I had a pretty good Sunday. Mary and Ian drove out to the desert to visit Mary's parents. Since I had a pretty busy week last week and have to leave for Vancouver (again) Monday, Mary was kind enough to let me have a day at home.
This is the bike I bought when I decided to start doing triathlon. It's a Scattante, which is the Performance Bicycle house brand. I got it for $600. From what I understand, it's a private labeled Fuji frame - aluminum with a carbon fork. Over the last year, It's become a bit of a project bike, though originally not by choice. Though the frame was decent, pretty much everything else on the bike wasn't. First I kept breaking spokes, so I had to replace the wheels with a more robust Mavic wheelset. Inside of 300 miles I blew out the side walls of both tires and had to replace those. Then I broke the seat. Eventually, I got an extra stem when I bought my Specialized TT bike and acquired a few more parts.
At this point I think the only original parts are the frameset, the bottom bracket, and the front and rear derailleur. By now, the bike has cost me more than it would have if I had bought a better bike in the first place, but who knew? It's actually been fun to play around with it.
I'd been ignoring it lately but today I decided to take it out for a ride. And I'm glad I did. There's something to be said about "stretching out" on a road bike once in awhile. The ride was downright comfy. I went out and did 30 extremely pleasant miles down PCH, up the Santa Ana River Trail, and then back across to my house. Here's the Garmin data:
After the ride I came home and watched stage 2 of the Tour De Suisse. It was quite the finish today - a 60 something rider sprint. Cervelo Test Team rider Heinrich Haussler won the stage. Fabian Cancellara still retains the yellow jersey. By the way, Cancellara's time trial yesterday was amazing.
Just after six, I headed out for a run. I used the Vibram 5 Fingers today, and I am now at the point where the good is outweighing the bad. The way I feel when I run in them is awesome. Stepping on small rocks is not awesome, but I'm getting used to it.
Regardless, I'm going to be making a point of rotating these guys into my training once a week. I think it will end up being well worth it. I'm still a little slower in them than I am in shoes, but I think that comes down to being more careful about where I step. I'm not sure why, but my legs feel really good after running in them - they have a nice tingle in them.
Anyway, here's the data on the run:
Once I get this Vancouver trip out of the way, it will be time to put the finishing touches on training for the San Diego International Triathlon. I'll be home Wednesday night, so back on the bike Thursday for sure.