Man…

I really suck at keep this biz up to date.

I think we left off at the state crit chumps, which was weeks ago, which is months ago in dog months.

Anyway, since then I’ve continued to do the Tuesday night cross races. I am getting better, but not quick enough. We have a sweet new tradition of Taco Tuesday after the cross race, which is just perfect. It’s like it was meant to be. There’s only 2 more races though, so that’s kinda sad. Maybe I’ll actually do a weekend cross race for the first time in years. Really wish there was some road racing, or more specifically criteriuming to be done. Fitness is there.

Anyway (#2, for those keeping track), enough about bike racing.

I’m out in Colorado at the moment, doing that whole work thing. It’s keeping me busy, that’s for surely. I do have some big news there, but not quite ready to put it in print.

My big thing I’m working on at the moment is being happy. I mean, I am happy. Happiest I’ve ever been. But I want to work on showing my kids I’m happy. I feel like I’m always in such a rush to do whatever task- getting ready for school, walking to school, getting ready for bed…whatever, that I never show them a fun side. So I need to change that.

Alright, that’s all for now. Go in peace.

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5 Days in Vegas= XX Years off your life

I’m a couple days back from my annual “vacation” in Vegas and woooheeee, was it a whirlwind.

I left Monday morning around 4:30…the plan was to leave around 6:00, but then a kid woke up and I was like “I can stare at the ceiling for an hour or I can just go”…so I just went. Dirt demo all day Monday, followed by a quick ride. Got to stay in a house one of my brands rented that night.

*Side note, this is the day the big flood came through and wiped out the 15, so I was lucky I was down there early.

Tuesday, I got up early and rode again! My partner from CO came in early that morning and we were back at Dirt Demo, followed by a sales meeting/dinner and finally getting to our room for the week.

Wednesday was pretty full up with meetings and then straight out to ‘Cross Vegas. By the time that was over, I crashed pretty hard.

Thursday was even more full up and then I went and raced a criterium sponsored by Zappos. I rode the master’s race. It was fast. I was way better than at master’s nationals until I came apart with about 7 laps to go. Ended up 8th. We were going to hang out for the pro race, but then a drunk or something walked into the women’s pro field and they cancelled the rest of the races. We had a couple close calls in our race too, including one with a wheelchair, so you know, crowd control could have been better. Went out to ice cream and then took all the guys I was with back to their house and then back to the strip. My CO guy flew out that night, so I had the place to myself, but I was pretty worked so it was promptly to sleep.

Friday I had a couple more important meeting and then got on the road in a hurry. My headlights went out the night before. I drove around Vegas with my brights on, but figured that would be moreso frowned upon in Utah, so wanted to make it home before dark. With losing an hour with the time change and an extra hour detour due to the flood, I had my work cut out for me, but like a true driving professional, I persevered.

Got home and ,of course, had a massive case of the Interbike flu. Seem to be finding my groove now…just trying to catch up on all the work!

A Day in the Life…

So, this is pretty much my “busy season”. I am doing all the booking orders for 2015 now, so it’s a lot of presentations. And a lot of driving. What happens now largely determines our income for next year. A little scary, but I love it.

Anyway, today was the girls’ first day of school. It’s a family tradition that we all walk to school together. I am very lucky that my job allows that kind of flexibility. So after we walked, I hit the road pretty quickly. I had three appointments around Ogden today. It was nice that they all happened to be relatively close…This is rare during booking season. Usually I can plan my day around where I’m going to be, but this time of year I need a good amount of someone else’s time, so I’m really dependent on when they can make time for me. Often this means driving from one end of the earth to the other betwixt appointments.

The last appointment of the day was in the valley east of Ogden. Unfortunately, Ogden Canyon was closed so I had to drive around and up and over the North Ogden divide instead. After that, I wanted to try to make it back for the first P-Town Cross race. I don’t have a bike yet (it actually arrived today), so I was just going to hang out. Then, my 10 y.o. decided she wanted to race!  Anyway, I was on schedule to make it home in time for the race, but just barely. The course is literally (and I mean that literally) a mile from my house, so Kelly was just going to take all the kids over and I’d meet her there. Unfortunately, about 15 minutes from home, I found out they had to cancel today. Kind of a bust after breaking the sound barrier to make it home in time.

