Bikes, Boats, Brews.

….Also known as all my favorite “B” words. Before I get into my post about the week – I want to first say a big THANK YOU to all the service men and women who have served and continue to serve our country – Memorial Day signals the start of summer, and a three day weekend for many – but it truly is a day to take time to appreciate the sacrifices made by a few for the many. We are truly blessed to live in a country with the freedoms that we have, where our biggest worries are not about what we want as compared to what we need. Many people wrote beautiful things about the holiday yesterday, however I wanted to share my favorite one with you all: Yellow Stars by Domi.

20140527-083725-31045348.jpgForever grateful. I hope you all took some time yesterday and take time throughout the year to really appreciate those that serve our country.

Alright, back to the letter “B”. Yes, this is like a really bad episode of Sesame Street… B is for Bikes, Boats and Brews.

This week was a mix of things, lesser intensity on the workout front for recovery – however due to continuing on my push to fix up the house, I’m not sure I really had much recovery since I was on my feet a lot…  The week flew by and the weekend was a busy one! I’m largely going to leave the recap to my photos since it was quite the mix of events last week but I do want to spend a few minutes talking about bikes. Specifically triathlon bikes.

I learned a lesson the hard way and I am hoping that maybe this post could help someone else out. Ever since I became hooked on triathlon back in 2009, I wanted a triathlon race specific bike. I love checking out racing bikes, seeing the different types, models, colors, styles, you name it – I’m like a kid in a candy shop around a triathlon transition area. As I finished grad school in 2012, I decided I was going to start to pursue this longer distance triathlon bit and decided I was going to buy one of these (admittedly ridiculously expensive) bikes. For those of you not in the sport, you may be surprised to learn that some triathlon and race specific bikes can cost more than a car… especially once you deck out a carbon frame bike with a carbon wheel set, a power meter, and all the other fun toys- oops sorry, I mean completely necessary add ons… it can be quite obscene.

Anyhow, in 2012 I bought my Felt. I was SOOOO excited to get this bike. Right up to the minute that I took it home from the shop, headed out to Green Lakes for my first ride and had zero fun. I couldn’t understand it, when I bought my road bike in 2009 my first ride was amazing. I felt so fast, so free, and so happy. With the Felt, I was uncomfortable, the ride seemed slow, and I didn’t feel like I had any power while riding.

I should have known then that something was wrong. However, I figured it was a new bike, new riding position, and the strength and fun would come with time.  As I trained for the Syracuse 70.3 last year, I still never felt fast or comfortable on the bike. Leading up to the race I had various bike fittings and adjustments made but it became clear that I was sold a bike that I had no business riding. It just didn’t fit me, and never felt comfortable, no matter what was altered. Then the shifting seized up on me during last year’s race and I never really rode her again. Fast forward to this year and attempting to train again – I knew the bike just wasn’t right but was dragging my feet to deal with it because (1) bikes are expensive and (2) finding the right one can be so much work.

Luckily, this time, I worked with Steve Fairchild at Grey Ghost Bicycles in Glens Falls who made buying a time trial/triathlon bike SO much easier. Instead of just trying to sell me the bike that was in the shop because he wanted to sell it (like my last experience) – he worked to figure out exactly what my body geometry was and then told me which bikes would work for me. I ended up buying a Cannondale Slice, it has been on order for the past month, it finally delivered last week and I picked it up Saturday! Sunday I went out for my first ride (35 miles) and was amazed – I never had to come out of the aero bars, I was comfortable and had my speed back! Yay!

Now to just get some practice runs in before the race on the 22nd! I’m hopeful for a much different experience this year as compared to last year at the 70.3.

Weekly Workouts//

  • Monday – Rest Day (i.e. do all the things around the house…)
  • Tuesday – 1900 yard swim
  • Wednesday – 1 Hour Bike with Tabata Sprints
  • Thursday – 50 Min Base Run
  • Friday – 2200 yard swim
  • Saturday – 1 Hour Run (+ Pick up my new Bike!!)
  • Sunday – 2 Hour 30 Minute Brick

Weekly Totals//

  • Swim – 4100 yards
  • Bike – 1 Hour (on Trainer)
  • Run – 1 hour 50 minutes, 12.75 miles
  • Brick – 2 hours 30 minutes, 38.5 miles
  • Total Time – 6 Hours, 35 Minutes

Weekly Photo Recap//

My relaxing porch. Now to find time to relax… 🙂

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Calavera Swimsuit – just in time for the weekend!

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My Copilot.

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And the backseat driver.

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Spring is here!

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How cute are these little boots? Signs of good helpers! IMG_8830

My cousin’s amazing flowers…

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Baby Chicks!

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The elusive Grey Ghost. In the flesh!

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There may be a storm rolling in. Maybe…

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Meet Candice. My new baby. IMG_8838

Yes, and Yes.
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Packing up to head back to cuse with the new bike.

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And almost as important as the new bike. Brew from Davidsons! IMG_8843

Sunday Funday.

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Best outfit of the day goes to…

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Beautiful day!

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Tubing antics.

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A delicious dinner. IMG_8857Packing up the Felt. Just in time for the new bike to come in, I sold my previous one! (Timing is everything.)

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20140527-081111-29471064.jpgMy memorial day was spent getting ready to paint. Ahh, the joys of homeownership.

20140527-081111-29471792.jpgA lil bonfire action.

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4 thoughts on “Bikes, Boats, Brews.

    1. Yes, I cannot get over the difference. I always had back/shoulder/neck pain. I thought it was just part of riding a Tri bike. So far, no pain and I can sit in the aero bars for as long as I like – the true test will be next weekend when I train in Lake Placid to see if I still think it’s as comfortable after a couple longer rides!

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