Tomorrow I will don the corporate costume for the opportunity to perhaps leave corporate life for the last time. The moment is shrouded in irony. Whatever happens tomorrow, I feel like my life is on the cusp of great change. I am happy for that. Although such change also means making sacrifices and giving up so much of what I currently value. I suppose that it should not be any other way.
I am here in Portland taking the Intro to Bike Mechanics course at United Bicycles Institute. The days in the class are long but are well worth it since I am learning a lot. My goals for the class are that 1) I am hoping to become more self sufficient when it comes to emergency repairs when I am out in the backcountry and 2) do more of my own routine bike maintenance.
Portland is the perfect setting for taking a bike mechanic course. The hipster bike culture is completely pervasive. I am envious of my classmates, both of their facial hair and their bikes. LOL. The craft beer industry further fuels this dreamy cycling atmosphere. Oh the hoppy magic elixirs that I have enjoyed! And the food! Every meal has been both diverse in its offerings but also delicious. I could certainly live here if it wasn’t for dark winter days and bone chilling dampness.
Yes, it has been a long time since I have posted here in my blog. Not that I don’t have a lot to say, I do. I just have been very busy creating large scale changes in my life. In fact, I am currently packing my bags for yet another big adventure. So stay tuned for that as I may just be able to make a few updates this coming week.
Happy New Year to you all.
Everyone, wants everything
No matter the cost, we’re longing to live in a dream
But we can’t let go to all that we think we know
This great escape, until we give up the ghost
I want a cause for alarm
A cause for alarm
A cause for alarm
I’m going back to the start
Hurry and the Harm by City and Colour
To travel and learn from and offer respect to other cultures.
To have the honour of representing your country at an international athletic venue.
To experience the thrill of competing with some of the worlds best athletes.
To revel in the simple enjoyment of sharing a meal with valued friends.
To have the luxury to contemplate ones own life and make plans to improve myself and be of greater service to others.
For all of these things, I am very thankful.
It is the day before the ITU world long course triathlon championships here in Belfort France. The weather is foul. It is so cold and wet that tomorrow’s race has been shortened and changed to a duathlon. I am amazed that on June 1st it will be 2 degrees Celsius with the possibility of snow on la Balon de Alsace. Yikes! I wish I had brought warmer clothing. As it stands now, I will have to thought it out wearing a tri suit, arm warmers and a wind breaker. Oy vey, it will be cold descending down the switchbacks.
Bonne chance mon amis!