I’ve been back to Kansas for just a little over a day and already am back into trying to finish up some projects that I left in the middle of. I’m not much of one to let a project stop in mid-stream. I think that comes from my early days racing.
I have parents ask me all the time if I think it is okay that they encourage their children to race, or not race, depending on their personal views. I give them all the same answer.
Learning to allocate your time when you are young is a very valuable lesson. And when you’re trying to become a cyclist, no matter what your genetic gifts are, it takes a ton of time to do it, more time than is in a day or a week. So when a kid jumps into the sport headfirst, he or she instantly has made a commitment to forgo all the other stuff. Some of that other stuff is good for learning, but a lot of it is the stuff that parents worry about, the bad stuff.
Nearly all the young people I’ve had the pleasure to watch grow up, in the sport, are very regimented and responsible. At least compared to their peers of the same age. That is one of the aspects of the sport that stay with you no matter where it takes you. It is super valuable and a hard thing for young people to attain.
Right now it is taking me back out into the driveway to mess with exhaust on the Isuzu Trooper some. Right about now I wish I would have grown up to be a veterinarian.