9.14.2010

Bike Porn II

Gah, it's everywhere!  Avert your eyes, sequester the children, and cut up your credit cards!

So I made the mistake a couple of days ago of posting on FB that I was lusting over the new 2011 Cannodale CAADX cyclocross bike (the 'cross version of that lust-worthy road bike in my previous post), but wondered if one could order it with SRAM components, instead of Shimano (cheaper for equivalent quality).  Mere minutes later our favorite LBS (local bike shop) owner chimes in to tell me that I shouldn't jones too hard for the Cdale bike, since he already has a Redline bike (Conquest Pro) with those specs and IN MY SIZE in the shop (I'm guessing it's a 2010, so it could already be discounted as "last year's" model...but that's still not a cheap proposition).  Uh oh.  Probably just as well that we dropped a whole lotta money on that sweet road tandem that should be in our hands ANY day now!

But...the tandem can take cross tires and my road bike can't.  So DH and DS can still venture on unpaved 2-track, while I am limited to tarmac/asphalt/concrete. *sniff*  The Redline is pretty sweet looking too--love the double set of brake levers...

Man...I thought running was an expensive hobby!

Today I stumbled across another coolio bikey thing.  It's like an indoor bike trainer for people who hate indoor trainers (I thought that was everyone, but I actually know a couple of crazy peeps who prefer riding indoors to riding outdoors...see, crazy, right?).  The thing I always HATED about riding the indoor magnetic or fluid trainer was the inability to coast, at all.  So it's MUCH tougher to maintain a decent pace and I get nervous having that wheel whirring around with 4 cats underfoot.  Plus it should take up less space without having that rear wheel attached to the bike--important in our tiny living room, which contains a pretty sizable home gym set-up during the Winter months (2 road bikes on trainers, free weights, stability ball, full-size gym step, mini step, step risers).  We can't ever have company over, since socialization takes a back seat to working-out in an environment that is above freezing and not buried in snow.

I'm sorta suspecting that this won't be a cheap device, though, unfortunately.  If it is somehow reasonably-priced it will be at the top of my Christmas list.

This week is the start of my training for the Las Vegas Half Marathon.  So far I have run 4 miles...woot!  I will finish the week with 20 miles and build to 30 over the next 12 weeks.  Not high mileage, by any stretch, but I am viewing this event as less of a race than a fun run with friends.  I'm guessing I might be a bit hungover on race day, so I should really be working more on my drinkin' fitness, than my running fitness, perhaps, heh.  I am hoping to keep pedaling for a minimum of 100 miles/week for as long as weather allows, too.  Once I am forced indoors my mileage is likely to drop to about half--because of that trainer riding business.  The upper body and core workouts will continue, too.  I like my little developing arm muscles and the 6 pack that is undoubtedly concealed underneath the post-pregnancy belly flubber.

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