I’ve always liked interviewing people in their comfort zone, whether it be in their office or sitting in the passenger seat of their car. During our interview, which usually takes me about 20 minutes, I look around in between questions taking note of my surroundings, getting “color” to add to the article.
Boni with the Beer goggles
Today, I sat on the leather front seat of Matt Boni’s four door pickup and talked about how this former factory supercross and motocross rider wound up at the local Florida Trail Riders Hare Scrambles and Enduro races, racing on his own dime nowadays and for fun, again, too. In the backseat of his truck, his dog Dalton cooled off in the air conditioning while we talked about him growing up in Geneva, which is minutes from the track at Bithlo where we sat now. I remember first seeing him race there in my teens. Then he turned pro at 17, moved to California, Las Vegas for a few years and was in and out of Germany riding professional dirt bikes. Now, at 26, he still calls Geneva home along with his house in Groveland where he keeps a private dirt bike track. He’s no longer racing professionally, so to speak, but he’s still riding his dirt bike on the weekends at the FTR races. For now, he said, that’s all that matters.
As the fall semester winds down, I always invite at least one guest speaker to lecture my journalism students and reiterate everything that I’ve been trying to tell them for the last four months. Last week, my friend Erika Esola came to talk about her experience working for Florida Today as a Digital Sports Curator where she makes “local content as interesting as possible” for her readers. She told the class that everyone is an expert in something and encouraged them to create a blog or website. Then she went over how to maintain a professional presence online and how “You wont see the beer I’m holding,” in her pictures on Facebook or Twitter.
One of the most interesting things she talked about was the importance of Twitter and how she “gives people a view that they are unable to get.”
More to come.
“One of my favorite sayings is ’100 per cent is a breeze, 99 per cent is a bitch’… That doesn’t mean ignoring my other needs, but it means when I’m in it, I’m really in it. And that means often saying no to good things, to things that you might want to do, but get in the way of sleep, or get in the way of being with your children, or whatever it is that’s also very important to you. Just have a conversation with yourself and say these projects are done, over, and then you have energy for the things you’re really going to commit yourself to.”
Arianna Huffington said recently explained at a Women in Business event in Toronto.
I returned Monday morning at 4:30 a.m. from the Gobbler Getter Enduro in Maplesville, Alabama. We drove straight through after the race so I could make it to work on time the next morning. I am thankful to my like-minded three travel partners; you know who you are!
The event itself was a first for me, and my first time in Alabama altogether. I was surprised at how polite everyone was, from the gas station attendants to the waitresses at the steakhouse, but maybe that’s because they knew we were from out of town. Wonder how they could tell?
Anyway, the Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club hosted its yearly multi-sanctioned enduro for the Florida Trail Riders, Southeastern Enduro & Trail Riders Association and Southern Enduro Riders Association. We ended up on row 22 out of at least 60 rows, which means, at four to five bikes per row, the club signed up around 300 riders – an impressive turnout for an enduro but really not surprising. Prior to the event, all I heard about Perry Mountain was how much fun it was and worth the drive.
I found out Sunday the 60-mile race had a little something for everyone. To be continued…
Photo by Robin Wigand Lichtenwalter
Read about my road trip this weekend via the @EdFTR Twitter feed. It’s at least a 9 hour drive from my place to Perry Mountain, Alabama and this weekend’s Enduro.
“You end up looking like something between a football player and a superhero.” via The Wall Street Journal
via The Wall Street Journal
I think I’m more sore two days after Sunday’s Hare Scrambles than I was after the Enduro a few weeks ago. Maybe that’s because the track was rougher (definitely true) or because I rode harder this weekend (mostly true.) I obviously rode harder knowing I was in first place but that’s the power of the mind. Thanks to all the training I’ve done over the summer, both mind and body, I was able to hold on for more than 36 miles and take the win – my first first place trophy in more than 10 years. #1 is back! Shout out to my Pops for tuning my bike. I think it’s the best YZ125 I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few…
Photo by Lacey Nordle
Yesterday at work I was walking around in a daze and someone said I looked lost. I wanted to tell them why, that my rear was sore and that I didn’t know if it hurt worse with my butt cheeks rubbing together or to sit down. No amount of burpees or pushups can prepare an upper body for two hours on a dirt bike, that’s for sure.
Looking back, I think I could have ridden harder, but I was trying to ride smart and, by the last lap, had yet to lay it down. Of course, as soon as that thought occurred to me, that I might just win the race without one crash, I washed out in a grassy corner. Still, the bike started right up and I only lost about 20 seconds. But coming into the chicane on the last lap, I could have kept going and I don’t think that’s ever happened before. What’s that saying, “Youth and treachery are no match for age and wisdom.”
Tomorrow marks week three of the fall semester and I’m back to teaching five classes along with publishing Florida Trail Riders magazine. It’s been a long summer of yoga, cycling, running on the beach and trying to finish my novel, and I was anxious to get back to work inside the classroom and help inspire a future generation of journalists. I received an email from a former student who is now “trying to survive” at UCF “keeping in mind” her “main goal of becoming a reporter.”
Thanks to my “devoted teaching,” she said she found out what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She even thanked me for being hard on deadlines, writing: “Your class was the most challenging class I have taken, yet your class is undoubtedly the one I have had the most fun and happiness. “
She went on to write: “It’s crazy how after your class, I know how to report because you really covered everything that is there to know about journalism,” she wrote. “Now (it’s) a matter of learning grammar and perfecting what you taught me. “
The best part was, after writing back to her and telling her about my busy schedule, she remembered something I said in class: “I’m taking with me that you said something like… the more tasks, the more you can do.”
This is probably one of the most important pieces of advice I can give the students: “The more you do, the more you can do.”
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu