Saturday, July 10, 2010

Final days (of Free Yourself tees)....then something new

First off, I want to thank everyone for all the comments over the last couple of months.  I honestly didn't expect so many.  The support, advice, friendship, and camaraderie has been awesome.  Because of you guys, I have not been in bed before 1AM in months.  But I wouldn't have it any other way.

64 Classic rocking the tee...

Anyway, I'm running low on tees.  I'd like to make good on all winners who have not yet claimed their shirt.  The most up-to-date list is here.  But on July 15h, I'm going to bring the offer to an end, at least in terms of counting comments.  I'll post the final results that day.

However, I will be announcing a new project sometime next week - I'm just working on the final details over the next couple of days.  As many of you know (or have gleaned from my semi-threats of same in certain posts), I've been itching to try to create a business in and around endurance sports.  I've been a bit of a serial entrepreneur most of my life.  There's nothing like the early days of a new project.  And though my score card isn't perfect with respect to success, I need to have another go.

The details will be forthcoming next week, but I will say that the venture's success will be dependent on creating a community of everyday athletes who participate in endurance sports because they love it, and nothing more.  And this community will be vital to the creation of our products.

We will be launching with a set of basic product ideas, a blog, and Twitter/Facebook pages.  That's it, because we want to start creating a community from the first day.  We don't want to spend months behind closed doors designing product based on us trying to guess what you want.  We'd rather just ask up front.

We're excited to make this a two way street.  Nothing would make us happier than to create a strong team of early brand influencers from the community.  And as I've read all your blogs over the last few months, you guys are the people to listen to.  We're not focusing on getting our products on impossibly fit elite athletes - If we do, we do.  We are more interested in the age groupers.  If you come in first, awesome.  But if you come in last, well we all know that a majority of the population didn't make it "off the couch" on your race day.  That's worth a lot.

With your help, the products are going to be good.  They are going to be of high quality.  And they are going to work well.  I promise.

I hope you will all join me on the new adventure just like you have with "The Road".  I'm really excited about opening the doors from day one, whether or not it succeeds or sinks.  It's all about the journey, anyway.  Please stay tuned....

23 comments:

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Anxiously waiting ... (-:

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

Sounds exciting...holding my breath!

Christine Jensen said...

SOunds like a fun idea! I am not a multi sporter, but I run..and run..and run... Maybe one day I will get over my fear of the open water swim and try a tri :)

By the way, I LOVE my Free Yourself tee...it is one of my faves for everyday wear! Thanks again for the tee. I enjoy reading about your adventures via your blog.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Patrick, from your comments on your blog and our email correspondence, I know whatever you have planned will be awesome! It's nice to hear about a company looking at the age-groupers as the focus and not just as the end consumer. Bravo!

P said...

I'm totally excited to hear more about this!!

Big Clyde said...

I think this is so great. I am just starting to run, just starting to catch the racing bug and new to the whole thing. Most tri-oriented web companies seem so geared for the experienced athletes...stores too. Looking forward to your new company.

I'll contact you via e-mail for the shirt. Thanks!

misszippy said...

Intriguing! Looking forward to hearing about it.

I keep forgetting about my shirt. Need to get the info to you!

Bryan S said...

Can't wait to hear about what's next. I really dig the shirt too.

J. L. said...

Anxiously trying and reading trying to get a shirt! I'm glad you started the contest because I have been enjoying your blogs. Tho sometimes my comments end up under my son's login (dang-it)

Barbie said...

I am so excited about this Patrick. If you need a hand at all just give us a "holler". Can't wait to see what you have in store. :)

64 CLASSIC said...

Man, I look good in that tee!!

Thanks for using my pic dude... gives me streetcred, oh I mean blogcred!!!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Hey Christine,

Thanks for catching a typo. It's meant to say "endurance sports" not "multi sports". I fixed it. You are in our scope for sure...

valen said...

it sounds very exciting, I bet it will be awesome. I'm already putting money aside to buy whatever comes out of it ; )

Caratunk Girl said...

Looking forward to hearing about it!

DRog said...

Candwich?

Glenn Jones said...

I'm a convert. I *love* my Free Yourself T. By far the most comfortable in my drawer. In gfact, I need to fight my kids - they keep trying to steal it.

Never be worried about failure. The only people who fail are those who fail to try.....

Jennifer said...

Sounds exciting! I love new ventures and you seem to have a good mind for all this kind of stuff. Just let us know how we can help!

Laura said...

I am solely a runner...primarily b/c I just don't have time to pull biking into my life. I train with multi-sporters and they are awesome so can't wait to hear what's next.

lindsay said...

i'm glad i was such a sucker for the t-shirt so i could discover your blog and training adventures :) blogging and all that comes with it does take up a lot of time though!

excited to see what the new business is all about.

Trish said...

Wow! Thanks for the comment "...if you come in last, well we all know that a majority of the population didn't make it "off the couch" on your race day." You said "that's worth a lot." Your saying and thinking that means a lot to me! I am hoping to do my first tri (super sprint) either in the late fall or early spring and I am scared to death that I'll be last! Knowing people respect the effort is super encouraging! Thank you!

Matty O said...

You teased it! Now when do we find out?!

Angie Bishop said...

How exciting!!! I would love to be a part of that :)

Kathleen said...

I am looking forward to checking out your new adventure.
Thanks again for the great T-shirt!

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