The Old Give and Take


I grew up in a family where one of the mantras was:

There is always a give and take…for everything you gain, there is something you have to give up.


Being a guy who has had his fair share of change in his life, this phrase seems to flash across my mind quite often….and being here in Austin right now is no exception.

While out on a ride the other day (It seems like all of my stories start out that way – but it’s true), I started analyzing this family mantra and debating the truth to it all.  At first I came up with the equation of Stuff Gained – Stuff Lost = Value of Decision.  But then as I pedalled on, I got to thinking “How can the decision of change or adventure ever be a bad thing?”.

Sure there is a give and take…there is always going to be some of that in everything we do.  But we can’t beat ourselves up over it.  Adventure/Change/Living Life wins out every single time.  Enough said.

What I do know is that right now I have gained great cycling weather, a great cycling environment, fantastic cycling friends…..and a whole lot of fun and excitement on and off the bike.

Enjoy Your Ride

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