I have been in secret training mode since October. So secret that I have abandoned the mustache and will likely do without it next year in an attempt to attack these races like a ninja. To aid, my team is opting at keeping the jersey design pretty plain, despite my early attempts to mix things up with a design idea I dubbed the "Technology Tiger".
|I've got mad Paint skills.|
|Bartlett Lake / Tonto National Forest|
Really excited for next year with the addition of Cisco to our sponsorship team. I think I am in a rare situation to be representing two companies, XO Communications and Cisco Systems, Inc., in a work field capacity and a sponsorship capacity. I happen to be Cisco certified and work as a Network Engineer that happens to use XO Communications for our Wide Area Network services. I just nerded out a little, but it's pretty cool and I'm hoping I can be a strong ambassador for the companies on my bike and in my office. I must be doing something right, because despite the crazy balancing act I performed this year to be able to travel/race/work, I am happy to report I have secured work for the next two years. And I put enough OT in while at Phoenix to hopefully fund my Christmas present to myself:
|Eh, Eh... New Direction for 2012?|
I don't think I'll be chasing that opportunity in Belgium next year. I have many reasons, but it mostly comes down to being very happy with my current situation. I felt the pressure to validate my racing season since I didn't get the invitation to the big leagues. But I am validated everyday thanks to my friends, family, work, and motivation to keep racing here.
I look forward to sharing next season with you. Who knows, maybe UnderTheRugg might start a little video series...