Long Days

Yeah, another big day in the life. 

First off, it was like 48 degrees when I parked in CO Springs last night. This morning I woke up to 8″ of fresh snow and it was still dumping. I had to drive back to Denver, which pretty much sucked. Not white knuckle, mostly just slow and a little nervy. Hit up a couple shops there, then u-turned back to the Springs, where I was lucky to have lunch with an old friend and co-worker.

Saw a couple more shops. Then decided to check what time the event I basically planned this trip around was. I had it my head it was 7:00, but it wasn’t on the email, only a date. I called, which ended up being smart as it started at 5:00. I made it with time to spare, of course. That pretty well covered the evening and now I’m going to grab a few winks.

I have a 6:00 am flight tomorrow as I had to get home so darling wife can go to her work. A 6:00 am flight pretty much means leaving here at 3:00 since I have to drive to the West Kansas International Airport, return the rental, ride the shuttle, ride the train, etc… So waking up at 3:00 should be pretty sweet.

At least traffic should be light!


Conjuring up the motivation…

to post.

It’s been a long day, but the rule is when I’m on the road, I gotta do it. Otherwise the blog is pretty much dead.

Left home this morning around 7:15. Halfway to the airport I got a call that my flight was 40 minutes delayed. In a strange twist of fate, I had the easiest trip through security ever, so I had time to do some work (you know, Facebook) before boarding. Once we were all aboard, they noted a problem with the air conditioning and we had to change planes. I didn’t think we really need ac, but I don’t get to decide. Anyway, I finally got to Denver about two hours late.

If you’ve been to DIA, you know it’s pretty big and getting the rental car area takes some time. Finally got there and my car wasn’t ready. That didn’t take super long and they gave me a sweet as upgrade, so I really can’t complain there. Of course, DIA is basically in Kansas, so by the time I reached civilization, I was an hour, two tops faster than if I’d driven. So, from now I think I’ll drive whenever the weather allows. So much nicer, cheaper and I can bring all my stuff with.

Spent most of the rest of the day arranging samples. Super fun. Got to my “host housing” around 8:30. I still talk like a bike racer, see?

Need to see a couple shops tomorrow then a dealer event after hours, and then I have a flight at 6am back in Denver. I’m staying in CO Springs, so I should probably hit the road by 3:30. Ouch.

You’re probably dying to know about my fitness. How could you not be? Well, I started feeling okay and then I didn’t ride for a week. So typical. Will try to get back after it once I’m home. I’m due to start racing in a couple weeks, and we’re camping for the kids spring break between now and then. The ‘ol fitness comes back pretty quickly for me typically, but I’m definitely pushing it here.

No other super crazy news to report. Kelly’s last day at Sundance is Saturday and I think we’ll take the kids up for closing day Sunday. They’re getting some awesome snow this week to close things out!

About that whole fitness thing…

Yeah, it’s going better. I’ve been on the bike the last five days on the trot. Planning to make it six here shortly. The volume is still almost non-existent, but I think consistency is the biggest thing for me. As long as I’m riding regularly, it comes back pretty quickly. 

Darling wife is taking her PSIA Level One (ski instructor) test these last couple days, so I’ve been home with the kiddoes and trying to get work done, which can be easier said than done. Really proud of my Kelly and how she’s changed things up this winter.

Anyway, yesterday I was able to ride a couple hours with the wee ones in tow. It’s been awhile! Reminds me of when the older girls were little, except these two enjoy being in the trailer together much more. As you can imagine pulling two kids, I’m not terribly fast, so my two hours was only maybe 30 miles despite being quite flat. Today I’ll only do an hour. Baby steps. At least it’s warm (and dry) enough to take the buggy out.

Alright, I better get back to it.

Live from DIA…

Yeah, chilling in the aeropuerto. Thank the heavens for free wifi. I don’t pack my own.

Nothing super incredible happened today, but I did get to the airport 4 hours before my flight and…

1) for the first time ever there was no line at DIA

B) flight was delayed an additional hour

Flight has actually gone back to “on time” now, which is nice. Hopefully it stays that way as it’ll be pushing midnight when I get home irregardlessly. That’s a word, look it up.

Not a crazy story to be had from today. Went to a bunch of bike shops and talked a bunch of bike stuff. That’s about all. My plan is still to get through this booking season (a few more weeks) and then start shopping for a new sub-rep for CO. I will still be out here regularly, but you can’t expect to grow the business beyond a certain point without someone around ALL the time. It’s really dependent on relationships. Like I know I have products and lines and programs that are clearly better than stuff being stocked here and there, but getting in the door can be tough. So I’ll need some help.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Ready to get home to my girls!


Hump Day

Well, Wednesday anyway. I am on the road after all.

So yeah, darling wife’s birthday and I’m a state removed. She’s really good about such things. 

Today was good. Woke up to 7 degrees and a few inches of snow, but it was 50 by the end of the day. I had two real appointments and went to another 4 shops in between. Mostly it went pretty well, I think.

Got done around 5:00 and went for a run up in the foothills. Run might be an exaggeration, but it was definitely faster than a hike and jog just sounds weak.

I had to wrap my head around the idea that it was shady in the foothills. Utah is the opposite, you see. At least where the population density is. Does that make sense? You be the judge.

Anyway, one more day. I have an appointment close to here in Boulder in the morning and then will pop in a few shops in Denver. My flight’s not until like 9:30 or something, so I’ll be spending some quality time at DIA. Remember the glory days of the Provo to Denver flight? Ahhh, if only the good times could last forever.

Really slacking on doing some follow-up from today. I better get it done as I’m not likely to get any more motivated tonight.

Adios, amigos!

Back in Colorado…

We’re not going to talk about that whole training thing. You can imagine how well that means it’s going.

I’m in beautiful Colorado…It was in the 60′s in Utah today and it was in the 20′s for a high here. Yeah, what the heck man? Last winter every time I came out it was way warmer here than Utah. I guess I timed it wrong. I’d love some snow in our mountains, but it’s less fun when you have to drive.

As you may recall, I had a sub-rep helping me for Colorado. Well, she’s moved on to sunnier pastures, so I’m trying to get business popping in hurry. I’ll probably be making my way out here right frequently again for awhile. 

Anyway, you remember the rule. When I’m on the road, I post. So, today was good. The snow didn’t really start until the end of the day. Scored a super leg room seat on the flight and slept for most of it.

I love falling asleep before take off.  

Once on the ground and rental car’d up, I had to go pick up some samples and commence visiting shops. I didn’t really have any appointments today, just kinda pop ins. 

Now I am staying with some friends. I don’t know if it’s weird to talk about people online in a forum they’ll probably never see, but they’re awesome. 

Anyhoo, I’m getting tired again, so I’m off to sleep.

Oh, one more thing. Tomorrow is my Kelly’s birthday! Yes, so sad that I’m on the road for her big day. I’ll have to summons all of my male brains to come up with something good for Friday night. She works that day, so I’ll have the day to plan. And watch kids. And work, of course!

For the record, I have committed to recommit to committing to train (or at least exercise)when I get back.

Pattern Life

Okay, so we have a pattern. I am on a steady pattern of 3 or 4 days on and 3 or 4 days off. Oddly, weekends are tough. With Kelly working the weekend, I have to get it done super early or super late and so far, I’m failing to do so. Unfortunately, this is pretty useless for making any sort of progress. I am tired, so I’m good with today off, but I need to get up super early tomorrow and get something done. That said, this week has been solid thus far. Now, let’s see if I have any motivation come tomorrow.

Happy Valentine’s Day, yo.