I head off to Interbike on Wednesday for a few days in Vegas. I will be hanging around at the Garmin booth a bit and will be signing autographs for 3T at their booth on Thursday afternoon (5-6pm). If you are going to be there... please drop in and say hello!!
So, I'm not sure exactly what I have signed myself up for....
The reasoning behind it....
First, despite being ranked in the top 50 in the world and finishing 2nd at the National Championships and Pan American Championships in 2009, I am still struggling to make enough money to live. It's really hard to sit and watch pro football and baseball players and know that what I do is no easier or different than what they do, we are both world class athletes, but I don't have a multi-million dollar contract to fall back on, especially in time of injury.
Second, by auctioning off the dinner, I'm hopefully giving a fan or follower of the sport a chance to get to spend some quality time with me that they otherwise would probably not get the opportunity to have. I'm always really appreciative of all of the people who follow my career and support triathlon, so to be honest, I am excited to get a chance to sit down and chat with them. I guess I'm hoping it can be a "win-win" for everyone.
Sometimes you have to think outside of the box a bit and try something different. It'll be great if it works out, and if not, it'll be something hilarious I can look back on. I guess it just shows how committed I am to making the Olympic team. Being able to continue to train and race full time so I can do the best job possible in the lead up to qualification for London 2012 means everything to me, so if I have to keep cooking up creative ways to help get me there, then I will. I don't want to look back in 3 years and wonder if things could have been different.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer, a cause that I keep very close to my heart.