Batman had Robin. Knight Rider had K.I.T.
Robert Redford had Wonderboy.
Speed Racer had...uh...Speed Racer?
I have Charlie, my new triathlon bike.
She's light (17.6 lbs without water bottles), pretty and packs a punch. I took Charlie out for her maiden voyage earlier today at Griffith Park for a rare morning brick session. While I covered roughly the same ground I usually do in an hour, I did so with far less effort. I never felt taxed, my heart-rate rarely crossed into heart-rate zone 3 yet I routinely gained at least 2 mph from my normal average when I decided to step on the gas a bit.
More important, I felt really comfortable on the bike. I can't emphasize how important a proper bike fitting is. Though it took my fitter at Helen's Cycles, Paul, about a solid hour to get it right (my fault given my scoliosis, sloped shoulders, and unequal leg lengths) the investment was well worth it. I could sense the additional power transfer from my legs to my feet to the pedals. At the same time, I felt like I was resting comfortably on the aero bars. Right now, my hamstrings are a bit tight from being in that new aero position, but otherwise I feel great -- especially considering I ran an hour afterwards and worked a full day in the office. Usually by this time, I'm fairly tired and ready to go home for some rest. I believe I have more energy now by being able to conserve more this morning.
Back to the run. I ran faster than usual and covered more ground while keeping my heart-rate comfortably in heart-rate zones 2 and 3. Even though I crept high into the latter, I never felt taxed or even at the start of heavy breathing. Usually a brick of this nature would sap my strength and stamina.
But not with Charlie.
I feel like this new piece of equipment will make a noticeable difference in my overall performance come race time.
While I love Monica, my road bike, I think Charlie and I were meant to be.
Don't worry, Stephanie. I know it's only a bike.
Just don't tell Charlie that. And don't tell Monica either.
197 days and counting.
PS: I've been meaning to write about what I've learned over these past 100 days. This is a self-reminder to hopefully do that tomorrow.