We’ve had a good few days here on the mountain. I finally got my ride in, with Mary. We went to Joshua Tree & rode some really beautiful stuff, check out her blog for the lowdown & good pics. This much-needed ride cleared my head a bit.
The pace of life slows a bit during the holidays, thankfully. It has given me time to look back and look ahead.
The “master plan” for ’08 is starting to come together. Races & expos for the spring are right around the corner. I’ll race/expo with Todd (2 person) at the 12 hours of Temecula in January. Then, 24 hours in the Old Pueblo will be the first “big” show for us, hopefully with some new display goodies & few tricks up our sleeve. It’s hard to believe we had our debut at 24HOP only a year ago… We’ve been very fortunate and owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who helped us out.
Our plans for the year ahead are daunting. Thinking back to an interview we had with Guitar Ted at Sea Otter last year, I told him we were “prepared to crash and burn.” I was working for Intense at the time, juggling our new venture & working for Jeff. Back then, “crash & burn” might have been an easier pill to swallow than it is today. Now there’s more riding on it, and we’ve made a heavy personal & financial investment. Scary stuff.
Time and again, we’ve pulled the trigger at decision time. I’m sure this is how we got up & running so fast… but old business wisdom echoes in my head: “growing too fast can kill a business just as well as growing too slowly.” I can’t speak for Mary, but I’d guess she’s going through a similar experience with her racing. She’s come a long way, too.
For now, I think we’ll keep pulling the trigger, but hopefully we can settle into a groove soon. Too much trigger pulling ties my stomach into knots. On the other hand, we’re in no hurry to “get there,” either. After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination right?
Here’s to time with family & friends, trigger pulling, and adventure for all in 2008!