As I mentioned on Facebook the other day, I'm now a sponsored athlete. (I suspect that's going to irk the folks who finish ahead of me in races, but that's their problem...)
Here's how it happened. TriSports.com is a big triathlon retailer in Tuscon and Tempe, and as you'd suspect from the .com in their name, they have a great online presence. When I got into triathlon, I used their website, staff reviews and other resources to get up to speed (and buy good gear.) They sponsor pro athletes, including 2012 Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave, but also have a Champions Team for age-groupers like me.
The application ran several pages, and I'm sure I made the team with the answer to the last question - "If you could have any superpower, what would it be?" While self-teleportation would certainly make my life easier, I thought of something better.
The superpower I chose was this: The ability to grant dogs the lifespan of their owners, because it'd make the world a happier place.
I'll get a referral number soon that will help folks get great deals on TriSports gear, and will post that when I know the details. In the meantime, if you do finish ahead of me, at least know I like dogs.