Sunday, July 30, 2017

CLT-SAN-OAK

And just like that another worlds championship is in the books. For some it was a culmination of effort that hopefully paid off with a ranking to hold for a year and memories to hang onto for a lifetime. For myself I would have to say it was a little bit different. I didn't come in with much expectation and my level of preparedness would be about a zero in most people's eyes LOL. I could likely force time to make things priority to be more prepared but just not what I'm prepared to do at the moment. Results were pretty soft nothing to shake a stick at by any means with a pair of "got smoked" finishes lol but all in good shape healthy and will continue on. Today's blog is more for the aspect of why I come to enjoy BMX more and more away from the actual riding and get more from the significance of the company that I keep. I had the core of my crew with me on this trip with the Sereni family, Bobby Esquivel who I haven't traveled with in years, Christina Lopez and her son Pablo and lastly the Benthins. Breaking down the dynamics is always fun and just looking back on a fun week... Sereni's are always chill we mesh well they share the same likes and dislikes and definitely extended family for sure. Consistent and reliable never a race without them really. Bobby I have not had the time to go to many a races with due to just real life and families taking up priority which is fine and a blessing. It was a solid trip getting back to catching up with him and telling stories of the past and reflecting on great memories. He drew the short straw and had to tag along to bring me to the airport at 3:45am so kudos for that! Not sure when we will get to share the stories like I mentioned again so definitely will hold onto those moments for some time. Christina and Pablo were a treat As I haven't seen them in a couple years and it was nice to catch back up and check on them and see how TX has been treating them. Pablo rode very well and made a deep run into qualifying and look forward to seeing how much he puts into the craft in the future. Christina and me had quite a few interesting conversations about bmx and the characters that compromise it, we share some different opinions for sure but both have a mutual respect for each other so even though we don't see eye to eye the conversation was great. As always you can usually tell someone's character by their children and Pablo is a solid indicator as to how she is and who she is as an individual. Love her much and was great to banter and politic bmx a bit :) and lastly the duo of Alena and Brandon! Haha I always tell people to see who you really like or dislike just stay around them for a long period of time. That's couldn't be any more true in this case! Let me go on record as to state that Alena is a great kind person who has a funny accent but the biggest heart. On the contrary this asshole Brandon is something else!!! LoL totally kidding it was a blast hanging with them and look forward to seeing them in the future. BMX is a great way to really align yourself with people get to know them at an accelerated pace and this week was no different. Cheers to the first trip with some people and the early groundwork now done to build memories and solid friendships from. #PALLOCALS

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hi kids!

I know I've mentioned it before but in definitely sure that half my blogs are generated from terminals in airports all over the place. Today is much of the same with an early morning flight I'm generally in pretty early and had the privilege to meet a pair of retired teachers on the way to an annual reunion they have each year in different parts of the country. They just so happened to be headed to Atlanta today and asked me the typical questions what's in the bags and what not. I told her BMX bikes and she related because she grew up in the same city that Pink is from and her husband does BMX, I chuckled and told her it was actually motorcycles that he does but hey same difference I'm sure he rode bmx at some point LOL. She goes into the next series of common questions and asks if I've ever had any injuries. I usually downplay the injury side but for the sake of conversation I decided to let her know the full range and rattled off a few surgeries this bone that bone a handful of teeth and a spleen that cost me more than a house. One of the teachers was bewildered and said "well you don't sound very good" hahahaha I told her she was exactly right! We joked a bit and she said well you must have a good amount of passion and I told her she was right about that and I'm too silly to walk away. I wished them well as it was time to check my bikes in and low and behold as I get to security they are just two people in front of me. They were "old" but in good shape having zero issue whatsoever and a TSA agent asked one of them if they would like a wheelchair this lady sharp as a tack says "no thanks but keep an eye on this guy" and nudges my direction. I start cracking up laughing and the three of us are just hysterical. It was a good start to what shall be a long travel day. Wheels up in a bit to ChIraq and then off into Charlotte. Let's get this worlds started!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Better Late?

