Athlete of the Month
The Team Sheeper Athlete of the Month award is handed out to a member of the team on a monthly basis, 7 or 8 times a year. The AOM is someone who made a notable contribution to the team or did something remarkable. Selection is made by nomination and voting by the membership.
You can nominate anyone and the nomination period is usually during the first week or two of the month. Look for notification that nominations are being sought. When nomination close, the voting starts and once all the votes are tallied, the new AOM is crowned.
Besides bragging rights for a month, our AOM gets some goodies from our gracious sponsors, such as free shoes from TRH, a massage from SMI, gift certificates from GoRide.
November 2001 Athlete of the Month
Athlete of the Month, Glenn Rawlinson, distinguished himself in the month of November with an outstanding 9:58 finish at Ironman Florida in his first attempt at a race of this distance. November has been a big month for Glenn between Ironman Florida and announcing that he and his wife, Kristi, will be expecting their first child in June of 2002!
An account manager with FreeMarkets, a global provider of e-sourcing software and service solutions, Glenn's true career aspirations are to make a living outside of the Hi-Tech world. "I love working with people and helping them achieve their goals, so I am pursuing coaching and sports psychology for the future," says Glenn. "I hope these may become avenues that take me away from the kinds of stress I don't enjoy and allow me to work amidst the stress that I do enjoy!"
Aside from triathlon, Glenn loves to write, go camping, and play guitar. These hobbies have been put on hold or held to a minimum lately though! "I don't think I've played guitar two days in a row in over a year," he says. As friends and family can attest, when Glenn does something, he goes all out! Involved in triathlon for just over two years, Glenn has immersed himself in the sport. He has particularly excelled on the bike - perhaps in part due to his 13 years of motocross racing. Aside from that, Glenn has played a lot of volleyball and was a high school football player. "In college, I did very well at eating chips and queso and going 'suicide' (upside down) on the keg," he remembers. Coach Tim Sheeper describes Glenn as an athletically talented individual who is still in the initial stages of discovering his potential in the sport. Glenn has raced impressively at all distances in both road and off-road triathlon, and is likely to find his niche soon.
When asked about his family, Glenn says, "Kristi, my wife, is my biggest inspiration. She's always given me the support and confidence to go out and achieve my goals. My new inspiration is 'Super Nugget,' our little bun that's still in the oven and due on June 7. Holy cow! I'm going to be a Daddy!! Then there is Maverick, our trusty black lab who is nothing but licks and kisses."
"VARIETY" is what Glenn says he likes most about triathlon. "It also suits my 'gearhead' mentality and I enjoy the team aspect that is starting to filter into the sport," he says. For 2002 Glenn will race in the XTerra Off-Road Triathlon Series, at Ironman Canada, Wildflower, Sea Otter, and some other local races. His goals and aspirations are to qualify for Ironman Hawaii and return to the XTerra World Championships.
The most memorable Team Sheeper workout for Glenn this year was a Saturday morning bike ride at six o'clock a.m. - a bit of madness meeting all the way out in a parking lot in San Jose in the pitch black dark! Some Ironman recovery time is currently on Glenn's schedule and "my favorite workouts for the next couple of weeks will be the ones I miss," he says. Glenn plans to relax before gearing up for 2002. "This year has been so much fun. I've really enjoyed getting to know so many people on the team and I'm looking forward to another fun year next year," he says.