I’ve got my Specialized Venge all tuned up. The shift and brake cables are all brand new. The bearings are all new. The chainrings, chain, cassette and rear derailleur… all new.
The water bottles are filled and ready for action. Garmin Varia and 510 are charged and ready to go. Rare for the Venge, a small saddle bag is affixed under the saddle – the smallest I could get that can fit what I need… expertly packed and tight to the bike so it won’t move, thereby scratching the paint, when I’m out of the saddle to climb.
I’m T-minus three hours to launch on my first 100-mile ride of the season.
I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. Three hours to go and it’ll be time to drop some weight.
I’m sipping on my first cup of coffee of the morning, watching my wife sleep. She’s not the early riser I am. God, she’s beautiful. I’m thinking about what a lucky guy I am. We’ve been through a lot together and it looks like the next 25 years of our marriage are going to be vastly better than the first. And for that, I am thankful.
Well, it’s time to shave and shower. Once we get breakfast going, launch time is going to be on us in a hurry.
You know, I’ve been to the gym a hundred times. I can’t ever recall feeling like this before pushing weight.
As fitness goes, only a bike can get me so fired up. Look at that beautiful carbon fiber and alloy steed… what a bike!