Never fails I commit to blogging on a more consistent basis and I cant even get two posts in the same month LOL. Lets catch all 3 of you viewers up haha. Tracks been killing it and a few people have noticed the points chase and it has become a "thing" it will be interesting to see what changes are made and how people go about stopping the master plan. I came up with a cool concept today for it to have people earn free state finals entries but Ill keep it under wraps for the time being. Excited though. SX dropped a new frame this week and it looks pretty good. I wont leave my carbon but I do like the look of the bike and wish I was balling and could afford a second bike haha. Worlds is just around the corner and if you are hoping to hear some epic rant about Ive been waiting my whole life to represent our country and blah blah blah you aint getting it. Im gonna ramp some shit and race my bike the same way I do at 15 other races throughout the year just so happens this one carries some prestige if you make the main. Catch me tryin to crash dudes in 30-34 Men. Leaving to Vegas tomorrow for a brutally small indoor arena race that will be fun regardless of outcome, stoked to hit the casino slots and waste some hard earned money #theamericandreamtheysaid... Thats about all folks wish I had some more but its business as usual quite frankly. Be kind to each other! Australia 2009 on my USA shit!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Bad!!!

Time flies when your busting your a$$. This weeks brick in the wall or stop on the freeway or drop in the bucket was paving the turns at the local track. Took months of hard work before this week of what felt like easy work. Stoked to make this change for my riders and happy to finance it with hard work funding. Huge thanks will go out soon to all the parties involved enjoy a selfie and stay tuned for time lapse if I can commit to giving up the iphone for a few hours.... eeeeeek

Saturday, April 15, 2017

More great progress!

Well lets start with the approval of the dirt project came through last week so very excited to see PAL step up and financially get behind that project. Couple weeks get that all cleaned up and slang the soiltac again and enjoy that fast surface that we all love. The other nice little thing was that the gate will also be coming soon hoping to have it all coincide at the same time and that would be awesome. Some think the gate is a key thing and I definitely dont agree but I know some people want it and will be excited so I too will share in that hype. Our track is #1 still and we have moved to #8 in the entire country which is pretty awesome the numbers are STRONG and I have a few things to keep pushing and trying to keep numbers around 100 a night. Very excited and the promotions wont be stopping anytime soon. This will be the year that the local track definitely becomes a factor again :) And last but never least page 82 in the new race magazine featured yours truly just explaining coaching stuff at the local level. Its not my first magazine feature or photo but it def is on the race side so it will be a little special but ultimately hearing the kids say they saw me in there makes me feel good and hopefully they see a goal perhaps that keep working hard and they can make it too. Thats all for now off to run races tonight so I can have Easter Sunday off

yeah boi.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Surface Situation

Well the ball is now rolling on yet another thing that just warms my soul to get started on. Haha. After an actual rain season the first one in several years the time is now upon us to address the track surface. All things considered the previous stint of soiltac held up extremely well and we were definitely back up and running after heavy rains in quick time. Got a decent quote to get a couple hundred yards of dirt sifted and screened in the next week or so maybe? Then line up the army of helpers and frost the track with a sweet fine layer of surface, dirt pack it in then soiltac it all again and everyones favorite... Stripe the lines! In all seriousness the surface like many tracks right now is pretty beat and with the good numbers we have enjoyed its bout time to get ahead of track maintenance. Pretty excited at how things are aligning and happy to say we as a track are a couple hundred points ahead in the track standings and looking to push that further if possible. We have alot of programming going well and the numbers and promotions have people stoked. Sure we aint pleasing everyone, but largely we are doing more than ever before and thats a trend you oughta get behind. Very excited as the jersey series was 25+ motos and some back end stuff is trending in the right direction so cant be happier but as always never satisfied either. Water conservation grant to pave the turns? Long shot but looks very possible and sent to the powers that be for consideration...
Here is a throwback to when we first sealed the new track and cant wait to try and get it back to this point! Lets Gooooooo.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Bike Checkl

