Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm in love.

Yep, you heard it right here. I have found another love - my bike set up. Wow, is all I can say. I woke up so excited this morning because I knew today was D-day, the day I would have "Aaliyah" set up like Xena warrior princess ready for my first sprint battle.

Before I put up some photo's I must own up to another day of rest first. Last night I woke up with a real attack of the butterflies and couldn't sleep for ages. I kept going through the race a hundred times in my mind. This is what was going through my mind:
  • What would my set up look like.
  • How would I tackle the swim.
  • Should I have my shoes on the bike or on the ground.
  • What sort of speed should I hold on the bike.
  • Do I aim to run the first and third 1.25km slightly faster then the second and fourth.
  • Or should I aim to just make it to the end.
I finally fell asleep but woke up this morning excited about my bike but feeling a bit seedy. So I opted to just take it easy today and make the most of my outing to Panther's Cycles.

I wish I would have taken a snap shot of my excited face, I am sure it would have looked like this:
Thank god the guys at the shop are used to it by now and they just go about their merry way.

So here it is: DRUM ROLL PLEASE............................................................................

I noticed too that everyone's TT bars are wrapped. But I had forgotten to ask if the guys could do it at the shop, so I rang hubby and asked if he had any wrap left from the one's he used to wrap the kids tennis racquet handles. He said he did so I set about wrapping it myself after searching for it on YouTube. I know, there is not art or science to it, but if I wrapped it the wrong way it could come undone. And i can't have that happening. What do you think?
I know the wrap says "Wilson" on it, but beggars can't be choosers. Feels nice to the touch, just like the white wrap that is on my drop bars. I think Aaliyah looks the part now.

So tomorrow is my 2hr aerobic ride. Perfect timing, can practice riding using the bars and checking on my cadence too. Have to keep it at 90. Can't wait.


  1. Nice bike and excellent set-up!


    Cheers from Hong Kong!

    "XTB" Xavi.

  2. Aaliyah looks so sweet and ready to rock and roll. Love the foward seat post.

    I can't believe you are sweating a sprint. With your swim ability, I would get right up front, and let everyone else try and pass me.

    Let us all know how it goes.

  3. Love it too.
    And can't for you either:))

    You will do awesome- if you do what you do in your training- then you've already succeeded!

    Hope your ride goes well....

  4. "Aaliyah"...Bahahaha...she sure is sexy all done-up like that.

  5. Looks great! I never wrapped my extensions, I liked it better that way.

  6. Yay for the new setup! I hope you have a good ride!

  7. Looks fantastic, you'll do really well Barbie. I'll be sending lots of positive vibes from Ireland!

  8. Xavi: Thankyou.

    Flatout jim: I know it's silly. Just always been a nervy competitor. On the day once that horn goes off i will be right.

    Dawn: Thanks so much. Your right just need to do what I do in training.

    BDD: It's cool isn't it :D

    Quinton J: I just love her name.

    Kovas: Thankyou. I just didn't want to be slipping off the bars. Need something grippy to hang onto to.

    Aimee: My bike is looking better and better.

    Eoin: Oh thankyou so much. Hope you have a safe trip back home and enjoy that first wonderful hug from your family.


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