Friday, December 12, 2008

I Finally Won Something!

I was out of town a few weeks ago when D.C. Tri's New Triathlete Program held its graduation and we all turned from NTP'ers into OTP'ers (Old Triathletes). Prizes were bestowed, and although I have yet to get a definitive (or any) list I do know that my friend minime won the award for "Most Enthusiastic Swim Finisher."

(No that's not me. As if.) See? You can't argue with that award.

Naturally, I was mad jealous, although I had heard whispers that I too, had won something, and that it was "most spirit" or something. Which was so thrilling in itself to me that I made it my Facebook status and told everyone at work. I had NO IDEA there was like, an actual PRIZE or anything. I mean, I thought maybe I'd get some free body glide.

So this week when I got a cryptic e-mail from our club president, addressed to me, minime and another person, saying
Hey guys,

You've all won a free entry to Nation's Tri for next year. I don't have the code for you to sign in yet but I'll have it VERY soon. Just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about it.

Hope you're all well,


I was naturally baffled, skeptical, and unbelieving. So at last night's holiday party, I cornered said president and asked him: Say what??

It turns out that I won the "most inspirational" award! And FREE ENTRY into Nation's!! Which I was just the other day moaning about how expensive it is ($165 until January when it jumps to $190).

All I can say is: I am not worthy!!

And hell's bells. I haven't won anything since I won the inaugural "Martha Stewart" award at my company's annual cookie party (the title being slightly ironic).

This is the best present ever.

EVER.

I guess this means I'm definitely in for Nation's!

Thanks, guys. Back atcha times infinity.

My other favorite NTP-er-now-OTP-er Sandy made this FANTASTIC video montage from all of NTPs escapades last spring and summer. This year was the best year of my life, bar none, all because of my D.C. Tri peeps, and I hope this video makes you cry as much as it made me



Late add: Don't forget to watch the Ironman World Championship (Kona) Sat. Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m., on NBC! Need more inspiration? Check out the trailer.

17 comments:

Lesser is More said...

Thats a great video. Even I got a few chills watching it ;) My wife is considering the NTP program to train for her first Olympic this year. I guess you'd have a glowing endorsement of the program, huh?

And congrats on winning free entry! Free stuff is always awesome, but entry to Nations Tri is super awesome.

Nancy Toby said...

Congratulations! You deserve the accolades!

eileen said...

In the words of my father, "Well, if this isn't great, what is?" Congratulations! I wish NTP could bottle and sell what they are making. What a wonderful group of people. I'm not surprised you have to wait on line to get into their program. And, they give out amazing and meaningful (read $$) awards! You are "Most Inspirational"!! Enjoy the glow!

Calyx Meredith said...

Yay you! That is a SWEET prize. The video looks like you all had a wonderful year. What a great club to have such a strong program to welcome and train newbies. Congratulations too on your freshly minted OT status.

Rachel said...

Hi, Thanks for the comment on my blog! I love reading about other runners and triathletes! Congratulations on the free entry. I would be jumping for joy too!!

Kelly said...

Congrats!! And what an awesome prize.

BettyBetty said...

Looks like a fun club and like you had a great season - very inspirational

David said...

Ooo eee ooo ahhhh ahhh. Wowzer. Congrats on the big prize. You are not worthy but you earned it. You're always inspirational. Now if you'd only listen to yourself some more....

Trivia contest - how many pics of Jeanne were in the video? I counted 14.

Thomas said...

Hey, that's not fair! That alone is worth twice as much as all (er, ok, both) of my winnings combined!

Susan said...

That is an AWESOME slideshow! And I agree with the coach/pres -- you do deserve that award! And that is quite a big prize - hooray!

You're super -- I have just GOT to be a triathlete!

peter said...

Hey I saw you six times in the video, probably more b/c I couldn't really see the ending group shots; flexing, doing something, hugging, biking, with hizzoner and doing something. Oh yeah that was you 'n the fun kids! Cool beans! Great to win something, esp. something that has some value to it too, congrats!

LBTEPA said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Rainmaker said...

Awesome for the win and the award gift! That's sweet.

And good luck tomorrow in f-burg!

Neal Carlton said...

An amazing year indeed! I must confess that I won an award because of you...I won the "Motivational Saying of NTP: HTFU" award. I think I owe you the $25 Conte's giftcard because I heard of HTFU for the first time from your blog...and then I ran with it. I did credit you in my brief acceptance speech....

21stCenturyMom said...

That is so fantastic! Have I ever mentioned how desperately I want to do that race - DESPERATELY!!

It could happen - it really could.

Congratulations on serving as an inspiration.

Just12Finish said...

Is it too late to ask if you can just take that in cash?

SuperSnail said...

Hey that's me.

And I'm so sorry that I botched your award name. I knew it was inspirational/spirit/baby jesus or something along those line...

NATIONS OR BUST!!