I get asked often what parts are on my race rig and figure since I have some road time I could finally knock this out. Behold!
Frame- Supercross Envy BLK XL Gunmetal/Gloss Carbon
Fork- Supercross SLT Carbon
Headset- Speedline integrated w/ jet fuel top cap
Stem- Calculated Casey hookup 53mm
Bars- Exodus Escobars 27" wide 8" tall 13back 4up 11 butted from China
Grips- Fit Eddie Cleveland discontinued
Brake Setup- Shimano Deore left side lever ran upside down on the right, United linear cable and a deore v-brake
Cranks- Speedline Carbon 175mm w/ stock bb.
Chainrings- Always Rennen gears. 43, 43.7, or 44
Pedals- Shimano SPD locked out as tight as they can go
Seat- Eclat combo seat and post w/ shim
Seat Clamp- Fly racing carbon
Front Wheel- Profile Elite hub 3/8" Titanium spokes radial laced to Alienation Deviant 36h
Rear Wheel- Profile Elite hub 3/8" double butted spokes 3x to a Sun Ringle Envy rim 36h 16t cog
Tires- Tioga Powerblock 1.75" rear and 1.95" front
Tubes- Generic
Chain- Crupi
Tensioners- Box
Sponsors and shout outs- At the end of the day I ride for myself and the fun that it brings me. That being said the companies that respect that and help me to do so via friendship and affiliation are none other than Bill Ryan of Supercross BMX and George Costa of Rennen Design Group.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

PSA

In a few quick moments this morning my email was going off left and right and ill be damned if my day didnt start off cherry. The good homies @PAL approved my jersey series promo last night and like the arrogant a$$hole I am I was already working on sponsorship for it and locked down my title sponsor. It wasnt risky because I would have footed the bill for the series anyway if PAL wasnt on board but they didnt give any push back and agreed to go with it so stoked on that. As the saying goes men lie women lie numbers dont lie. Moto Count and ridership up is slowly creaking doors open and making it possible to do more rad stuff at the local level and I couldnt be happier. We are still the #1 track and now building a lead to hopefully withstand the push that will come in due time. Momentum is built and the foot is on the gas for sure. Come out and support the series and get your piece of $1000 being given out! #comegetmymoney #earnit #watchmedome #forthekids #kidsluvmefugggggit

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

#TNT

Relationships. When I look at some relationships and compare to others that I'm involved with it's always a trip to see what situations are forced and what situations are a necessity or born from a necessity. What relationships took a fair amount to forge and what ones were so seamless it's like you didn't have to try at all things just aligned. Me and Benny after a few weeks finally got his new bike all built and put together and tonight he rode it for the first time and ripped a few laps on it. We have all been there that first "new" bike feeling. And I'm not naive enough to think this was his first cool bike his other bikes were good in their own right but very few comparable options out there when you factor in the superiority of the envy blk from supercross. See Benny is like me in the sense that we aren't going to go crazy when we are insanely happy inside, and if we are bummed on something you likely are going to get that same poker face. I have emotion just like anyone else but it doesn't spill out on display because it's more of a personal thing than it is a public display. But a few things a few moments definitely let me know he was happy. For starters he didn't take his old bike for even a crank today. Not once. It was the new one and that was that, I've never seen him wipe his bike down either and that def happened as I dialed in his chain length after the track. I caught him just staring at it all finally done a few times and snagged the candid photo and captured it well. Now time to tie this all into the whole relationship angle I was talking about. Me and Benny happened to have similar goals and that's how our friendship started, he wants to ride more and practice harder and I need a motivating kid to keep me at it. Perfect pair lol. When I was figuring what I was going to do for the new year and "sponsorship" I knew it would be much of the same for myself. I've known Bill for likely  10+ years and he has always helped me out in any way possible so that was a given, Benny was fresh off a local team and we joked about "team no team" and made light of how we were both rolling privateer and decided to have fun with it. Fast forward a few months and jokes turned into more and a good joke with some money behind it and walaaaaa we started the coolest 2man team at our local Track LOL. Benny was hyped to have a low pressure "team" and I was thrilled to have some fun along the way for state series and make a little worlds run. Relationship with Bill made that possible and relationship with Benny was the driving force and I can definitely say both of those guys unbeknownst to them have made it a really kick ass year for me so far and can't say I didn't expect it. Surround yourself with positive like minded people and watch your life better itself ten fold. Here is to you Benny and Bill you have def reaffirmed why I enjoy racing because of the relationships it has given me over the years both good and bad 😂 LOL  cheers to you guys and let's give em hell!

