Sunday, December 1st, 2013
My “comeback” to triathlon this year was emotional and I am grateful for being able to toe the line, but there was one thing that I wish I could have changed.
My one race wasn’t with my my Rev3 family.
Go ahead and ignore everything I’m about to say if you want because Rev3 sponsors me and I’ve never had to pay to do any of their races, but know this. My triathlon team was the third group of people that I made sure knew about my accident right after my own family and close group of friends. They are legit “family” in my books. I don’t know of any other triathlon teams have that level of loyalty.
Logistically, doing a Rev3 race just wasn’t possible for me this year. My body was only capable of pulling off a sprint triathlon. Rev3 only does one sprint at Cedar Point, and I still wasn’t sure how my body would hold up to racing, so I avoided making travel plans and made the choice to do a small, non-USAT certified, charity race instead.
Granted, the race that I did was a super family-friendly event, with great post-race food, community support and I got big hugs from my wife, dog and teammate Laura as I crossed the finish line, but there is something about not finishing under the big blue Rev3 arch and having Sean English call my name. I got to watch others cross the line in Williamsburg and Maine this year, but it has been over a year since I’ve been able to do it myself.
What makes Rev3 Special To Me?
- Support Positive Change In Triathlon: Triathletes love to complain about things they wish WTC would change, but if you don’t vote with your wallet and support race organizations who put people over profits, you can only blame yourself. Rev3 was started by a father who wanted to make the sport friendlier for athletes and their families and he has not lost that focus. They’ve also had a great influence on everything from pro prize purses, to how the media covers female pros to charity programs.
- Personal Touches: Everything from personalized name plates on your bike rack, to seeing your face brought up on the jumbotron when you finish line to having race staff go out of their way to address any question you have, there is a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure athletes don’t ever feel like “just a number.”
- They are a company built on helping people, they just happen to put on triathlons. From running across America to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund, to the support that I received from my teammates when I broke my back, there are are constant reminders that Rev3 puts people first. They bring the same passion to getting people happily to the finish line that they do to helping people beat cancer.
If my body holds up, I’m hoping to end that streak at the Rev3 Quassy Olympic-distance race – the last weekend in May. I’m not yet planning races too far ahead of that, but I’m hoping to at least make appearances at Rev3 Williamsburg, Maine and Poconos.
If you are planning your 2014 season and have some Rev3 races on the list, take a look at the “2014 All Access Pass.” One pass, every single Rev3 race and you can share or sell any Rev3 passes that you aren’t going to take advantage of. Basically, if you can’t save money doing this, you probably aren’t trying very hard.
Hope to see you out there in 2014.