Last night after dinner, I told Mike I was going to take my mountain bike to the shop today, for a tune up and new road tires. Then he said maybe next year I could get a new bike, since, knowing me, I'm most likely going to get into triathlons after IronGirl. How funny is that?
There are two bike shops about a half hour from my house, I'd never been to either of them, so I thought I would take a ride to check them out. I also wanted to comparison shop a bit, and just shop in general. So I hauled my bike into the Jeep, got Eliza into her booster seat, and we were off.
We arrived at the first store, I told the salesguy what I was looking for, and while I waited to see some tires, I checked out their goods, to my pleasant surprise they had a whole display of nuun, including the new flavors. He came back out with two tire choices, one set looked similar to what I already have, for $15 a tire, the other set was sleeker, at $29 a tire. With a tune up and the charge to put on the tires, I would have spent over $135. I told him I'd think about it.
Put my bike back in the Jeep, and decided to go over to the other bike store, which was very close to the first one. I thought it was kind of rare to have two so close together, but it worked out to my advantage so I could compare the two. Store number two had a large service department, and I could picture the people working there actually riding the bikes they were selling. Again they brought out two tire sets, the $30 tire didn't look as thin as the $29 tire in the first store, but it had some kind of puncture resistant feature. I asked some questions, and learned that it's not the width of the tire that makes your ride faster, it's the tire pressure. I took a closer look at the tire, and he was mistaken about the price, the tag read $20, not $30, so I decided to go with them. Even with the tune up, I ended up spending less at the second shop, and I liked the vibe there better anyway. My bike will be ready on Thursday, which I thought was pretty good.
This is my 400th post. I was thinking earlier about how many fabulous people I've connected with through blogging, people I would never have met otherwise. I even tell Mike and some of my friends about some of you, about the things that happen in your lives, the major goals and milestones you've accomplished. I do appreciate the advice I've receive through comments, and the inspiration I get from reading your blogs.
I also want to say Thank You for the donations made to Children's Tumor Foundation. I honestly didn't know what to expect when I put the link to my fundraising page on my sidebar, and I really, truly appreciate it. Thank you.
I picked the winner of my Mega Giveaway, by using random.org, I have a print screen of it, but I think those are boring to look at so I left it out of the post. A couple of people who entered were able to get over 17 entries! I was really excited to see who won, because she's a Mom of 12 children, and she's also running NYC this year, as a part of Team MEB, so we're hoping to meet up race weekend.....congrats to Erin at See Mom Run Far!!!