Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Esprit De Corps

Esprit De Corps:  A common spirit of comradeship, enthusiasm, and devotion to a cause among the members of a group.

Training ride for Ironman Louisville with Dorothy, Joan, Mary and Tina!

Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon -  McKinney, TX
I've been lucky enough to have some great training partners over the years.  The one downfall from racing for so long is that the training partners come and go.  They get married, have children and stop racing. Or in my case three years ago, you move half way across the country.  Then it's time to find new ones.  I do most of my training by myself, but I enjoy being part of a group.  I've been a member of three triathlon clubs over the years, all located in the Dallas Metroplex area.  First there was Tri-Dallas, a wonderful group of people who helped me train for my first Ironman. Then there was the TRI-Umph! Triathlon club and finally Fit2Train

Team Aquaphor!!
Three years ago a friend of mine forwarded an email to me from Active.com, Active Ambassadors was recruiting for a national age group triathlon team sponsored by Aquaphor.  The team has been in existence since 2004 and they choose 200 athletes from across the country to race on Team Aquaphor

Aquaphor is a healing ointment formulated to create an ideal environment that protects and helps heal your skin.  It is wonderful in preventing and healing the discomforts, from blisters to windburn! I use it on every single bike ride to prevent chaffing.  Being on Team Aquaphor has made me train harder and really push myself in races.  Since being a part of this team I've had some of my best performances to date and through the team message board and Facebook I have made some great friends, and even though I seldom see any of them this team has been just what I've needed to boost my triathlon career.  I hope that I am lucky enough to be chosen in 2011 again to be on the team.

This month I applied for and was accepted for another race sponsorship, Recovery e21.  This from their website:  "Recovery e21 can assist your body to perform at its best. e21 is an organic full spectrum electrolyte replacement capsule. Because its 114 elements are derived from a natural, single cell marine algae these elements are totally bio-available to your body when it needs them. Other synthetic electrolyte products require the body to break through the synthetic chain they create and these synthetic compositions are often excreted before your body can use them." 

I'm excited to start using the product to aid in my training and racing.  I love that Recovery e21 is a natural substance.  They also make a joint fuel that I can't wait to try.