>Turning a New Leaf

>We’re officially two weeks into the New Year, and I’ve been slightly negligent.  No, no – that’s too harsh.  I’ve been derelict.  No – that’s WAY too mean.  I’ve been…..delayed.  Yeah, that’s it.  Delayed.

Most of you know that during 2010, I was part of Team Trakkers.  It was an awesome experience.  I got to represent some very cool companies.  Companies that I believe in and whose product I used, and loved.  While I think I did a pretty good job of sharing the love last year, I think it’s appropriate to give a formal THANK YOU to my sponsors.  You guys were awesome!

Firstly, major props to Carole Sharpless of Team Trakkers and Charlie Patten at Revolution 3 Triathlon.  Without you guys, this wouldn’t have even been possible.

I fell in love with First Endurance nutrition products throughout the year.  I cannot tell you how much I like Liquid Shot and Ultragen (in fact, an Ultragen smoothie is my favorite recovery drink, even in the midst of winter).  I had never used First Endurance prior to 2010…but I totally loved it, and it’s a staple in my nutrition now.

Saucony was our shoe & apparel sponsor.  I enjoyed wearing a pair of racing flats (Fasttwitch) for the first time since I was in high school.  I was introduced to, and learned to like, my first pair of minimalist shoes (Kinvara).  The racing kit was total awesomeness, and bright green!  One of my new favorite colors!

Tri-Swim and Foggle provided superior anti-chlorine and anti-fog products.  Nothing out there is better at kicking the smell of chlorine than Tri-Swim.  Tri Slide is the best anti-chafe product I’ve used…and it makes getting out of a wetsuit one of the easier parts of T1.

Kestrel was the official bike of Team Trakkers.  I’m anxious and eager to try one of these speed machines!

All3sports.com was our online retail partner.  As you know if you’ve ever ordered anything from All3sports, this is the best triathlon-specific retailer on web!

I did have one non-Trakkers sponsor – Wetsuitrental.com.  I cannot say enough about this wonderful company.  They provide a superior service to athletes who don’t own their own wetsuit!!!

So now it’s 2011…a new year.  Again, I’m part of Team Trakkers (THANKS AGAIN!), and I’m super excited to represent some very cool companies.

The biggest change in terms of companies is that this year, Avia is our new shoe sponsor!  These are some totally radical looking running shoes, and I cannot wait to get my feet into them!  I’m SO looking forward to trying my new training shoes (AVI LITE III) and racing flats (AVI BOLT)!  Once I get them and get some miles down, I’ll do full write-up reviews and post here.

Kestrel and Rev3 are back on board as well! 

I’ve got to tell you…this whole sponsorship thing is really over the moon for me – I’m not a speed demon.  I don’t podium.  I’m a middle to back-of-the-pack athlete (and relatively proud of it).  Before 2010, I never would have expected to have the opportunity to be sponsored and represent super companies.  I’m honored to be part of this fantastic team.  I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!  Hang on for a great ride!


11 thoughts on “>Turning a New Leaf

  1. >Very excited about the "speed machine" Kestrel 4000 and Avia too, Joel!And you are the only person I know who loves the First Endurance Ultragen as much as me. For my 5am Masters classes I have to wake up at 4am to get to the pool. I am usually hungry but do not want to eat before the swim so I have started to put Ultragen in my water bottle at the end of the lane! I know it is a recovery drink but I sip it the entire workout and the calories fill me up and give me energy during the swim!! Yet another use for a great product!

  2. >Joel… I'm in the same boat at you. Middle of the pack, but definitely having fun. Getting sponsorship feels like I'm living Christmas day over and over! We're all in this together though right? 🙂

  3. >Me too man.. me too! I"m totally over the moon w/ this sponsorship thing too. I'm excited to be representing some of the best companies in the biz!!! SToked is an understatement in regards to how lucky I feel to be a part of all of this! We do represent the majority of triathletes as solid middle of the packers! 🙂 Now lets get this show on the road and start REPRESENTING!!! Booyah!

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