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.
The Village Cheese House is proud to sponsor this month's athlete who embodies the spirit of Team Sheeper. Since 1959 the Village Cheese House has been dedicated to making the worlds best sandwiches for the peninsula much as Team Sheeper athletes strive for excellence in everything they do.
November 2010 Athlete of the Month
"Mike should get AOM every month for all he does for the team. What a comeback and example of positive attitude through injury. He is a great teammate in every sense and though takes his training seriously also knows how to have a good time while doing it."
"Ditto! Plus I think he likes meaty sandwiches."
"Mike has come back from a major injury and surgery to rebuild his strength and endurance, and has shown a positive attitude throughout the process. He put in a long, dedicated block of training for IM Arizona, and the results really showed with an excellent race. He embodies the spirit and can-do attitude of the team. Plus, he is a great teammate who is really supportive of everyone on the team, not just focused on himself. And he's a great guy to just hang out and have a glass or two of wine with."
- Fellow Teammates.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be a marine biologist, or as Leigh would put it, a whale hugger! I have been pretty lucky with my work career working on the Great Barrier Reef as a park ranger, then running a humpback whale research project in both Maui and Australia. I didn’t get to hug them, but spent a lot of time hanging out with them and got to see some amazing things. Now I work for World Wildlife Fund and I really enjoy that as well.
Do you have a spouse or children or pets to tell us about?
I have a fun, crazy wife, Luree, who most of the team knows. I sometimes think people put up with me so they can get to hang out with Luree!
What other hobbies do you have?
With the spare time left after work and training, I love going to the movies, and lately have gotten back in the habit of playing Halo with the mad Pommie (Leigh), much to Meredith's disgust.
How did you become involved with Team Sheeper?
I started doing triathlons in the early 90's, when fluorescent colors were at their peak! Moving around in my whale job meant I had to give it up for a number of years. But when we moved to the Bay Area, and had more of a regular job, I wanted to do triathlons again. Google search, and found Team Sheeper. I have been with the team for eight years now, and it really is the best triathlon team around. We train hard, thanks mainly to Tim and his crazy ideas, but we also have a good time as a social group. What more could you ask for.
What is your athletic background?
Grew up playing rugby. What a great social game!
What motivates/inspires you?
My crazy teammates certainly provide a lot of motivation and inspiration. Just wanting to be able to keep up helps to push myself. Coming back from my injuries last season was a real struggle but the support of the people on the team helped me to get there. I am still working to get my run back, but it is coming along.
What races are you planning for the remainder of this year, or the future, that you are gearing up for?
First race of the year will be the L.A. Marathon on March 20. Then I will do as many of the races on the team calendar as I can. Really looking forward to Hawaii 70.3 after being an injured spectator last year.
What is your favorite Team Sheeper workout or memorable moment?
I have a bunch of them. I love chase groups in the summer, finishing IM CDA with Bob Carlin in 2005, finishing the Epic Ride in pouring rain and fog with Keith and Tina a few years ago, and the long rides we did this year training for IM AZ. We had a lot of laughs on those rides which help to make the time pass a bit more quickly.
What is your favorite race?
I really like Hawaii 70.3 even though the heat at that time of the year can be a challenge. I liked the course at IM AZ and plan to go back there in 20102. Hopefully we can get a good group of people to come along.
What would you choose as your last meal?
If Tim were to be answering this for me he would say, a dozen chicken breasts! But I would also have to add fish, ice cream, chocolate, and beer or wine. All the essentials!