First off, Jesse qualified for and raced in the Leadville Traill 100 Mountain Bike Race. It's a ridiculous race, starting at over 10,000 feet, 12,612 feet of elevation gain, and just having crazy ups and downs. Jesse finished just over the 10 hour mark. Considering that he's relatively new to mountain biking, that's a pretty awesome accomplishment. As an aside, if you look at the results, there's a guy that was in the 70-79 year old category and finished in place 1259 - ahead of 18 others! I can't imagine doing this race today, much less in 40 years from now. That's amazing condition to be in at that age.
The other person who's impressed me lately is my friend Papu, owner of fourOsix, a super rad shop he started in Helena, Montana. I met Papu in '04 or '05 when I was serving as a VISTA and he was working at the local board shop. Took my brother in there to buy some boots, and I got my first setup there. In any case, he got recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change, and spoke about being an entrepreneur. I remember running into Papu one night while doing laundry at a little laundromat out on Custer. We chatted about life after college, and he was talking about how he was thinking about leaving Helena, and I used the metaphor about being a big fish in a small pond. Looks like staying worked out all right for him, and he totally made it work. I really like fourOsix, and I stop in there every time I'm back in Helena - I remember being surprised to see Moment Skis in there when I first went back after having moved to Reno, and loving how he's made the place into a community member with local shows and events, rather than just a retail estamblishment.
In any case, rad friends and rad accomplishments . . .