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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wanna Race?

I have to write a newsletter blurb for my tri club.  This is just a draft.  

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We come together as a triathlon club to train and race together.  We continue to support multisport and honor the challenge of each race we take on.  Training can become extremely competitive, but it is expected that we always, always, conduct ourselves, both individually and as a club, in a manner of good sportsmanship.

It should go without saying that it is an athlete’s responsibility to understand and comply with all USAT rules at any race.  Rules, though at times feel like an inconvenience or even an obstruction to optimum race performance, exist for our safety.  Rules make the race an “even playing field” for all athletes and ultimately a fair, competitive challenge for all.  

As a local triathlon club in the greater Houston area, our logo is known to many.  We all have heard our share of, “Go BAM!” from the sidelines from people who don’t even know us, but just remember our Jerseys!  It’s a good feeling to have so many supporters on a race course simply because we have an easily remembered name that is fun to shout; it's free press!  We have a good reputation for being a friendly, welcoming club that accepts everyone at every level and shares knowledge across the board.  However, with that notoriety comes the responsibility to maintain proper conduct, because it is just as easy to remember BAM! in the not-so-flattering scenarios too. 

As the triathlon season approaches we remind everyone that conducting ourselves in a manner of good sportsmanship is just as important as going for that podium spot.  Character is what you do when no one is watching; it is the combination of mental and ethical traits marking a person.  It is what guides you toward taking honorable action, in spite of the final outcome.  Healthy competition is awesome, but a true “win” is only a win when it is earned on fair, competitive ground.  

When we proudly wear our BAM! jerseys on race day, there is no mistaking the spirit and camaraderie we share – everyone can sense it.  We are not like other clubs… and THAT is precisely what makes our club so inviting to others.    

Train hard.  Be proud.  Be strong. Be competitive.  Be honorable.    

Be the model of a well-rounded triathlete who belongs to a kick-ass club!

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