I wrote this letter to my child hood swim coach a few weeks back. It was one of those things where I was just riding along and it came to me that I should. I am so glad that I did, because last night he passed away alone in a hotel room with out his wife, as he was a trip to consult with other swim coaches. Please remember to tell the people you love that you do. I am crushed however I can’t imagine how I would feel had I not sent the letter.
For the last ten years I have had the pleasure of coaching a youth cycling team El Grupo, as you may have seen. In fact last year we won Cycling team of the year from USA cycling. It was quite the honor. I often times get asked why I do what I do. Why I spend all my free time working to build an organization that I do not get any financial reward from. I never really give a real answer as its a hard thing to quantify, as I really always come back to a really emotional time. The last time I was ever asked by anyone how I was doing in regards to my father passing away, was by you. Sure my wife has, but that is quite different. I can vividly remember the time you pulled me out of the water and asked, and I can remember acting like quite the brat blowing up at you. It meant a lot that you asked. It still means a lot. Its incredible to think that a simple question that was met with such youth aggression still has such a lasting impact. I suppose when someone asks from now on, why I do what I do, it should be because you asked. As now I find myself ever asking my kids, how they are doing. I am fortunate enough now to have the kids that need that question in their lives and I will forever search for that kid. So thank you so much for asking. I still struggle profoundly but am in a great place. If you are ever again in Tucson, I would be over joyed to take you to lunch.