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The Paul Mach Blog - I'm off to Seek my Fortune, Again

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I'm off to Seek my Fortune, Again
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - General
Lots of fish. Every summer, this will be number 14, I head up to Pederson Point Alaska to take part in the Bristol Bay Salmon Season. My family owns a boat up there and my dad, brother and I work it every year. This is commercial fishing folks; all work and no play. I've been trying to get out of it for years but my mother knows how to lay down a pretty mean guilt trip.

So what kind of hardship will this trip dish out? Well, 3 weeks of no research, 3 weeks without my wife and 3 weeks without my bike. The research, well no one wants to work anyway, my wife will actually enjoy it, but the bike, oh the bike.

Through high school and undergrad, I was a runner. Alaska was great because it gave me a mandatory 4-6 weeks off. This kept me relatively injury free, but I was always a little behind for cross country season in the fall. Now that I'm a cyclist, it comes at the worst possible time, the middle of the season.

What am I doing to deal with it? First, I'm only going for 3 weeks this year, down from 6 last year. Second, I trained hard up to now so I'm due for some time off anyway. And lastly, I have some solid goals for when I get back to keep me motivated. All of these are improvements over last year.

So what does this all mean? Well, I'll come back ready to start riding and racing hard through the end of the season. Elite Nationals is going to hurt, but I should be rolling nicely by Utah. Come September and Collegiate Track Nationals, I'll be back to crushing the dreams of America's youth.

So why do I go? The family business obligation is a major part of it and I do come back with a nice paycheck. But I'm really hoping this will be my last year.

I put together some pictures from 2004 and 2005. The place is like a time capsule, nothing ever changes, so I stopped taking pictures. Should give you a bit of an idea of what I do.

While I'm up there I'll be completely out of email and cell phone range. But don't forget about paulmach.com, there will be some awesome preposted content coming your way soon.

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Todd Manley
Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 8:42 pm
I was supposed to work summers during high school on a salmon boat out of Port Hardy, BC when I was younger. I went up the summer of 8th grade and had a blast working on my friends' boat. However, it soon became apparent that my future on the basketball court was going to overshadow me catching some nice fish.

Good luck this season and stay safe. Keep the rubber (boots) down.

La-Zee RHY-diculous
Thursday, June 26, 2008, 9:33 am
I see that paulsucks.com cannot handle the bike racing so he's off to try to not suck so much at something else.

Since paul couldn't make the show deadliest catch, he went to the minors in fishing as well. So now he's a sexist wannabe cyclist AND wannabe fisherperson, too. ROTFLOL!!! Deadliest catch is where its at. That show is the bomb and they catch some cool stuff. And people get hit in the head with cages and get soaked. Salmon fishing is so weak! Try a real job! Like crab fishing! For King crabs!

3 weeks? Acting like a pro and your only gonna be fishing 3 weeks? And don't act like it's such a coincidence your gone for 3 weeks in the height of the season. LAME! Nice way to get out of racing the hard stuff.

Thanks for not showing on Tuesday. I was ready and waiting, but no paul means I was right. You were scared. You have been pwned!

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 2:23 pm
Who says "ROTFLOL" anymore? Yesterday that was so five minutes ago... and STILL is.

La-Zee RHY-mur
Thursday, June 26, 2008, 8:57 pm

You are so WICKED!

Friday, June 27, 2008, 12:04 am

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