Monday, November 03, 2008

Babes & Beaches

Congrats to everyone who raced last weekend!! While others were tapering and gearing up for their big day, Dave and I were out West checking out some babes and beaches. But the babes we saw were not at the beach.

No, they were out in the desert at TriSports in Tucson, AZ.

As soon as we opened the door, there they were, rows of sleek beauties oozing sexiness in assorted colors, sizes and shapes. Hey, baby, wanna go for a ride? In addition, there were all sorts of other goodies, cute clothes, shoes, wetsuits and even a big Endless Pool to try the wetsuit in. It was tri heaven!

The purpose of our visit, however, was to get fit for new bikes that have not yet been built. They have a special custom bike fitting area with different seats and handle bars you can try with a Serotta Bike Fit System, which can be adjusted and used to fit people of different sizes. Good because Dave and I are pretty much at opposite ends of the size spectrum.

Dave has actually decided to get both a new tri bike and a road bike and needed to get fit for two bikes. Believe me, anything to get him to not work and travel so much is a good thing!

He tried three different seats and decided on the first one for his tri bike and the second one for his road bike, which is actually a woman's seat but his butt likes it. Both of us gave thumbs down on the third leather one. Oweee!

Then it was my turn to get fit for a road bike. I had to have some body measurements taken since we didn't have them on paper with us. There was this one medieval-looking spring loaded inseam measuring device that was not at all pleasant.

After fitting us, Mark, the bike guy (left in the photo), gave Dave (right) and I a no-photos-allowed behind-the-scenes tour of the store. He also gave us a nice goody bag to thank us for dropping a small fortune on the bikes. We'll be back in January for the final fitting and a test ride after our babies are built.


Then we headed to San Diego or, more accurately, La Jolla. Dave had some meetings to attend and I tagged along too since I knew the area well having attended UCSD for grad school and would not be bored.

We stayed at the Hilton Torrey Pines. Being a Double Black Diamond Super 007 Frequent Hilton Hotel Guest, they gave Dave a really nice suite and said nothing about a woman claiming to be his wife who wanted a second key and free breakfast buffet tickets too. Hmm, maybe I should accompany him on more of his business trips?

We had a great view of Torrey Pines Golf Course with downtown San Diego off in the distance and an ocean view, too, in another direction.

I did some open water swimming down at La Jolla Shores Beach, where I'm more comfortable swimming alone at than La Jolla Cove. I did some laps out and back to a buoy located about 250 yards off shore right in front of the lifeguard station (they use it for their swim test). The water temp was 62 degs but didn't feel cold with the 70-80 deg air temps. When I swam there October 2006 to prepare for Ironman Florida, air temps were in the 50's and I dreaded going in the water (Who am I kidding? I just hated swimming back then, period.)

I also ran at Torrey Pines State Reserve, which was about a mile from the hotel. Having read the off-road adventures of RBR, Jane and Robin recently, I was inspired to give trail running a try. Of course, I tripped on something nearly right away and was promptly reminded to pick up my feet.

I took Broken Hill trail which led to ... guess what?

Down near the ocean, Broken Hill trail met up with Beach Trail and I followed that back up to the bluffs where I started. OK, so it was only a few miles but I didn't roll an ankle, fall (stumbles don't count), get lost, get stung by any bees or step in anything worse than soft sand. Note to self: Do this again soon!

Of course, no trip to San Diego would be complete without a bike ride along the coast. Dave and I rode from the hotel up to Oceanside about 20 miles away a couple times later in the week. I was thrilled to see how much I'd improved as a cyclist since I rode here last back in January 2007 with my travel bike on its first trip. Dare I say I'm starting to like riding hills?

Near the end of each ride, we enjoyed this magnificent view of the Torrey Pines State Beach. Then we had to climb a big hill back to our hotel, which was located behind the trees in the top left of the photo. Chalkings from a recent MS 150 ride were still on the ground to help motivate us. Great way to end a great ride!


Bruce said...

By the looks of the pictures maybe you should accompany Dave on all his trips. Then you wouldn't want him to retire so quickly. We once stayed at the Hilton in Brussels when the boys were small. I am not a hotel person, as I find home most comfortable. But then I don't travel much. BTW, I just received KPN's Freestyle DVD in the mail today!