Haley was already kitted up when I got home, so we went for a quick cruise around the neighborhood. It will be interesting when she does actually race. She doesn’t want to do the kids race, and she doesn’t quite have the hang of shifting or getting on and off the bike quickly just yet. Like I said, should be interesting. Hopefully next week!

I will hopefully get my bike together as well. Going to try to do a nice “budget” build using a new aluminum frame and some old parts. More details on that soon.

Live from the QC Airport

Yes! Getting ready to hop a jet plane for Chicago and on to the promised land…Utah!!

What a great week I’ve had though.

Won the Bike Sales award!! Super pumped, gotta keep that with our team for next year.

That was the highlight of the dinners though. These super long and loud dinners are hard on me. I love hanging around people, but everyone together, drunk, gets so loud. I start having like sensory deprivation and eventually have to bag it.

Managed to ride everyday (mostly 2-a-days, really!), except yesterday, which was a big step up from previous years. Did get a nice run in yesterday around a huge city park right next to our hotel.

Made some new friends. You know I need all I can get!!

Didn’t really have anything going yesterday, except my 1-on1 meeting, which was an hour of the day, so I did the tourist thing and checked out old Quebec City. So much history! Really beautiful. And I could walk from the hotel, pretty amazing.

I love the culture in the city. So many beautiful people. I haven’t been to France, but the reputation proceeds it and I feel like here you get the culture, but none of the attitude. Everyone has been super friendly. I could live here, if it weren’t for that whole winter (which is like 10 months/year) thing!

I feel overwhelmingly blessed to have had this opportunity. Not going to squander it!!

Can’t wait to get back to Utah and my girls!!

 

Birthday

It’s my birthday.

So I got up super early (6:00, but that’s like 4:00 Utah time) and went for a ride this morning. Only one other guy came out, but he’s Canadian and showed me around the course they do the WorldTour race on. Pretty cool. We got rained on. That’s one thing you basically never do in Utah. Rain rides. There’s just not enough rain to bother.

Anyway, got back scarfed down some breakfast and went to meetings for the day. 

After seeing all the incredible incredibleness coming in 2015, we went for a bike ride! Yes, I love a twofer! Both short though, so that’s like one ride, almost. We rode out along the river again and saw some big waterfall. It was huge. I have some pics for Instafacer, but you’ll have to wait until I get back on US soil for me to post them. Sorry, guys. That must be hard for you.

Sadly, we had a little crashola on the way home. We were on the ridiculously small path and one of the guys took a drink right when he hit a bump and something had to give. It was pretty bad. He rode home, but he did so all bloody from his elbow and with his shorts torn. Kind of a bummer.

After that, we went to dinner. I figured everyone would be out drinking again tonight, but it looks like almost everyone is wiped out from last night and I’m up later than most! I’m actually in the hotel lobby as my roomie went to bed and I didn’t want to disturb him.

Speaking of which, it’s almost midnight and I’m thinking to ride again at 6…

I should probably call it.

I miss my wife and kids, but it has been a wonderful birthday and I’ll party down with them soon enough!

Thanks and good night!

Live from Quebexico

So I’m in Quebec now for a sales meeting.

Long day of travel. It always is. I left home around 10:00 yesterday and finally got in last night around 12:30. Then, had to eat breakfast in time to catch a bus, yes, a school bus to my meetings at 7:30.

I never really sleep well in hotels anyway, so I am pretty wiped out.

Today was okay. A few product presentations and then I got to go for a quick ride along the St. Lawrence River. As a connoisseur of bike paths, I’d give it a C. Nice scenery, but way too twisty in spots and pretty heavy traffic. I guess you have to expect that when it gets above freezing here! 

For the record, it was actually close to 80. And quite a bit more humid than Utah!

We are staying downtown, which is very new to me and super nice. It’s one of the oldest cities in N. America, founded in 1608. I wiki’d that. Not that full of knowledge. Exactly like Europe. As it appears in my mind, since I’ve never been.

I just got done facebooking with darling wife. The kids got out of school for summer on Friday and I left Sunday. Kinda rough. I don’t have an international calling plan or anything, so that’s how we’re communicating for the week. 

Anyway, I think I’m ready to retire or at least not think anymore. It’s quarter to twelve and I’m supposed to get up and ride at 6:00. Wondering if anyone will be there, however, since they are still out drinking.

 

Hump Day

Yep, Big Wednesday up in here.

