieck on Vimeo.

Run Rabbit Run

Run Rabbit Run 50 mile race from sonjawieck on Vimeo.

The Voting is here.

Push Your Boundaries, Win Some Chocolate

You like chocolate, don’t you?

Ahh, but for me, not all chocolates are created equal. When Ritter Sport emailed to ask if I wanted to review some chocolate for free, I said, heck yea, send some over. But, what Ritter Sport didn’t know…I don’t really like chocolate. I like hot chocolate, I like brownies, but normal old chocolate, I can do without.


Unfortunately after testing (and oh I was diligent) 30 different chocolate bars, I now know that not only do I really like chocolate, it’s just that I only like really good, really high end german Ritter Sport chocolate. The taste is not overly sweet, but it’s clearly chocolaty. The chocolate taste stands out above a sugary taste. It also goes down very smooth.

Ritter Sport is square, as in the package is square and the little chunks are square. I thought that was cool and it’s very easy to break off just one or two chunks, rather than devouring the entire thing (i tried both ways). Ritter Sport was founded in 1912 in Germany by Alfred and Clara Ritter, and the company is currently run by Alfred’s grandson.


In 1996 Ritter Sport became the first company in the confectionary industry to organize environmental protection systems at the company level. They promote sustainable cacao agroforestry through their “Commitment Nicaragua” project, they have their own heating and power station, and the packaging is totally recyclable.

Lastly, my favorite thing about Ritter Sport, other than the fact that it turned a chocolate abstainer into a chocolate lover, is the way you open the package. You sort of snap off the outer squares and the packaging pops open. It’s handy, and smart.

My favorite flavors thus far (and I have gobbled up 11 of the 19 flavors) are:
– Cornflakes (the bright yellow one)
– White Whole Hazelnuts (the off white one)
– Whole Almonds (the green one)
– Yogurt (the bold white)

I thought that Ritter Sport would be like $7 chocolate, but I just grabbed three packages (for teachers gifts) at Walmart and they were under $2 (another fact I should probably forget).

I put Ritter Sport through some pretty evil testing. It went along with team “Bunnies for Boobies” for 44,000 vertical feet this weekend. We had chocolate in between most of our ski runs, and none of us bonked. The nuts in the almond chocolate we were eating kept us groovin’ down the slopes. With the nifty packaging it was easy to stick an open package in our pocket. You could eat it with gloves on.

Over the last several weeks I have been taking a minibar (4 little cute squares per package) for after swim practice. I find that a little treat helps me recover from an especially grueling workout before I can get home and eat my next meal.

You all want some don’t you? Ritter Sport has been kind enough to let me give away a box of mini chocolate to 4 of my blog readers. This is what a box of minis looks like (there is 84 in one box…I know this because they sent me one, and I ate them all…okay, not all, but I’m working on it).


How do you enter?

Since my theme this year is to inspire others to do a little more than they thought possible, to enter to win a box of 84 mini Ritter Sport chocolates, leave a comment on my blog giving me an example on something you plan to do this year to push your own personal boundaries. That’s the rules.

Wanna be entered to win some chocolate? Commit to something that challenges you.

Want a second entry? Mention this contest on your own blog, then comment with the link, and I’ll enter you twice (as long as you commit to something that pushes your boundaries as well).


On December 22 after AM swimming I will assign everyone a number and then will use Random to pull 4 random numbers and those will be the winners.

Excited to win some chocolate??


FTC Disclaimer: Ritter Sport provided me with oodles of free chocolate. If you have been to my house lately, you know this because I have made you eat some. Ritter Sport is also providing free chocolate to the contest winners.