I had a nice blog that I wanted with share with everyone for our April newsletter, then I learned about our dear friend Rose Marie Cintron-Allen.
For those of you who do not know Rose, she was a staple, not only at DelMo Events, but all across South Jersey, and to a certain respect across the US and the World. She was what you would call ALL IN in our sport. She was a familiar face and a treasure chest of knowledge. Rose understood triathlon (and endurance sports) were meant to bring out the best in athletes and to enhance their life experiences, not detract. Rose was a loved member and fixture of the Wild Harbor Tri Club, Williamstown Badgers, Team BASE and Team USA and if she wasn't racing, she was supporting her fellow triathletes as the world's greatest sherpa.
Rose was always, always, always nervous for anything triathlon related and never shy'd away from grabbing my ear after an event to tell me how I could make it better. I've got to admit, she didn't have the best timing, but her suggestions came from a place of love of our company and the sport and for that I ALWAYS LISTENED, then followed with a quick hug of thanks.
I was searching my emails and found this one from 9/25/13:
Hi Steve, I signed up for my first ironman with your race! I am pumped but also feeling a little scared.
At any rate, I'd like to preview the ride (Rt 54 loop) before it gets too cold and I migrate south for the winter. Can you email or post a cue sheet? I have a small group of us that would like to ride...all signed up!
PS The AC Triathlon is the biggest reason I decided to make the jump. I love the venue and always had a great time for the 2 times that I did it. This just feels right, even though I travel way too much and hope I can get the necessary training in. I was going to wait until I was 60 and retired before doing a full....so this moved up my timeline a few years!
I don't know the particulars of Rose's passing. They are none of my business. What I have picked up from this is; There are no guarantees in life. Rose decided to take the leap and move her timeline up to do a full distance triathlon and because of that the next 10 years of her life were perhaps exponentially more enjoyable than if she had not. LET THAT SINK IN. I'm not preaching you must sign up for a full, what I'm explaining is WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING OFF FOR TOMORROW THAT CAN BE DONE TODAY?
The above is not a cliche, it's real life. Channel your inner Rose. Live a grande life. Live a Rose Life.