30 months to go!#challengingtokyo2020

Being an athlete is very nice, but many times also hard. And I don’t mean trainings, injuries, and everything else that goes with it, because you accept the whole package and you live with it. What I have in mind is the financial part of the sport, of which often we don’t talk about out loud and sometimes it seems it is easier not to hear the facts. The athlete on my level cannot train carefree unless he provides a big part of expenses by himself.

In every sport there are some funds or budgets that are given by the country to each sport category. In my case, Slovenian Triathlon Federation is partially taking care of my budget. Federation has a limited budget, which is of course determined by the state. I am not the only one under their auspices, but there are also some other athletes, so they split the cake between all of us. They are covering some expenses for some matches and travelling, but this is far from covering all of my expenses for training camps, races, sports equipment and everything else that is indispensable for my training and races.

 

So, we have to provide the rest of the budget by ourselves. Those of you, who follow me know, that 3 years ago I started to work with my whole team and they are helping me not only in communication, training and other things, but also in obtaining sponsorship funds.

Today’s blog I dedicate to my supporters, to whom I am extremely grateful for providing me with carefree training and races.

  1. Everyone knows that energy is important in sports. Without it I can’t turn the pedals and accelerate the step. Not to mention the fight with water currents – three disciplines, among which I have to distribute energy appropriately so that I don’t burn out. Thank you ELES for helping me maintain a balance.
  2. Triathlon is a demanding sport. The possibility of injury is waiting for you on every corner. Of course, I am always taking care of my health in the best possible way, but if just in case something goes wrong, the health insurance company VZAJEMNA takes over the controll of my health.
  3. Triathlon races are often quite a true travel. Travel agency HRG SLOVENIA (O-TURS D.O.O.) arranges for me the fastest and most convenient way of travelling. Without those guys , I would probably be riding my bike on my races.
  4. In the are swimming fishes, they say! But when I swim with SPEEDO gear, I can easily make friends with them, and sometimes I even overtake some really lazy one.
  5. My mother always said: Never on a trip without a map. I just smile back because I have always GARMIN gear on my hand.
  6. I spend one third of my triathlon performances on my feet. For all of my 10 toes and my heels take care NEWTON sports shoes on my feet.
  7. ADIDAS EYEWEAR (AMM d.o.o.) with its high-end glasses ensures that the sun is on my eyes but not in my eyes if you know what I mean.
  8. FALKE keeps me warm in the winter and in the summer. They have top quality clothes for free time.
  9. Without a great bicycle, there would be no great success and no smile on my face. Sometimes I am so fast with my black – green CANNONDALE (thanks to Funsports!) that the phptpgrapher barely catches me in the camera.
  10. Especially after a small or a big win I like to step in front of the camera. Sometimes I want to be pictures taken with all my team. For our stylish outfit some of our supporters are taking care: Figura, TKBM Printing House, PRI PLANINSKO ORLU Inn, Triathlon Club TRISPORT and Slovenian Triathlon Federation.
  11. Empty bag does not stand upright. Empty Planko even less. In our kitchen the best chef is of course my mom, but right behind her there is PROACTION sports nutrition.
  12. “You can be anything” is the famous saying. Studio SPREMENI.SE with its treatments makes me anything, sometimes even a fish.
  13. Without a great trainer (or two!) there would be no winning smiles on my face. G3 COACHING and KLEMEN TRENERT are in charge for my trainings so that I can be the Speed Planko.
  14. And last but not least there is FIZIO TRI, which is carefully taking care for my muscles😊 and my whole regeneration of my body.

If you want to see how they are travelling with me, watch the video:)

In the end, I asked Aljoša Rupnik, director of the company AV Šport d.o.o. (exclusive distributor for Ex-Yugoslavia republics, Kosovo and Albania for brands Speedo and Falke), for a few words about our cooperation. Aljoša and his company have been with me since the very beginning, and he believed in my journey when we were only at the beginning of my Olympic dreams.