Monday, February 20, 2017

I've been waiting for you...

Welcome. I wish I could say you were here for a better occasion but frankly that's just not how this place works for some reason. You have now come to the wasteland that is known as only "the blog". Many have come to know and love the blog and many hate the blog but they pretty much hated it before they even knew it existed. The blog is a sounding board of sorts purposely surviving over the years just to log memories both good and bad. As much as the joyful memories are better to look back on its usually the ugly ones that people recall the most. Enjoy your time here, don't stray too far from this post because each and every click just lines the pockets of the creator and that is the last thing you want to do. You have already donated to the cause just by clicking to get here, and each time you share the address to show how much of a jerk I am and explain yourself to the next person they too will click and click and click thus furthering the reach. Ignore that reply option at the end of the post its not for you, take a second when you are done reading to think that perhaps the world the country the state the district not even the local track revolves around you or your child. Your selfishness is what got you into this spot and I was extremely diplomatic in my great response to you. You disregarded it because again you are selfish and didn't get your way. I will liken your situation to a typical problem we see daily in the country. You are nothing more than a spoiled kid who grew up and was never told simply "NO". You are the kid who mom (registration) told you no, so you went to dad (Anthony) and asked him. Dad didnt communicate with mom enough so he could have spanked you right then and there for going behind the back of your mothers wishes. He was wise enough to tell you no also though. But you still didnt learn, like a typical brat kid you waited for grandpa (USABMX) and you asked him. Yet again grandpa told you no as well. See you are now 0 for 3 and still you haven't begin to think perhaps they are telling you no for a reason. You are stubborn and your stubborn ways will ultimately be your undoing. Back to the tale I was creating so with grandpa shutting you down as well you now call upon your last hail mary. But see you are an evolving creature you have seen how the firm stance across the spectrum has taken you nowhere, so you adjust. You fabricate a few lies, you rally the troops and circle the wagons and put on a new face albeit a fake face its a new look none the less. You even compliment and acknowledge the hard work although a seasoned veteran can see from a mile away the tone is simply not sincere. You are as fake as the carbon front wheel on my bike. Sure from a glance it looks good and all appears well, but when you get close up and get a feel for it and start to look closer its def just a coverup. Nothing more than a front for something underneath that isn't near as superior. Underneath you are an alienation deviant rim for $18.99 off of amazon, but you long so hard to be a $450 carbon RCR from speedline. You are close but no real deal. So before you ask grandma (Nick) you have all the fabrications in place and things are looking like a slam dunk and grandma doesnt give you a "yes" but she says all the right things and leads you to believe you are making progress. But then Grandma because she is a veteran and has seen many a bratty kids come across her in her years she does some backend work and grandma does all she needs to do and finally has to spank you in front of your friends. The spanking that your dad should have given you earlier in the story for not respecting the answer of your mother. For all of you followers wondering what the hell is going on? I envy you for sticking around this long and I will give you the long and the short of it now. This lady been talking wreckless about the track for some time, typical troll you know how it goes if it was theirs they could do it soooooooo much better. LOL. I respect her opinion but it carries zero weight you know how it goes, help out or sit back and talk noise. She is harping about a total points race with 3 riders, a team mate of hers who will go without naming, herself, and another local girl. Well her own team mate decided to leave and not compete. Now that seems like something you oughta take up internally with your own team but hey not my business. Anyway that leaves 2 riders in the rack and they race. She gets the win and life goes on. Then she starts chirping about how we in registration are entering "ghost riders" and that she will call USABMX if we continue. NEVER have we cared or needed to enter a ghost rider. She didn't even know what a true ghost rider was until I explained it to her after the fact. She calls USABMX and tells them we are adding ghost riders.... LOL. News flash little lady Im 20 years into this and my first local track was track #0001 aka Chandler BMX which means you aint calling anyone who is going to undo the hard work in the field of one of its own. This "race only" was approved MONTHS ago and just because you didn't