Do you have a favorite day of the week? Mine is Friday for sure. Well technically, it’s Thursday night because that’s “date night” with Alan which include our weekly TV watching (Survivor, and right now it’s Stranger Things!) with pizza and beer. But Friday is my day off work so it’s the official start of my weekend. It’s my “get stuff done” and “long run day”. But since I’m still on a running hiatus, I decided to hit the gym after the kids got on the school bus. I used the weight machines because I haven’t done those in forever. When I tried one that involved my hamstrings, my legs said “NO THANK YOU!!“. Still need to give that some time!
After running an errand and doing some other chores, Alan and I did something super exciting… we bought new bikes!! The bikes are our anniversary gift to each other. A few years back we bought each other our first pair of Newton running shoes. Considering those were $175 a pair I consider that a pretty nice gift! We usually don’t exchange anniversary gifts, but these kind of things are an investment in our health and being there for each other for a long time
To give you some background – the “bikes” we owned were Schwinn bikes that we bought 15 years ago. Despite being very sturdy bikes, there were heavy, and built more for “camping” than riding distances or speedy. And, we probably should have thought to give them some TLC at some point during their existence with us!
I have to give a shout out to the owner of Cycle Werks, the local shop we bought our bikes from. Jonathon Hoag was a wealth of information for us, since we didn’t have a clue about bikes. We tried a few bikes and found the ones we really loved. Mine is a Trek Lexa 4.
Alan got a Cannondale CAAD 12 105.
The thing I found really cool was how we were fitted for our bikes. “Fitting” on our old bikes was basically adjusting the seat height! But for these bikes he got out a laser light and looked at all sorts of angles. I’m sure this is standard procedure for any “nice” bike these days, but for a newbie like me, it was really quite high tech!
We were supposed to be doing yard work today, but on such a beautiful day, screw it… we’ve got new bikes to ride!! So we took them out for a spin. I was amazed at how responsive and quick the bike was. I tell ya, I am in LOVE with this bike. Next on my agenda, some new (better) padded shorts. Ouf. I am feeling that seat still on my sitz bones. (yeah, new lingo I learned bike shopping!!)
So expect to see some more cycling related things on my blog. We didn’t get the top of the line bikes, but we did get something that would be suitable for doing some races with them. Or maybe even an Ironman (words from my husband’s mouth, not mine!).
Q: Do you have a bike? What kind – recreation, racing, hybrid, or rusty old thing?
Q: Have you even done a multi-sport event?
Cycle Werks puts on some duathlons in the summer. Heck, I can bike and run! I’ll be giving those a try next year.
Q: Have you seen Stranger Things?? Or are you a Survivor fan?
Survivor starting next week!! Love it! And Stranger Things?? Only on the 4th episode, but oh wow, it’s got me hooked!