BreeWee said...

I love all the photos, it makes your posts read like a book!

Keep having all that fun!

TJ said...

Wow. Those are some HAWT babes. :-)
Great pics of the ride.

Susan said...

Excellent trip, beautiful photos, wonderful opportunity!

Wendy said...

Wow! Bikes! Scenery! You guys have been busy!

skoshi said...

Wow. Looks like a wonderful trip. Great photo story.
Plus, what a great way to set yourself up for the New Year--can't wait to see the new bikes.

Katie said...


Anonymous said...

I wanna go!! Man, just the pics of the tri store had me drooling. What fun!!

Amazing pictures - such a perfect vacation in my book :-)

Arland said...

Wow, cool bike shop! You are one lucky girl!! Would love to ride along the beach there, great pictures!

Girl on Top said...

Getting fitted for a bike looks like a lot of fun! How much does a bike cost anyways? Maybe I'll get one next year.

*aron* said...

wow that sounds like such an amazing weekend!!!! SOOO cool about the bikes! love that you got a swim, bike AND run in :)

KodaFit said...

Just consider me green with envy! I'm not sure I could trust myself in a store like that - at least not with a credit card in my pocket or access to financing in any form!

Looks like a fun time in Cali as well!

Shannon said...

Great post!

I've ordered several things from I would love to actually go to there facility.

Thanks for your encouraging words.

Runner Leana said...

That sounds like quite the trip - I love all of the pictures! The bike store and fitting looks great. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

New bikes! Beaches! What a wonderful trip.

I'd be totally overwhelmed in a bike shop like that. LOL. Too many choices.

Gotta Run said...

Way to hit the trails... it is a true love of mone :)

ALRIGHT.... that Tri Store rocks!!! I am SOOOOOOO jealous.

You are one lucky lady!!!!

akshaye said...

Great scenery! I love that part of California.

The picture of the store has me drooling! Cant wait to see pictures of your custom bike. Question - why do you have your mouth open while being measured?!

ShirleyPerly said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

GirlonTop: Prices of bikes can really vary, depending on type and your needs. A good basic bike probably will cost at least $500 but some top of the line racing bikes can go for over $10K.

Akshaye: Got my mouth open because that spring-loaded inseam measuring thingy wouldn't stop going upward!

Petraruns said...

I love all those photos! What a great bikestore - a challenge not to spend a fortune in there I bet. And your trip looks fabulous, I like to see you sitting down for once... Seriously - it seems great for you to join Dave on his trips.

Tammy said...

Wow it looks amazing how beautiful. I've never been out west, I need to go visit out there at least once in my lifetime. Oh, by the way, I like the babes in the bike shop, I'll take the one on the right LOL.

Brittany M. said...

You have the most incredible trips, I am so insanely jealous!!!


Darn it--now you have me itching to go back there NOW!! While you were cycling, we were getting massages at the Torrey Pines spa. You put us to shame!!

Calyx Meredith said...

Fun, fun, fun! New bikes, La Jolla, Torrey Pines - can I say it again? Fun! (Well except the inseam measuring thingie - eeek!)

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice ride!!

And I love the bike-fit photo of you with your mouth open! HA!

Smithposts said...

Yeah, the bikes have been ordered!

Looks like a relaxing business trip (for you anyway). You are definitely on the right end of that deal!

Formulaic said...

I saw that Tri sports offered a custom fitting. I always wondered, now I know. Thanks!

I ride the first seat for all my rides. Love it! Hard on the sit bones though.

Beautiful pics. And it's great to see how you've grown other the years.

Maddy said...

What an amazing store! I can't wait to see your bikes in January!

And how nice to visit San Diego! It looks like it was relaxing and a lot of fun!

RBR said...

You left out an important detail, what color is the new bike?!

Great pictures and great training weekend! I am so excited you got out on a trial run. i am telling you you may never run road again. I love it!

I want to be you! You are so cool!

CewTwo said...

You know, when I run outside on mountain trails I never think of bees or getting hurt. Now that doesn't mean that it doesn't happen (mostly tree branches slapping me in the face while I am checking my footing).

Great blog!

Jade Lady said...

the photos of la jolla are gorgeous - did you frequent this area when you lived there?

funny on the bike seat Dave chose - hey - whatever works...!