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Hey guys, glad you're into it! @Granpa Chook my goal with setting it up was to provide a place for triathletes to go to get stoked to train or race or just get some positive energy. On the athlete side, I've put a lot of resources into making the barriers to filming/producing content while training as low as possible. The energy of the group helps a lot, as it gets some momentum going, and as long as we're able to make a little money here and there, I think we can keep the bills paid and the ball rolling! We're all really pumped on it though, and we'll be making the "launch" a little more official over the coming days. Anytime you guys share the stuff we make or just give us the nod like this, it's huge and keeps us motivated to do more. Thanks again!
I wanted to post my latest piece showing a a glimpse into the lives of pros. It's a little heavier, but I think a more realistic look into "the grind" or whatever you like to call the process of finding the limit. This one took about a week to put together and I really let it develop on its own rather than forcing a certain storyline. I hope you enjoy it. Hit me with any questions; I think the better we all know triathlon, the better fans we can be. -Eric
Magali and I are both into the taper process now and gunning for podiums at Alcatraz this weekend. I'm pretty sure they are doing some sort of live broadcasting, so check it out if you've got time.
@bw_tri What I've gathered from all the conversations with Mags:
Even after trying to clarify the course at the start of the swim, she was directed to an "extra" blue buoy by a volunteer. She felt she may have missed one of the yellow buoys but is very confused as two volunteers pointed her different ways. I don't know if this had been mentioned yet, but they were unable to preview the course, because of the drowning. Lauren didn't know if she'd done the right course either, so I don't think we'll ever be able to draw a conclusion.
From what we hear, Andy said he was confused, but he ended up completing the full course (most likely with some extra bits) in the end.
This is what gets me: As soon as she ran out of the water, she told people she didn't know if she'd done the course right and may have missed a buoy. She wasn't stopped, and raced for another 3.5 hours or whatever, assuming she would be DQ'd. Once she finished, she confirmed her confusion again. Other pros chimed in with similar stories at this point, but because she was the winner, a protest was filed, WTC was contacted, and the head referee + WTC made a DQ call based on the "rules."
From where I sit, her attempt to make sure that everything was fair and that she didn't benefit from something out of her control ended up costing her the race.
It blows my mind that in a situation like this, they can make any sort of judgement whatsoever. No referees, volunteers, or athletes know what happened. There were swimmers going all over the place, and there is no "control" person who knows they did the course properly that we can base things off of. But pros are the ones paying the price yet again.
Hey guys, here's the video that I put together from my time back home in Portland after the race! Unfortunately, no race video this time. CBS is putting together a full hour "broadcast" so I figured I'd pick up the story where all the rest of the media left off. I hope you all dig it:
@brooks doughtie Thanks for the vote of confidence. I do prefer taking the approach of proving our worth. If you want to be paid more, show why you deserve it. The World Triathlon Corporation is just that; a money making, shareholder-pleasing machine. Tell the machine how you integrate into making them more money... BAM you get whatever you want. Of course you have to deliver.. So if this union can be a voice for that, then maybe there's something there. I'm cautiously hopeful.
That being said, there's no way long course will ever make the pro field bigger or more influential than in already is. I think the future for professional triathlon is in short course/super sprint a la French Grand Prix. Races that can be televised (or youtube-d), align well with the Olympic pursuit (which is also mostly sprints now) and can actually attract non-endemic sponsorship.