Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bike Browsing

by Meghann on January 27, 2013

Man, I love January in Florida.

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We had an amazing morning on the bike trail this morning. Clear skies, amazing temps, and great company – what else do you really need?

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Also, Mary and Marcus are officially now my favorite riding companions. Not only are we all roughly the same pace (or maybe they’re just willing to ride my pace?), but they’re a blast to hang out with. We spent a lot of the ride chatting and the miles ticked right on by. They made the bike ride FUN, I think I needed a ride like that.

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We covered a little more than 28 miles at an average 16.0 mph pace. Those are numbers I’m proud of!

Before the ride I pre-fueled with a full breakfast – two eggs and one pancake with almond butter, blueberries, and granola. I learned last week that a full breakfast (versus a snack) is the way to go for a morning bike ride.

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After the ride we stopped at Whole Foods for smoothies (I got the Green Dream… Mary and I also split a blueberry scone)

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And lunch quickly followed with a turkey sandwich an edamame.

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I splurged on the Boars Head Salsalito Turkey this week – so. good.

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to bike shopping.

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Here’s the deal, I wanted a new carbon-based bike at a relatively low price point. Since I have very limited knowledge when it comes to bikes, I brought my friend Chris along for support. Bikes are his passion, so he knows a thing or two about what’s a good deal, what isn’t a good deal, what’s worth splurging on and what isn’t worth splurging on. Since a lot of the 2013 bikes are now available, we were hoping to cash in on some good deals with the now discounted 2012 models.

I was tempted by a pretty Trek bike that was well below my budget, but the components weren’t great and the frame was aluminum. The price was very tempting, but not much else about the bike was.

I ended up falling in love with a 2012 Felt B16. It’s a carbon frame with decent components and Chris was able to talk the bike shop guys down to a steal of a deal. It’s still a tad above my original budget, but he also threw in a full fitting and other accessories to even it out.

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Not sure why it looks green in the photo, she’s more blue in person.

Nothing has been purchased yet. I go back Tuesday to talk to the female fit specialist and pick her brain about the bike. If I like what I hear, then I’m handing my credit card over and coming home with a brand new bike. Yippee!

After a great morning ride and the possibility of bringing home a new bike this week, I’m now one hundred times more excited to start training for Ironman Florida!

We kept dinner simple tonight – burgers, fries, and a side of pickle.

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Works for me!

You’ll never guess what arrived from Netflix yesterday.

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ha! I’m not sure why, but I had an urge to watch the Saved by the Bell wedding the other week and was surprised when I saw I could add it to my queue. Can you believe Saved by the Bell ended 20 years ago? My twin brother and I used to watch it every Saturday morning when we were kids, I swear that doesn’t feel that long ago! The rest of the series is available on Netflix Instant Play, I really should re-watch it in order some day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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