Saturday, February 20, 2010

USAT Hall of Fame Banquet

Barb and I at the HOF banquet

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the USA Triathlon 2010 Hall of Fame banquet in Colorado Springs, Colorado (just a short 2 hour drive from Boulder). What an amazing event and electric atmosphere! The room was packed with people who (just like me) are ablaze with passion for the sport of triathlon. Although the main reason I went was to support and celebrate the accomplishments of my coach, Barb Lindquist (one of the five inductees into the hall along with Paula Newby-Fraser, Valerie Silk, Carl Thomas and Jim Curl), I also came away from the event with a deeper understanding of triathlon’s roots. That is, where the sport came from and the “founding fathers” involved in creating the sport and molding the standardized distances in today’s racing. I am truly grateful to the race director inductees for the impact they have made on the sport, because without them I may have been doing a 3 hour race instead of 2! In addition, the successes of both Paula Newby-Fraser and Barb Lindquist have really helped to put triathlon on the map and often times in the center of national media attention.

In other news, I am writing this post from Clermont, Florida – the location of my home/training camp this month. With lots of nice soft surfaces nearby, the National Training Center, and easy access to traffic-less roads, it serves as the perfect sea level training location while the snow continues to fall in Boulder, CO and I am excited to have a great group to train with! Only 2 weeks to go before I do a draft legal sprint race to tune up for my non-drafting race the following weekend in Miami. Time is flying by…

Hope everyone is healthy and happy!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My New Baby!

Introducing the Sampson prototype that I will be riding for the 2010 racing I just need to think of a name for it!