Greetings! I'm Dan, a former NPS student and the author of the first
message in this forum.
Shamelessly lurking around the website, I noted the recent
discussion about the future of M2T2. It encouraged me to make a trip
through our club's amazing history. There are plenty of good stories
about plenty of outstanding people saved in the archives of this
website. Well worth an entertaining read.
I thought that I'd reprise a couple of those stories. The first
(message #77) written by our first president, Major Craig Barnett,
who is currently overseas in the Middle East. The second (message
#95) was probably not my most humorous composition to be recorded
herein, but some people liked it back then...maybe because it was
my "farewell message" (sounds better than a resignation letter,
eh?). Oh, for those who care, I'm in DC now getting ready to
represent the U.S. Navy on their official Ironman Hawaii
team...partly because I had a great experience with M2T2.
From: "Barnett, Craig"
Date: Mon Jul 30, 2001 4:42 pm
Subject: Thanks to all
I have been too quiet lately and laying down on the job. Of course,
my excuse is that it is hard to get up off the ground when you have
a 500 pound gorilla named "Thesis" sitting on your back.
I want to add my thanks to everyone who was involved in the Poker
Ride - especially Derek. It will only take a couple of events like
this each year to give M2T2 enough money to make it worth its while.
T-shirt money, reimbursements from MWR for races, the fun of
training with a bunch of other military triathletes ... these are
some of the reasons we started this club in the first place. I'd
have to say being involved with a motivated bunch of other military
triathletes has been the most rewarding. I hope some of you others
have had a similarly positive experience. I hope some of you who
will be around for a while longer have caught the vision of what
this club can be. If you have caught the vision, please consider
taking over the leadership of this club. I would hate to see the
club die because no one wanted to take the lead. We have started
something special here - an asset to the individual triathlete, an
asset to the school, and an asset to the triathlon community on the
Peninsula. Don't think you need to have any particular knowledge or
ability to be the president of M2T2. You can probably see that I
don't. I have just been taking one step at a time, probably making
more mistakes than not, but the club has made progress. Due
mostly to the hard work of the officers and the interest of all you
other triathletes. All you really need to be president is a vision
for what M2T2 can be and an ability to communicate that vision to
other people. The election will be at the upcoming meeting. All the
nominees will have an opportunity to express their vision to the
club and we will vote on who will take the helm. Step up to the
plate- you can nominate yourself, or someone else you may think has
There are still a few triathlons left in the season, so the club is
certainly not at the end of the line. However, we have reached the
end of an era. I'd like to congratulate Craig Barnett, a good leader
and a great friend, for becoming the first FORMER president of the
Monterey Military Triathlon Team.
The club would not have existed without his vision for it.
A while ago, I helped draft up a mission statement for the club. It
was long enough ago that even I had forgotten what I had written as
our club's mission.
What has this club done in its short existence? Well, we certainly
weren't on the front page of the leader board in the Wildflower team
competition. We have no corporate sponsors. We couldn't even try to
win a relay race without trying to cheat.
Thankfully, though, I don't think that our mission statement had
anything to do with achieving any kind of club results. Even our
streak of no DNFs and other personal accomplishments, fast or slow,
were not objectives for this club.
The two phrases that I recall most vividly (though barely) about our
mission are "necessary resources" and "mutual support". We did
acquire the resources, that is money, to race at Wildflower and PG,
and to look cool doing so.
We did have mutual support as well. In this atmosphere, I guarantee
that each and every one of us did something unusual, weird, strange,
or totally new that we would not have done on our own. Further, each
of us were better people for it. We trained better. We raced better.
We raced, period. We learned some things, good and bad, along the
journey from the folks who were there. (Swimming in Monterey Bay is
an insane activity, but y'all got me to do it.)
So, Craig, I believe that we can let you retire in peace knowing
that we HAVE accomplished the mission. Myself and your fellow
officers didn't always agree with you, and sometimes we'd steer the
ship in directions that you hadn't even considered. However, you did
give us the freedom to do it (while you strapped in tight), which
speaks volumes (much more than you spoke at our meetings).
Again, this is not goodbye or the end of the road, just the end of
an era. Damn good one, too! Thanks, Craig. See 'ya @ PG.