My gear addiction has gone to the next level and I might add not without some amount of guilt, fear and trepidation. I have now taken the plunge and purchased an awesome über cool Felt B12 triathlon bike a/k/a “Ace”.
Being a competitive swimmer in my former life…I’m not talking Olympic quality or even top 10 college level, but rather being a swimmer as a child and through High School. And, those of you who are in this camp will generally attest that once a swimmer, ALWAYS a swimmer. Anyway, my point here is that I had assumed that swimming would be the strong suit of my TRI-fecta. But, NO, who’d believe it is the bike?! Who knows why, I sure don’t!? But those are the facts.
Until I purchased my Giant road bike a/k/a “Zen Boy”, who by the way I adore, I had not been on a road bike since my teenage years. I am not a technically trained cyclist, I do not understand gear ratios, I do not know all the fancy hand signals… I honestly just shift on feel, follow the basic rules of the road and it seems to work reasonably well. But, was I satisfied with my performance on the bike? Was I willing to say hey I’m strong enough on the bike and swim to be an age-group contender at some Sprint distance races cuz there isn’t enough time for the fast runners (since I’m a penguin runner) to catch up on my lead? Oh NO, couldn’t do that, could I?! The reported 1-3 MPH extra speed on a TRI bike had me like a moth to a flame.
And…now I have a sparkling new, speed machine in my garage that frankly scares the crap out of me more than just a little! But then looking back, the first time I clipped my SPDs into my clipless pedals on Zen Boy back in 2011 I was pretty darn freaked out. So hopefully I’ll work my way through the pit in my stomach and adjust to the Look KEO cleats and aero position, and shifting and breaking being on separated parts of the bike and my Ace and I will work together smoothly and safely as a streamlined biking machine.