After a lot of thought and research about the bike situation (and a generous offer of a sweet loaner bike from a friend), I have a plan in place!
I am going to be saving up for the Triathlon Lab‘s starter kit. It includes all this:
- Felt Z100 road bike
- NeoSport full wetsuit
- Sugoi tri shorts and top
- Louis Garneau Atlantis helmet
- Louis Garneau transition duffle bag
As well as a whole bunch of other goodies (water bottle and alloy cage, TYR goggles and swim cap, BodyGlide, etc.). I am ridiculously excited about this! I’ve looked at my budget, implemented a savings plan, and April 25 is New Bike Day. YAY!
In the intermittent 44 days (who’s counting, right?) my wonderful friend lent me her carbon framed Trek OCLV. Wow. I’m going to get spoiled. It’s so light that when she pulled it out from storage and handed it to me, I felt like — where’s the bike?
Of course, it has clipless pedals, so I had to go shoe shopping. It was a bust. The store I went to had exactly one pair of ladies’ cycling shoes in my size. Good news: I loved them! Bad news: they were $250. Uh, no. I bought the cleats that would fit my loaner bike’s pedals and took to the internet. Now I am impatiently awaiting delivery of these shoes.
In the meantime, I’m continuing to ride on my beloved Nishiki, and trying to be zen about my (responsible and prudent!) decision. But… is it New Bike Day yet?