The Black Mamba arrived

One word before I go into detail: Wohoooooooooooo!!!!!! 😀

Ok, enough excitement for now but I have to share my excitement. I got my road bike today and with this I accomplished the next step for becoming a Triathlete.

It all started during my christmas holidays  in my home city where I had a nice evening with friends who are a triathletes since 2-3 years. When they asked about my plans for 2015 I explained that I want to do a sprint and maybe an olympic distance triathlon. And the plan was to do this with my cross bike. „You don’t want to do an olympic distance triathlon with your cross bike“ was the answer I got. I could do it but it wouldn’t be so much fun and I would loose too much time to do it with my normal bike for 40k. So I went to a race bike shop they recommended, had a look at their offers, talked to the shop owner about what I was looking for. And there it happened. I fell in love and saw my future bike – an Isaac Kaon. But I was still not sure if I really want to spend a lot of money before finishing a first triathlon.

Back in Berlin I called the shop in my home city and ordered the bike and that I would like to pick it up in March. There we go and today was the big day. I got the sexy bike and had a wonderful and exciting day.

black_mambaSome details about the bike:

  • Frame: Isaac Kaon (2014)
  • Shimano 105 gear kit
  • Shimano Ultegra brakes
  • Shimano PD-A520 pedals
  • Shimano RS 11 wheels
  • Shimano Pro Synop Tri Athlone Aerobar
  • Fi:zi:k Vitesse Tri K:ium Saddle
  • Lake MX217 Shoes

From now on the name for this sexy bike will be: Black Mamba

Ok, so I have a road bike and I have to learn how to use it properly and these click pedals will be my next challenge. 1.5 months until our first super sprint triathlon and I don’t want to do any experiments before the half marathon next weekend. But after this Sarah and I will do our first ride together. Looking forward to it and we will keep you updated. 😀

Oh, the bike excitement!

Where to start… I have this bike and I love it. It is bright green, heavy and ohhh so comfortable. When I bought it a few years ago, I thought myself crazy for spending roughly 200 Euros on this. But I loved it and that was worth every Cent.

My comfy green grandma bike.

My comfy green grandma bike.

Now the thing about races in triathlons is – apparently – that I cannot actually race with my comfy grandma bike. They seriously won’t let me.

So… I think I actually have to get a road bike. Me. A road bike. I’m a Klutz. I’m so clumsy, I shouldn’t even own a fast bike. And I shouldn’t own an expensive bike either. But road bikes are exactly that: fast and expensive.

I’ve now been thinking about getting an actual race bike since our decision go for triathlon last October. And I decided to take the next step.

So last Saturday, I took Daniii and our triathlon rookie task force to a recommended triathlon shop to try out some bikes. And come as it must – I fell in love. I went back to the shop on Monday to purchase a Cannondale CAAD 8 – not in my signature green this time – but in black and white. I am so incredibly excited. I can’t wait for the triathlon shop to call me so I can get fitted and hit the road (not literally, hopefully). And my comfy green grandma bike will get a rest from time to time.

Much bike, so excitement. 

The emotional rollercoaster called swim training

I have registered for a bunch of triathlons without ever having completed a single freestyle stroke. “Just take a class”, I thought to myself when I clicked ‘ok’ to complete my first registration.

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And take a class I did. So far, it has been an emotional rollercoaster. You wouldn’t believe the elevation I felt when I managed to freestyle the first 25 meters. Man, was I proud. I couldn’t stop. After the actual class was over, I went over to the kids’ pool (the regular laps were too busy for my taste) and kept swimming, swimming, swimming. I felt sooooo good and I was sure I would have a good time swimming in my first triathlon.

Until I tried again in the next swim session. I had considered this to be easy? I must have been mad. In that class, I swallowed half the pool. And in the next one too.

Right now, I have no idea whether I’ll be able to push through 300 meters of freestyle in my first triathlon in May. But there’s always breast stroke to fall back on.

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Oh – and I booked another two beginners’ swim classes.