Shannon's World - Real Housewives of MX
by Shannon Coombs
The end of the traditional motocross season as we know it in America is over. But it’s never over when you are a rider or a part of the industry, or the wife of a publisher/promoter. I can definitely say that I was counting down the days until my husband was back from France, where he was attending the Motocross Des Nations, which signified to my family the end of a very long season.
When Davey touched down in Paris on his way to that race he sent me the most amazing picture via text of the wing of the plane on the tarmac with the most beautifully animated cotton-candy-colored sky. I couldn’t tell if it was really that beautiful in France at that given moment or if he had altered the pic via his Camera+ app on his iPhone. (He’s a romantic, always trying his best to make everything appear beautiful.)
He sends me this text with the pic: “I am on a one-man odyssey. Pretty cool! Sleep tight my love.” (I receive that at 1:30 am East Coast time.)
Shannon: “WOW, ok! Grab a coffee. Have an Illy for me.” (I immediately worry about him driving 4.5 hours alone to the French Coast and St. Jean D’Angely to cover the race for Racer X and who knows who else.... Hopefully he had a few hours of sleep on the plane.)
Since it’s an arm and a leg to talk on our cell (still expensive even at this day and age—remembering the excruciatingly painful bill we got in April from our Amsterdam trip) we text to keep the phone bill down. I don’t know much about motocross statistics or who won what race at Carlsbad in 1976, but what I do know is that it’s not an easy sport, physically or emotionally, and it’s hard as hell on a family. I’m not talking about actually riding a motorcycle and racing; I’m talking about all that goes with it—as probably is the case in any other professional sport.
Sometimes what I think NBC is missing is the Real Housewives of Motocross, because it is a hard position to hold at times. I’m not downing the sport, because it has been so good to me, my family, and many of my friends, just telling it like it is. But, oh my, would that be an interesting show....
The last three years have been a challenge in our household. When MX Sports (which Davey runs along with his mom, his sister and his brother) made the decision to take over the entire American Motocross Series, directions had to switch, home life had to be restructured and everything went up another notch: stress, work hours, time away from the family (which had recently grown to four with the addition of our little girl Sloane). At first it was really hard because I was also focused on my own career, but I can say after a couple of years we are getting better at our time management, family time, balancing our careers and making time for each other.
So I am lucky to say that as the outdoor nationals have grown, so has my relationship with my husband. I have seen him transition and grow more in the last two years than in our entire 17-year (OMG!) relationship. (And is taking very good care of himself, as the Virtual Trainer himself has probably noticed.) I’ve grown a lot too, but we had to work at it every day to not let people, places and things allow us to grow apart, but to use it to our advantage to stand on more solid ground.
Time has taught me to hold what you like close, but hold what you love and what is dear to you even closer. Give it a big–ass bear hug because at the end of the day all we really have is right here, right now. We really don’t know what tomorrow will bring. So cherish it all: the ups (which are rewarding), the downs (which make us grow if we choose to learn from them) and the moments when memories are made to last us a lifetime.
About the Author: Shannon is the better half of Davey Coombs, the founder of Racer X Illustrated. She lives in Morgantown, WV and is the owner of a clothing boutique (Vance's Blues), helps run the family restaurant (Madeleine's), travels the World promoting health and fitness through her NuSkin business, writes a daily Blog, and raises her two kids. Busy woman with plenty to say. Enjoy!
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