I want to thank WSI Cycling and Team Active for allowing me to join the team. Many of you know me through Eric Cook and our triathlon adventures. I am an age grouper, viagra typically racing Master Clydesdale-fat, old, (and ugly). I usually stick to Olympic and Sprint events in Ohio. I was able to get an age group win at the Cedar Point Sprint Rev this fall-(only because Eric chose to do the half). Joining the team has given my training new focus. There are many good cyclist and triathletes in my area, but, no comparable community to what Team Active has been able to build in Battle Creek.
As many of my fellow triathletes do in the winter, I have moved inside. I ride a Trek Madone, purchased at www.Teamactive.com. shoes and trainer from there as well. Graciously, my daughter allows me to ride in her ballet studio in our basement. www.shaylathomas.com. The only stipulations are that I have to mop up the sweat and use my own Pandora station-usually AC DC.
Part of the joy of multisport is helping other athletes get involved. Twice in 2013 I have strayed from doing an individual event in order to participate on a team. This has served to introduce aspiring athletes to multisport. For the New York Triathlon I participated on Team Sad Dads as the swimmer. Jumping into the Hudson for my buddies was worth it, because, one of my teammates has already registered for his first triathlon in 2014!! This week was my second attempt to get friends turned on to triathlons. My friend Pam was an accomplished cross country runner and her boyfriend Steve was an All American swimmer. They wanted to attempt a triathlon in 2014, however, were overwhelmed by the thought of the logistics. I agreed to serve as their cyclist on Team Wolfpack for some local races until they got a feel for multisport. We did our fist training event at the Tiffin, Ohio YMCA indoor triathlon. We got a second place finish and are looking forward to a spring team triathlon with fall individuals for each of them. Happy New Year and may your 2014 race calendar be full of races with friends!!