Welcome Back!!!

     Well that does it! We’ve had some pretty interesting people stop in the shop and mention that they used to read the blog all of the time and then it stopped and they were upset. I kept meaning to start back up but didn’t have the motivation to do so but now…… things are going to be changing. When a pro triathlete who is going to be tearing up the field over the next few years like Ashley Clifford starts to watch your blog, you better get off your butt and do something.

     The last time we checked in I was training for New Orleans and “life got in the way”. Well that can happen when you own a multisport shop, have a full time job as a police officer, and have two wonderful kids and a awesome wife to top it all off. New Orleans had to be put on hold because of some lodging issues and then things got busy and voila, it’s July. HOLY CRAP!!! IT’S JULY?!?

     Almost a month ago, on June 9th, 2013, the EnduraFit Eagleman 70.3 graced our backyard in Cambridge, Maryland again. Conditions were rough for the athletes but we were really happy to be a part of it. We had seen, during the 2012 year, that there didn’t seem to be any mechanics at packet pickup so we volunteered to wrench outside. Little did we know that myself and my friend, Matt Dunn, would wind up putting our hands on about 600 bicycles that day. All we asked for was donations to which the athletes contributed over $660 in tips. All of this money went to the St Michaels Chapter of the Critchlow Adkins Center daycare facility for playground equipment. Some of the repairs were easy. Some…. not so much, but all in all we were able to help everyone there and make some bicycles a little safer to ride.

     What I didn’t realize was the physical toll that June 8th would take on me. I was so busy that I didn’t eat or DRINK anything that day (with the exception of one 20 oz soda) and by the time we finished, packed our stuff and offloaded it at home, I was suffering from severe dehydration. So much so that I almost passed out and Laura wanted to take me to the hospital. Needless to say I’ve been an endurance athlete long enough to know dehydration and was able to, over the course of the next 8 days, rehydrate myself and get myself back to normal.

      That day opened my eyes though, to the fact that I hadn’t done any physical activity in a long time and I was getting lazy and sedentary. That, my friends, is going to change. Over the past few days I’ve started running again and July is going to be a new direction for TriCycle and Run. We are going to start working on coaching/mentoring fellow athletes and working with local groups to do scheduled runs and rides (and maybe some swims when the jellyfish go away!!). We WILL become a destination location for training and overall outdoor wellness.

     It’s an exciting time in the shop. Be sure to follow us to see what we have in store over the next couple of months! Be well my friends and let’s explore the shore together!!!