Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bike Porn Preview...and other things

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know this...but I came home to find this waiting for me:

My Kestrel Airfoil!!
Thank you Kestrel for supporting Team Trakkers!  You guys seriously rock. And thank you Team Trakkers for making it possible for this bike to be sitting on my porch.  Pinch me, this can't be really happening!

So I tried really hard to work and not open it.  I really honestly did. But I work at home and it was right there winking at me.  I think I even heard it saying something like, "HEY! How long are you going to keep me in here and hide my awesomeness?"

So I had to break it open...
Oh.  Um. What do I do with that?
And I got scared. So I put it back in the box immediately. I can change a tire and grease a chain...but this putting a brand new bike together thing was kind of scary.  So I called my LBS and asked them to put it together. As Matty O told me, "I will pay someone to make it into a bike instead of a cool pile of shiny goodness."

So no bike porn. Yet.  But here is what it is going to look like, a kind of porn preview:
I will be rocking on this at Ironman Lake Placid, only 184 days away!!
The bike (it isn't named yet, and I am not sure if it is a girl or a boy.) is at my LBS now, I am going there on Saturday to get fitted and make some adjustments, so should have some good bike porn for you on Sunday. 

I am looking at getting a FIST fit to really dial it in - has anyone done that?  Any thoughts? Worth it? Not so much?

In other news...
I ran 8 miles in this on Tuesday night:
Huh. This will be interesting.
Here are a few more pictures from the run..
Wow. I look kind of psycho.
This looks better than it was.  Lets just say this was a slog.
I ran back and forth on a 1.5 mile section of dirt road near my parents house. I ran back and forth, back and forth...until I got to 7.5 miles.  And then I thought, well crap.  I had to run 8.  So I ran a little extra, I think it was actually more than 8 in the end.

It was really the only safe place to run as it was snowing so hard that my tracks were filling up on each loop.  My father was driving home the back way, (this road is the back way) and stopped and said, "Yeah Man!! So..I saw someone running, and I thought to myself, who is the idiot out running in this crap? Oh. It is my daughter." ha ha.  I thought that was so funny.  His truck made me some tracks to run in which was awesome.

Anyway, that is pretty much my week so far.  Oh. I saw a mama and baby moose while I was at work on Tuesday.   See:
The baby's butt is facing the camera.  Mooned by a moose, yet again.

53 comments:

Jamoosh said...

I don't know why you just don't wear snow shoes. There is actually a marathon out in Utah that recommends them for their race...

curly su said...

Ahh! Congrats on the bike!

My cat moons me all the time, up close and personal... I never know whether to be offended or not.

Christi said...

I love what your dad said! My husband would say something like that.

I love, love, love the new bike! You are going to rawk IM Lake Placid on that.

Jon Gilchrist said...

bike porn makes me happy!!!

Runners Fuel said...

Sp excited for you!!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

So hot want to touch the bikie!

Can't wait to see this bad and am so excited to see what you think about riding a TT -- going to be so cool!

Alexa said...

wow that bike is SLICK!

Colleen said...

That bike is going to be a beaut! :) Can't wait to hear how wonderful it is when you first see it in all it's glory on Saturday!

Andrew Opala said...

awesome ... that's the right way to do it ... in the snow!

Andrew Opala said...

The bike is awesome and I'm super jealous!

Julie said...

I need a new bike! You just made me realize that.
thanks.

Are moose friendly?

LittleRachet said...

For sure get a good, quality fit done. FIST certified fitters are a minimum.....but there are lots of methods out there. It's taken me a while to find someone that I like their methods. Shop around and ask about their technique and WHY they use the methods they use.

Enjoy your new flying machine!

Patrick Mahoney said...

That run sounds kinda awesome. Weird bike. I mean super duper nice looking but there is no downtube...I wonder how the frame stays stiff? Jeff DTC has probably already written a report on this...

Kacie Darden said...

AWESOME! Super exciting!!! Can't wait to see the bike all put together!

Laura said...

SWEET! I would have done the same thing and put it right back in the box. :) ha ha

Love the comment from your dad.. and anyone else that sees you probably thinks you are psycho too! ha

misszippy said...

I am seriously drooling over that bike! I have always loved Kestrel's! You are so lucky.

ANd how cool to see the moose and its baby! I would love to see one out on a run.

RockStarTri said...

You are a tease with the bike porn. I got my hopes all high and... boxes, zip ties, and foam. Luckily you will have a chance to redeem yourself. Don't delay or the blogopshere can get ugly......just sayin.

Kelly said...

Can't wait to see the finished product!! I love the pic of the moose and baby...there is just something about baby butts!!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Sweet looking bike! It looks like bee... maybe Bumble Bee? Or Yellowjacket?

