Is Change Bad?

In 2000, I got off a bicycle going about 30 mph. It wasn't fun. I broke my collarbone, scapula and had a major concussion. I was also scared shitless to race a bicycle. It was a bad period in my life. I countered it with 2 things…. buying a motorcycle and announcing at bicycle races.

When I moved to Georgia, I picked up where I left off in Colorado with my announcing. Since 2007 – I've announced every major event at the Dick Lane Velodrome. It looks like my streak will end on 7/9/2016.

With my knowledge of track racing and my officials license, I'm actually qualified to officiate. The velodrome has asked me to hand over the mic and put on the blue shirt. I've asked to officiate from my motorcycle – as that is my preference – but that really makes no sense (I'm just kidding, I didn't ask … it was a lame attempt at humor).

I'm not gonna lie. When I walk up to the #DLV that weekend, it will be weird. Now, my wacko commentary and silly comments will probably only be heard by 1-2 people. Rather than being the guy that can kid with the riders and goof off – I have to make the calls. I'm honestly not sure I like this, but I love track racing (I love bike racing) and at this point in my life – this is my "job".

I'm sorry #FreightTrain #BingBong #SkinnyChad #DoubleBarrell – you're going to have to find somebody else to prolong your legacy.

Thanks for the opportunity! Both to announce and now to do something new!

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Things I learned officiating this weekend:

+ Electric jackets take up the same amount of space as fleece jackets – and are warmer.
+ It's cold in Tennessee in May.
+ Scoring a time trial and having accurate, on-time results is tedious, but with a good system – its efficient.
+ The average bike racer has NO idea what goes into scoring any event.
+ Masters 35+ criteriums can be officiated on cruise control … speed – FAST
+ Junior parents don't know the rules
+ Garmin bicycle computers apparently make you faster than stop watches (multiple stop watches)
+ Tennessee bike racers are generally very well behaved

Great weekend, great mentoring – I actually learned a ton about officiating!

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All good things must come to an end

When I bought my first motorcycle – my dad was pretty excited, I think. He sent me a bunch of random stuff a new motorcyclist should probably have. One of the things he sent me…. a pair of gloves. Olympia perforated leather gloves. (Keep in mind, this was in 2001).

I rode those gloves (unless it was very cold) for the duration of my ownership of that motorcycle. I LOVE those gloves. When I got my new bike last year, I dug out the gloves and wore them most of the summer. (I got some other gloves that are better when its not quite as hot).

Imagine my sadness when I looked down and saw this…

Now – the quest for new gloves (I like) begins. Something with a little more protection might be good.

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All good things must come to an end

When I bought my first motorcycle – my dad was pretty excited, I think. He sent me a bunch of random stuff a new motorcyclist should probably have. One of the things he sent me…. a pair of gloves. Olympia perforated leather gloves. (Keep in mind, this was in 2001).

I rode those gloves (unless it was very cold) for the duration of my ownership of that motorcycle. I LOVE those gloves. When I got my new bike

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Where did 200 miles take me?

When you do a YSC Tour de Pink – one of the many slogans you hear/see is "Where will 200 miles take you?"  The list of places is long … internal and external… it will most DEFINITELY touch your heart.  Having said that – it took me to a bizarre (but friendly) place!

During my fund raising – I decided to go door to door to solicit contributions.  On my way to earning over $3000 I met many of my neighbors that I had never even spoken to.  That was nice.  I gave them a flyer with my name, email and phone number.  The neighborhood contributed over $500!  Very cool.

Yesterday, I was driving to the track when my phone rang.  I answered it and t was one of my neighbors.  She remembered that I could fix bicycles and stuff – so she was wondering if I could help her…. fix her oven.  (Of course….)   

As it turns out, she just needed to have the heating element changed – which is truly and easy job.  

So yes… 200 miles took me to having my head in the oven… but where exactly was that – it was me, a technically and physically able human helping somebody who needed just a little help.  While the effort (about 5 minutes) was TRULY trivial to me – it meant a TON to my neighbor.  

That is what the Tour de Pink is to me.  Helping people – people I don't know.  Your donations to my fund raising help me help others.  Each and every dollar I raised for the YSC was important to me, but far more important to an organization helping people!  

What can you (or we) do today to help somebody?  Remember – what may be small to you may be HUGE to somebody else!

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When Websites Lie – they lose my business

So – I needed a bag for my motorcycle – one that could keep my crap good and dry in a rainstorm – on a trip.  Dad recommended one – I found it for $105 on amazon – but I also found bike bag shop that sold it for $104.99.  Not much of a savings – but they offer an $11 coupon if I simply post their product on my Facebook and/or twitter.  Sure… sounds great.  

Here is the horse-pucky …. If I buy that bag for $104.99 – I get free shipping.  

If I use the secret code – I get the bag for $93.99 + $10 shipping. 

Now … the complete tomfoolery – if I just want the FedEx folks to drop it on my very safe porch I have to pay $3 to get them to check waive signature?   #bullshit  – yeah, I said it.

Amazon – $105 – free
Them: $104.99 + $3 
Them: $93.99 + $10 + 3

You insult my by offering a great deal that isn't…. Amazon may be the online Walmart, but I used smile.amazon.com and sent some money to charity, not asshattery. 

BTW… creative folks can find the business by "reading between the lines" and/or eliminating spaces + .com…

#peaceout  
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