Dec 8, 2006
So what is RaceAthlete. What do you get by being a
member? What is it all about?
The idea started a long time again ago. The idea was to see what it would be like for age groupers to "Train Like a Pro." At the simplest of explanations that is what it is all about. But than the question is - what about the others that do not get sponsored? To that I answer with a story.
Several months before Ironman Wisconsin, I met a young lady named Ironwil. I did not know much about her. She had a blog. She had a podcast. That's about all I did know. I started to E-Mail her and get to know her over the internet. Over a few months, we talked more and more and I asked if I could follow her at the race. Her husband and I followed her every move. It was an amzing journey. It was as if I was doing the race. I felt pain, I felt happy, I felt all the emotions she put out that day.
A few months later I got to know a guy named Greg. He had a blog. He seemed cool. He seemed to have this triathlon thing worked out. I had talked more and more to him over time. A few days before the race I called his cell phone and left him a message. It was a message of good luck. I was really wishing I could be at his journey as I was with Ironwil. At that time I did not have a cool new BMC bike or the sponsorship. It was just a me. Just me in my truest form. It was just me "feeling part" of a journey. It was just me feeling part of the Ironwil journey. It was me feeling part of the Greg journey.
So now it is my turn. This year, I get to train. I get to sweat. I get to run. I get finish. I get to be the one (along with MANY others) that people follow. I'm so excited. It's not about the sponsorship as much as it is about the journey. Last year I followed, dreamed, wished, hoped, and walked next to so many that raced. This year I feel honored to have you help me out. I already feel it with Wildflower. I feel it with the excitement of WIBA. I dream daily about the journey. I dream about a 5 hour ride followed by a run in the heat. I dream about a 20 mile run. I dream about the longest workout day of the year. I dream about meeting new people. I dream about "that day." I dream about the start. I dream about the finish. I dream about being on the "other" side this year. I love to watch people race. I love to support people. I love it all. When all is said and done, what I love the most is to toe the line. So for the next 9 months, I'm the one training right next to you. You might be the one that watches the race, but I can promise you this. Next year, I will not be doing Ironman Wisconsin. I will not being doing an Ironman. I will be back where I was last year. I will be watching and supporting you. I will stand once again by your side. You know why? Loyalty. I'm loyal becuase I believe in you. I just hope you believe in me!
So what do you get? At its simplest form - you get to be part of a journey. Come on, let's get going! It's Time.