Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cycling

Two, or more years ago I would have never thought that I would be back into mountain biking as much. Hell, five years ago I can remember having a conversation with my buddy Wes and thinking that I just don't give a shit about it anymore. Running Conte's I only had time for roadbiking. Late '04 I was feeling pretty negative about alot of things and I met Babycakes and ordered a 29er just trying to get myself out of a rut. Babycakes got me to the trail again in a manner of speaking and after I left the bike biz for the restaurant biz there was no looking back. I use to think about what I was gonna do with me according to other peoples terms more than my own. I certainly didn't pay sixty thousand dollars for college to be a bartender, but life is interesting and I never had so much free time. Most of the people that go, "Well whatta ya gonna do next? I mean, this is a stepping stone isn't it?" My answer is this, I was going to teach, but it pays about twenty thousand less a year and you work more. So, I am going to play outside and be with my woman. Work is work, money is money. Hell, this blog started over a track bike beer ride on sundays. I still enjoy that shit, but the road riding is back in its place just like my priorities, training for mountain biking. Getting away from traffic and people yelling at you to get on the "sidewalk", is what its all about. One life, one chance to have fun. Practice.

9 comments:

christian said...

well said! Money doesn't play, it just smells like a roller rink!

Ikon O. Klasst said...

"...sixty thousand dollars for college to be a bartender." Money well-spent. Ya need an education to make good bar talk with interesting alcohooligans.

Best post yet; well-put.

Jerry said...

I was with Mike Mcmahon the other night at your place. Love the hotsauce. Thanks for hooking us up. I see a tuesday ride in my future.

D-BO!! said...

i ain`t spend 60 grand on college fer no lessons,hell i didn`t even finish HS.. but i`d have to say i`ve spent alot more than 60 grand on life lessons!!!!! glad you starting to see the big picture, glad you helped return me to my ROOTZ......nice photos.....

Liz Schleeper said...

Yeah, one life, live in on knobbies. Now if we can just move a few more patches of woods into the area. Maybe see you at Tidewater Mountain Bike Challenge?

G. Ray said...

Amen Brother...

cyclochris said...

Can I hear a hallelujah?
Nice to see you've found your happy place.

JMH said...

Great post, couldn't agree more. Like the saying goes, "work to live, not live to work". Though I have to tell you that teaching ain't so bad either. I get to bike to work, play kickball every day, and still be home with my own kids at night.

Though I might need to get a bartending gig to pay for the IF Crown Jewel I have in the works.

Take it slow.

Metro said...

Jimmy the flavor in my mouth it’s so cold and stale. I need a spicy fix! Is that new batch of hot sauce on the market yet?

P.S. Great post BTW. If you can make it West over to the 804 we are doing a night ride at Pocahontas State park tomorrow (Thursday) rolling the trails at 7pm. Wear a costume as there will be a prize for the best one. Also we’re doing some other “unannounced” night rides throughout the week. Just drop me a line.

Peace,
Metro