I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was bummed I didn’t win the trip to Napa Valley contest from ZOOMA.  I still dream of running on the West Coast eventually but it was not meant to be this June.  I did enjoy the process of creating memes and it was a fun month long contest.  I definitely don’t regret enterering at all.

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I’m not miserable that I lost and it didn’t let it ruin my day.  I’m happy for the overall winner as well as the other three bloggers that won too .  It was truly amazing how many people stuck by my side and voted for me daily.  Because my blog is not massive, I didn’t think I really had a chance to place let alone get runner up.  I have to thank everyone one more time.  So thank you and I promise I won’t be promoting myself anymore for a very long time.  (if any).  

I never wanted the contest to cast a shadow on the Lake Effect series which was a much more important cause and campaign.  Speaking of the Lake Effect, I will be creating closure on the race, weekend and the series as a general.  (I’ll announce the giveaway winners on Monday with the final post!)

Anyways this contest taught me a couple of things.

First, I could never be a politician.  I hated asking and harassing people to vote for me.  I hated that the contest consumed a good part of my “internet” life.  I wanted to win because people thought I truly thought I portrayed the ZOOMA moral values of living an active, healthy happy life.  I didn’t want to win because I harassed, begged and sold myself for votes.  Unfortunately that was not the case and I had to tweet up a storm, rally the troops and beg people to vote for me.

Second, I hate self promoting myself.  I don’t really care to sit here and say why I’m the number one best blogger, number one perfect fit or why I deserve to win.  There are plenty of people who deserve to win.  I entered this contest because I wanted to win.  I want to run on the West coast some day and since I cannot afford it for a while I thought this was the perfect way.

I’ll have to wait a while longer though.

I could decide which meme was my favorite so I settled upon these:

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I honestly cannot thank everyone for voting daily and for their support.  It truly overwhelms me with the amount of love and support I receive.  Whether you are near or far, thank you. Whether you know me personally or we have never talked (always feel free to leave a comment or email).  The amount of emails, messages and comments were just plain awesome.  I hope you still continue to follow my journey now that I’m not spamming your feeds 24-7.  As I said, yes I am sad I won’t be able to go Napa Valley and run but it’s not the end of the world.  Life goes on and I’m overwhelmed with the support I received.  

Questions for you:

Where is one place you would love to race?

Definitely the west coast for me…Seattle, San Francisco or San Diego all sound lovely.  I hope one day to go overseas to race as well.  Maybe I’ll just hide in a plane and parachute out…

Have you ever won a contest?