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28 July 2011

I. Love. My. New. Job.

I spent the last ten days in Colorado for Urban Assault Rides in Fort Collins and Denver. This is the first opportunity I have had to see the full workings of the Urban Assault Ride. My first go round with the event was in Madison, where I was just a volunteer, and while I was around for the whole weekend, I wasn’t looking at the event from a big picture perspective. Then I got the call with a job offer to go to the events as the event MC. In June I flew down to Austin for the ride, got my first chance on the microphone, and started to understand what Urban Assault Ride is all about. Then a few weeks passed before this trip to Colorado, and I still hadn’t really been able to find a groove.

This week I finally got it. I started to build some camaraderie with my new co-workers (having worked for so many years with Dan at Trek Travel definitely made that transition easier). I took a bit more of the lead on stage at Fort Collins and basically ran the show at Denver. I’m getting more comfortable on the microphone and figuring out  what needs to be done, as well as finding my own way of doing things that still fits within the vision of the owners of the company. It’s been a long time since I was on a stage or in front of a microphone. I’ve spent years talking to groups of 15-20 a Trek Travel, with the occasional gathering of 50-60 at a wind and cheese night or bike expo. To jump up on a stage in front of 1,500 people, though, is something totally different – and I LOVE it!

The crew at Adventure Fit is awesome to work with, and Urban Assault Ride is such a great event, traveling around the country inspiring people to ride their bikes, supporting local advocacy groups, and drinking beer along the way. I love being a part of it.

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