Over the weekend my daughter and I had a father / daughter chat about want… She mentioned several times about wanting new things to replace some of the things she had but did not “like” any longer. My coaching to her was to learn to be happy with the things she had and to not be so focused on wanting all the things she doesn’t have. My advice was that she would never be happy if she didn’t appreciate the things she had vs the things she didn’t.
Here is the irony to my advice… Over the past two years I have wanted a tri-specific bike… My current bike is an aero style road bike Cervelo S5 …which is the closest road bike frame geometry to a tri-bike. In short the bike I have fits both my needs training for and racing in triathlons…. Could it be faster…ya maybe.. but the races I choose most often are hilly and a road bike tends to be more of an advantage in those type terrains.
So do I need a Tri-Bike? No… Do I want a Tri-Bike yes! But for the life of me other than to assimilate with the rest of the triathletes I’m not exactly sure why… I suspect it could make me faster… It would be cool… but the clip on bars I have on the Cervelo work just fine for those long stretches on the flatter areas… I know how it feels to want but what I struggle with is the question I have in my mind…”Will it make me happy?” Maybe I should take my own advice on this one and be true to Lucille…(Name of my Cervelo)… She has been good to me… Maybe it is time to listen to my own advice…and be happy with what I have to do what I want. Growing up, whenever I would run down that endless list of things I wanted my Mom would often respond by asking…”How does it feel to want?” I know that feeling well, what I really want more than all those things is which of those things will make me happy…. I think the honest answer is being happy with what what I have already…it works for me.