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It Followed Me Home...Can I Keep It??

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Friday, August 03, 2012

I took the plunge and bought my time trial bike. I have day dreamed, talked about it, blogged about it and ultimately I put my money where my heart is. I raced home from work, crammed my pockets with the money I was going to spend and booked it down to the bike shop.

They put my baby up on the fluid trainer and had me get on it for fitting.. This would be my first time ever being on an aero bike.....


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I hopped on and off many times while tuning adjustments were made. It really began to sink in that I was about to take a major first step toward my Half Ironman dream.
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more fine tuning... getting ready to go out the door.....
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My New Machine!!!!
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Hmmm how did this wind up in my trunk?? It followed me home.. can I keep it?
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HAPPY CAMPER!
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Set up on my magneto indoor trainer..
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Cables routed internally to reduce drag..
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Thin aero profile frame..
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Some serious gear action going on here.. this thing is made for speed!
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Front view
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Set up for some serious workouts!
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Ready for action!!!
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I'm pretty excited but I am also realistic, 70.3 is a huge undertaking and it will demand the most serious preparation but it is a calling to me...I really get motivated when faced with a goal that I know I can do only if I work hard and stay focused. It has to be huge... well this is epic in my books.

My first time on the aero bike was what I expected, challenging. The Time Trial bike requires muscles I never knew existed when compared to my standard bike. That's ok, I like a good challenge. One thing I noticed right away is my heart rate. I am positively destroying calories during a 30 minute cycle session. I only got a fraction of that on my mountain bike.. it must be the gearing. The wheel attachment of the trainer has heat fins on it. I have been told that they get hot. I never got it hot when using my old bike but i sure lit it up with this speed demon. I think I have finally found a high intensity workout without the impact of running. I ran all the time because it was a quick and dirty to roast alot of calories in short order but I have a tendency to over do it for that very reason.

I love running for sure BUT... this is going to be a real tool in my tool box to get solid burns without killing myself.

When I am on it... I feel like another person. I feel like I am living the dream of becoming an Ironman, like instead of only being a dreamer and spectator, I am a combatant. I was listening to one of my tunes and doing cycle intervals to the music. I would recover during some parts of the song but when it got to the good parts, I got it into aero, grabbed gears and burned it down. it felt so good. I have alot of work to do but it feels so real, I am doing something about it. I'd rather be a wannabe than never try.
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DRAK416 9/2/2012 9:35PM

  Congrats, and Gl

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EARTHTONED84 8/16/2012 2:35PM

    I love these photos (especially your cheesy grin!!) I love the bike and I love the fact that you are kicking butt and taking names! Keep up the great work :) I recently bought a TREK road bike and am in the market for a trainer.

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GONE-BIKING 8/16/2012 11:53AM

    How could I not smile back when I saw that huge happy grin of yours? I felt that way when I bought my road bike. Happy riding!

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BTURPEN3721 8/15/2012 12:48PM

    awesome


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CTUPTON 8/13/2012 8:55PM

    SWEET! emoticon

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HANAHSCLOUDY 8/13/2012 9:13AM

    Your awesome!!

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STUFFNEARTABOR 8/10/2012 1:47AM

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PAMATX 8/9/2012 10:18PM

    Where's the kitty?

Great bike, even if there's no kitty.

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ATHENAPOWER 8/9/2012 9:37PM

    That's one fancy new bike! I'm hoping to do my first 70.3 in 2013. Good luck!!!
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LISAINMS 8/9/2012 9:41AM

    Put some clip-in pedals on that bad boy and ride the heck out of it! Congratulations on your new power toy!

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SLIMSTRONGSTAR 8/9/2012 7:39AM

    Looking good! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 8/9/2012 7:37AM

    You did it! I'm so happy for you!!!! It looks like an amazing machine; you are on your way to achieving yet another goal!!!

