The past few weeks have been absolute madness. I had a move to the Kansas City are from El Paso, TX. My newborn son came. He was 8 pounds 10.5 ounces, and is a dream! Mommy has been spending so much time with him that my almost 2 year old and I have had a chance to really bond. It’s funny. He chooses me over her when he needs comforting. Sorry, Hun! I have also been getting OBY MEDIA up and running in the area, as well as trying to spend some time with family since my time with them has been limited in the past 4 years.
Training was put on the back burner for a bit over a week, which was fine. I have a marathon in 9 days, and my body was aching from small tweaks that happened with no chance to recover due to the Army. I had a sore lower back for 2 months or so, and our warm ups everyday included sit ups, straining my back. It was not bad enough to go to the doctor and have him not let me do anything, but bad enough it hindered my workouts and some daily life. I got back into the workouts this past week, and I am loving it!
So the title of this blog is Searching for a Bike, and here is why: Yes, I already have a bike. My bike is a road bike with modifications to make it a triathlon bike, but it is not a true Tri Bike. I was searching for a triathlon bike that would be the same amount or less than I could get for my road bike. I would have loved to sold my bike for $1500 and bought a tri bike for $1200, and had a $300 profit.
I posted the bike or Craigslist, and had a few scammers, and a few people who were interested until they found out how big it is (I am a tall guy and require a tall bike). I even posted it in many cities that I was passing through on my drive to Kansas City. No takers. I ended up finding a guy in Columbia, MO who does several half IM’s and full IM’s each year, and works at two different bike shops (building and fixing bikes). This bike is in immaculate condition, and he is willing to do a straight up trade after he was unable to sell his (also due to size), and dropping prices over the last month and a half. I talked to him a few days after his first post, when I still had hope my bike would sell for $1500 or more.
The bike is a Quintana Roo Caliente 59cm. It has Dura-Ace derailleurs, full carbon frame and fork, and better wheels than I have now.
I even found a few places in California and New York with whom I was trying to get them to sell me a bike for $500-$750, and have them put their name all over it and have it be a sort of sponsorship, but they couldn’t get low enough on the pricing. Oh well. I do have the potential sponsorship of the Refuel With Chocolate Milk Team. That would be a cool deal, but we will see if I win. The voting ends on the 15th! Cast your vote for me! In my next blog, which will most likely be Saturday, I will do a segment about the Ironman World Championships that a being held in Kona, HI this weekend. I will pick my favorites and why I think they will win, as well as give a bit of history about the most epic race in the world. I look forward to getting your comments or questions about the blog or my quest to become a professional triathlete. Cheers!