When I think about what this show can accomplish for the sport of triathlon, this episode encapsulates what I have been striving for. First of all, you will absolutely laugh your ass off during the introduction that featured a joke battle between Dark Mark and pro triathlete and pun-master, Tommy Zaferes. This type of comedy simply did not exist before we created this show.
Then, I was able to have an 80+ minute conversation with a person that I’ve known about and followed for years, but actually knew very little about. Sure, he is an athletic specimen who has been an All-American, an Olympian, and a World Champion, but my perception was that he was a boring pitchman without an edge.
Wow, was I wrong. This Andy Potts interview shattered that perception.
Andy Potts is, without question, a guy you’d love to have a beer with. In fact, despite the fact that we taped this in the morning, you will essentially eavesdrop on a conversation that might have happened at a pub after midnight. Andy got very real with me regarding his fun and slightly outrageous college experience, his unique path and struggle to become an Olympian, and the decision to make triathlon his profession after his wife was diagnosed with cancer and he was controversially left off the 2008 USA Olympic squad.
He was even able to laugh at himself and poke fun at the idea that pro triathletes sometimes need to pitch products like a NASCAR driver.
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Please tell a friend about our program and consider becoming a patron of the show if you’re not already. As I said in the Leanda Cave episode, if we get the Patreon pledges up to $500 per episode, I will add a second program every week that will be dedicated to covering the weekend’s pro races. Imagine ESPN radio for triathlon during your Monday afternoon drive home.
This episode was sponsored by TriRig.com. TriRig strives to provide the most thoughtful, in-depth, beautifully-photographed reviews of triathlon equipment that have ever been written. In short, they review lots of gear. And sometimes, they manufacture their own. Check them out on facebook.
After the interview, you can hear out-takes from the recording of the new podcast introduction. In case you were wondering, the voice in the intro is actually my wife, Ashlyn, who owns Swank Baby Boutique. For the love of all things sacred, pay a visit to Swank Baby Boutique. If you don’t have a child, you probably owe someone a baby gift. Use promo code TRSRACING for 15% off at checkout.