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MISSLISA1973 8/9/2012 7:28AM

    emoticon I love that smile! emoticon emoticon

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ALIWVU121 8/7/2012 7:19PM

    Bike is sweet!! Have fun with it!

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TORAMPAUL 8/7/2012 6:17PM

    Congrats on your new purchase!! Enjoy!

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ABILUCHA 8/7/2012 5:53PM

    A new toy!! So exciting!! I absolutely can't wait for you to do that race! I'm rooting for you!

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DOTTY7267 8/7/2012 4:29PM

    Congrats on the bike!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/7/2012 2:49PM

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FITMAY 8/7/2012 1:50PM

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PAMNANGEL 8/7/2012 1:34PM

    Nice! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 8/7/2012 1:17PM

    Wow. Seriously, wow!

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SOON2BSMALL1313 8/7/2012 10:42AM

    wonderful!!!!!! Great looking bike you'll do amazing!!!

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LAVENDERLILY 8/7/2012 10:10AM

    emoticon I had no idea about custom fitting a bike. Thank you.

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CASPIAN3 8/7/2012 9:33AM

  emoticon I am so happy for you!!

Best wishes and success!!!

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TRICIAE2 8/7/2012 9:24AM

    It's such an AWESOME feeling when you really connect and become passionate about something that is GOOD for you!

Way to go! Carry on Man!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 8/7/2012 8:51AM

    Congrats on the bike! Beautiful!

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LOSE15YES 8/7/2012 7:34AM

    Awesome. I love how you keep on keeping on! AND that you remember the main focuses....health and happiness. Thx for sharing the pics !

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EZRIN101 8/7/2012 3:24AM

    Congrats!! Reading your blog is so motivating!! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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TMCK-40 8/6/2012 11:05PM

  That is awesome. Go get em.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 8/6/2012 10:19PM

    You look so proud!
Reading your blog, I hear the excitement. You are like a kid at Christmas!

Enjoy your new bike.

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REVSERENA 8/6/2012 8:04PM

    Woo Hoo!

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NEWCHINELO 8/6/2012 7:39PM

    congratulations!

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KITHKINCAID 8/6/2012 6:43PM

    She's pretty :) Very Very cool Robert! I want one!

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LOLAINSC 8/6/2012 3:23PM

    Gee, you look like somebody who is in Love! emoticon

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SAUE78 8/6/2012 2:56PM

    hahah love the way it ended up in your trunk...i was on the same route...never made it to the bike shop...cuz my dad brought me one home...:) love riding. enjoy...congrats. :)

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LARKSONGRUTH 8/6/2012 2:37PM

    Congratulations on your new bike. May it carry you all the places you dream of going.

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ANDRAYAYA 8/6/2012 2:07PM

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DRAGONFLY- 8/6/2012 1:59PM

    Awesome work! I want one! emoticon

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KWING517 8/6/2012 1:31PM

    I SO want one!! Congrats!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 8/6/2012 11:34AM

    Congrats!

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LAURIE5658 8/6/2012 11:21AM

    Robert, you are going to literally melt away on this monster! RAWK babee!!!!!!!!!!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/6/2012 10:05AM

    I really want a bike. Did you like your mountain bike?

You look so happy! emoticon

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PATTERD707 8/6/2012 9:24AM

    As my father-in-law told me when I bought my first road bike, everytime you get on this you become a kid again, it's SOOO true! Enjoy!!

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ANGIEINTRAINING 8/6/2012 9:02AM

    Congrats! Ride away!

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HEIDE69 8/6/2012 8:03AM

    emoticon You will do the Half Iron Man!

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STITCHERFRIEND 8/6/2012 4:59AM

    emoticon Enjoy the new experience of tri's!

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MRE1956 8/6/2012 4:07AM

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VXWALL1942 8/6/2012 1:27AM

    What an exciting time for you. Go for the gold!

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STACYJANE77 8/6/2012 12:49AM

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GOSPARK45 8/6/2012 12:48AM

    Have fun! Congrats.

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