As you may know I am a big advocate of training with friends. They push you, encourage, laugh and sometimes cry with you. But more than anything else they keep you going when you don't think you can go any more. For me , this support network is my triathlon team - Team Blaze Spokane. When I first got interested in triathlon I joined the team hoping to find someone to help me and guide me through my first triathlon season. I remember being super nervous turning up to my first group workout, worried I'd be hopeless compared to everyone else. But to my surprise I was immediately embraced and encouraged by all these people that I didn't even know. Since then I have made lots of great friends and as a member of the Board of Directors have been involved in watching the team grow and improve and really flourish. I feel very lucky to be a part of it all.
Scott and Tristin Roy ( above in the middle of the picture) are the founders, coaches and chief motivators of the team. They moved to Spokane in 2004 and without really knowing anyone they started a triathlon team from scratch. They built this team from the ground up and it really is a testament to their drive, enthusiasm and hard work to see what it has become today. The largest triathlon team in the Inland Northwest.
(Coach Scott giving us a pep talk)
This last Friday was our annual Kick Off party where we give everyone their member kits, talk about races and training for the upcoming year, meet our sponsors and generally just socialize and reconnect with each other. Every year the team continues growing in size. This year was no exception. Our current membership is pushing 230 people.
There was a stack of organising that went on behind the scenes but it all seemed to go off without a hitch. Phew! Another successful kick off in the books. Now onto training and racing :-)