It has been a long time coming, I was due for new bike. As much as I love “Big Red” and all of the great times we have had together, my body needed a break from the cruelties of an aluminum frame. I’m hoping for a big season this year, filled with some longer rides than last, and for that I just really wanted a faster and more efficient racing mate to do it with! So let us just take a moment to remember the good times with Big Red, then I’ll give the spot light over to my new beau! (yes the season’s race schedule is at the bottom… be patient you’ll get there soon!)
Those were good times Red, good times…
Now to show off the new racing machine…My Speed Concept 7.0wsd (size XS!) I haven’t had my official fitting yet, so there are a few adjustments to be made, but until then here you are:
You may have noticed that I’ve switched out the crank for the Quark Cinqo power meter! Pretty stoked to be riding with Power! There are days that heart rate and perceived effort just do not line up, and this way I add a third dimension to (hopefully) assist in making the right training decisions!
Another really cool aspect is the cadence sensor is actually built into the bike frame! Along with all the cables being internally routed and the rear breaks are “invisible” as they are hidden away behind the crank and actually built into the frame!
I could not be any happier with this bike so far! It rides so smooth! More importantly I’m sure that you also noticed just how
hot cool slick pretty my bike is :) I think one of the first things that came out of my mouth when I brought her home to show off to the Boss was that “if I’m going to be racing on a pink bike… I better be throwing down some damn fast bike splits!” He replied of course with a quick chuckle, hands on hips, and a “yup”.
Speaking of racing around, if you’ll allow me to take your attention off the bike, and we’ll talk race schedules! Let me know if you’re going to be racing/ participating/ or cheering at any of these events, I’d love to say hi!
March 26th: National Half Marathon- I was originally hoping to go sub 1:25:00 buuuut did I mention that I caught the Whooping Cough back in December/January? Yeah, it can take up to 3 months to fully recover from whooping cough, I was about 5 weeks! Training took a dive, and I’m still kind of feeling it. The goal now is more to “see what you can do”, with no exact time in mind.
April 16th: Rumpass in Bumpass International Distance- I’ve raced this course twice now, the second time being the 3rd race in 3 weeks. I was “told” if I had raced that second time having actually recovered from the last two grueling weekends I would have shaved at least 8-10 minutes from my time…Sheeet, just three minutes off my time would have put me in the overall winner circle. So I’m hoping for around a 2:15ish time. But to be very very honest, I’d be really happy if I just managed to NOT swim an extra 500yds than everyone else :)
May 22nd: Escape from Fort Delaware- This is a new race course for me, and I’m really just using it as a last warm-up to the “A” Race in June!
May 28th: Good God, I know my Coach is going to make me do it so I might as well put it on here… The Jim McDonald 2mile swim. This annual race reminds me each year why it is that an Ironman competition is not in the near future… why do I dread 2 miles open water so badly?
June 11th: This is IT! Boise Ironman 70.3… I’d really like to take this race by storm! I’m looking to go 4:45-4:50, and looking to be in the tops of my age group/ overall. Those are big fighting words, I know, but sometimes you just have to say your goals out loud to achieve them!
July 2nd: Well I think this dash only lasts about 15yds or so, and my big poofy dress isn’t as aerodynamic as I’m used to!
September 11th: If all goes well at Boise 70.3 I’m hoping to qualify for this one and just enjoy the experience in Vegas!
October- November… who knows. I have a lot riding on June, and I guess I’ll have to make changes if necessary!
I hope everyone’s training hard and rewarding themselves with cupcakes!