Hey T4S community!

It’s hard to believe our race is only four months away (especially when I can hear hail tapping on my window).  We’ve been busy this last week, and over the next few weeks we will really start ramping up our efforts within local schools!  In the past week we met with NBC15 about getting a story about us and our race in an upcoming news broadcast, as well as helping publicize our event on their webpage.  If you have other media connections who you think would like to know about Tri 4 Schools, you can email us at info@tri4schools.org or fill out our contact form.

We also welcomed a new partner to the Tri 4 Schools family  – Great Graphics Great Signs of Middleton!  Dick Manley, the owner, is a great person to work with and his wonderful staff will be printing up all the materials for Tri 4 Schools.  They do marketing, printing, and many other services for lots of local businesses and you can learn more here: https://www.greatgraphics.biz/.

In addition to Great Graphics, The Little Gym of Middleton & Fitchburg agreed to donate water bottles to all of our racers!  They have an awesome facility and offer classes, birthday parties, and fun!  You can learn more about the Little Gym and their friendly owners, Cindy and Bob at https://www.thelittlegym.com/middletonwi/Pages/default.aspx.

This weekend I got the opportunity to visit with my best friends in Boulder, Colorado.  Being out there allowed me to see another active community centered around health and wellness, and it was truly inspiring.  Everywhere I looked, there were group bike rides, people running on trails and paths with their dogs, and people headed out to kayak and canoe.  Their Farmer’s Market was packed with local produce and other healthy snacks – I could see exactly what was in the granola bar I was sampling!  It made me start thinking of the future of Tri 4 Schools and how we can help kids all over the country get on the right track to lifelong health.

While I was on the plane, I read a book called Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at a Time by Caitlin Boyle.  Caitlin started www.operationbeautiful.com to help girls and women change the way they define beauty and health.  Operation Beautiful is a grassroots mission where people post postive messages in public places: books, drugstores, makeup counters, bathrooms, to help people see themselves as beautiful.  The overall message I got from the book was that you define beauty, not the media.  We are all beautiful and should focus on being HEALTHY and not being THIN.  This is a message I want to convey through Tri 4 Schools, and I think triathlon is the perfect fit for this message.  Anyone can complete a triathlon – you don’t need to be a supermodel or super athlete.  You can be short, tall, skinny, heavy, deaf, blind, or short a limb or two.  As long as you can put in the effort, you can do it.  Then, we all fall in to the same category – triathlete.  Triathlon is you against a clock, you striving for your personal best, and not gauging your success against someone else.

Here is my favorite paragraph from the book: ‘My beauty has nothing to do with perfection.  My beauty comes from willingness to learn.  I was afraid of this journey because I didn’t know where it would end, but now I realize there is no end.  To truly live my life, I must always be growing, failing, succeeding, changing, learning.’ 

Here’s to you – you are beautiful just the way you are!