Team raceAthlete is proud to announce that we have selected age-grouper Michelle from Medford, Wisconsin as the next fully sponsored raceAthlete for 2007!
Michelle is a married, working mother of two as a nurse-practitioner, lives/trains in rural Wisconsin without access to a bike shop, coaching or training partners (so rural, we had to look up Medford on a
state map!), and has signed up for 2007 Ironman Wisconsin after spectating this year's event!
We received over 400 applications to the team so far from all over the world, reviewed them all, and what is exciting for us is that we selected an age-grouper who none of us has ever heard of -- she doesn't even have a blog -- can you imagine THAT!
Click HERE to Meet Michelle and watch the video from the team raceAthlete weekend in Boulder.
One of our goals as a team is to foster a positive and caring community of like-minded raceAthletes that inspire, motivate and provide information on endurance sport training, racing and life to each other -- no matter where you are, to help you towards accomplishing your dreams.
So, here's who is sponsored now:
Stu from SimplyStu Triathlon podcasts
Roman from Everyman Triathlon
Bold from Bolder in Boulder
Texafornia from Zen and the Art of Triathlon
Wil from Through Th3 Wall
Michelle from Medford, WI
with two more fully sponsored raceAthletes to be selected at the end of November, and end of December!
Michele will get to train like a professional next year on Team raceAthlete by using the latest equipment and training from our great sponsors: BMC, Zipp, CycleOps, 2XU, D3, Colorado Multisports and Nuun.
Here's an excerpt of what Michelle wrote when she applied for Team raceAthlete:
Why Select You: I am married, a mother of 2, work part-time as a nurse practitioner, and live in rural Wisconsin. I train alone as I have so far been unsuccessful at convincing my friends or family to take this journey with me!
My responsibility to my family financially leaves my triathlon dreams for new equipment on the back-burner. I started out with a 2004 entry-level road bike, helmet, and swimsuit. I have moved up to bike shoes, pedals, wetsuit and singlet. For the 2007 racing season my goal is to purchase a decent triathlon bike.
However, my direct access to services and products related to triathlon are limited. The nearest bike shop which specializes in triathlon is 3 hours away. The same holds true for specialty run and swim shops. There are also no trainers/coaches with a triathlon focus in my area. In 2006, I purchased an online training program and found it to be very useful in giving me direction. However, I often yearned to have direct verbal conversation with a real person.
My husband and I went to the 2006 Ironman Wisconsin. The weather was bad; cold, windy, and raining. However,I thought the whole thing was more than pectacular! I was jumping out of my skin with excitement.
Everything from the venue with the Monona terrace and capital building to the spectators and volunteers was inspiring. Not to mention the feeling of respect and awe I have for the athletes who undertake this type of endeavor. Needless to say, the next morning at 10:00 I was on the internet anxiously registering for the 2007 race. Thankfully I was able to get in. Now I am planning and anticipating the upcoming training.
I don't plan on giving this up soon. It's a great family activity as even my school-age daughters have competed in several races. I feel I am still new to the sport and have a lot of untapped potential and learning. When I look at women in their 50's who are strong and great competitors I think; I want that to be me. I love the lifestyle. It is a great way to stay healthy and motivated.
Click HERE to apply and/or click HERE to learn more about this unique age-group sponsorship opportunity.