Monday, June 1, 2015
Can Santa Clara Pal bmx be saved?
Santa clara Pal bmx is an important place in my life.Ive made some good friends, bonded with and watched my step son grow up there, but i also got my life together there.When i had finally decide to grow up and take life a little more serious, bmx was a big part of me getting my stuff together and going to Pal 3 times a week not only gave me something positive to do with my time, but it renewed a love for a sport ive had for 35 years. When i first started going to Pal, i had visions of my 13 y.o. self doing can-cans at Red Devil, but my 32 y.o. body wouldnt co-operate, and the ground hurt a lot more then i remembered. Around the same time i decided that Kenny would benefit more from me devoting my bmx energy to helping him, rather then rejuvenating my glory days. I swear it had nothing to do with the pain of crashing. So basically ive spent the last ten years taking Kenny there 3x a week and Ive watched him become a pretty good bmxer and make progress.Ive watched his bike and his sport teach him valuable lessons about life. Hes learned about winning,losing,pain,frustration,joy,setting goals,working hard and one of the greatest ones, how to be humble. And ive probably learned about all that and more myself. Can Pal be saved?Does it need to be saved? I guess it depends on who you ask.I personally hope the bmx program in Santa Clara continues to grow over the following decades and continues to be a place for people from all over the world to come ride their bikes at. I plan on making a bunch of videos sort if explaining what bmx at Santa Clara Pal is to some people and why the track is important.This is the first video and its a simple one about practice. Some of the best riders in the world use Pal as a key part of their weekly training. More to come.