Thank you to the amazing Alex Tong for our new design! Alex is one of my friends and athletes and he has an eye for sport and art. I am so honored he redid the look around here. If you are from Rochester you’ve seen his photography at the #TrailsRoc events, and now many of the GTRC events as well. If you need design work, Alex is your man.
Thank you so very much Alex!!!!!!!!
“Mary Eggers marches to the beat of a different drum.” My friend said to me over the phone. He works in the bike industry… a life involving units sold versus units made, travel here, there and everywhere, spending more nights in hotels than I understand is even possible. “It must be nice!”
I smiled. It’s true. I am proud of that. By accidental design everything I am doing is done to the beat of that drum. It is nice.
I think we all have the opportunity to do that. To create that. It’s easier for some than others. Mine just came because I was tired of playing by the rules. But that’s how I was brought up. My own rules. My own music. I credit my parents. They instilled within me the deep desire to be happy before being rich. They taught me that happiness IS being rich.
“You can be happy living in a cardboard box.” My father always said, “Spend your life doing what you want to be doing.”
A week or so ago my inbox was flooded with suggestions for me to apply for the “Women for Tri” panel that was recently announced. It does seem perfect for someone like me. I have a platform and a voice in this sport. I have been here for 20 years. I have great friendships and sincere networks. Advancing women in this sport is something I am passionate about and of course support.
Then I read the purpose of this panel:
Wait, wait, wait. This is what I do every day with my business. This is what I am involved with to a large degree as I learn the process of writing the accreditation plan for our colleges’ nursing program. I understand firsthand the time, effort and work that goes into a project such as this. It’s not a small project, it’s complicated, layered and takes great time and resources.I just cleared my plate, and I just refilled my cup. I don’t have the energy to volunteer to do this for a large company….. for free. If this were a position that would be contributing to my 401K or health benefits I would be the first one to line up to apply. This kind of work takes time and energy that I just don’t have.
I march to the beat of my own drum after all. I need to be where I need to be for once. I promote women in triathlon through my business, our swim camps, training camps, and at a local level. If you are applying and need my recommendation….. please ask. I am happy to give it to you.
It felt good to not apply, like really good. That old feeling of needing to have my hand in every pot has vanished. We’ve got really good things going on right here. My heart and soul in terms of sport are with our Valor Triathlon Project athletes and coaches. We are small and we will stay small. We are our own bosses and we run the show the way we feel is right.