Swim: 1,500 m/26,700 m
Bike: 0/76.1 miles
Run: 4.9/41.8 miles
I made a terrible mistake yesterday, one from which I will not soon recover. It didn’t happen during my morning swim workout or during my afternoon run, but in between.
I went to the bike store.
Ostensibly there to check out pedal enhancements for my current road bike (toe cages and shoe/pedal combos), within minutes I found myself in the tri-bike section of the store, in deep discussion with the salesman about the merits of a bike I have been fancying for a couple weeks, which happens to be last year’s model at a heavy discount. The bike looks like it’s going 30 mph just sitting still. I straddled it and lowered myself into the aerobars, and in my mind’s eye I could see the scenery flowing by as I pedaled with effortless grace. I lifted it, to see how much a bike made partly of carbon weighs in comparison to the apparently 1,000-pound, solid-steel steed that is my current road bike.
This was a bad idea. It’s not realistic for me to consider spending this kind of money on a new bike. I had to clear my mind, so later that afternoon I pumped out a 5-mile run at a hard but comfortable 7:32 pace. I could still feel the new bike under me, like a phantom limb. It was just so … light! It must weigh a third of what my current bike weighs, and my memory is drawn to recent rides, and that feeling of just. not. going. The times I’m coasting downhill but I don’t seem to be rolling any faster, or the times when it’s all I can do to crank my quarter-ton machine up a moderate incline.
But back to reality, other than the poorly advised trip to the bike store, yesterday was a good day for fitness. I spent an hour in the weight room, followed by a 1,500-meter swim. The pool room seemed oddly humid, and the water was very warm. I still had a good swim and even impressed a fellow swimmer. And then there was the afternoon run, which felt really good despite the 18-mile ride the day before.
For now, I’ll toil on under the perspective that pedaling my current bike is building my strength and endurance, so if I do get a tri bike one day, it will be that much easier to ride. Right?