after about 24 hours of waiting, something dawned upon me… i am training for a marathon. not a mountain bike marathon (if there is such a thing) but a real running marathon. i am planning to run more miles in the next four months than i have in the last four years. i’m not going to stop cycling during this time, i’m just going to change my priorities a little bit. from now on mountain biking and cycling are going to my cross training activities, and running well that’s just going to take the spot light for a little while. for the past 10 years, mountain biking has been the fruits of my labor. my cycle commutes, my weekend trail runs, all of it has been so that i can go out on my mountain bike and have a blast.
if running is going to be number one, then i am going to require some better equipment than my clearance running shoes, cycling sox, and 15 year old tech shirts. after going over the short list of things i need for running, i realized that the first item was going to be a new pair of running shoes. of course this means that sale or no sale the new mountain biking shoes would just have to wait. i am not too excited about putting my mountain bike shoes on hold, but i was excited about getting a new pair of running shoes.
i went down to boulder to get my running shoes and i picked a mighty fine pair, if i do say so myself. i felt pretty content that i was transforming myself back into a runner after a pretty long hiatus…. as i left the parking lot, i remembered that sale at performance bike. it was only a mile from where i was and maybe i could pick up some gu, endurox, or maybe some socks. so, i decided to stop by.
as i walked up to the store front, there was sign after sign reminding me of their super sale and the 20% savings for team performance members…which i was!! the first thing i saw were some beautiful cheap cruiser bikes… those are nice, but even if i wasn’t focused on running right now, i still couldn’t buy one of those… moving on. found some killer socks. then the jerseys caught my eye. oh my god they were almost 30% off!!! they never go on sale. i found a sweet fox mountain bike jersey my size… i picked it up and carried it around for a while. i saw the sidi mountain bike shoes… oh they were beautiful under that discount sign. i picked them up and looked them over. i found my size and started to try them on… when it hit me. i just spent 100 dollars on a pair of running shoes. i can not afford two sports. i sadly put down the shoes, and even walked over and put the jersey back. everything was crazy cheap. i found some cheap commuter tires for my bianchi, which i almost justified, until i realized that i had tires that will get me through the season. camel baks, panniers, pumps… all of it i had to walk away. that place is a crack house, i had to get out. i ended up buying some endurox, green socks, and some wonderful chamois butt’r. not a bad haul, considering i could have easily spent $300 on cycling gear.
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