New Sponsor/Old Sponsor
I'd like to welcome Osprey Packs to the family. I've long admired Osprey Packs and have sold many many many packs while working at Eastern Mountain Sports. Their high quality, comfortable and virtually indestructible packs are the bee's knees. I'm proud to be a supporter of Osprey and proud that they've decided to support me.
Unfortunately my three year relationship with Darn Tough of VT has come to an end, after becoming very disappointed over the last few months with their level of professionalism and lack of communication. As I mentioned in a previous post about Getting Sponsored, a large part of what it is to be sponsored, and for a company sponsoring an athlete, is creating a valuable and productive relationship. It is a two way street that unfortunately wasn't reciprocated on their end. This aspect of sponsorships is very important to me and in the past I've even turned potential sponsors down because they lack communication skills. I'm really disappointed by this development especially since Darn Tough socks is all I wore and promoted for so long. I still do think their company produces quality socks and wish them well in their future endeavors.
The Big Move
I've found a place to live in Louisville, Colorado as well as employment out of Boulder and Estes Park as a guide. I'm very excited about making the trip west. A drive that will take 3 days, I've invited my mother and step-father to drive us across the country. Some good last minute quality time to share an explore together. I'm excited, especially with my new internship/job. I called my employer to ask how the work load looks for the summer and there's talk of opening a second office. I'm excited knowing I'll be a busy boy once arriving to my new digs. I'm excited to document the adventure here, I'm also excited to compare and contrast East vs. West Living and running cultures. Right now, I know the move is going to cost over $2500 just to get to Colorado from here. Crummy Travel Expenses!
Something is wrong with my right leg. At first I thought it was Posterior or Anterior Tibialis Tendonitis. I rested in February but after picking up my training again here at the far end of March, the pain is back. I'm beginning to think that I have a stress fracture in my tibia. I called my doctor today and he won't be able to see me until April 20th. They suggested I go to Urgent Care if it gets any worse, which is where I think I'm going to end up going. I can see a tiny straight line bruise under my skin. It's feint but, I know something is there, something is wrong and I need to get it looked at so I can adjust my training to the bike if need be.
If you haven't read it yet I encourage you to check it out. The Streak for the month of April is called Streak Earth and it's designed to not only get you running but helping you clean up your running routes while being environmentally conscious. As always there is a prize package involved. I've added a T-Shirt from NEMO Equipment to that prize package. I very much hope some of you decide to sign on and do your part to pick up the earth around you.
This upcoming weekend is the Sixth Annual Fool Scouts Ball at Lonesome Lake Hut on New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain. I had attended the first two or three of these foolish events and then life kind of got in the way these last few years. I'm excited to be making my triumphant return as the ceremonial turkey runner for the event, a record which I still hold for running turkeys to the hut from the base of Franconia Notch. Sounds like this year I'll be running Hams and Pork Loin. No matter to me.
The other part of this weekends adventure is my friend Randy Pierce and his wife Tracy. I've invited them along and I am exited to be helping Quinn guide Randy to the hut to introduce him to some of New Hampshire's more fun and successful peak-baggers. It is my hope that, as I say goodbye to the many friends I've made in the White Mountains over the years, I can pass Randy off to them in the hopes that they'll assist him on his amazing journey.
That's about it for now. Sometimes I get caught up in the content I want to present and forget that this blog is also a personal public journal of sorts. I hope you'll all continue to read along and I hope to meet many of you on the trails soon. Don't be shy.. I'm always an e-mail away.