Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Death of My Riding

Why is it when you start to work at a bike shop you stop riding as much. I am not racing at all this year I am lucky if I get in 100 miles a week these days. I haven't ridden my cross bike lately. I got a Peggoretti Lugino and it only sees the road once a week.  My Look 595 Ultra sits in the shop like a statue. I really miss riding 6 hours at a time on my days off I have so much crap to do. I live six blocks from work and don't even have a commuter bike to ride into work so I walk or drive. I need to start riding again and getting back to a decent level so I can go on no drop rides. oh well we will see what happens. Other than that I am really excited for cross season even if I am not racing it is still fun to see all the new people doing it. I mean there are so many people doing it now.  The only thing I fear is it becoming like road and mtb races. Snotty and full of assholes!!! Let's hope it keeps its fun side! Peace out and as always
Ride on
Ride safe

Thursday, January 3, 2008

2007 in review!!!

I guess I will go with the trendy "how was my year, like you really care" in review. Well in the personal life it kind of sucked. I lost my Grandmother, my dog Ursala, and my dog Tonka. I am still kind of numb about the whole grandmother issue. I have had a girlfriend half the time due to her schooling and my bike riding. That one is about the shittiest of all of them. As for cycling I really increased my riding time. I went from maybe 30-50 miles a week, to 120+ on average a week. I am riding a great deal more and am sponsored by Banning's Bikes. I received a new road bike which everyone is probably sick of hearing about. I only have to say that 2007 sucked as far as injuries and loss of bicycles. I got four eye infections in one shot. I fucked up my shoulder in a race. I fucked up my arms and legs, as well as smoking my 29'er in a wreck on the loop. I spent about two weeks off the bike in the summer for a re-occurring ankle injury.

In the professional category it was kind of weird, I took over late 2006 as the HNIC next to the owner, and got put on salary, which was nice. I felt like I accomplished a great deal as far as production increase, cutting of costs and running basically a skeleton crew. I mean next to the owner I am the only person in this company that doesn't just have few duties. I ship, receive, do all pick ups and deliveries that do not get done by freight companies. I reclaim all screens, I do most of the coating, burning and washing out all screens. I have taken on the responsibility of most of the film in the last three months. I over see all production, I am the fourth man if the crew needs me back there. I am in charge of supply inventory. I feel like I took on a great deal which is always rewarding for me, yet at the same time I do not feel appreciated. I know that the Boss Man really does appreciate me, and I know that the company can not afford big bonuses or raises. I know that bonuses are not to be expected, hence the name bonuses, as in extra. Here comes the but, I got huge ones the last two years, (2006, 2005, Christmas and summer) for doing one 1/5 of what I do now, with less stress, and less time in at the shop. I know that in a time of inflation and economic struggle, just having a job that is salary is a blessing, and I know I am being ungrateful, I just sometimes feel this way. Let's hope that this year is different, hint, hint Ron!!!!

On a whole the year kind of blew. It felt like everything was just getting worse and worse, as the year went on. I am happy that Jenna and I are still together, I am happy that all of my friends are still alive and doing well. I am grateful for all of you and hope that 2008 brings a bigger and better year. I know cheesy, but for fucks sake, I am trying to be positive here people.