Warning: cranky rant below. Skip if you're easily offended.
No endorsements here. Vote or don't vote. Being asked to vote one time wasn't so bad, it's the 38th request that gets old. I'm getting heartily sick and tired of campaign spam and emails (to me directly and posted by non-participating lurkers on several of my triathlon email lists) from people I've never met and don't know anything about, thank you very much. No, I don't want to take the time to watch your video. I wish everyone luck in their efforts, but. . . .
If you're going to put so much time and effort into obtaining schwag, I wish you'd take it offline and put those efforts into getting local support for your own local triathlon community right at home instead of simply generating publicity for yourself and others. Or in setting up a secure voting site that won't be subject to rampant voter fraud. Or work to earn the money to buy the equipment you want yourself instead of trying to get something for nearly nothing. I know that most of you in the running can afford it.
How about just working a water stop at a local triathlon without a lot of fanfare? Or showing up unannounced to cheer on your fellow triathletes at an event? Or become a certified official or coach? Or pursue an advanced degree and conduct health and performance research yourself? Or help out with the local high school track team every week, without fail, so that they see they have someone that they can depend on?
Schwag hos and attention hos. I don't like either one.
And btw, triathlon doesn't need a shiny new program (conveniently with YOU as the centerpiece and spokesperson, just coincidentally) to evangelize about fitness lifestyles. Triathlon is doing just fine without it. There are plenty of extremely worthy existing programs on the local and national level to which you could donate your energy and talents. Let's hear about what you've already accomplished that's worked successfully for others, not about what you're supposedly going to do - to draw attention to yourself.
Should I change my blog title to Tri-Curmudgeon?
(If you don't know what I'm talking about, just ignore this. I'm not posting links which will only give them more publicity).
And no, this was not directed at any one person. Despite what you may think, it's not all about you.