 

 

  1. Why did you decide to support me already in the age of youth competition, where in fact you didn’t know me well, you just saw my results?

The idea of our company is that in every age category, we choose the most ambitious ambassador. Matevž, you were the most promising young triathlete and that is why you were our first choice.

  1. Where do you see synergy effects of our cooperation and how do you think I can help you through my sports career?

Because of your age, you are a great person for posts on social networks. Through digital communication with your help we can easier reach our target audience.

  1. You have confirmed your long-term cooperation with me for the next 3 years with the new Olympic cycle. In addition to your Speedo ​​products, I will also wear your Falke brand for trainings and leisure time. Why?

As I have said,we are looking for people who are “influencers” and we beieve that you are on the good track to become one.

  1. If I give you a challenge and you can choose among one of the three disciplines that I train every day at the triathlon – where would you dare to compete with me? 🙂

In drinking protein shake! 😊

 

In the end not to forget the countdown: I challenge Tokyo 2020. 30 months to go!

Izzivam Tokio 2020 – Moji podporniki v moji torbi! #izzivamtokyo2020

Biti športnik je zelo lepo, a nemalokrat niti najmanj lahko. S tem ne mislim na treninge, poškodbe in vse ostalo kar sodi zraven, saj je to paket, ki ga vzameš v zakup in s tem živiš. V mislih imam pravzaprav finančni del športa, o katerem se nekako na glas ne pogovarjamo, saj se včasih zdi, kot da je lažje, da tega ne slišimo. Športnik na mojem nivoju ne more biti športnik, ki brezskrbno trenira, v kolikor si sredstev za svoje stroške, ne priskrbi sam.

V vsakem športu je sicer tako, da nekaj proračuna nameni država določeni kategoriji. V mojem primeru zame skrbi delno Triatlonska zveza Slovenija, ki ima na voljo omejen proračun, ki je seveda določen iz strani države. Pod okriljem pa nisem samo jaz, temveč kar nekaj triatloncev, tako da se vsakemu nameni nek del denarne pogače. Nekaj tekem sicer že pokrije, vendar je to zdaleč od tega, da bi bili pokriti moji stroški vseh priprav, tekem, poti, športne opreme in ostalega, ki je nujno potrebno za moje treniranje in tekmovanje.

Tako se moramo znajti sami in tisti, ki me spremljate veste, da smo 3 leta nazaj začeli delati skupaj s celotno ekipo, ki mi pomaga ne samo pri komunikaciji, treningih in ostalem, temveč tudi pri pridobivanju sponzorskih sredstev.

Današnji zapis posvečam tako mojim podpornikom, ki sem jim neizmerno hvaležen, da mi omogočajo brezskrbno treniranje in tekmovanje.

