You know there is the statement that the more things stay the same, the more they change… Or is it the other way around. Sort of a Willy Wonka moment there, where up is down and left is right. Because it really doesn’t matter if it is Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp, Umpa Lumpas really are orange. Don’t eat the green ones, they are sour. But seriously, is it Tuesday or October?
Changing is something that we all do every day. In fact, the coolest of the XMen, really is that girl that can change into other people. And I am not talking a Michelle Obama go high or low kinda thing.
Anyway, things have changed…alot. Lets start with the obvious.
First off, it was time for a new job. Not away from Trek, but it was time for me to do some new things at Trek. 20 years in product development is a long time. For a long time I have been saying that bicycle retail could be better, and finally my boss said “then go and do something about it”. And there you have it. That is what I am doing. Retail is a pretty cool thing. Whether it is in a store, or online it is where you get connected with the sport. It is where we all started out working and it is where a new cyclist gets the bug. But, it isn’t 1980 and it is time for bicycle retail to evolve into the 20th century. So that is what I am trying to do – evolve – both me and the bike shop. It will be an interesting journey.
Second big change. We moved out of Lake Mills and into Madison. It had been a long time coming. We raised kids in the house, and had a lot of good times. But, it was time for us to move to Madison and live in town. We didn’t need the big house any longer and it was time for a family to make use of the house and the big yard etc… I miss it, but it is good to move on.
Now we are living in a small little house right downtown Madison. We get around via bike, we eat at cool little restaurants, we ride bike paths around town, our home MTB trails are Quarry Ridge Park. Digging it.
The job and the move killed my summer of racing and riding my bicycle or motorcycle. That is ok, because it isn’t my last summer on the planet. I have already sold the old motorcycle and have a plan to get a new motorcycle for next year. I figure I was pretty good on the 2015 250XCF, I’ll be good on a 2017 250XCF (yes, I am kinda in a rut with the same motorcycle).
So, it is time to start working on next year.
- I need to finish a shop in a new garage.
- I need to acquire a 2017 motorcycle.
- I need to spend the month of November drinking beer. (I do like beer.)
- I need to build said 2017 into a woods eating machine.
- I need to get fit, because…damn.
- I need to line up some support for gear, helmet, tires etc…
- I need to get fit.
- I need to learn to not be such a slow slob.
- I need to get the new job under control, so that I can afford the time to get fit.
- I need to finish the Birkie ski race, so that I can set up my season.
But as David Bowie said, “Time may change me, but I can trace time.”