See here: Your Turn! What's the biggest issue facing triathlon now and in coming years?
How did I find this? No, it wasn't because I noticed they had a link to the article on their front page.
My Gmail notifier popped up in my right-hand window with a new e-mail that read: "[Editorial Feedback] Old Bikes for Tris"
Hmmm, what's that about?
I got a message via InsideTri people from this guy who wrote the following:
Could you get a message to Sarah Trejo who was one of your published respondents re biggest issues in tri smackdown. She makes the comment via your website: "I rode my Trek OCLV road bike that probably dated back to 2000". Thought she might enjoy that I rode, to a 2007 third place national age-group ranking, frame and components that dates back to about 1998 per the original owner. I got the setup free, third-hand -- aluminum, round-tubed Quintana Roo Quilo. I admit the wheels are newer, dating from 2003. :-)Sweet. I love stories like that. When I look back to pictures of me on my old bike, I'm still amazed at how I tolerated it for that long - it's a 56 frame and really, I needed a 54. But silly ex-boyfriend that helped me buy it (from some dude on Craigslist) didn't seem to think I looked too stretched out on it (even though HE was a cyclist and every other cyclist who would later see me on that bike would say "gee...you look a little stretched out..."), so I just stuck with it, especially since I never had any resulting pain from it at all.
Just the thought that "hey...I could be even BETTER if I had a bike that FIT!" :D
Anyway - it just comes back to the point that it's really the talent ON the bike that matters, not how good the components are, how light the bike is or which wheel set you scored. Those things are the icing on the cake. And they're pretty.
T-2 days and counting...in 48 hours...I'll be running my heart out.