There are so many things I want to write about at the moment.
Like the wrap up to my Matcha Challenge which I completed in January. And the latest and greatest on My Rubbish Diet (my week 3 update plus week 4 look ahead await!)… Or how my foot is doing after Egmond and the latest round of physiotherapy and orthotics visits I have made. And some good results after seeing my nutritionist in December.
But all those blogs will have to wait. Because today I have some exciting news!
As you may know, I am a huge fan of 2XU compression – both the socks (they work really well with my orthotics for running training) and the tights. I swear that 2XU compression is the reason why my legs cope so well with training for triathlon while managing a neuromuscular disorder. And I am also a huge fan of 2XU compression for long-haul travel – the tights are like my travel uniform, enabling me to get off a 12 hour flight and feel fresh with no travel related swelling. I often joke around that 2XU is like my uniform.
In late 2011 I received an email inviting me to apply to become a 2XU Brand Ambassador – to affiliate with the brand for my 2012 triathlon season. So I applied.
About two weeks ago I received an invitation to join the 2012 Team 2XU USA, and I confirmed my acceptance late on Friday night. I’ve been trying so hard to keep the news behind closed doors until it was final – but now it is official. I am absolutely delighted to affiliate with 2XU for 2012 – the brand that quite literally supports my athletic endeavours.
Without going into too many details, I would very much like to thank both Sonja Wieck and Jamie Bull for their thoughtful counsel on how sponsorship works, what is “normal” for an age-group sponsorsed athlete, and what it all means. They shared their time, their experiences, reviewed my commitment, gave me thoughts to chew on – and frankly, they are some of the best people I have ever met when it comes to be so generous with their time and advice. Thank you both.
And I would like to thank Jayme from Sports Multiplied (exclusive distributors of 2XU in the USA) for her time and patience in answering my many questions. You made it easy for me to respond positively to this incredible opportunity.
As if I needed another reason to be excited about what 2012 brings!
(and with that segway… stay tuned because tomorrow I will be announcing another exciting partnership I have developed for 2012!)
(and a side note – while trying to fiddle with my site I kind of broke some of the formatting – so the sponsor logos will be up there as soon as my developer helps to undo the havoc I have wreaked – sometimes things really are better left to professionals!)