Saturday, January 17, 2009

I got a bike… well sort of….

by Meghann on January 17, 2009

Bike shopping was a lot more stressful then I thought it would be.

I went to 4 different bike shops, heard 4 different sales speeches and 4 different point of views. At the end of browsing the only thing I knew for sure was that I need a 50″ (or cm?) frame, everything else had kind of been information overload.

Everyone has their own opinion on what makes the perfect bike and how much I should invest in my first bike. I knew going in that I didn’t want to spend very much, that I wanted to buy used and that I needed something soon so I could start training. Most of the bike stores I went into did not sell used bikes and tried to talk me into the benefits of a new bike, it was basically a nightmare.

By the end, I was stressed and was thinking getting a bike was not worth this. I was not willing to dump my whole savings into a bike and everyone seemed to immediately discard the questions I had for cheaper alternatives.

FInally, I called my Daddy who came to the rescue. He got on the internet and contacted a private bike dealer of sorts. Basically this guy buys used bikes and resells them to hopeless bike shoppers such as my self. It was a perfect match. The guy had a bike in great condition, in my size, in the color I wanted at a reasonable price. I was sold. I get to go pick up my new baby of Thursday and I can’t wait!

Now that I have a bike I feel like my triathalon is really going to happen. Time to get excited!

At the beginning of my bike shopping adventure I was craving some fruit so I stopped and got a Strawberry Oasis Smoothie, which was just strawberries and fat free yogurt.


I literally drove all over Orlando today and while I was in a part of town I was unfamiliar with I drove by a cute little hole in the wall restaurant called Athen’s Cafe. I am always immediately drawn to hole in the walls so I decided to stop there for lunch.

I ordered the Falafel Pita with a side of Fresh Fruit.


The Pita was really yummy. It filled me right up and gave me to fuel to continue on my search.

On my adventure I made a bit of a pit shop at Old Navy to take my mind off of bikes. They’re promoting their collection of sports wear and had some great work out clothes for a good price.DSCN1865.JPG

I got this cute outfit to wear for my race next weekend. If you’re in need of cute running gear I would highly recommend you check it out!

Speaking of running, this morning I went to an information meeting for Team in Training. I love the idea of training for my first marathon with a team of support and raising money for a good cause in the process. The only thing that has me hesitant of signing along the dotted lines is the fact that it is a lot of money to raise and seems like a lot of my time would be devoted to that.

The race I would be working towards would be the Rock n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. I love the idea of traveling for my first marathon and supporting a good cause while I am at it. What do you guys think? Does any one have any experience with Team in Training? I am really interested to see what yo have to say. ๐Ÿ™‚

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January 17, 2009

My plans for a longer run this morning evaporated when I decided sleeping in 20 more minutes was much more important then running 2 extra miles. Eventually I did get up and managed to crank out 5.19 miles in 48:16.. that’s an average of 9:18 per mile, well below my goal of hitting 9:30 miles more ยป

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