Sounds fancy doesn’t it?
When I started this blog my purpose was to have a forum where I could state my ideas and feelings as I moved from overweight to triathlete. It has since morphed into not only a journal of my progress, but also a way for me to vent frustrations, and to share thoughts about methods of training and nutrition. Along the way I have managed to connect to people I never would have had the opportunity, and good fortune, to have met, hopefully inspire a few more to get off the couch and get moving, and regretfully, have ticked off more than a few with my innate ability to go to my mental bulimia and say things that I feel with little regard to editing before I got post. If you happen to be one of those in the latter group, I have probably contacted you directly at some point to either explain my position or to apologize, or both. for the two initial groups, it amazes me when I get a message, or tweet, stating that I have inspired them. I have never seen myself as an “inspiration”, but since starting this journey the knowledge I have gained, and continue to gain, from coaches (like Teresa Kurfiss, Kristie Concepcion, Lyle Jacon, and Pete Amedure), and podcasts (like Jon Smith’s Fit Fat Fast
and Vinnie Tortorich’s World’s Angriest Trainer
), I have the need to share my new found knowledge with others. This is not always met with the reaction I was expecting (people love and will fight for their sugar and Diet Coke) but along the way I am getting better at just putting the information out there and if they want it, then it’s there, but if they don’t I just let it go. As the saying goes … “you can’t cure stupid”.
And no, I’m not calling you stupid, so refrain from the hate mail please.
The effort that I have started, and that others have joined me on (notably Jennifer Cultrera
) is now morphing to a larger effort. I am not a coach. I don’t have the physical ability to present myself as such, and as some know I suck at training others … I have no patience … but what I can be, and what I see myself as, is a conduit to the people who ARE coaches and DO have this ability.
Kind of like a “1-800-Ask-Gary” for the Triathlon crowd, if you will.
This is turning into a network of sorts. I have been writing the blog for almost 3 years now. That turned into the Facebook page, and now has become a Newsletter (if you’d like to receive it, please opt in to the right of this post). The newsletter came about because I see and hear things throughout the day that really have no potential for a complete blog post, so it’s a way of getting quick information out when I see it or hear it. In the past I have tried to “expand” little bits of information into posts, and that in turn has resulted in some that seem to jump from point to point (as was kindly pointed out to me recently).
So that’s what we have now. The Blog, The Newsletter, The Twitter Feed, The Facebook Page.
So … what’s next?
We are looking to expand into clothing and other gear. I have no earthly idea how to do this, so if anyone reading this has that background PLEASE contact me or Jennifer. In an earlier post I related that one of the more irritating aspects of being a Fat Slow Triathlete is the clothing not fitting. Most cycle gear and tri gear are cut small, so Tri Tops usually end up being belly shirts by the time you come out of the water. Not anything someone should be subjected to seeing. I also know this is an issue for tall women, like Megan, who are in shape but have the basketball player build. Another issue is the color of the gear. Who is the braniac behind making tri gear, gear that will get WET, in the color white? I am not shy about my “parts” but I am sure everyone is not interested in seeing what I have to offer as I exit the water. So FST gear will NOT be white!
So I put it out there, loyal readers. Is this an idea that seems like something tangible? What other areas do you think we should look at? Maybe a coaching referral service?
Disclaimer: I am NOT looking to make money on this, so put ROI out of your head. 🙂