Join us on Sunday December 8th at Walnut Creek park for Jamis Demo Days. Ride their award-winning 29er and 650B mountain bikes from 10am- to 4pm
It has been quite the week here at SWCS. On Wednesday, the Racer, a long time fixture at the shop, went off to college. His mother and I drove to College Station, helped him move in, met his roommates, fed them all lunch and said our goodbyes. I’ve got to admit, it was a little more difficult than I thought it would be.
It was just a little more than 18 years ago when this long strange trip began (yes – a Grateful Dead reference). 1995 – 2003 in Madison, New Jersey and then off to Austin, Texas. Barton Creek Elementary through Westlake High School, trips to England, the Jersey Shore, Vegas and the outer banks of North Carolina and now off to Aggieland. It’s the beginning of the next chapter for all of us.
What did I say to him as we were leaving? I’d like to say I had some sage advise about life and love to pass on, but no. Sometimes the simple things are the most powerful. “I’m proud of you and I love you. Study hard and have a good time. Gig ’em.”
Things are about to get very interesting in our house in the next week. I’m sure it’s the same all around central Texas. Summer vacation is coming to an end and the kids are getting ready to head back to school. In our home that means Westlake High School and Texas A&M University.
The Racer will be a freshman at TAMU this fall and will be leaving home in 10 days or so. I’m not sure who is looking forward to it more – he or us. Either way its the start of a great adventure. Most of the supplies have been purchased, the paperwork has been completed, and the tuition is almost due. The final decision was what bike to take to campus.
Lots of things are part of the equation when deciding what bike to take. What is the terrain? How far do you have to ride to class? Is there indoor storage? Am I looking to make a statement or just transportation?
After answering all these questions, the Racer decided on the Jamis Beatnik. No need for gears in College Station – a single speed works perfectly. Swap out the stock flat bars and brakes with a more traditional road set up, add a Kuat Bottle Lock and, presto, the perfect campus bike.
Just a brief note, the Cousin will be sporting the same bike at UT this fall.
The good news? The Rookie Tri is done. The better news? I didn’t drown.
As I mentioned in the last post, I joined approximately 800 others on an early Sunday morning at Decker Lake in Austin Texas to compete in the Rookie Triathlon. Having never done a triathlon before I was a curious about what to expect. I arrived at the venue at 6:15 am and began the process of checking in. First to body marking where my race number (297) was written on both of my upper arms and both of the front of my legs and my age was written on my right calf. Then to the transition area where Chris helped me find my assigned spot and set up. By now it was about 7:15am and my wave wasnt scheduled to go until 8:40. Off to the truck for a nap.
The swim was the only part of the race that I was worried about, mostly because I didn’t know what to expect. Others had tried to tell me just how chaotic this part of the race could be but I was still unprepared. I had worked hard in the pool and was confident in my abilities, but I couldn’t get any sort of rhythm going. After 150 meters of being kicked and run into, my pulse was through the roof and my anger was rising. I needed to put myself in a happy place – which is just what I did. I stopped trying to pass people and just breast stroked to the finish.
The next two parts of the race went better for me. I was able to keep a good pace on the bike and the vast majority of the racers I passed were extremely polite and happy to move to the right so I could get by. The run started out a little slow but after 1/4 mile I was able to loosen up and lengthen my stride.
How did I do? I won my age group by 12 seconds.
Interbike also began in Las Vegas this week. For those of you who don’t know, Interbike is the annual gathering of the Bicycle industry where the new products and models are typically launched. Both the Boss and the Racer will be attending and I’m sure we will have a host of interesting pictures and products to share.
It appears that we are about to embark on a new chapter in our lives. This week we are off to DMV to take the written test and get the Learner’s Permit. I can feel my bank account, along with my sanity, draining away amongst the constant refrain of “I’ll Drive”