Our LSM Correspondent on life, demons and carving
He’s the man who coined the term LSM for the So Cal’s Last Saturday of the Month Ride and inspired a monthly tradition that’s taking place all over the world. Here now, LSM Correspondent Wilson Wong, who has a story to tell on this Global LSM Weekend.
Double Dub back once again. I don’t know where to begin this, so I’ll say it straight out. I’ve lost my passion I call Trikke. I know you’re thinking, Nah, Double Dub is pulling our leg. Please, hear me through.
It’s been a strange year for me personally. I promise not to throw a pity party here. I took to a different approach and started to work on Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) after meeting a captivating young lady at the open house event for So Cal Carvers (she’s not a carver). You may have stumbled upon my morning greetings on Facebook.
In the mist of all this, there were carving events, newbies, new challenges and a new club (So Cal Carvers) that I am happy to be part of the development team. All this and my professional life was turning . . . well, let’s just say it was turning. There are other factors, but I could feel my old demons knocking on my door again.
I battle with depression (among other things). It was winning over my passion. I found myself carving less. I would even say, I haven’t done half the miles I did last year. I read the inspirational stories of other carvers in TrikkeWorld. I kept posting and tried connecting other carvers. I hung out at my friends’ Trikke shop. I did everything I could except “STEP UP and carve.” What was wrong? By now, my asthma had been acting up. I was in the cycle I’d been in before.
A week before today’s LSM, I made myself get out there. I took to the Rose Bowl, steady grade, slight inclines and good smooth trail. I did a couple of laps. It felt good. I felt good!
The next day, I did the Dam Ride! (the trail at the Sante Fe Dam, a fav of a good friend, Rich Goff). I needed the therapy of a good incline and an easy distance, just in case. The goal was to practice the different techniques I knew and keep it thuggin’ , no steppin’ off!
Though I slowed at spots to hit the inhaler, I stayed on! I was flowing against the wind, perfect! There was little-to-no traffic but I kept it to one lane. I didn’t break any speed records, but I stayed on! I even tried to do the jiggy wiggle that Mark C. does. LOL Surprised that it works! Better yet that I think I figured it out! Deep Skki training carves, thug moves, my counter balance swing. Yes. They were all carving fine. I was carving fine.
I then had to turn back. Had my drink, two puffs of the inhaler and off I went. It’s strange how, in either direction, there’s a head wind. Gotta love it! A thuggin’ I went. Again, carving through the techniques. And then this stiff right cross came and stopped me cold. WT#?
I stayed on! I wasn’t moving. I wasn’t smiling. I was stopped. I stayed on! Then like flies drawn to _ _ _ _ , they came at me. My demons! It’s strange how my mind works. From the song from the Ghetto Boys: “It’s eff’ed up when your mind’s playing tricks on ya.”
I had to get back to thuggin’. I was stopped. I had to get movin’ again! I have to keep these demons off me. One way, a really fun way is to keep on carving on! Another friend, Edg Duveyoung, reminded me of this today:
“Carvin’ be all about changin’. ”
Thanks Edg. I lost my passion that I call Trikke.
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I hope to see record numbers this weekend! But if not, it’s okay. I’ll be happy to hear if you “stepped up” this weekend! Thank you! Let’s keep the movement alive!
I’m Double Dub.
Carve the Day! Thug every Moment!