Promise you won’t get mad, ok? Promise? Promise? Good. So you know how I was all like “hey I’m going to do triathlons.” and you were like “yea, cool I guess.” and I was like “heck yea, running is so cliché.” and you were like “Totally.” Well, we might need to pretend like that never happened, at least for a little bit. Like until October 9th. You see, I entered a contest who knows how many weeks (months?) ago on The Facebook and then promptly forgot about it. And now I’m signed up for a marathon. Yep, I know. But you promised.
This contest on Facebook was put on by Volkswagen. It’s basically a lottery where they pick 16 people at random to win a Golden Bib (like a golden ticket) to be on Team VW for the Chicago Marathon (which sold out all 45,000 spots in just 31 days).
Well, on Tuesday a little after midnight I got an email (click to see email) that said I won a spot!! The cynic inside me thought “SCAM!”, but after some research I eventually contacted the person mentioned in the email. Shortly thereafter I had a voicemail from the contest people (Deutsch Inc) saying that I did in fact win and they wanted to talk to me to see if I still wanted to be on the team.
I don’t know what my first thought was, but it wasn’t a crystal clear “yes!”. Once I wrapped my head around it I started trying to figure out if I could run in the marathon and do a Half Ironman. I mean, endurance is endurance, right? I can train for a Half Ironman and then take a weekend for a casual marathon. Well, I’m not so sure; that’s still TBD. Regardless, I ran it by the one who knows me better than I know me (Ev) and she gave an overwhelming “Do it!!” which shoved me off the fence. And with that, I have contacted the fine people at Deutsch Inc to let them know that I will be a member of Team VW.
As for what I actually won, it sounds mighty awesome! In no particular order, and with things still being ironed out on their end, I will most likely:
- get profiled in Das Auto, Volkswagen’s magazine, along with the other participants;
- be shown off on the Team VW’s Facebook page with my profile;
- have my training and progress tracked and shared on the above Facebook page;
- get some sweet Team VW gear to train and race in (like shirt, shorts, hat, etc.);
- meet Dean Karnazes at the race expo in a 1-on-16 setting with the team (instead of 1-on-45,000);
- possibly be interviewed on race morning for a little more PR (public relation, not personal record);
and other PR-y types of things.
So you can bet your last nickel that I’ll be keep you
all updated with the latest goings on with Team VW. First up is I need to send them some background info on me. I’m super excited for this one-time opportunity and can’t wait to get started.
What I need to do is figure out how my training is going to change for the next four months. It actually works out quite well for a 16-week marathon training plan, if I go that route. Which brings up the question of what my actual priorities are. Should I focus on the Chicago Marathon and try to rock it? Should I train for a Half Ironman (still not registered for one) and let my tri training carry me into the marathon and just run it for fun? Some sort of hybrid of the two? I don’t know, but I hope to make a decision in the next few days.