"USA Triathlon is offering an exclusive Timbuk2 messenger bag as one of the benefits of purchasing a Silver or Gold membership this year. In addition, Gold members receive automatic entry into our USAT Age Group National Championship, not to mention a $15 discount on the entry fee."
So close to being national champion I can taste it
I just got this e-mail from USAT, the governing body of amateur triathlon in the U.S. I think it's hilarious that I can "qualify" for the national championship by writing USAT a check for $100. There was a little fracas a few months ago when USAT lowered the qualifying standards from top 3 placing in an official qualifying race to top 50% in any USAT sanctioned triathlon. They must be really desperate for entrants! I'd be tempted to go, just so I could brag about racing in the national championship triathlon, but I wouldn't want someone who was deservedly racing to have to stand next to me in my water wings at the swim start.