No, this is a blog post pondering how a chain of events can change the course of a life, or at least, how a chain of events seems to have changed my life.
In October 2009, at the same time a co-worker resigned and I became a candidate for her position, my beloved Blue Huffy was stolen. I was heart broken, but made the promise that I would look at this opportunity to look for an even better bike.
I ended up with Squeaker, since renamed the Death Machine.
After I completed 100 miles in 5 hours 30 minutes (ish), I decided there really was something to this going fast business, so I thought, what the heck, let's check out cycling racing...
Well, as I had become more ingrained in the tight-knit cycling community, I gained a lot of Twitter followers. Some of whom are marathon runners and racers, athletes, etc. I caught the bug from the LA Marathon and thought, well, I can train for both a marathon and a cycling race, right?
Well, then some one told me I should just go all the way, get down and dirty, and a swimsuit, and train for a triathlon. AND...just a few weeks into training and I love it. I swim, I run, I bike. I push my body to its physical limits. I have all this confidence that is a mature confidence, not an arrogant confidence, that I think helped me land the promotion. I also think that I've learned a lot about myself while riding my Schwinn (trust me at 9pm and 175 miles trying to get that last 25 in before you fall over and pass out, you're learning a lot!) and what I've learned has helped me really know who I am, what I want, and how I expect people to treat me. Believe it or not, I used to be somewhat of a doormat. Not a typical doormat, but a doormat. At least I felt that way.
It's late, I'm rambling, and I'm sure this post doesn't say all I want it to say. I know people make fun of Schwinns. They're not top of the line. They don't make the best race bikes, and I don't even know if they make a tri bike. But Schwinn will always have a special place in my heart.
Even 1980s steel Schwinns that are 5 inches too big.