TRI714 said...

WOW , you are stoked !! Way to all crazy in the snow doing back and forths, that has got to get you.

LB said...

OMG, im having dirty thoughts about your bike as i type.....ok, maybe TMI, but true!!! that bike ROCKS!!!!

Beal88 said...

Sweet bike. Looking forward to seeing it put together.

Shannon said...

hehe, i would not dare put it together either :) SEXY. and i'm jealous ;)

Aimee said...

Woohoo! That bike is awesome! You are sooo lucky!! :)

Nice job with your run! I was cracking up about your dad's comment!

DRog said...

"in other news"
gimme a break

there is no other news

nice ride!

D

*183*

*~* *~* Tracy said...

You really do live the coolest life. And I love your dad's coment!

JohnP said...

Whoa baby! XXX Rated post for sure!! That thing looks blazin' fast! I feel dirty for having cheating thoughts on my bike.

Uh oh. I think I'll go apologize to my bike and beg forgiveness now.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Good Lord look at that bike!! Holy Moly! Did they 'give' it to you????cuz if so, where do I sign up???;-)

sah-weet!!!!

tribirdie said...

Dude, you are so freakin' hard core! I love it!! Bike will be amazing! You are going to be a rockstar on it! BTW - I'm going to ask my husband if he knows of anyone up (up up) there that he'd recommend for fitting! Rachelle's right though, it's got to be someone you feel confident with so shop around (if you can) but do make sure to get a good fit; it's so important!

Jennifer said...

They gave that to you?? That is one awesome bike! This makes me want to work very hard this year and apply to Team Trakkers next year!

JenniferLeah said...

sweeet. can't wait to see him/her all done up! Seriously!! You can just send me your "old" bike kay?? LOL

what a beautiful run too--maybe the Turkey Trot can be in January??

Kovas said...

A moose and her calf, that is the coolest! I saw a squirrel once.

Regina said...

Nice ride! Can't wait to hear how you like it.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I was thinking the exact same thing Matty was thinking. I need to open up a bike shop in Caratunk that has a lap pool

Copychic said...

I'm totally digging the bike AND the moose!

Ryan Oilar said...

Sexy bike!!! Seriously sexy!!

Shannon (IronTexasMommy) said...

Congratulations! So exciting. I love the Moose picture too. You need to kick off Sarah Palin's "Alaska" and do a Caratunk Girl show! :)

Charisa said...

Love the snowy pics! And the story about your Dad :)

Matty O said...

Soooo, I want the bike and the baby moose. MAKE THIS HAPPEN PLEASE :)

jessithompson said...

GORG bike! Congrats!

Jill said...

Sweeeeeet bike! I can just tell from the tangled mess, that's a bike I'll never own :). Can't wait to see it put together and how you enjoy it! Happy weekend!

catmarlson said...

Nice!

TreeMapper said...

O M G !!!!!!!!

I am sooooooooooo jealous..........

Nice ride girl!!

MJ said...

SUH-WEET bike!! Put it together yet? Just bought my 3rd Kestrel...you're gonna love it!

MJ

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

wooohoo, she's a beauty! Congrats! that run looks FRIGID but I'd do it for the nature. Gorgerous!
LC

Detroit Runner said...

sweet bike! Love the pic of the moose too. No moose in MI but we do have Elk that you rarely see upnorth.

Mark said...

Ah, bike porn. Love it! When I return from triathlons I have to go to a short one-week bike-porn support group. It's a twelve step program.

How did you get that bike so fast? Do you have a special tunnel from your basement to the Kestrel factory for goodness sake. Can't wait for my ride to arrive.

That puppy better be up on your trainer by the end of the weekend WITH pictures, or else!

CouplaHounds said...

OK, awesome bike. A given!!

See you at IMLP...I'll be volunteering!

D

Chris K said...

I'm not biker, but that thing looks like it was designed by NASA Engineers. Great pics from the run. Beautiful.

Glenn Jones said...

Nice bike! But it's okay that it's still in the box. How can you ride it with all that white stuff on the ground?

Black Knight said...

Great bike! Don't worry, my father used to say the same words when I ran under the rain.
As animalist I love the picture with the moose.
IT's hard to run with all that snow (and ice).

FranP said...

Sweet ride!! Can't wait to see you kick some butt at IMLP!!! ;)

Jamie said...

Very sweet bike! Can't wait till I join the rest of the Trakkers crew and upgrade to some Kestrel goodness.

And it has always been a goal of mine to find a moose. With allthe time I spend in NH and Maine, I figure I'd have seen one by now, but those big dumb things are so damn sneaky!