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I'm learning things these days. Mainly that the boy in me needs to be a man, no matter how much I try and continue to be everyone's inner boy, externally.

As I've talked about....a lot these days...real life is demanding me be present. And I'm there. I need to continue to be a keystone for those that I love. So recreational things like going out for monster rides, specified training, fun racing like the short track's....just have to get back burnered for now. The Firecracker 50 was a blast, and I'm stoked to have had the time, a unique window these days to do it, but now I begin a two week hiatus of travel, family visits and focus on the tough stuff that life is requiring of me.

At the expense of sounding like a cheese ball and using a cyclocross analogy, now is the time for the real hup hup. The time where I need to use some of that grit reserved for throwing down in races, now to throw down for others in life. Make them feel a sense of the hup hup to put one foot in front of the other and focus on what is right...what's working in life for them and provide reasons for the next foot to be put squarely in front of the last. The mud is thick in situatons like this and often the mind has no way to slice through it. My job now is to help those that need it to float across it.

I'll be there pushing somewhere the next few weeks in some way. When you throw your leg over your ride this week for your ride, put in a one minute all out interval, max watts, max heart rate....simply for those that can't. Step outside yourselves for just a minute while on that ride and think of the fortunes you have in life. What's working for you. There's always plenty of time to dwell on what's not, right? Try to syncopate your good health and your good fortunes while you're doing something you love.

Hup hup my friends.

Reader Comments (4)

I'm happy to be able to live and ride in this awesome place we call home. Some people would kill to have what we do so Let's enjoy it.The bike will still be here when you return. Family is forever.Respect.vaya con dios ...RSTEVE

July 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Things will improve. The last three years have kept my racing near home and commuting to work as my workout. My daughter is four and is riding on the tag-a-long. She is also asking questions like, "Why can't I race and join the group rides". My wife shakes her head and laughs and I am very very happy dad. I am slowly getting back into the race shape I once enjoyed.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobert (xcskimt)

Didn't really feel like going for a run today . . . would've been easier to sit in the office, eat lunch at my desk and check M&C. But then I thought about all those poor bastards who can't, whether for health reasons, or work reasons, or their commitments to others. I owed it to them, as well as to me. So I went. And it was the right thing to do, the right place to be.

July 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHautacam

i have been following the blog for a while. Thanks for giving me a little perspective. Some folks have more, a carbon wheel set, a custom frame, but some have a whole lot less, food, health, shelter... I will pull hard tomorrow.

Keep blogging. You have inspired me in ways you will never know. Thanks for that. Hup hup.

July 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShane Richardson

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