Goodbye old friend (and hello new one!)

I did it!!!  I ran at traknight without straining something!

…what?

This is a good thing…

Of course, to do so I had to repeat over and over “I will not go all out, I will not go all out…” .  And I cut the workout short.  But it was still good to run fast.  I haven’t done that in a while.  And I’m definitely faster.  Still not as fast as the big boys but getting stronger.

And something else happened today.  I said goodbye to an old friend.  This goes back to one of my original goals when I moved from California to Missouri in 2006.  I said that one of the things I really wanted was to have enough money to buy a full sized truck.  Something I have always wanted.  I met that goal and bought a 2005 F-150.  HUGE V-8 engine.  12mpg if I was lucky.  It got me through 18 inches of snow.  Loads of mud.  Endless trips to Home Despot and around the back yard hauling rocks, wood and dirt.  But $4 a gallon gas was brutal and even at $2 a gallon I was still spending well over $100 a month using for it’s main purpose which was commuting my saggy butt around to work and workouts.  For every hour I used it as a truck (hauling, towing, etc.), I used it 50 hours as a commuter car.  It just didn’t add up.

So with a heavy heart (and a fortuitous phone call from a car salesman with a good offer for the truck) I took one last ride with the family in my awesome truck down to the Honda dealership and traded it in for this:

Honda Fit

A 2009 Silver Honda Fit.  It’s VERY cool.  Especially with a 10 gallon gas tank and a 30mpg rating!  And the best part is that the back is CAVERNOUS.  I can reconfigure the seats and my bike fits perfectly just behind the front seats.  Which still gives me storage room in the back.  For a triathlete transport device, it’s perfect.  And it still fits the family comfortably for trips around town or across the state.  I love it.

Will I miss my truck?  Yes.  About 5 days per year.  But I will forget about it every time I pull up to the pump.  Which should be about 5 times per year…!

Updated 12/09/2009

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