It didn’t take long to sell her; I knew it wouldn’t. The difficulty never involved securing a transaction, but consisted in finding the “perfect owner” for such a prized asset.
What was so special about this bike? Not the frame, though it was stiff but yet forgiving, or it’s entry level component group, though it performed flawlessly when required. It was the fact that because of this bike, I love cycling as much as I do today.
She will always hold a special place in my heart. Having never owned a bike as a kid, She was my very first road bike. We spent countless hours riding under beautiful sunny skies as well as inclement weather. With her, I got started and discovered the joy of suffering through intervals. She helped me cope with the stress of my 1L year by being ready for nightly one-hour suffer-fests in my living room. I could have easily gone the recreational cycling route, but because of the feeling she evoked every time I got on the saddle, I developed a desire to compete.
Interviewing prospective buyers turned more into a questionnaire of their future cycling endeavors than the prototypical craigslist negotiations. After exchanging numerous emails with interested parties, the one that appeared to be the most suitable was selected. This afternoon the transaction was finalized, and with that my involvement with the bike.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have found her, but it is time to move on. I’m quite torn. I’m sad she is gone, but happy she’ll be ridden and enjoyed by someone who appears to treasure her and plans what sounds like a year full of exiting cycling challenges.
She is gone, but will never be forgotten. It is true, you never forget your first.
Caad 9. Last year the frame was made in the US before Cannondale moved its operation overseas
Maybe unrelated to Lance’s upcoming TV appearance but user “Juan Pelota” changed his name to “Lance Armstrong” on Strava just a few days ago.
“Juan’s” real identity was no secret among his most fervent supporters, but why the sudden change? Lance operated under that alias on the strava website since October 2102 and had approximately 4000 followers. However, “Juan Pelota” (get it “j-one”-pelota) was created and used to book hotels/reserve anonymity since his Tour de France days. A couple of days after the unexpected change, his follower base instantly multiplied, and has now surpassed the 10,100 mark. At first, the Strava server had difficulty dealing with the increased traffic, but it seems to have adapted and is coping now.
This sudden increase is nuts considering Strava is a pretty underground social network. Wonder if this is part of his exposure campaign and we’ll hear him refer to the transparency of his training regimen during the TV broadcast.
Only time will tell.
Slowtwitch.com has created a “100 days running challenge.” Figured that since I’m already running 5-6 days per week, adding a run or two per week would not be overly difficult.
Today was my 5th run. So far, the legs are feeling pretty fresh. Granted, up to this point most of my running has been pretty easy and methodical since it is the off season, but we’ll see how things progress as the intensity starts increasing.
Looking at my stats today, I realized that I’m 12 miles away from reaching 1,000 miles (1609km) in 7 months of running!! That’s not too bad considering I’ve had to take time off to taper for a few races as well as a couple of weeks here and there for work and other obligations. – And not horrible considering that about 16 months ago I stopped gasping for air after only running 200 meters of what i thought would be an easy mile.
Reaching the 1,000 mark before the end of the year should not be an issue, but – to make things a bit more interesting- Im going to try to push and get 12 miles done tomorrow so I can finish it before the end of the Mayan Calendar. Because you never know =P.
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