Friday, April 25, 2008

April - Hi*Baller of the Month (Headwind Award)

In 2007, both my son, Payton and I raced Burlingame. He did the kids ride, came in last, but in style. He took his jolly time and soaked up all the cheers on the straightaway to the finishline. The photo above is from the Ryan's Ride Ad for 2008. It was a surprise to see his photo with the caption about the ice cream. It's actually appropriate. No kid enjoyed his ice cream more than Payton that day. He's a true Hi*Baller.

The Hi*Ballers for the Month of April are Shawn Hatfield and Jenny Oh. Shawn got a PR on his 200m tt (11.75 sec.). I think the coolest part about his PR was that he actually really enjoyed it. I know cuz I shared some beers with him that night and he said he wasn't thinking about tom. or a future goal. What mattered was that on this particular day, he hit his PR. He was living in the moment, a rare and special feeling. That's a great attitude. Jenny wins the women's award b/c she's a bad ass. She's always at the races and working towards finding improvements measured against her own standards rather than who she beats to the line. Ballers for sure! As part of the award I will be giving them each a $50 gift certificate, a cool Baller shirt, and a case of Hi*Ball energy drink.

Btw, instead of making the award a weekly contest, I think it's best to have a Hi*Baller of the Month. Who'll it be for May - I'm voting for Elliot Logan.

6 comments:

shawn hatfield said...

It's a great honor to not only set my own PR, but to be the first Hi*Baller award winner, along with my dear friend Jenny Oh. It would not be a stretch to say that you've played a role in not only encouraging me to push harder, but to have more fun along the way. Thanks for everything!

melgart said...

congrats to both. i know how hard you both work at it!

Jenny Oh said...

Shawn has been one of my cycling mentors from the very beginning. He helped me get my first track bike from Montano Velo, encouraged me to race, and trains with and supports me on a regular basis. I owe a lot to him! And Steve, you're the original Hi*Baller. Thanks for all of the inspirational guidance you've offered to me - I take it to heart!

Steve Pelaez said...

pass the lovin around...SF style. Congrats Shawn and Jenny - your peers voted for you both.

marzio said...

Big up's to jenny&shawn...

Brian Peterson said...

Excellent awards. I love seeing Jenny at the track. She is always smiling and having a blast racing and hanging out. results will surely follow for her.