happen to catch wind of it doesn't mean it was some back room conspiracy. We are NOT offering practice only. You can call Clayton John himself, google him.... And that wont change. You can Call BA at USA and it will get you nowhere, John David is not going to step in for the complaint of one rider at one race when we facilitate 300 riders a week at 3 races a week with .0000001% complaint rate. But what you unknowingly did was start a conversation between myself and my USABMX track director who just so happens to be a life long good friend of mine who asked for the backstory. When he asked how many people are leaving without racing I said maybe 5 at best its just a few older dudes but its really not an issue at all. And guess what he suggested? He suggested that the riders leaving we have a conversation with an log how many times they leave without racing and after 2-3 simply do not let them on the track. Period. In the spirit of competition and the fact that we run a race program and not a practice facility he watches the situation and says well thats easy pull out the people who aren't racing and your problem is fixed. Now I personally don't agree 100% with that but he does have a very valid point and I have a high likelihood feeling that if you want to keep playing this game and asking them to fix a problem they are going to and already have quite frankly let us know this is what needs to happen. Those handful of riders are going to be a little annoyed when they have been quite gracious and supportive since the new format. I have had zero issue with them and they have been great by swinging by and getting registered in a timely manner and them leaving before racing is totally up to them. Now imagine when I tell them this new scenario and how it came about... And that it was their own team mate who sparked it into action because she complained about another team mate leaving early. Do I want everyone to stay and race? Yes. Is that going to happen 100% it hasn't been Ill admit that but we are hovering at about 90-95% retention and that I can hang my hat on. So now run along little troll dissect the bits and pieces from this lesson and start more back alley conversations and spread more misinformation to the community. Parents who want to know the real end game that we are shooting for I will be very clear for you. I want the track to be better. From the smallest things to the biggest things I want the track better. I want it running more I want more efficiency I just want alot. The only way to get to all that is numbers. The numbers are steadily up right now and we are doing great. This enables me to do more when I need to ask for things. You can stay short sighted and not look down the road if you want but with or without you things will get better. I've wasted 15mins addressing a troll today and that could have been 15mins planning a fundraiser, plotting a jacket series, etc etc etc.  Do better lady. Anyone who ever has a legit question or opinion I am more than willing to work with you and get you a fair resolution when possible. But some of these clowns just selfish and if its doesn't serve them or benefit them directly than they want everyone else to suffer accordingly. We aint going to hold the train at the station because someone is slow to get on board. You can get with it or you can go support the other tracks in the area Manteca and Manzanita but last I checked they have ran ZERO in 2017. Im not angry Stacey I just gotta educate these people somehow. #UOENO #RUNTELLTHAT #GETUNDERTHATBRIDGE #TROLL #BANGBANG #JUSTBEINHONEST #SHARETHELINK #500VIEWS

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Recap January

Ok so lets get up to speed here... Sometime in November or December my lame ass landlord in a million excuses basically kicked me out with the best of intentions. I was pretty livid because to say Im a great tenant would be an understatement, hell I even tried to negotiate a lower rent if I paid it all a year in advance haha. Anyway dude asks when I can be out I stall for Feb 1st and he doesnt have a choice but to agree. I figure hey maybe its time to buy a house me and Alicia got some cash in the bank and we've been saving for a bit might have enough. This conversation leads to that one get in touch with an aunt run some numbers and bingo bango in less than 30days we scooped up on a nice spot back in my old stomping grounds of Newark. Grew up here so kinda just going back to the old roots, and Ill be just a few blocks from Grams and she can always use a hand with things around the house so it will be nice to be available. Now down to the good news, apparently the tax breaks are plentiful and that should be music to my ears next year. Me and Alicia play a dangerous shell game of hiding income so hoping this eases the process. No commute for me anymore is a scoop of sugar on top, Alicia getting a new whip soon to celebrate, things are looking good. Just avoid curveballs cuz when shit is going good you know something screwy is around the corner haha. 2017 is on and pushin cant wait for the weather to stabilize and get some ride time in. Lets go!

-Nick