If you touch my new bike, I may have to hurt you.

This past summer I got a little bit more into road cycling, probably because I fell in love with spin so much during the spring. My dad has always been an avid cyclist and my brother recently got a new road bike, so in my competitive nature I decided that I would try some road cycling as well. It was extremely difficult to keep up with them (actually, I don’t think I ever kept up with them) with a heavy mountain bike. My Norco Bushpilot was a little too small for me and during longer rides my knees would feel it. No good. Enter… Norco CRR.

My dad and I have has been scoping out road bikes for me and has talked to a local bike expert about a few. We went on the weekend to find my size and take a look at a couple. I found a crazy deal on a pretty snazzy road bike and today was the day that I would be fitted for it. I brought my new clip cycling shoes and I got set up on the wind trainer at the bike shop to try out seat height, seat cushioning, handle bar positioning, and seat angle. I could NOT be happier with my new bike!

I asked my mom if I could set up our wind trainer in my bedroom so I could ride my new bike indoors during the winter. Apparently “a bed is more important than a bike” and I have to wait for the spring to ride. Ridiculous. 

After testing out about five different seats, I found the most comfortable one. Well, more accurately, I found the one that least hurt my crotch. I firmly believe there is no such thing as a “comfortable bicycle seat.” The seat I chose is (appropriately) called “Diva.”

My hair may have looked abnormally straight in that photo with my bike, and that is because I got my hair trimmed today and she flat ironed my hair. It has not been touched with a flat iron in months! I do it for the good of my hair, you know, heat damage and such… and also, because I am extremely lazy when it comes to my hair 😉

I had a solid workout at the gym this morning before work! My legs were a tad sore from yesterday so today’s miles I am going to consider ‘recovery miles.’ I started with 3.0 miles at about an 8:34 min/mile pace. I hit the rowers for a 6.2 km (30 minute) workout. I really hate the rower, but I am trying to change that! When my hands were thoroughly blistered and calloused from rowing I did 12 minutes on the elliptical (I had it set for 20 but got bored) and then another 3.0 miles on the treadmill at a 9:50 min/mile pace. I finished with 15 minutes of abs. Talk about cardio!

Blood blisters… I guess I feared I would fall off the rower or something if I didn’t grip the bar with a death grip?

If you need me, you can find me sitting on my beautiful new bike with a smile on my face (until my butt gets sore and I just sit next to it and admire it). Oh, and if you touch my new bike, I may have to hurt you.