Friday, November 20, 2009

Filling in the blanks…

Sometimes you don’t realize how much you would really like something until you aren’t sure if you can have it.  Take Ironman for example.  My good friend Tara realized that she really wanted to race it next year when all the community fund spots filled up at the end of October.  All of a sudden 147 new spots appeared online a few weeks ago…no idea how or from where…but all of a sudden the opportunity opened back up and now Tara will be racing next year along with Kelly and I.

When I first bought my bike back in April 2008, a Kona Lisa road bike, I wasn’t sure how much I would even use the thing.  I hadn’t ridden a bike in ages, so I had no idea if my bike and I would be occasional friends or if I would really fall in love with it and want to ride all the time.  Ha, as soon as I brought my new bike home I took it out of the car and promptly went on an 8 mile run…  It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with my bike though and somewhere between April and August I started to think sprint triathlon…half Ironman in 2009…Ironman in 2010.  And colour me surprised that the bike is my strongest of the three events.

So to be perfectly honest with you, I had no intention of looking at a new bike for Ironman next year.  For how hilly the course is I wasn’t sure if I would see a benefit out of a tri bike.  Maybe after Ironman I’d think about a fancy new tri bike.

And then on Monday I stopped by D’s blog.  D is selling her bike…an absolutely beautiful 2008 Cervelo P2C.  51 cm.  Hmm, I fit a 51 cm bike…  We exchange e-mails, but since I’m in Calgary and D is in New West I can’t exactly test ride her bike.  Maybe I can find the same bike to test ride out over here?  On Tuesday I e-mail Kelly to let her know that I brought my gear to run in case she would be interested in meeting up.  Kelly and I never run on Tuesdays, but we both have our gear and are keen to hit the pathway.  Swiftly the conversation turns to bikes and I ask Kelly what she rides.  A 51 cm Cervelo P2C.  Really?  And oddly enough, Kelly actually has it downtown with her that day, on the roof of her car.  She wouldn’t normally have it with her, but today just happens to be my lucky day.  I see her bike and I fall in love…  At a bike shop I am able to confirm that this would indeed be the right size for me.

As I thought through the idea of a new bike, I told my parents that I figured I’d get a new bike after Ironman.  My mom asked me, “Why wait?”  After all, there is no question as to whether I’m going to use a bike now.  Pretty safe to say that I love biking!  It all just felt like kismet, from Kelly having the exact same bike with her for me to try out that day, and for D having the “perfect for me” bike.  Someone threw their name into the hat for the bike before me…so I waited in anticipation…  I figured if it was meant to be it would happen, and then I got the good news this evening that I lucked out!!  Thanks D, I promise to take good care of your girl!!  Training for and racing Ironman Canada is going to be fun!!!Cervelo_P2C_da_lg

16 comments:

Andra said...

Leana, the stars were aligned for you! It was meant to be that you have this bike. Wishing you many long, fun and successful journeys on her.

teacherwoman said...

Awww, awesome!

Tri Dave said...

That's really exciting! Enjoy the new bike.

Lily on the Road said...

W.O.W.!!

I'm so excited for you !! Now, what's her name??

Spokane Al said...

Very cool. I am certain that with the numbers of miles ahead of you in prep for IM, the both of you will become very close.

Ali said...

Very nice ... makes me almost want one ... almost.

Marlene said...

It definitely sounds like the stars aligned and that bike was meant to be YOURS!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

haha, i knew your FB status updates were related to new wheels! I walked into a bike shop in the US last weekend, and have gotten a slight itch to upgrade my bike too, even though IM isn't in my radar. ENJOY!!!

lilmeg said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie said...

You are going to LOVE that bike!! :) :) :) Congrats!!

Judi said...

my friend amanda has one and she loves it. IMKY was hilly and she did well on it.

k said...

and it's canadian :)

congrats- you'll have to post a picture of you holding it with you finger or something like that. congrats on the wheels!

lindsay said...

one of those run-around stories :) glad everything worked out! i agree with your mom - might as well get the bike upgrade now and not after the big race!

Rainmaker said...

That's awesome! Wise move to get it now and train on it all year and then rock IMC with it. Congrats!

joyRuN said...

Wow. I LOVE it when things just align themselves & work out beautifully like that!

Enjoy your new bike!!!

Wes said...

purty purty!!