Since beginning this adventure of training and fundraising for TNT, I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of triathletes that I know.
Not surprising, experienced triathletes readily share their experiences and provide some mentorship to novices like me.
My boss is a triathlete.
My best man is a triathlete. Bryan completed his first Olympic distance triathlon in September.
Our great friends Amy and Jeremiah are triathletes.
Customers, industry peers, and friends of friends... and many also who have had the idea and are waiting for work to calm down or for a better time to train and compete.
I entered into this adventure very naive about just the number of people already doing this! And it's absolutely fantastic to meet friends along the way who can offer support and encouragement.
For instance, Deirdre and I stayed with Amy and Jeremiah this weekend, and I was able to get in a training run (plus a ton of ideas and offers of help) while away from home, only because they pulled me out of bed and out onto their neighborhood trail.
If one is measured by the company one keeps, I'm doing as well as I've ever done :-)