Friday, February 25, 2011

Team Gear and Training

I had said before that I wanted to become the world's slowest sponsored triathlete.  Well, I now have my first sponsor!  I will be a part of Team Gear and Training for the 2011 race season!  Woo Hoo! (I have snopes checking to see whether or not I am actually the world's slowest sponsored triathlete)

I have to say I am very excited about this opportunity.  With my background in baseball, it is weird to me not being part of a team.  I love the individuality that triathlon provides, but it is always nice having a team behind you for support and encouragement.  This year, I am one of a team of 40 and they are already proving to be an encouraging bunch.  I believe this will be a fun year and I am very thankful for the chance that Gear and Training has provided me with.

But, the cool stuff doesn't just apply to me!  Gear and Training has given me a handy dandy discount code to hand out to everyone.  Use the code "HR31" at checkout and you will receive free shipping and 20% off of any order over $150!  That means, you are going to save a minimum of $40 an order (I'm assuming shipping would normally be around $10)!  So check it out, they have everything from running to cycling to triathlon stuff and even camping and outdoor gear!  Personally, I already have my eye on a kayak....

Friday, February 18, 2011

Well, I thought it was cool

I played baseball for 20 years, the last 8 or so were at a pretty good level.  But, I never made the front page of a paper.  I never even made the front page of even the sports page.  Don't think I even ever had a picture make the paper.  I had a few mentions here and there about home runs or high RBI games but that was about it. 

Back in December, I had a picture make the paper for the first time.  It was just by chance, it was a photo of the start of the Jingle Bell Run in Daphne, AL that was shoved in the back of the sports section and I just happened to be in the front at the start of the race.  I didn't stay there long though.  It was only a 5k, but I bonked before the race started and only placed 5th in my age group.  But I still got my picture in the paper!

Then, last Friday, I hit it big... Well, big as far as I'm concerned.  I made the front page of the Baldwin Bulletin.  Front and center with headline the above the fold! Yeah, I know it is only a biweekly publication, but I thought it was cool... The article was about my bid to win a sponsorship from TRX (see the last blog) and Ironman Texas.  You can see part of the article online here:

This triathlon stuff is pretty cool!