The year gone by…

1 11 2011

I know, I know. It’s not January 1st. We’re not starting another new year or anything but 1 year ago today, my lovely fiancee and I landed in Calgary from London and concluded what would be a pretty amazing trip to Spain / Morocco. I also turned 40. I moved from the Coast to the Rockies, I met my future wife and mother of my children. I changed careers.  I grew my hair. I am in the best shape of my life.

Travelling was kind of the start of my new life direction, or lack there of if you wish. I left a pretty good IT career to go travelling and while we were out and about I was able to see things a little differently.

We, humans, don’t really need much to live. Food and shelter are a given. Having family and a partner that loves you is a bonus. Of course a job is handy so you can pay for the above or share it if point number 3 applies. Anything beyond that is gravy really.

So with that and a little math I decided that leaving the IT world was something that I had to do. I landed a job in a bike shop selling and wrenching and I have to say I wish I would have done this years ago. What better job to have than one that supports your passion. I make a fraction of the money but it’s pretty amazing what you can do with just a few life hacks. I am now a lunch and coffee packer. I decided to commute on the bike rain or shine or minus freakin’ thirty! You know? Trimming the fat of life and getting rid of any extraneous stuff. Simplify I guess is the operative word.

Simplifying my life has been the best thing I have done. If  you’re not happy doing what you’re doing then change it. If your mortgage is too high to do that – sell your house. It’s just a house, you can find another one. Life’s too short…

 

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I can feel it in my knee….

19 10 2011

Winter is coming.. I reflect back and think about winters in the past. I grew up Snowboarding in Ontario back in the late 80’s. Then it wasn’t much of a scene rather a new sport that people didn’t get. As time passed and as popularity grew the scene changes as with all sports. The bottom line was, if you looked good enough and threw down enough sick shit, you’d belong to this new life meme called Snowboarding.

I see this translate to all sorts of sports and now that I am in the bike industry again it’s more clear then ever that it has fallen victim to the same principles. Throw down, drop cliffs, spin or flip as many times as possible. Dare I say it… Extreme!

As I sit here and type, my subconscious is already planning today’s ride. It’s not extreme by any means but really, anything is as hard as you make it. Ride faster, corner harder, find new lines, ride cleaner.

I want to ride for the rest of my life and there comes a point when you decide to drop the scene and just do something because you love it. The bicycle is one of the most amazing of machines whether it be a DH rig or a grocery getter. It’s like an old friend you rely on. We count on our gear a whole lot and whenever I finish a ride unscathed I look at my rig and smile.

We all need to drop the attitude. Who cares if you’re an XC racer, free rider like me or a DH’er (sorry if I forgot about your category) we are all on two wheels let’s take that for what it is. We are all cyclists no matter what the discipline or what you’re wearing.