Well, this is cool: Seems that Elizabeth — aka the blogger triathlonobsession and a major inspiration in my efforts to “tri” — has picked up a sponsorship. This year she’ll be competing in the official team uniform of trisports.com.
So what does this mean, to be a sponsored athlete? Who knew that could even happen to someone in their 40s? Naturally, I had to know more …
Q. How will your racing be different this year now that you’re on a team?
A. Not much will change in terms of racing, but I have to wear their race kit (see below) which looks pretty cool. I can’t wait for it to arrive.
Q. How will your training be different?
A. The team is based in Tucson and the members are all over the world. So although I’ll hear about their workouts, I won’t be participating with them. They do want team members to contribute to the community so one thing I’ve been wanting to really organize for the past few years is an all-woman Thursday night on the track. It’s just my 45 minute workout that I can adapt to anyone’s speed. I think we can really inspire each other by coming together and having a little fun. This year I’m going to make it happen!
Q. How did you go about making the team, exactly?
A. Honestly a friend of mine unknowingly inspired me. She got sponsored and I thought, ”Hmmm, I wonder if I could get sponsored, too?” I filled out an application and mailed it with a few days to spare. (A different team than hers.) Even though I can hold my own, I’m not an age-group winner by any stretch (barring 3rd place in 2011 in a sprint, which was a thrill!) so I didn’t know if I had a chance. But they were also looking for people who are out in the community, blogging and trying to inspire others, which is where I think I fit in. But I have to tell you how surprised I was to get the email about the team. I thought, “Me, 43 years old and sponsored athlete — no way!” It was exciting.
Q. Think back to where you were 10 years ago. Would you have seen this in your future at that point?
A. 10 years ago I don’t think I’d even heard of a triathlon. I did a lot of 5ks locally, but I would have told you that marathoners were nuts (I did NYC in 2008) and if you’d told me what an Ironman was I would have called it insanity! (And now, yes — I’m hankering to do an Ironman one day — but I’ll still too busy in the summer to really properly fit it in the schedule without killing myself.)
Q. Anything else you’d like to add?
A. I’m not the fastest, but I like to think I race with a lot of heart ! And I’ll always be greatful to my amazing friend Carolyn (www.athenafit.com) for pounding the heck out of me in the mountains of New Mexico. (rock climbing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking etc.) She made me into an endurance athlete before I’d even considered being one. Although we live far apart now, she still inspires me every day.