Phlight of the Feenix

Yesterday we ordered a Garmin Feenix 2 for Ethel’s triathatraining –

Feenix 2It’s a pretty cool gadget – not only does it do run, bike and swim modes, but there’s also a ski mode that tracks vertical, distance and number of runs (not that that’s necessary, since our local ski hill tracks that using our passes anyway, but maybe we’ll go skiing someplace that doesn’t have that). But, of course, the important thing is the triathalon modes.

She’s been using my old Garmin 405, but it wasn’t cutting it, so we just jumped on Amazon and got what she needed to get the job done.

Now here’s a funny thing – we are fairly careful with our money, except when it comes to triathlon expenditures. We’ll spend money on this silliness that we simply wouldn’t spend otherwise. For instance, we were talking this morning about a) getting a television for the bedroom (it’s college football season, which means that games will last longer than we will, so if we’re even going to attempt to finish the late games, we’ll have to do it in bed)  and we also kicked around b) going to San Diego in late October for the Oceanside triathlon.

For the TV, we discussed hitting Walmart and seeing if we could find something in an open box; for the trip to San Diego, we figured (loosely) a thousand bucks.

We’ve NEVER spent money like this. (editor’s note: I have friends, people of means, who spend more on a bike than I’ve spent on this entire effort. But that’s not what we’re talking about here – we’re talking about a guy who looks at two jars of peanut butter to figure out which one costs less per ounce, but  who will then just go online, do the research, and then walk up to the bike shop and say “That one.”).

The morning that Ethel decided that she wanted to do one of these silly things, we simply drove to the bike shop, found what made sense and fit her, and bought it. Today she’ll go by the running store and get some triathapants and running bras, and by the pool store and get a training suit (she’ll swim in tri pants and jersey, under her wetsuit, but she needs something tighter-fitting to train in). And I might wind up picking up a road bike to go with my tri bike, now that I don’t have a road bike.

That’s the total lack of proportion that baffles me, that seems to me completely senseless, even while I am indulging it. We spend more on this than we spend on skiing (editor’s note: that’s not counting the actual ski homes that we live in. I suppose that, by itself, may outdo the triathathing. But those generally appreciate : )

Wait – that’s not entirely true. There is one way in which this all makes sense….they say that people who are aerobically and anaerobically fit life longer, healthier lives.

And anything that gets me one more healthy, happy day with my beloved is cheap at the price.

And besides, she’s so CUTE! 🙂 She was on the treadmill this morning, and was supposed to run for a set period of time, but she went well past that because she wanted to get to a particular distance. Watching her direct her efforts like that – she’s sweating and huffing but still going– is so much fun. She decided to do something, and now she’s doing it. I think it’s WONDERFUL!

She said she wants to go down to the Mountain Dell area this weekend, and try to do the climb from the creek at the bottom to the road up above Little Dell on her bike. That’s not a trivial effort. She also wants to go over to East Canyon with her wetsuit and get in a little open-water swimming, since she saw what happened to me at St George.

She’s just cute as a collie pup. And so EARNEST.

And it’s time spent TOGETHER.

So never mind. It’s cheap at the price : )





1 comment
  1. Dave C said:

    I’ve seen some very bad reports on that Garmin. Garmins seem to be deteriorating rather than improving.

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