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I Got This – Wisdom From A 5 Year Old

by Andy Amick

A couple of weeks ago, we were camping with a group of friends and my youngest son started using the phrase “I got this”.  The phrase was used heavily on the waterfall hike, where he was telling the adults that he didn’t need any help with creek crossings, log bridges, or climbing rocks.  He even […]

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Celebrate The Bicycle

by Andy Amick

Last week was the anniversary of the bike being patented way back in 1819.  In less than 100 years, things sure have come a long way from those early bikes that didn’t even have pedals.  Today, we have downhill bikes which feature 9″ or more of travel.   Have a look at the History Of The […]

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Screw Racing, I’m Going Bikepacking!

by Andy Amick

After the racing debacle on May 5th at the Ridgleline Rampage, it’s time to put the racing numbers away and focus on some summer bikepacking.  Yes, it was only one race.  It could happen to anyone.   But…   It’s not about giving up racing, it’s about choosing priorities.  After a lot of reflection and […]

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Sometimes Failure Is The Only Option

by Andy Amick

Worst. Race. Ever. This past weekend was the Ridgeline Rampage race in Castle Rock where I registered for the 60 mile Marathon singlespeed race.  As you can tell by the title and the first words of this post, it turned out to be the most humiliating and frustrating race I’ve ever done.   Normally, I […]

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Do That Which Makes You Happy

by Andy Amick

Finally, Spring is trying to show itself here in Castle Rock.  This week is the first warm week we have had all year and there are even signs of grass turning green and plants beginning to appear.   Feeling the warm sunshine while walking, running, or cycling is a wonderful feeling, especially after the winter […]

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Planning Something Epic? Make It Happen

by Andy Amick

How many times have you dreamed of starting your own business or planning an epic ride only to have another year slip by without accomplishing that dream.  It’s time to make those dreams happen because they won’t happen by themselves.   Too often, we come up with excuses as to why something can’t be done […]

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I Am Myself And Always Will Be

by Andy Amick

With the technology available these days, you can start an online business, run it out of your basement, and promote it as if it were something much bigger than it really is. While it may work for some people, it doesn’t work for me.  I can’t pretend to be something I’m not even if it […]

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Be a Fred, It’s a Better Way

by Andy Amick

Would someone openly want to be a Fred?  I do and I would be honored to be called a Fred.  You see, there is the widely accepted cycling term of Fred and then there is the real meaning of Fred to me. Accepted definition of a Fred From Wikipedia Fred is a derisive term used by […]

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Make me run – an end of year challenge

by Andy Amick

The challenge is simple – for each new Twitter follower, Facebook like, or email subscriber through the end of the year, I’ll run 1 mile in January.  You get to make me run and receive progress updates throughout the month with mileage progress, lessons learned, and gear choices. If you really want to put the […]

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Why you will never see me at Wal-Mart

by Andy Amick

That’s right.  You will never find me inside a Wal-Mart or remotely close to the front doors. Why such a distaste you may ask?  It can all be summed up with a borrowed and slightly changed line from John Mellencamp – “I was born into a small company.  I grew up in a small company.  I’ll die in […]

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