This past weekend the elite group of athletes that together make up the Maverick Multisport all came into Louisville, where the team is based out of, to meet some of the sponsors, gather up some of our equipment, and officially meet each other. Unfortunately, one of the females on the team, Amber Ferreira, got stranded in New Hampshire due to weather and will make the trip later this month. The rest of the team made it to Louisville at some point on either Thursday or Friday. I was able to host Clay Emge and his fiance, Kimberly, for the weekend. The rest of the team stayed outside of town at the team manager, Chris Hutchens, house.
The weekend ran a tight schedule. We had a lot to do and not a whole lot of time to do it. But, we figured out how to cram all this into one weekend with a little bit of planning and multitasking (both of which are key to being a busy athlete with a real job). Morning started with a group swim with one of our partners, The Lakeside Seahawks. They let us swim with them whenever we are in town and able to make practice. We had to leave early to make it to the team shop, VO2 Multisport to start getting fit on new Argon E-118 bikes. Peter Reid, one of the fit guru’s at VO2 sacrificed his whole morning and afternoon to get us set up on our bikes. He got everyone dialed in on their new rides equipped with SRAM components, Rotor Cranks with Q-rings, Cobb Saddles, and Enve wheels. These bikes are going to be blazing fast this year!
While all that was going on, companies like Primal Sports Mud, Infinit Nutrition, and TYR all talked to us about how to best use their product. Infinit is revamping their website and wanted to get some videos of us answering some basic questions about our start in the sport, our diets, race day nutrition, etc.
Q’doba, another one of our partners, donated some food to us for lunch. We had several hungry people there, and they even supplied enough for athletes’ significant others to drop by and grab some lunch too.
A gathering like this wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of a photo shoot. Matt and Pat Photography took photos of us in our new kits printed by Champion System. We also models other clothing, such as Swiftwick socks, 110% Play Hard compression, Smith Optics, and our TYR wetsuits and swim skins. After that was over we made the trek out to the country to find a horse farm to get some outdoor photos taken for the website. After all, you can’t visit Kentucky and not see a horse. It was cold outside, but the team managed to strip down to our race kits and pose with our bikes all built up with some horses in the background.
We had about an hour of down time before we went to our team’s Chiropractor, massage, and sport rehab facility called Occupational Kinetics. They had a meet-and-greet with some snacks for anyone that wanted to show up. I am excited to get into their facility again this year and work with Dr. Bee, Mike Rowles, and Erin this year to keep me injury free and on top of my game.
And if Mexican for lunch wasn’t enough, we went to a local Mexican joint in Crestwood for dinner. Who doesn’t like Mexican food??
I know I had a great time meeting my teammates Molly Rhoohi, Clay Emge, and Matt Hanson. Amber will be coming in town in a couple weeks to get her bike, and I’ll have a chance to meet her then too.
Maverick Multisport is going to have a great 2014, thanks to all our sponsors! We are all blessed to have you on board.