Thursday, December 15, 2011
I have begun with the help of a good friend Kurt a new cycling team. THRIVE Cycling Team has started as an invitation based race team promoting the sport of competitive cycling. We have an elite, developmental, women's, and junior's program. I am pumped about this and I am truly looking forward to this new venture. I am also excited about it because it directly involves my wife and two boys. They will all be racing under the THRIVE banner.
With the close of 2011, I am stepping down as president of the Altoona Triathlon Club. For the past four years I have been encompassed, engrossed, and at times overwhelmed with this project. What began as a couple of friends saying we should form a club, opened the door to the creation of a 100 member club that benefits entire communities. I have always felt a need to do more, to share what I know, and to try and give back in some form.
I dove in and built a club from scratch. I learned and had hiccups along the way. I had a lot of help in the process, and to those I say thank you. I have had opportunities stem from this venture that I otherwise may have never had. I have seen people find a sport that they never knew existed and excel in it. At times it felt like a job and I admit there was a time that I got buried and was not very happy in what I was doing. But I think that is natural for any leader or organizer. After all, an organization is only as strong as it membership is, and I tried to remember that in every venture that ATC took on.
After four years I am stepping back and looking from the outside in. I question myself as to whether I kept to the original intent of the club's mission, and I have to answer yes. In four years ATC gave $8500 to charity, created a race that has made a name for itself in a community that needed one, and helped over 100 athletes find one another and learn together that triathlon is fun.
I extend a big heartfelt thanks to those that helped the club succeed, sponsors that stood behind us, and to all the members that make ATC possible. I hope that 2012 will bring continued success and a clear vision of what ATC can do and bring to the community. As for me 2011 was a great year. THRIVE Multisport is growing and helping new athletes find their way to success in their goals.
2012 looks to be busy, fun, and exciting. I plan on updating you on my continued musings and stories from the trail. We have more trips, training, and projects coming and I can't wait to share my biggest news, but that is a story yet to be written...