We have pro triathlete Meredith Kessler joining us today to talk about a number of topics. We are talking Kona, IMAZ, being an triathlete mom, but the main thing we are talking about today is the Outspoken: Women In Triathlon Summit.
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Thanks to last week's guests Tim Yount and Nick Koppin on the topic of the USAT ranking system, current criteria for qualifying for USAT Nationals and ITU AG Worlds. If you missed that interview, go back to episode #156 and check it out.
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Keeping perspective. This post from Meredith Kessler to her son Mak after a rough day at the office in Kona was the original inspiration to have Meredith back on the show. Part of being a good athlete is keeping perspective. There are races that go well and races that don't.
"Dear Mak: Sometimes cherished dreams come true and other times they repeatedly slip away. This picture symbolizes both. You and your dad are my most sacred dream while a dream of a quality race with gusto in Kona fell yet again by the wayside. Today your mom couldn’t finish what I started. It was not my best nor proudest moment in sport.
While this may continue to haunt me, as Kona usually does, I will keep learning, growing and recalibrating from it all. On repeat! And always relentlessly hug you in between 🤗
One thing that I will always ask of you is to celebrate the highs in your life and shake off the lows as fast as you can. Feel a little though NEVER dwell - regardless of how many times your dreams are crushed. Be gracious in defeat whether that is by your competitors or by something that you can’t seem to prevail over.
Find peace and gratitude in your tribe, your inner circle and the people that know, love and support you through the rollercoaster of life! Say your please and thank you’s and never let anyone or anything steal your light or break your stride 👊🏽💙
The journey can be hard sometimes. Perplexing. Demanding. Maddening. Chaotic. Sad. The journey can also be amazing and fulfilling most of the time. Loving. Fun. Enriching. Happy. AND...as a great friend once told me: the journey is far more important than the outcome. You ARE my journey and the best outcome of my life. Now let’s move forward and have a fun vacation! Love, MOM"
Being able to handle success and failure, being able to balance all of the demands of being a mom and athlete, building your brand and building your body, and being a great ambassador and role model….here is Meredith Kessler.eing a mom and athlete, eing a mom and athlete, building your brand and building your body, and being a great ambassador and role model….here is Meredith Kessler.
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Where is the 2018 Version of the Farm Bill?
Earlier this week, the conference committee - a committee convened to reconcile differences between House and Senate versions of the bill - issued its final report and reconciled version of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 - otherwise known as the 2018 version of the Farm Bill (the "Farm Bill"). In quick succession, the Senate and the House then approved the the Farm Bill, and we now wait with bated breath for the President's anticipated signature. Final approval is expected imminently.
What Does the Farm Bill Practically Do?
Perhaps the greatest impact of the Farm Bill is the galvanization of momentum across the board and throughout the supply chain and ancillary stakeholders:
- Providing comfort to retailers in bringing products to retail shelves en masse;
- Providing comfort to banks, payment processors, insurers to provide services to hemp industry stakeholders
- Encourage investment and infusions of capital into businesses and infrastructure for both fiber-, seed- and oil-based uses of hemp;
- Instigate federal, state and local agencies to act affirmatively to authorize and regulate hemp; and
- Importantly, quiets any question as to the Drug Enforcement Administration's ("DEA") lack of authority with respect to hemp
What Does the Farm Bill Legally Do?
Once officially signed into law, it is important for us to take a deep breath and celebrate this historic moment and understand the momentous progress the 2018 version of the Farm Bill achieves. Specifically, the Farm Bill serves to clarify and affirm the rightful place of raw hemp as an agricultural commodity, alongside corn and wheat. Notably, these hemp provisions in the Farm Bill state, in part:
Where Do We Go From Here?
At the same time, though the passage of the Farm Bill is incredible news, it is similarly important to remember the work left to be done, which will of course take time - months, if not more than a year - to roll out:
- USDA must now take the reigns in implementing regulations and/or reviewing and approving state-authorized "plans" for cultivation;
- There is likely to be a cascade effect at the state level to pass state-level "plans" and implement regulations consistent with the Farm Bill;
- Attention now turns to FDA with respect to ensuring that hemp-derived cannabinoids - including extracts containing cannabidiol - are to be treated as permissible ingredients; and
- Resolve bumps in the road that are likely to arise as federal, state and local legislators and regulators work to implement the tenets of the Farm Bill over the coming months and years.
To that end, once we collectively take a moment to deservedly celebrate this momentous occasion, we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and continuing to work alongside hemp industry stakeholders and government officials in ensuring appropriate and sensible regulation at federal, state and local levels. The opportunities many in the industry have long awaited are at the cusp of being realized and this landmark announcement will certainly go down as a seismic policy shift in our nation's history.
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