Monday, November 26, 2007

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Sorry, I couldn't think of a title for this post. After meeting with my group to discuss our group project yesterday, I came home to an empty house. Turns out that the in-laws took the kiddo to see her cousins and I had time to hop on the treadmill! I only did 30 minutes of intervals...had I known the in-laws wouldn't be back for 3 hours, I would have done more. Oh well! It did give me time to work a little on our group project.

By the way, I am having a hell of a time figuring out how to edit our video. We have Windows Movie Maker on our computer, but it isn't compatible with the files from our camcorder. I downloaded a free trial version of WinDVD Creator, but I can't seem to get it to do what I want it to do. If anyone out there in cyberland has any words of advice or tips, please let me know. I still have 3 weeks to figure out how to get this done!

Speaking of advice and tips, I am officially ready to buy a new bike (thanks to my bonus at work!). The hubby and I went shopping on Tuesday of last week and I am having the hardest time trying to decide what to do! Do I get an entry-level, but still good bike (i.e. Trek 1.2/1000, Specialized Dolce, Cannondale Synapse 6)???? Or, do I go a step up for a bike with better components like a better rear derailleur, some carbon fiber (like the front forks & seat post)? Or, do I keep looking? I know there are other brands out there that I still haven't seen yet.

My goal after having the baby is to get my swimming up to par and train for a few sprint-distance triathlons. However, I would also like to train for longer rides like the MS 150, Hotter than Hell, or something similar....in that case, I can imagine that the carbon fiber would be nice. Honestly, I don't want to go much higher price-wise than say the Specialized Dolce Elite. So far, I think I prefer the Trek to the Specialized, because it just felt more comfortable. I felt like I was really reaching on the Specialized...of course, I know that can be adjusted. Ugh, I am the world's worst when it comes to making these decisions!

Workout Stats
Treadmill - 30 minutes, 12:40 pace

8 comments:

Barbara said...

Greetings! Hey, Karen is trying to get access to your blog. I just forwarded you an email from her.

I have 3 bikes - road bike is a Giant (WSD). I also have a Trek. My personal take is find one that fits you first and foremost. I almost bought a Cannondale because it just looked so cool, but the truth is that my upper body was too short for it and I never would've been happy.

Lighter is always better though. Well worth the money.

K said...

Thanks for adding me as a reader, Christy! Congratulations on the newest addition that is on the way. I am so happy to see that pretty pink flower at the top of your blog again!!

Tiggs said...

ditto Barbara. I have a Trek 1500 WSD. I love it. I tried Specialized and Cannondale. The Specialized fit was all wrong and although I too liked the look of the Cannondale best, the Trek fit me the best. Go with the fit. Ride it in the store on the trainer and down the street and back at the store before you buy.
I'm getting a mountain bike for Christmas and of the 3 brands Iv'e tried so far, the Specialized fits me the best! Just depends on the bike!

J~mom said...

Hellooooooooo!!! I missed you. LOL It's my own fault, for some reason I did not have you bookmarked and I kept thinking I needed to find your blog again. So when you commented I jumped on it.

So much to talk about with bikes!! I really, really recommend taking time to ride the ones that you are interested in. I had my heart totally sent on the trek 1000. I have no idea why either I just liked that bike. Then when I tested it, it did not feel good to me. So I tested several others and when I got on the Dolce I was like WOW!! It was so good! I did not see a huge advantage between the Dolce and the Elite for the price jump. The person at the bike store said that over time I could always replace the components on the Dolce if I wanted to. After spending time on mine now I can't imagine having a better ride, I just love it. I do want to upgrade the pedals but that is it for now. Ok, that was total rambling. Let me know if you have specific questions. :>)

K said...

You girls are killing me! I have been wanting to get into cycling for over a year now, but I have no idea on what bike, etc. I hate to go into a store because I know I'll ride out with something, but will it be the right something??

I will glean from all of your experiences!

Sarah said...

My advice, for what it's worth: set your budget first, then buy the bike that is most comfortable to you that also comes in under that price.

Bikes can get expensive fast and it's easy to find yourself overspending because of all the dazzling components and materials.

At the Dolce Elite level or below, you can get quite a nice bike. The one I've ridden for the past 4 years was an $800 bike. If I were doing it again, I might go one level up, which would be right at your max.

Marcy said...

LOL I know nothing about bikes so I won't even pretend like I do :P

It ALWAYS works out that way, doesn't it? You think the Grandparents are going to drop them off at X time adn they end up keeping them longer. It's like geez thanks for telling me, I could've gotten this, that and the other thing done LOL

Viv said...

Wow, all those bikes look amazing! I am drooling over here. I was thinking of a sprint tri this next summer as well. I really need help with the swimming. I hope you find the perfect fit with the bike.
I will be looking in to some kind of training program for the tri. Let me know if you find any. I am sorry my WMM did not help. I know Roxio is a very good program for editing also. Can you maybe tell me what format the file is. Maybe I can find a converter program to get you to mpeg or wmv. Hoggin you comments section here.