|Posted by [email protected] on June 12, 2016 at 4:10 PM|
When I first got in the endurance world, I had visions of grandeur. Seeing professional cyclists and triathletes conquering some of the toughest courses in the world seemed like the ultimate profession to me. Listening to these athletes during interviews talk about how hard work got them to where they are got me thinking about where I could be with that same amount of hard work. Many of them mentioned that they were never the fastest, strongest or most genetically gifted, but years of consistent training with the right support network molded them into the champions they are now. Fast forward six years and I've realized that despite the hard work you do still need a little bit of genetic blessing, good luck, and ideal circumstances to break into a professional ranks.
All of that being said, I have not PUT in the amount of training work needed to reach that level nor am I willing to sacrifice my family or careers to attain that level of success. In my heart of hearts however, I still fantasize about what life would be like as a professional endurance athlete. Over the next few weeks I'm going to put out a miniseries about how I envision life as a professional. Topics will include things like my ideal race season, sponsorships, and hopefully I'll be able to score a couple of interviews with professionals and coaches. Stay tuned and we’ll make it happen.
*This is being written as though I would be a pro triathlete in addition to being a firefighter and a member of the Air National Guard.
**The photo is 6x Wildflower Champios Jesse Thomas...not me (rokasports.com)