For the first decade of my running life I was somewhat of a lone wolf. I ran by myself, and while I had plenty of runner friends, I wasn’t a part of any team or real running community. Then in 2012 I joined the Oiselle team and it completely changed everything. I suddenly felt like I was a part of something bigger and now had over 100 teammates (it was a small team back then) who all genuinely cared about one another. We supported each other via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter, and would meet up several times a year for races or running camp. I made some amazing friends through the team. My running changed, too. I had a newfound motivation to be my best, run my best, get faster, and push myself to see what I was capable of achieving, all because I had the support and encouragement from teammates and friends.
For multiple reasons that I won’t get into, I left the Oiselle team earlier this year. It affected me a lot more than I expected it to and I went through a period of withdrawal. While I still have all the friends I made over the 3 years, I no longer had a team that I was apart of and that made me sad. I longed for that community of athletes to lean on, who understand and are going through the same ups and downs with training and life as and who just “get” one another.
Perhaps you’ve noticed over the past year and a half that since I’ve gotten more into triathlons, almost all the tri gear I wear is from a women-specific tri apparel company called Coeur Sports. Not only do they make high quality, comfortable, and good-looking gear for all three disciplines, but the women behind the company are awesome, too. I’ve also become friends with several of the women who are on the Coeur Team and they are all amazing and say great things about both the company and the team. So I applied to be a part of the 2016 Coeur Team and just found out yesterday that I made it!
I am beyond excited to not only be a part of a team again, but to be a part of a team from a company that I truly believe in and love. Plus, in this new phase of my athletic career as a triathlete, I think it is appropriate that the team is made up of other women who are also triathletes and not running-only focused. I am pumped to be a part of a community again and have some amazing new teammates! 2016 is going to be a big year for me – I’ve got the LA Marathon, Ironman 70.3 St George, and Ironman Arizona on the calendar so far – and I know that the support and encouragement from my new teammates will be needed and much appreciated!