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Thanks to for this shared clip art of  "thumbs up."

Master competitor is going to adopt this icon as its universal sign of acknowledgement for all training and racing activities.  There's no better way to tell those who cut you some slack you appreciate the attitude.

So I'm asking all master competitors to use the thumbs up openly and with gusto.  Add a nod of the head and make eye contact when you deliver it.  A few examples of application:

Oncoming car stops to let group of cyclists make a left turn. Thumbs up.

Oncoming car offers wide berth when you're running along the shoulder of the road.  Thumbs up.

Pedestrian waves you through crosswalk when cycling.  Thumbs up.

Young kids wave when you spin past their front yard.  Thumbs up.

Law enforcement officer nods when you run or cycle past his/her car. Thumbs up.

Aid station personnel at run or cycling events cater to your needs.  Thumbs up.

These are only a few examples of this master competitor sign of connection with the community around you. It's a way to demonstrate appreciation, respect and camaraderie.

Let's make the world a better place.  Let's build up, not tear down.  Make that thumb work for you and let's spread love throughout the endurance world!


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You have to look closely (click and enlarge photo if needed), but when you do, check out the 5th metacarpal (bone furthest from thumb).

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