Well sports fans, its been a while since I've written one of these, but I'm very happy to be doing it again. But luckily for me, there's more to this post than just a race result.
September 14 was an opportunity to defend my title as the Michigan Duathlon Champion in Belle Isle, MI. Its a great little island between Detroit and Canada, suited for F1 car racing, and great for multisport.
The takeaway for me was - I love this sport. Yes, I know it can get flat out nasty and there are several people in the sport who are looking simply to take as much as they can from you. There are athletes who will talk tremendous amounts of shit, swearing they are the next big thing, and after a while, you can only hear that stuff so much before you just have to walk away. But in that 1 hour, my faith was restored. From the race directors to the volunteers, to the families, it was clear that this was FOR the kids, it was to make lives better, brighter. It was what attracted me to the sport almost 2 decades ago. And in the days since, I feel revived, thankful for the ability to race, to compete, to live UNSCARED, and for the honor of paying it forward.