Hey everyone! It feels like It's been a long time since I last wrote to you guys. Well I guess it has in a way. My last blog I wrote about my trip down to Pala and how that race turned out. Well, it's been over a month since that race so I thought I would let you know what I've been up to.

I got home from Pala with a bunch of confidence and was ready to start the training for next year. The Tuesday after I got home I went into MotoSport Hillsboro to meet with Scott Russel and pick up my new 2012KX 250f. We went over the weekend and the upcoming plans for the winter. Everything has really been coming together for the 2012 race season. But sometimes when everything is going so good, we lose site of the big picture. What I mean by that is I have been going wide open for the summer, with racing, training, traveling and photography it's just been a crazy but great experience. But after I got home from Pala then raced the TNMX Race for a Cure, I knew I needed a break.

It seemed the timing was right. I figured I would take a few weeks off the bike, and I went to Mexico with my family October 15th anyway so it worked out perfectly. It's not that I didn't want to ride, it's just been such a long summer and I needed time to take a step back before it starts again. Trust me, having a brand new bike just sitting in your shop is like one of the worst forms of torture!

So I went down to Mexico and enjoyed an amazing vacation in the sun and with my family. I was able to celebrate my 19th birthday in Mexico, which was awesome! The whole trip was just perfect and I had so much fun! I got to try out surfing and I must say, if I lived somewhere warmer and near an ocean I would take up surfing! We went to Cabo San Lucas, and the coolest thing we got to do was snorkel. It was an awesome experience that I won't ever forget. We went at least once every day and spent hours swimming with sea lions and beautiful fish. The best investment I ever made was purchasing a waterproof camera from a Walmart down there for 80 dollars. And with it I was able to capture some cool pictures.

But just like any vacation when It's time to leave you are ready to go home, even though you would take one more day in paradise lol. We got home last Monday and that Tuesday I was at the gym. I must say I was ready to get back on the bike. I have never been off the bike for so long unless it was due to injury. I am glad I took the time off though. It has helped my body recover as well as get me more focused on riding than ever before.

This last Wednesday was my first ride back, and it was on a brand new 2012 kx250f ! I was lucky enough to get help yet again from MotoSport Hillsboro for the up and coming 2012 season. So before I left I sent out my suspension to get dialed in by Factory Connection, so by the time I was home from Mexico my bike was ready to ride. My first ride on the new bike was a trip up to Riverdale Raceway in Castle Rock, WA. At first I felt really awkward on the bike and just out of sync with being back in the saddle all together. But after a little while things started to flow right. I was having a really good time. By the end of the day I was as sore and stiff as it gets.

That next day my dad and I headed into MotoSport Hillsboro to catch up with Scott Russel and see how things were going. Scott sent me home with a 2012 KTM 125SX. I was stoked to say the least and really excited! I have only ridden a 125 once and that was earlier this year at Millville during the KTM dealership ride day. My brother will be racing the 125 in the Schoolboy 1 class this year and I get to play with it of course.

I am really excited to get my bike broken in and get everything dialed for the 2012 race season, as well as working with some new sponsors. I am privileged to be riding for Motosport.com again this year aboard my Motosport Hillsboro 2012 250FKX. I also will be wearing One Industries dirt bike gear and have gained a sponsorship with Gaerne boots. There are still some plans being made and I have plenty of time from now until next may to get ready for the series opener of the WMX season. I'll be keeping in touch and letting you all know what's going on throughout the off season as well as a really cool riding opportunity coming up in Southern California this December. Until next time, enjoy the cold temps and the rain!