This is one of a series of stories we are sharing to show what's inside CubeSmart. You not only get a peek inside our customer's storage unit, but also a peek inside what is important to them. Thank you to Scott, customer of our CubeSmart store in Brooklyn, for sharing his story with us.
Though Scott Bartos most often uses his CubeSmart unit on 945 Atlantic Avenue for his day job as a pharmaceutical sales rep, he's also been known to store personal items that don't fit into his Brooklyn apartment. Among his most valued possessions would have to be his two bikes and training gear.
"I like competition, whether that's at work or in my hobbies. Right now I am really into endurance sports like long-distance cycling, though I do all kinds of bicycle racing," he says.
A native of New Jersey, Scott first got into the sport when he and his brother began competing in triathlons a few years ago. He soon realized that he wanted to focus on the cycling component.
With nearby Prospect Park as his training ground, Scott regularly prepares for races around the country, training alone or with friends. He competes in three to six events a year. At the current moment, he's dialing back his hours on the bike because he's coming off of a big race last year.
"I participated in a qualifier for something called the Race Across America, which is exactly what it sounds like. It was a round-the-clock race, and I was training 25 hours a week—about 385 miles."
Scott finished the race—from 5 a.m. Saturday until 7:30 a.m. on Sunday—in an impressive 26.5 hours, celebrating with two breakfasts and some small amounts of scotch, wine, and beer. Then, he says, he did some stretching and forced himself to stay awake until 5 p.m. before finally going to sleep.
Fortunately, his sales job gives him the flexibility to mostly make his own hours and devote the time he needs to pursue his passion. But when he's not training, Scott also likes to take advantage of the full panoply of cultural options in his adopted city, including museums, films (he goes to at least one screening a week), restaurants, comedy shows and live music.
"What we pay for when we live here is the diversity of experience, and it's really important to me to take advantage of that. I'm rarely at home because I always want to be part of city life," he says.
In the spring, Scott will resume putting in longer hours at the park. The plan is to do the full Race Across America—over 3,000 miles from coast to coast—with a team of four cyclists in 2020.
"I don't have kids—so, you know, at this point, cycling is really my baby."