Friday, 26 February 2010

Coasting along in style

While reading so many blogs about stats and running and struggling through the winter months, I truly have to say I'm so glad I don't have a planned event until later on in the spring.  After a few years of Marathon training in the dead of winter that totally killed my love for being outside in the freezing cold, wind and snowy conditions.  I'm happy to say that not being committed to pounding the snow covered pavement has changed my thoughts of outdoor winter activity.

I've been enjoying our very weird 2010 winter, there has been very little in the snow department and it hasn't been too terribly cold.  My saviour this year has been cross country skiing and snowshoeing, oh yes, and I've also enjoyed the odd skate on the canal (before it was closed due to the warm weather).
But starting March 1st, I'm rolling! 

meet


BLIZZARD!!

Yes, went ahead and I'm now into the new millennium, Blizzard is a 2010 Trek 2.1.   



I upgraded the saddle to an inForm RL WSD


Shimano pedals
(which clip on one side and are for everyday shoes on the other)

and


Shimano RT80 touring shoes

I'm so excited and believe me, I've NEVER ever spent this kind of money on anything cycling before.  (Horses, yes, cycling NO)

Someone said to me, WOW, that's sort of extravagant for you isn't it?  Well, yes it is, but Blizzard will last me for the next twenty years...and by then I'll be almost 80, so if I'm still rolling at that age, maybe I'll be one of the lucky ones.

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

29 comments:

BettyBetty said...

Nice bike girlie!! I got your link for contributions. Will be making one as soon as I get my act together.

Lisa said...

sweet bike! I can't wait to read about your adventures on the new bike!

Carolina John said...

she's a beauty allright! Nice choice Laurel. That will bring years of joy and fitness.

Wes said...

ooooooh, purrrrrrrty :-)

Ewa said...

This is one cool bike. I've been drooling over some road bikes and yours looks wonderful.

Marlene said...

That is a nice looking ride!!! Can't wait to hear about many SLEEK & STYLISH miles this summer. :)

(P.S. I AM SO READY FOR SPRING. Ughughgughgughgughg)

Judi said...

lily, you will never stop spending money on cycling, from here on out. watch and see. :) congrats on the new bike. you should covert the old one into a fixed gear.

Lauren/Lo/Sassy said...

Love it! I just got a Trek Madone last summer...my first road bike ever. While the price tag was hard to swallow, I knew I'd be using it for several years to come and I love it. Just wish the rain would stop around these parts!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

yes all the the bike gaer and bling does add up FAST...BUT.... YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Not sure about name, especially in the summer!

ShirleyPerly said...

YAY for the new bike!!!

I'm scared to add up all we've spent on bikes the last few years but know it's been a lot. But, we've also had a blast with them too so some things are worth it. Enjoy!

Amy said...

What a gorgeous bike! Love the upgraded saddle - You will be glad you have a good one for all those kilometers you'll be putting in!

I also wasn't signed up for a big race early this spring this year and it has been such a relief not to have that pressure hanging over my head to get all those long runs in with the bad weather...so glad.

Julie said...

Nice to meet you BLIZZARD!! That is a nice set of wheels:) Happy Friday!!

Giorgio said...

Enjoy your wonderful bike during next spring. Although in your country roads are still covered with snow, your new bike will be ridden soon. :)

Giorgio said...

Enjoy your wonderful bike during next spring. Although in your country roads are still covered with snow, your new bike will be ridden soon. :)

Runner Leana said...

What a beautiful bike!!! I'm sure you are going to absolutely love riding it. I know I cannot wait to ride my (new to me) Cervelo outdoors. So exciting!

And I'm with you, I think discovering XC skiing (despite my wee setback) has made a huge difference to enjoying and embracing winter. Good for you!

Wendy said...

BIKE PRON!

(It is not at all extravagant if it is an investment in your long term health, fitness and well-being. My story, and I am sticking to it.)

Anne said...

So which is more appropriate: to go ooooooh or greet your new bike with a Brrrrrrrrr.

prairierunner said...

Sweet!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Oooooh! Sweet ride Lily! If the Heart & Stroke ride wasn't the same weekend as your 200k(I think that's what you said right?) I'd love to ride with you and Blizzard!!! My road bike is the 2.3 and love it, you be speeding on the roads in no time! ENJOY!!! :)

Nat said...

Nice ride... very nice ride.

MarieA said...

whoa... fancy schmancy.... like the mercedes of bikes or something? enjoy it and Ride safe.

Sprocketboy said...

Nice bike, but I don't think that the streets of Ottawa will be able to handle it when you scorch off all that asphalt. When the snow is gone, you and I are going to Gatineau Park...

Groover said...

Wish I could come and ride with you and Sprocketboy come spring! Great purchase, Lily. This bike is so YOU!

MrDaveyGie said...

That will be a light weight zippy ride. OH, and umm, tomorrow is March 1st I hope that means winter is over. :-)

Bluenoser said...

I knew you would finally make the move.

-B

EndorphinBuzz said...

Wow, congrats on the sweet ride and futuristic looking shoes. They'll probably still look modern in 20 years :)

Vickie said...

I'm so envious! I want that bike! Enjoy. You will love it. Just be careful!

The Old Bag said...

Congrats on the new bicycle! Looks like a wonderful ride -- how exciting!

I hate to tell you, but I said the same thing about a bicycle I bought back in 1996, and it wasn't the last one....