A little spring update

It’s that exciting time of year again! It’s time for me to trade in my winter-time persona of the mild-mannered office supply salesman and transition into more triathlon training, selling bikes, and being generally immersed in what, to me, has really become the essence of summer in Missoula; namely, playing outside in the sunshine. Unfortunately, that sunshine, or at least the warmth that comes with it, has decided to take a little bit of extra time showing up, and my employment at the bike shop is partially dependent on the cooperation of the weather, so, since I went ahead and quit working my winter job, I am finding myself with a week of not working at all. I’m not used to this. It’s weird. It’s also kind of awesome.

It means I get to do a whole lot less of this:

There are mysteriously no pictures of me being the mild-mannered office supply salesman, so I figured Dwight would suffice.
There are mysteriously no pictures of me being the mild-mannered office supply salesman, so I figured Dwight would suffice.

…and a whole lot more of this:

Montana is awesome! Photo courtesy of Steve Pulito.
Montana is awesome! Photo courtesy of Steve Pulito.

That’s a good thing.

Staples, the ever-so-accommodating company that provides me with seasonal employment when I am laid off at the bike shop, recently changed their company slogan from “That was easy” to “Make more happen”. The part of me with a philosophical bent has a propensity towards over-analyzing everything, and it doesn’t take much to apply this change to my life as it currently stands. With this week off of work as a driving force, I have made the decision to leave “That was easy” behind. I rarely expect things to be easy, and this season, I am taking my training to the next level, making more happen, if you will.

With this in mind, I am happy to report that my fitness is coming along splendidly, and I am giddy with excitement about the upcoming season. I will be on the bike every day this week and plan to put in 26 hours of good, solid training. I am looking at a trajectory that puts me in perfect position to perform to the best of my abilities for my headlining early-season race, the Wildflower Long Course Triathlon on May 3rd.

In other news, I have taken the reins of Team Stampede, the once-mighty club triathlon team from Missoula that has started to fizzle due to lack of leadership in the last few years. Check out our brand spankin’ new website¬†and keep an eye out for the orange and blue representing Missoula at the races this season!

Exactly one month until the Montana World Championships! I hope everyone’s getting ready.

Until next time, get out and enjoy the weather!

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