I had been anxiously waiting to find out if I had made the cut since I applied back in November 2015. Prior to that, I had no idea about any of Pearl Izumi's other teams (running and cycling)...I just really liked their gear. PI had great looking stuff that was comfortable and held up well...what more could you ask for?
When I got the invitation to apply, I stood at the kitchen counter and filled out the application and submitted it within an hour. I'm not sure why I was in such a hurry, but I was just so excited that I wanted to get it in Pearl Izumi's inbox right away. It wasn't until after I clicked on submit that I realized you could save your application and work on it later...LOL.
There were two reasons for wanting to join this team. First and foremost, as I mentioned above, I really like their gear. I have multi pairs of Pearl Izumi Sugar shorts, two pairs of riding pants, riding jerseys, socks, gloves, and my favorite...my tri kit, which I wore last year to most of my races.
|2015 Tri for Real #1|
(Yes, I like pink)
I even made a Pearl Izumi buddy during Vineman...
"Throughout the run I traded spots with a guy wearing a Pearl Izumi kit similar to mine (his was green and blue). We chatted a bit while "running" about how comfortable they were and how much we liked them. He ran past me in the last half mile yelling "Go Zumi! Run team Izumi!" I guess he was just as giddy as I was about finishing this thing :-)" - 2015 Lineman race report
|Oakland Triathlon Festival|
I am also on my second pair of the Tri Fly V Carbon cycling shoes.
|Unfortunate chia fresca incident turned this pair into a chia pet|
|My new pair...so pretty and CLEAN :-)|
I will endure.
I will enjoy.
I shall only partake in this
crazy sport I love, because I love it.
And I will quit when I quit loving it.
I am a representative of this sport....
|Posted on my office wall|
I would have signed this pact regardless of if I was applying for the team or not and I continue to encourage people to give this crazy sport a try (Did I mention that Central Valley Triathlon Club has a Tri 101 class starting March 5?)
Want to sign the Pact? Follow this link...
I Can't Wait!
I am looking forward to getting my Pearl Izumi team kits. I've seen the design and it looks awesome...similar to the Factory Team Cycling kit below. On top of that, I think its going to match my bike and my new running shoes...
|My new shoes|
|Our tri kits are very similar to the factory team cycling kits|