Usually on Monday nights, after teaching Monday afternoons, I am over at the pool convincing my body it really does want to move. Not last night. Last night I convinced my body it wanted to go to a largish social gathering. Not really one of my Favourite Things. But when you join a team, part and parcel of that are social events, like, say, the Annual Banquet. So I put on my go to meetin' clothes, hopped on the bus, and headed down to the Byward Market. I must say that the most convenient part of the Banquet was its proximity to Sassy Bead, although I only spent a few moments there, mostly doing price comparison.
The Banquet was at Tuckers, so there were lots of buffet food choices. There were several slide presentations on the hijinks of the past swim and tri season. A motivational talk by a multiple IronMan Technosport* member who has been tri-ing for 20 years and has competed around the globe. He reminded us that individual sports are also team sports, and we find inspiration, support and encouragement in our teammates, friends and family members. And, naturally, there were awards. For exemplary achievements like best practice attendance (because you can't succeed if you don't practice!), best multi-sport athlete, best national placing, (assistant) coach of the year and so forth. Then Coach Duane did some "mugging". Fun awards for folks whose contributions or achievements were in some way worthy of special mention. Some were long standing sherpas and volunteers, some were team members. As you can see, last night I was mugged. In a good way. And in very good company.
Today, though, back to the pool!
*Technosport is primarily a swim and tri club, but there are other facets to the team as well.