What it means to be a Wattie? Throwing on the cycling jersey, tri kit, or any team gear means you have an immediate target on your back. People will be coming for you. That W is a bull’s-eye for everyone else out there. After 2 years of proven success, the Wattie Ink Elite team knows how to race. You see them on the podiums, you see them claiming slots to World Championships, no doubt that Sean Watkins has picked a solid group of age groupers to race on his team.
So what does this mean to me, it means I come to perform. I take pride in representing a brand, a team and a family. I’m not going to put on my tri kit to race a mediocre race. I am going to leave everything out there on the course. When other age groupers see a ‘W’ on my jersey, I want them to be scared, I want them to know that there is some competition out there and I’m not going down without a fight.
Racing Ironman Racine 70.3 in 2013, an age grouper came up to me on the bike and said ‘You Watties ride like hell.”. It’s that recognition that someone I don’t even know, thinks of our team as fast, and knows we are fast. With that in mind, I need to stay fast, be fast, and race fast. There is no need to throw on some team gear and ‘rock the W’ and not show up to a race if you aren’t going to race. Simple as that. Our team, or our family, or whatever you may call it, Wattie Ink mean more to me than a tea. It means you got to show up, give it your all, and compete with the best of them.
Time to go race and rock the W in 2014.