I am in a much better place and I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off me both physically and mentally. You don't realize how a negative environment affects your every breath. Your every thought. Change was needed and it came like a summer thunderstorm.
I am now the general manager at The Hub and Scott has been wonderful to me. He understands how a business should be run and allows me to do the things that I feel will help the shop move forward. I also am reunited with trace from the other shop. It is just as it was, but better-er. Now, I am not perfect by any means, and I still have so much to learn, but it is nice to know that the person who hired you to do a job trusts you and has faith in your decisions and treats you as an equal, not an outsider. He is not just my boss, but I consider him a true friend. I know that if something happened to me, he would be there; that is a great feeling. Ok, enough with the mushy garb.
So, I have also decided to officially retire from the racing scene this year. After my leg opening, knee
|My last official race, and I had a blast!|
Now I certainly didn't decided to quit racing because of losing my edge. In fact I turned in 4 more laps after my injury and were very fast times. I am proud of my record as a mtb racer. I have great memories of being on the Trek/Gary Fisher 29er Crew and am grateful to have met some great people along the way. I accomplished all of the goals including winning the 12hrs of Cranky Monkey twice (once in the duo male open and once with my 2nd wife Liz in the duo co-ed category). I had three top 5 finishes
My new position also allows me some extra time to show other riders from out of state the joys of Patapsco and gettin' dirty. Yes, that is a dual suspension Trigger I am riding…shhhhhh.
So it has been a great year so far and the future looks good for a change, real good.