This week I replied to a thread a man posted that asked about riding opportunities for his wife to ride with other women.
I endorsed Team in Training and said:
“My wife really enjoys Team in Training. She's trained with them twice for the Solvang Century. The teams are about 98% women.http://www.teamintraining.org/ They also train people for Tri's and The Death Ride. There is the fund raising component to deal with but, it is a worthy cause. Cancer research.”
A friend that I really value and trust has brought to my attention that Team in Training is more like 50% each gender. I believe now I did Team in Training and women a disservice by flippantly characterizing the organization as some kind of a girls club.
Team in Training is a place for both men and women of all abilities that want to help in a very worthy cause and push themselves to be their very best. Certainly, many of the women involved are strong and powerful athletes that could rip my legs off if they are training for events as epic as The Death Ride.
I spoke out of ignorance and my very limited experience meeting just portions of my wife’s Team in Training groups, this year and last year, at just a couple of functions.
My intent was to encourage participation in Team in Training and I apologize if I have deterred anyone’s interest in the organization by misrepresenting it.
I am grateful to Team in Training for the tremendous work they do in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.
I also salute Team in Training for how much they help grow the sport of cycling with all the many strong, safe and enthusiastic cyclists they help create each year. My wife counted among them, much to my great delight.
All members and supporters of Team in Training, please accept my apology.
I am sorry for being an ass.