Heyo Crazy like that dude you kind of knew in high school who writes six page political conspiracy rants on his Facebook status updates Ass Fans!! Hope everyone’s rested up, fattened up, and lathered up (what?!?) for Off Season Update Numero Uno! Andale, Andale!
Ok, it’s obvious by that all over the place intro that I’m a little off my game. Let it go, it’s off-season. It’s been a little over two weeks now, and I figured my CA fans would be hungry for Jesse, so even though I’ve done almost nothing triathlon related, I thought I’d give you a quick update. Enjoy!
Sponsorship – Doing Deals All Day Long
Like many industries, Oct/Nov/Dec is the core part of the sponsorship season for triathlon. Most of next year’s “deals” are done, or at least the general terms are outlined, during this time. Since Pearl Izumi and Rolf Prima are my only sponsorships that extend through 2013 and I don’t have my own Jerry Maguire, I’m back at the negotiating table with all of my other sponsors.
This is how I would talk to my agent if I had one.
So anyway, the past 2 weeks has been sponsorship craziness, just doing deals left and right, up and down, around, sideways, you name it. Obviously, I am kidding. As much as my CA fans would like to believe, I don’t have Coke on one line, Pepsi on the other, Kentucky Fried Chicken is NOT looking for an up and coming American triathlete, and I’m NOT in negotiations with Victoria Secret to be the face of their new men’s intimate wear line. Sorry guys.
All joking aside, it is a fairly stressful time for me and others trying to make a living in this sport. In 2012, around 60% of my income came from sponsors, roughly 80% of that in the form of performance bonuses – extra money for a top 3 finish. Even with a great year, prize money alone isn’t enough to live on, unless you win a major race like Abu Dhabi, HyVee or a World Championship. So it makes this part of the season extremely important in understanding how well I’ll be able to sustain this career next year and beyond.
I am in talks with all of the sponsors I had this year, and in general, things look pretty good. But in addition, I’m hoping to add one or two more sponsors, ideally from outside the sport. In fact, if I could ask one favor of my CA fans…if you know anyone or any company that may be interested in teaming up with a really nice, sometimes fast, and always fashion challenged American triathlete for next year or longer, don’t hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m open to any and all ideas. There are many more ways I could provide value beyond a logo on a jersey – speaking, writing, social media, babysit your kids, you never know what could happen until you start a conversation. And anything that can provide me with the financial, equipment (Toys ‘R Us?), or service support I need during the year would be a huge help. Thanks, you crazy kids.
Training, Except Not Really
I have done NO training. For the last two weeks, I did absolutely nothing. My most active day was Frisbee golf and many beers with my brother and cousin. I got absolutely owned by both of them (my family and the beers), and got really tired and sore. I’m not joking. It’s amazing how off-season can really take a bite out of your confidence. Here I am, this “professional athlete” and my arm gets sore from throwing a stupid frisbee. Seriously? Even more depressing was starting purplepatch’s strength program this week where I literally struggled to finish 3×10 pushups. I think I reached my lifetime pushup peak at age seven when my dad and stepmom imposed a family rule – 20 pushups for every fart in the car. It happened lots.
Outside of sponsorship and not training, I’ve been doing a TON of Picky Bars stuff – everything from evaluating potential sales channels to donating to local aspiring Olympians (Team Run Eugene) to dressing up as Picky Bar Super Heroes for Halloween.
Honestly, I’ve been working at my desk all day, eating like a pig, doing a fair amount of mild boozing, and watching lots of TV and movies. Holy crap! I’m like a normal person! Honestly, I give myself these few weeks to be a normal dude that works at Picky Bars and goes out with his friends and to the beach with his family without having to think about his next workout. As our friend Jessica exclaimed a couple of days ago, “I like Off-Season Jesse!” And yes, I took it as a compliment that everyone really likes the version of me that exists only 2 weeks a year.
So that’s basically it folks. Hopefully I’ll will have some cool announcements to make about next year in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to email me a email@example.com if you think you know someone who might be interested in sponsorship/me baby sitting their kids.. Until then, enjoy the off-season!