Per the Usual…

It’s been so long since I blogged, I can’t even remember what the subject of my last post was.  I will say this… it has been one HECK of a year, and it ain’t over yet.  Here’s a timeline, of sorts, since I last blogged:

  • I finished up my gig with Carmichael Training Systems at the Tour of California (Holy Cow… I haven’t blogged since May/June!).  It was another great trip out west.  We had a busy 10 days out there, and I got the opportunity to work with a lot of great coaches and staff, and a very talented group of cyclists.  It’s always a pleasure to work with such a professional organization like CTS.
  • For Memorial Day weekend, I missed USPRO Championships in Chattanooga, TN, in order to head to the Princeton/Pennington, NJ area for a training camp for the team I was working Race Across America with.  Team Melanoma Exposed consisted of 4 employees of Bristol-Myers Squibb, all of who were dedicated to raising money and awareness to combat melanoma.  We had a great training weekend, and were definitely prepared for our trip across the USA in June.  I also learned that not all of New Jersey is as terrible as portrayed on MTV.  The Princeton area was beautiful, and had some amazing roads for cycling.  I’d like to get back there with my own bike sometime.
  • While in California, I was asked to work at the Philly Cycling Classic with the Specialized-Lululemon Women’s Team.  I was stoked to have the opportunity to work with them for that weekend.  It was good to see my friend Carmen Small, again.  She was one of the ladies on the Aaron’s team when I wrenched for them in 2007.  She’s come a long way since then, including winning the USPRO Women’s TT Championship the previous weekend.  The whole team was amazing, and after a very interesting race (including temporarily being pulled from the caravan for our vehicle being too tall), we pulled off the victory, with Evie Stevens taking the win.  As a mechanic, it’s always good to get a win like that… it validates the work you do.
  • I flew home from Philly to Greenville, SC, to start my new job as Store Manager at BikeStreet USA.  It was a bit of a weird transition, because I only got a week and a half to work at the store before heading back out west for RAAM.  For two months, I stayed with my best friend, Josh, commuted by bike to and from work, and had to try and buy a house… all while the rest of my family was in Florida, vacationing with the in-laws.  It was tough to be without them for so long.
  • Mid-June, I flew back out to California for RAAM.  This was my first time working the event, so I didn’t know what to expect… and neither did the rest of the team.  We were determined to make it work, however.  After a couple of prep days, we started in Oceanside, CA, and around 8-9 days later, we arrived in Annapolis, MD… ocean to ocean.  The team finished 3rd in the Men’s 4 Person Team division.  It was a surreal experience, and I can’t even come close to describing it all right now.  I will say that once you spend over a week working, sleeping, and enduring 16 people in an RV… there are definitely some bonds forged that cannot be broken.  Take that however you like…
  • Since late June, I’ve been at the helm at BikeStreet USA in Greenville on Woodruff Road.  I think we’ve got the best staff in the business, and I’m dedicated to making things work more smoothly and efficiently around the store.  We’ve done well for the past few months, made some changes, and we’re constantly looking to improve the way we do things around the shop, to enhance the customer experience, and to make our shop the go-to shop in the Greenville area for… well, for bikes in general (No offense to my other buddies at other shops in Greenville… nothing but love for you guys!).

I may recap some of these events in greater detail later, but for now, I’ll try to start posting a little more regularly. We FINALLY got our internet set up at our new house, so I’ll have a bit of time in the evenings to catch up on things.   I post fairly regularly on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, so if you just can’t wait for a new blog post, follow the links to those pages.

Thanks for the support.  More good stuff coming soon.

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