Gear: Nike Pro – keeping everything looking good and in its place

So bras are things we need. They are things that I need. Being a 34 D/DD (really should get re-measured) it’s an extremely rare and uncomfortable occurrence for me to be without a bra. So I’m definitely not seen without a bra whilst training. I feel far too exposed and everybody gets an eyeful!

When I first started exercising it was running that I took up. So I needed some industrial strength, class 5 underwired monstrosity to keep my girls in check. I was an FF so it was necessary. Now most of my training is low/medium impact. Rowing, cycling, weights, TRX, yoga and the odd run. This means the super-duper, clamp-down bras are not needed. I got a bit excited. I wanted to break free from underwire – since I couldn’t break free from the bra completely. I started browsing the web for low impact sports bras. Pretty things with lovely backs and bright colours.

Last year, on my first sports clothes haul at the start of the new rowing season, I bought a Puma sports bra.  Pale turquoise and beautiful strap work detailing on the back. It was on sale and in my size. I loved how it looked but my boobs were droopy. I don’t have pert little things and they need a bit of assistance. I was so disappointed but I kept wearing it in hopes that I would get used to the feeling.

My second attempt at a ‘non-underwired’ bra was far more successful. I was in the Nike shop in Kildare Village (great shop btw). And there it was. Hanging amongst the white and black boredoms that people call sports bras. My electric blue dream. It caught my eye instantly. I waited until Cormac and his brother fecked off so I could try it on in peace (you don’t want lads hanging around when you are doing that sort of thing). I put it on, not expecting to be blown away, but I was. Due to the thick fabric and wide, elasticated under-boob band it held everything in place. Gave a bit of resistance and made me feel really really cool. I was in love. It was €19 and it was gonna be mine!

Since then it has become my staple sports bra. I bought another soon after because I was living in the first one. I probably should think about getting a third.  I still need my industrial strength clamp down bra for running but when I’m not pounding the pavement I put one of these bad boys on. I don’t know about you but there is something very cool about Nike. The brand feels so iconic and a part of sport. You think Nike, you think sport, you think training hard, you think sweating your ass off. When I wear these bras I feel invincible, I feel free, I feel… heck I feel comfortable. And when you are comfortable you can take on the world!

You can find the Nike Pro bra on the Nike website as well as on Sports Direct. I also am very fond of the Nike shop in Kildare outlet. It comes in like a bazillion different styles and colours and for me it’s just perfect for low/medium impact training.

 

Ps: Sorry if you came here only to look at my boobs. I am not that kind of lady! 😉

 

 

Gear: GoPro – The Wonder Camera

Why everyone needs to buy a GoPro. Like, right now.

 

Here I am, writing this post on the back of my boarding pass on the drive home from the airport. I’m eager to write and frankly the journey is long.

 

But I’m writing about something I’d never thought I’d write about. My Gopro.

 

Now I’m sure some of you have heard of Gopros. You may even have used one. If not, well, it’s a camera. But not just any camera. It can be smashed, hurled through the air, dropped into water and mounted on pretty much anything, pretty much anywhere! When you think of Gopros, you conjure images of bronzed bodies and frozen soul patches. You know the type. Effortlessly cool, surfboard, skis, bmx bike in tow. If you google Gopro you will be bombarded with awesome footage taken on these tiny cameras. Footage on a backdrop of blue skies to the score of Tiesto and the likes.

 

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Well last year Cormac and I went ahead and bought one. His big, sad eyes were very hard to resist! We had (and still have) great aspirations to find the time to do all the things the Gopro is used for. We brought it on holiday in hopes that it would spark some adventure for us. Now, we went on holidays with my family, babies and auld wans, so honestly what adventure were we expecting?

 

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But the Gopro did do something… It convinced us to try new things. To be creative. To experiment. To play. I have amazing footage of my family. Footage we would not have with a normal camera. The images went deeper than just happy faces. Images that show beauty, clarity and life. It showed my boyfriend decided immaturity was the best solution, it showed my newly formed body confidence, it showed my nephews being daring. It showed that my dad and boyfriend are scarily alike and it showed that we may have aged but we were all big children in the pool.

 

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All this from a tiny camera strapped to a wrist, to a leg, thrown from person to person. You could be as simple or as experimental with it as you liked. In different hands it did different things. And my family embraced that. They all wanted a go. We may not all my extreme sport stars but we are still all wild at heart.

 

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