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THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

TODD BROWN Bike Life RIDE/RACE REPORT

THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

THE BOX DOESN'T CLOSE ANY MORE.  The last time this happened I chucked the box and everything in it.  Kinda regret that.  Not as much as I regret not writing notes on the back of the race numbers, like little journal entries. 

That would be pretty cool.
Right?
Just a sentence or two....
especially on the plates that last a season.

Heck, I'd probably keep all of them.  If I never look back on them, writing about something seems to drive it a little deeper into the memory.  And if I do take a moment to dig them out, the reliving should be a little richer.

Takes no time at all.
Like this.

What's in your box?
On your number?

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NOW WHAT IS IT YOU DO?... AND WHY?

TODD BROWN RIDE/RACE REPORT

NOW WHAT IS IT YOU DO?... AND WHY?

HOLLYWOOD MIKE MIRANDA PULLED ME ASIDE AT THE FIRST OVERTHEHUMP THIS SEASON.  Can ya help me out?  I have no art, and a tight deadline for the Aids/LifeCycle event... we need 50 hoodies.

What do you have?

He whips out a picture of the Macho Man, Randy Savage.

Plus, this sweet sketch...

Let's do it!

That's the What of what we do. 

The Why is this... we love it!  We love helping people bring their ideas to life.  Usually these projects are for something really cool, too:  a charity or crazy event or in this case a charity that is a crazy event.

What could be crazier than 5500 people riding together from San Francisco to LA?  Here's Mike cheering on the the riders.

What's your crazy?
Why?

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I'VE SEEN FIRE AND I'VE SEEN RAIN

TODD BROWN Bike Life

I'VE SEEN FIRE AND I'VE SEEN RAIN

I'VE RIDDEN THROUGH ALL KINDS OF CRAZY WEATHER:  hail and lightning at Leadville, wildfire  chasing me in San Clemente, driving snow at 24 Hours of Moab...

I've ridden through 5+ decades of life and my bike has gone from fun to transportation to sport to social life and friendship.

I've ridden through marriage and kids and marriage of kids.

I've ridden through good times and bad times.

I've ridden through a lot,
and I plan to ride through a lot more.

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PARDON MY SCHADENFREUDE

TODD BROWN Bike Life

PARDON MY SCHADENFREUDE

IT WASN'T THEIR YOUTH, THEIR HIPSTER GARB OR EVEN THE BLUE HAIR.  It wasn't even their electric unicycles tearing down the single track.  It was their smug essence, knowing how cool they were.

I couldn't help myself, blurting Is it wrong of me to hope they crash?

That's Schadenfreude Todd.

What?

Schadenfreude... when you find pleasure in another's pain.

Who knew you could expand your vocabulary on a bike ride?  Of course, I'd seen that word before, but I had  just speed on never really understanding it. But here, my-other-brother-Brandon-from-another-mother was filling me in.  Making it clear.

You know what else was clear?... I've got a lotta Schadenfreude when it comes to bike racing.  I really enjoy watching other racers suffer.  And, if it's because of my efforts... even better.

Wishing ill on the hipsters, that's a little cruel, but enjoying other racers suffering that's beautiful.  How else are you going to get better if you don't suffer... even a little?

Pardon my Schadenfreude,
I'll pardon yours.

PS... this does look pretty fun.  

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THE ECHO CHAMBER

TODD BROWN Bike Life

THE ECHO CHAMBER

THIS WILL BE FUN, head on out to the race.  It's such a nice drive.  Pull into the venue.  The friendly grassy slope.  Trees and canopies providing lots of shade.  Throw on my kit.  Roll over and verify my chip is working.  Get the leg marked.

Hey there, how are you? Small talk.  

It's such a lovely afternoon.

And we get to race.

I feel my heart... what the heck!... we don't start for another 45 minutes.

I gotta pee.

I spin around some of the course.

Pee again.

Lots of peeps lining up.

My heart beats stronger... damnit, I'm barely moving!

Last minute pee.

I find my group.

Howdy fellas! More small talk, in staccato.  Gibberish really.

We roll forward.

Our wave takes the line.

Flipping 120 BPM!.. and we haven't pedaled once.

The horn blares.

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I cross the finish line.
I'm done.
A list of a million things I can do to improve pops up.
Next race,
can't wait!
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