We sat down in her kitchen in March. She handed me a document that was called “Raise the Bar in a Nutshell”. The four main aspects of RTB were training, team, projects and office. I remember her carefully explaining each of those parts and then asking me what I thought I would be good at. We came up with a small list and she hired me to work 12 hours a month. (Yes, a month).
I remember my first job was to order car stickers for the RTB car, the white Escape the Swedbergs still drive around. I pretty much failed at that job. I don’t remember exactly why but those stickers never ended up on the car.
A lot has changed in these almost 10 years and a lot has not. Patty and I sat down last week with a document that included the RTB 2016 Goal and Team Objectives. I do not have the team goal from 2007 but I imagine it is pretty close to the 2016 goal of “Create opportunities for fun and personal achievement through multisport”. I know that is why I wanted to join in 2007. I wanted to be part of this group that was having so much fun being active.
RTB Events will move into 2017 with 5 events (if you are counting, that is the same as 2016 but you might be surprised by #2). I will continue to be in charge of Athlete Services. Think of me every time you use a honey bucket, yep, I ordered those along with setting up registration and ordering shirts, medals, pint glasses, garbage cans (all glamorous jobs come to me- garbage/honey buckets) and more. As an athlete, I don’t think I really put much thought into how an event comes together but I can tell you now; it is an exhausting amount of work. And every finish smile (grimace), I see on race day, makes it worth it.
RTB will keep on training triathletes. Some of the programming includes beginner clinics, swim workouts, swim videos, training camps, short course camp, a RTB retreat, Lake Meridian Training, new coaching options, increasing workouts on the calendar… Will all of this happen? We will see. But if something on this list piques your interest, reach out to me so I know there is interest.
Being a Team Manager is about details. I found out, I really like details. I am forever thankful to Patty for meeting with me that day in March. It set me on a path; I did not foresee, but in some ways am not shocked by. So bring on 2017, my 10th year of RTB…