And her name is Zoë. This is my first “big girl bike” and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I ended up going with the Specialized Allez. It’s a 2012 and had to be ordered. It was delivered to the store on Tuesday night, but since they were about to close I couldn’t go and test ride it and pick it up. And of course on Wednesday, in true Florida fashion it started pouring as soon as I got off work and stopped 15 minutes before they closed. So today was the first day I was able to go and see her.
It was love at first sight. I know that it shouldn’t matter a whole heck of a lot how a bike looks as long as it’s a good fit and quality ride, but Zoë is so darn sleek. The young lady who helped me out the previous time was there to make an adjustment to my seat. Then it was time for me to hop on. It feels like the bike was made just for me. I rode it around for a few laps in the parking lot with a huge grin pasted on my face! After paying a rather hefty sum I loaded her up and headed home. I also realized that I’m going to have to find some way to store her. I have a mini SUV but it was a little awkward getting her into the car. And I have a tire on the back of my car with a cover and no bike rakes on my hood so I’m going to have to figure out some other alternative other than laying my seats down and squeezing her in.
I also realize that I probably shouldn’t leave her in the car when not in use, but thankfully she’s pretty light so getting her up 3 flights of stairs was a breeze. I’m really excited because this was the next step in my goal towards completing a triathlon. I’m hoping to do a duathlon next year and a Sprint Triathlon next summer. Between my marathon training, continued swim lessons, and now cycling I’m well on my way! 🙂