Training Can Only Take You So Far

As you know, I’ve been working my behind off.   As the Army likes to say, “Be all I can be.”    The problem with that is that even though I am working on all I can be, my bike can only be a mountain bike.   Now, I will tell you when I signed up for this adventure I really didn’t think that would make a difference.    Was I ever wrong!!!!

Apparently, your bike and tires really do make a difference.   My girlfriend and I went out for a bike ride.   We calculated a loop that would be 5 miles.   We figured that we would do it twice.    She has a brand new Trek Road Bike.   I have a 15 year old mountain bike.    Figured I would have to work harder but no big deal.    Well she smoked me!!    Before I knew it she was a half a mile in front of me on a flat road!    We only did one loop as I just couldn’t keep up.

Now the question is what to do?   What to do?    It really doesn’t make sense to spend the money on a bike for one race.   Especially if this is the only one I’m going to do.   Although, I have a sneaky suspision there will be more in my future.    But it still doesn’t make sense until I’m sure.   If I buy a cheap one now, then I can’t justify getting a better one later.   What to do?   What to do?

I’m going to try to see if I can beg, borrow, or steal one.   Ok, not steal, but beg and borrow.   So fingers crossed because I would hate to do all this training and be outsmarted by my bike:

Live, Laugh, Love

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