|Mateo choosing race shoes|
Ok, I have a confession to make. Mateo the Machine was supposed to be our secret weapon, but I let it slip. I hope that other teams don't start recruiting similar youngsters, but I am afraid that it is already happening. After our initial post it seems that Mateo's family was contacted by a few of the top teams in the US, asking if he had an exclusive contract with the YogaSlackers. Well, I am relieved to report that while we have nothing yet in writing, we have a verbal confirmation.
|Looking over the food options|
Mateo's parents have assured us that while some of the offers have been quite attractive, they are leaving the decision up to Mateo, and he seems quite taken with several aspects of the YogaSlackers organization. Particularly, Mateo is quite a fan of our shiny silver Inov-8 shoes, and seeing as those shoes are prototypes and the only ones in existence, he wants to stay with us. Chelsey is excited to finally have someone on the team that has small feet like her.
|"put all the sport jelly beans in there"|
Furthermore, Mateo seems to appreciate our frequent breaks, which team members regularly use for play time or to catch a quick nap. We are still negotiating over whether or not he'll be bringing his favorite dump truck and bulldozer toys with him during actual races. We are not too concerned with the added weight (we'll just add them to Daniel's pack when no one is looking), but we do wonder if it might slow down our transitions if Mateo gets distracted and wants to build dirt piles instead of getting his bike ready or refill his water bottles.
|Chelsey's understudy - Talula|
|"Talula, you get to wear this!!!"|
Finally, we are not ones to rest on our laurels...
I am in final negotiations with my twin Andy (frequent YS team racer) to get his boy Keegan into the fold too. Keegan already has the intimidation technique down, and is quite an experienced yogi as well.
My only worry with all of this is that all this new talent may put me out of a job. I just realized that I'm now the old guy on the team. Oh boy....