As planned, spent the morning in Boulder. As usual this made me feel fat. Had some good visits though. After a tasty burrito, I bid my Colorado cohort good-bye and headed up into the mountains. Hit some serious snow on Loveland pass, so I was quite pleased when it was (relatively) warm and sunny upon my arrival in Glenwood Springs. Visited another shop and then got out for a nice little ride.

Felt so good. Hadn’t ridden in a week! Seems to be my pattern these days. Do a couple good weeks and get some form starting to brew, then take a week off! 

Anyway, I found a cheap hotel and set up camp for the night. 

Currently watching Tour of CA on TV. Need to get some rest as I have another big day tomorrow up in Aspen. Wish me luck!

I nearly forgot…

to post.

Another looooong day. But good. Definitely good. Worked the Colorado Springs to Denver area. Drove my sick as rental cargo van all up in that piece. I have my new partner for Colorado with me and that makes the day more enjoyable. It’s kinda nice going into shops with a partner. I’m also staying at his house and eating his food, which is beyond nice!

Nothing to crazy to report. The demo did not go well in terms of getting people on bikes, but all the shops that saw them liked the bikes, so I’ll just try to learn how to do it better and roll with it. Some cool ideas for the future, for sure.

Tomorrow, we’ll hang around Boulder for the morning and then I’ll head over to Aspen…another big day in the van! Yes! It’s not so bad really. Luckily, I like driving! We’ll see how Aspen goes. It’s still very early season for them. “Mud season” as they call it in the high country.

Anyway, I’m pretty wiped out. For whatever reason, I can never go to bed early when I’m on the road even when I know I should.

Not sure where I’m staying tomorrow night, so that should be an adventure. I did pack my sleeping bag to sleep in the van, but it’s completely wall-to-wall full of bikes and boxes, so that’s out. A little cold yet to be sleeping under the stars. Especially at elevation. No tell Motel? Perhaps, perhaps, perrrrr-haps.

Very wow.

Me again! I am “on the road again”, and even though I missed a couple trips in there, I’m eager to get back on blogging form. Putting it nicely, writing improves when you write. Or to put it less nicely, my writing gets worse when I never write or only write enough for Facebook. So here I am. Plus, I had a day. And what a day I had.

So, I got on the road around 8:15 this morning. My mom and her husband were in town over the weekend, so they walked the kids to school at the same time before they headed back to Sedona. Anyway, I had to go to Uhaul to pick up a cargo van as I’m doing a bike demo this trip and didn’t have room for all the bikes in my little wagon. That went pretty smoothly. 

I was actually going to leave earlier, but I had to go to the UPS hub (which doesn’t open until 9:00) to pick up the bikes for the demo as the rep who had them shipped them a day late and sent everything out of whack. I got the bikes okay, and everything was on schedule. And it was a tight schedule. I had a meeting scheduled for 3:45 in Cheyenne and Google Maps put it at 7 hours. Meaning if I had NO stops, I needed to make up 15 minutes. 

I got to Evanston and had made up around 5 minutes. If you don’t know Evanston, it’s on the Utah-Wyoming border, so it’s mostly where Utahans go to get their booze, porn and fireworks. Anyway, as I pulled into Evanston, I saw a sign saying “I-80 Closed- Winter Weather” or some such. I didn’t want to believe it, so I went another mile down the road where the police turned me around. I should add that although we had kind of a stormy day in Utah yesterday, it was sunny the entire drive to that point. 

So, I wasn’t making the meeting. These things happen. Usually to other people, but I guess it was my turn.

Anyway, in the interest of this post not going on forever, I got to hang out in Evanston for a couple hours. Ate lunch, went for a run on the old High Uintas Stage Race criterium course, hung out with truckers. Finally, they opened the road…Unfortunately, the sudden influx of a million or so trucks combined with narrowing the 3 lane highway to 1 lane meant I spent another hour or so inching my way up a pass a little ways out of Evanston.

And now I was way off schedule. The rest of the drive is pretty much a haze. I only stopped once between Evanston and Denver and that was only to get gas and pee. There was a ton of snow as I got further into Wyoming. It did snow on me quite a bit, but it was mostly just quick squalls, but you could see they’d gotten quite a bit the last day or so. Wasn’t what I expected in May. Got in around 9:45 tonight, which is really long for that drive, but I’m here in one piece and I guess that’s what counts.

Really excited to get back in the van tomorrow!!

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!