So I took a bit of a long shot a few weeks back. I had read about the Purplepatch Farm Project on one of Linsey Corbin's tweets. It is an opportunity to train with and learn the approach of Matt Dixon's pro team. Some of his athletes include Chris and Matt Lieto, Luke Bell, Sam McGlone, and Linsey Corbin. The farm project would kick off in Tucson, AZ at a training camp with the Purplepatch pros and be followed by planning my race season and utilizing purplepatch's approach.
I figured it was a shot in the dark, but about 2 weeks after I submitted my application I got an email from Matt. He wanted to know a few more things about me including how I designed my training, hours per week spent training, weaknesses, etc. I assumed this meant I made it to the next round. Still no idea how many people were left but thought it was a good sign. Yesterday I got a phone call from Matt. My phone had died and when I checked the voicemail from my office phone I found a message from Matt stating that I had made it down to the final 5 or 6 people and he wanted to talk for 5 to 10 minutes about my thoughts on the future, my application and so forth. I called him back and left him a message and have been waiting anxiously since then.
This would be a pretty cool opportunity to train with some talented individuals and learn yet another approach to the sport. I should find out by February 7th whether or not I made it. Either way it has been an interesting experience.