I’m not an XC racer by any stretch of the imagination, but after 3 years of doing this race I finally get why people love doing it. On one hand it’s not serious, but once you get out on the trail you pick up the pace. Don’t know if it’s knowing you got other teammates relying on you, but something about it causes you to push. Maybe it’s the mix of day and night laps. Maybe it’s the fellowship almost the competitors, whatever it is I look forward to next year.
I have recently wanted to expand the shop. Now that Wyatt is riding a lot and is beginning to work on his bikes we really could benefit from having two bike stands and just more room. For years my buddy’s and I have hung out in the shop late into the evenings and it really gets crowded with more than 2-3 guys.
First, the space behind the shop would need to be concreted. Luckily my buddy Travis had a mixer which made the task pretty easy. I have never really poured concrete and the thought of hand mixing 50, 80lb bags in a wheelbarrow was daunting. I figured it would be easier, logistically, to split up the pour over two days. So, with clear weather and the family in spring break I took to vacation days to tackle the job. Meghann and to a lesser extent the boys were a huge help.
Day 2 went a little easier and quicker. I probably could have added one more bag to make it more level and I definitely could have made it smoother, but for our first experience it’s not too bad. All in, it was around a $240 job.
Day 3 was adding insulation, constructing a wall, and redoing a bit of wiring.
The clothes dresser is in temporary storage here. But the plan is to add a fridge, second bike stand and perhaps some sort of couch or bench.
Bruce and his cool family live about a mile from the ocean and have a massive avocado tree in their backyard. They were incredible hosts and it’s a place I think Meghann could definitely live and enjoy. The traffic was bad, but the weather seemed pleasant year around so the ocean breeze. Anyway, Bruce took us to a mtb trail that was in a canyon overlooking the Pacific (and Oprah’s house) just above Santa Barbara. It was really dusty and loose and a cool experience. I have always seen guys ride above the ocean like this and thought that they were ruining their bikes due to the salt. Well, this isn’t Florida or South Carolina. The salt and humidity aren’t even close.