I’m still in shock.
I bought a bike yesterday. A road bike. I spent a lot of money. I spent all of my Masters money…. in one store. <gasp> More money than I’ve ever spent at one time on any given thing that was specifically for me and nobody else. I almost felt selfish. No, I did feel selfish. It was hard. But, I did it.
I’ve wanted a bike since the first year that I was married. When first married, I met a guy, Evan Stein, who did triathlons. He went overseas and loaned me his bike while he was gone. I was hooked. I still remember my first solo long ride. I rode from New Bern, NC to Fort Macon State Park in Morehead City, NC. It was about a forty five mile ride. It was great.
Last year, I worked Masters with the intention of using my money to buy the fixings to build a shed for our yard for all of our outdoor “stuff.” The check went into the account. And it was spent on a truck payment and groceries. ouch. Don’t get me wrong … those are important things. And my husband works all the time to pay for things like this. But, I worked nine straight days for 12 to 14 hours to earn that money. It was a huge sacrifice for the family as I was only home to shower and sleep. It was a difficult week. It was spring break. And the money was spent on things that would have gotten paid some other way had I NOT put my money into the account.
This year, I decided to go ahead and get my bike.
I’ve looked for a bike second hand for years and years. I’ve looked much harder in the most recent two years, but have not been able to find a second hand bike that fits me.
So, I went to Andy Jordan’s and got fitted. Andy tells me that he hasn’t seen this particular bike at this price in ten years. It was priced at a great sale price. With the money I saved, I was able to rig it with a few of the important things needed like a bike seat bag (which will hold a wind breaker in case of freezing cold rain like HERE!!!), rear light (for safety), a rear view mirror, speedometer/odometer and dog spray.
So, I’m very excited. I hope to do a triathlon at Mistletoe State Park next month. This bike should make a huge difference in the ride.