Wish List

I try to spread my bicycle related spending out over time. A new bike seems to be still a way out in the future. Here are some things I am planning in August and September.

  • Bike fit – probably going to lead to a stem and maybe handlebars
  • Tires, handlebars, grips for a cruiser I am fixing up for my daughter’s 17th birthday
  • Bib shorts – 2 day Bike MS ride in September calls for 2nd pair of my most comfortable riding shorts
  • Repair stand – I fixed up almost 30 kids bikes for Christmas last year and I need to make it easier
  • Better cone wrenches – also motivated by the bikes for Christmas work
  • replace rear light lost on recent trip
  • Figure out what is wrong with my Magic Shine headlight before the days get much shorter
  • Road pedals and shoes with a goal of more comfort and less rotating weight
Doesn’t seem too ambitious but it also appears to be over $700 altogether.
  • will1

    Regardless, here it is: I almost feel like the century I did was too easy and therefore as if it is (and therefore I am) somehow not worthy of all the accolades.

    It’s kind of funny and really interesting to hear you say this, because I’ve never really considered this aspect af post-event psychology before as, unlike the post-event funk, I’ve not felt it myself (which I find somewhat odd, as I’m really bad at accepting compliments).

    I can see where this might come from, though, as pretty much all of my big events have turned out to be easier to complete than I had expected, at least from an overall perspective. There have been plenty of smaller moments where the rides were sucking beyond all sucking, but after they were over I couldn’t help but wonder why I wasn’t more sore or exhausted. And I can also see that at an event like this, you’re far from being the only one to complete the ride, you saw how many beople were there for the start and end of the ride, and that might decrease the feeling of accomplishment a bit as well. Of course, you can also think of all the people you know or see everyday, and try imagine how many of them could rip out a century and feel good as they cross the line 100 miles down the road, it sure makes your accomplishment into better light, doesn’t it?

    But you hit on an important point in your last paragraph, you really are comparing yourself to you, and to what you used to be capable of doing. Could you have done this century three, six, nine, or twelve months ago? Could you have pushed on through the rain, flown up those hills, and smiled as your odometer rolled over into triple digits? If not, then that’s really what all of these accolades are for. It’s not just for riding 100 miles, but it’s for all of the work that you put in to get yourself in a position to ride 100 miles with ease. Winning the Super Bowl isn’t just the result of winning one game; and it’s not just the result of winning all of your games in the playoffs; and it’s not even the result of winning all of the games in your playoffs, and most of the games in the regular season. No, winning the Super Bowl is the result of working your ass off for months and years to get yourself prepared to win all those games needed to hoist the trophy. And so when you’re getting congratulations for meeting your goal, you’re really getting congratulations for all of the work that you put in along the way to allow yourself to reach it — even if a lot of that work was really, really fun.

    So look back not only on finishing that century, but on all the time, effort, and energy you spent getting ready for it, and now try to tell yourself you’re not worthy. I’ll bet you can’t.

  • louplummer

    The Pearl Izumi store has huge discounts on all of their bibs. I picked up some Elites for $50 cheaper than Amazon.

    As for bike fitting, Dr. Greg Combes of Velosmart in Southern Pines is second to none. He uses video, a functional movement test. He does a whole lot more than just raise your saddle and move your cleats.