At the start of today's episode of "Triathlons of Our Lives", we are presented with a recap of this week's storyline. We find Ri-guy anxiously considering a new purchase. We see him visit several local bike shops (LBS), conduct vast (albeit cursory) amounts of research (all pointing of course to his preference), and we finally see him test ride a smokin' hot, carbon, all DA tricked-out ride in his favorite color combination of black, red, and white.
We pick up Ri-guy's story several hours after the test ride.
We see Ri-guy laying in bed while TriSupporter is in the adjacent sitting room watching late night TV. Thinking he's asleep in preparation for a 105-miler on Friday (for which he took a vacation day), she suddenly hears a faint call out, "Are you awake?" "Yes. You're not asleep?" she asks.
"No," he replies.
Thinking for a moment, she then asks, "Are you thinking about the bike?"
"Yes, I can't decide."
TriSupporter can tell he's having trouble with the decision. Ri-guy always has pre-buyer's remorse, if there is such a thing. She knows he's asking himself a million questions: Why do I want a new bike? Should I get this bike? Should I just get new wheels? Is it too soon to the IM to get a bike? Why do I want THIS bike? Will it really be better? Haven't I shown enough commitment to deserve this bike? Is it wasteful?
She doesn't encourage or discourage; she just says, "Think about it in the morning. Get to sleep."
It's now Friday morning, we can see pouring rain and hear thunder in the background. We see Ri-guy in the kitchen, getting ready for his ride. The clock on the stove reads 4:45 am. But the forecast doesn't look good. He's taken a day off for this--it'd better stop raining. He goes back to bed. Wakes up and the storm seems to have passed. Preps and is out of the house around 7 am on his trusty 3 year old tri-bike Ralphie.
TriSupporter gets a call. Split screen: Ri-guy is at a stop 33 miles into the ride. TriSupporter is working at her desk. He tells TriSupporter, "I'm getting the bike." "Okay." she replies, knowing that over the next 72 miles he will change his mind a hundred times.
The show now fades to black, credits roll.
It's Friday, and today's episode of "Triathlons" leave us only with this question: Will he get the new ride?
Come back Monday...for these are the "Triathlons of Our Lives".