  1. Da je energija pri športu precej pomembna ve vsak. Brez nje ne morem vrteti pedal in pospešiti korak. Da o boju z vodnimi tokovi sploh ne govorim – tri discipline, med katerimi moram vsakokrat ustrezno razporediti energijo, da ne pregorim. Hvala  ELES, da si mi priskočil na pomoč pri ohranjanju ravnovesja.
  2. Triatlon ni le zahteven podvig, tudi možnosti za poškodbe prežijo name na vsakem ovinku ali zaveslaju. Seveda sam po najboljših močeh vedno poskrbim za varnost, če pa kaj uide mi izpod nadzora, zdravstvena zavarovalnica  VZAJEMNA poskrbi, da ni še večja mora.
  3. Triatlonska tekmovanja so mnogokrat čisto prava potovanja. Za čim hitrejšo in udobnejšo pot poskrbi potovalna agencija HRG SLOVENIA (podjetje O-TURS D.O.O.). Brez nje bi na tekmovanja verjetno kar odkolesaril.
  4. V vodi plavajo naj ribe, pravijo! S plavalno opremo  SPEEDO se z lahkoto z njimi spoprijateljim, kakšno lenobno pa tu in tam celo prehitim.
  5. Nikar na pot brez zemljevida me mati pred vsako tekmo poučuje – sam nazaj se le nasmehnem in GARMIN opremo na dan privlečem.
  6. Na nogah preživim tretjino svojih triatlonskih podvigov. Da pete ostanejo cele in prstov na nogah vseh deset, mi NEWTON svoje športne copate na noge zaveže.
  7. ADIDAS EYEWEAR (podjetje AMM d.o.o.) s svojimi vrhunskimi očali poskrbi, da sonce mi ne bode v oči.
  8. FALKE s svojimi vrhunskimi oblačili za prosti čas, greje pozimi in poleti me ves čas.
  9. Brez odličnega kolesa ne bi bilo odličnega uspeha in na stopničkah smeha. Moj črno – zelen CANNONDALE (hvala Funsports!) včasih tako drvi, da me fotograf komajda v objektiv ulovi.
  10. Po malih in velikih zmagah pred objektiv se rad postavim, včasih pa poleg še ekipo zvabim. Da vsi na fotkah res smo fletni, Figura, Tiskarna TKBM, Gostilna PRI PLANINSKEM ORLU, Triatlonski klub TRISPORT in Triatlonska zveza Slovenije, so zaslužni.
  11. Prazna vreča ne stoji pokonci. Prazen Planko pa še manj. Za štedilnikom najboljša seveda je mama, takoj za njo pa PROACTION športna prehrana.
  12. »Lahko si karkoli« znan rek veli, Studio SPREMENI.SE me včasih s svojimi tretmaji tudi v ribo prelevi.
  13. Brez odličnega trenerja (ali dveh!) ne bi bilo zmagoslavnega veselja. G3 COACHING in KLEMEN TRENERT bdita nad mojo pripravljenostjo brez prestanka, da uspehov ne zmanjka za Hitrega Planka.
  14. Nenazadnje je tukaj FIZIO TRI, ki za moje mišice in regeneracijo poskrbi.

Če bi radi videli kako vsi potujejo z mano, si oglejte video:

 

Na koncu sem za nekaj besed o našem sodelovanju zaprosili Aljošo Rupnika, direktorja podjetja AV Šport d.o.o., ki je ekskluzivni distributer za vse države bivše Jugoslavije, vključujoč Albanijo in Kosovo za blagovni znamki: Speedo in Falke. Aljoša in njegove podjetje je z menoj že od vsega začetka in je verjel v mojo pot, ko smo bili šele na začetku mojih olimpijskih sanj.

 

 

  1. Zakaj ste se odločili za mojo podporo že v času mladinske konkurence, kjer me pravzaprav še niste dobro poznali razen mojih rezultatov? – Ideja je, da v vsaki starostni kategoriji najdemo ambasadorja in ti Matevž si bil kot najbolj perspektiven mladi triatlonec prva izbira.
  2. Kje vidite sinergijske učinke sodelovanja in kaj ocenjujete je tisto, kar vam lahko jaz skozi svojo športno kariero pripomorem? Zaradi svoje starosti si odličen za objave na družbenih omrežjih saj danes mladina večino svoje komunikacije vrši izključno in samo še na tovrstnih kanalih. Objave tako lažje dosežejo ciljno publiko.
  3. Vaše nekajletno sodelovanje z menoj ste z novim olimpijskim ciklusom potrdili tudi najmanj za naslednja 3 leta? Poleg vaših izdelkov Speedov bom od sedaj uporabljal tudi  blagovno znamko Falke za treninge in prosti čas? Zakaj? Kot že rečeno iščemo ljudi, ki so »influencer-ji« in ti si po našem trdnem prepričanju na dobri poti….
  4. Če bi se odločili za eno izmed 3 disciplin, ki jih jaz vsakodnevno treniram pri triatlonu – v katerem bi se pomeri z menoj na treningu?:) V pitju beljakovinskega shake-a! 😊

Na koncu pa seveda odštevamo: Izzivam Tokio 2020. 30 mesecev to go!