I've had a new bike for a few weeks. Her name is Pepita. No mom, not Pedita - Pepita! She is a blue BH Cristal. I find it awesome that I started this blog about 2.5 years ago to chronicle my pilgrimage across Spain on The Camino de Santiago. On that trip, I rode a borrowed BH bike and now I own a BH. She is blue. Not pink. There will only be one pink bike (RIP).
It took me a while to get used to the different components (I switched to Shimano). But today I had my first ride on Shimano's new Ultegra di2. The shifting is all electronic. It's still new and my fingers are still figuring out the new shifting mechanics. BUT I can see good things in my future with this new shifting. Since my fingers aren't especially strong, I often struggle to shift. But with the electronic shifting, one touch of a button and the bike flawlessly shifts. The soft buzz that I hear is music to my ears.
As I was riding this afternoon, I thought about how far I had come in a short time. In April, it will be two years since I went to development camp. In that time I've learned an immense amount about bikes. I learned that the track exists. I learned about time trial bikes. I learned about overtraining, overhydrating, caring too much about a race, caring too little about a race. I know about failure of my muscles. I know about (most) parts of my bike. I'm proud of the things I've learned and the things I've accomplished over the past two years. I look ahead to the future and know that even greater things lie ahead.