I just flew in from Rome and boy are my arms tired...
Yeah, I know, stupid joke. You'll have to live with it though because my brain is still totally fried from the long travel, the delays caused by new security measures, the jetlag and the hiking my ass around Italy and Ireland every day!
Three weeks off the bike is too damned long, but if it weren't for the insane amount of walking I did, I'd be even further out of shape. Mostly I'm just damned tired. I rode yesterday and today at lunch for the first time in nearly three weeks and the legs didn't feel as bad as I feared, but the lungs sure did. I have been gasping for air on both of my rides and the legs have been talking to me as if the lungs were asleep, "hey, we feel fine, where the hell is the oxygen?" It has been pretty ugly. On top of the lack of lung fitness, all that traveling exposed me to the usual crawly crud and now I have a mild cold and feel "icky". I think it is already backing down though, so hopefully I'll be getting back to the fitness I had before I left within another week. I hope anyway, since I leave for Canada again on the 9th of September. Really looking forward to seeing all of my friends in Canada again.
I returned to the office to a crazy amount of email since I didn't travel with my computer and didn't check my email while away. Fortunately, over half was spam/ junk, so I have been getting slowly caught up with a bit of it. Please note: if you sent an inquiry to Masi through our company website, I will reply to you as soon as I possibly can. I still have about 100 website emails to answer, but I'm working on them. Sorry for the delay in getting your inquiry handled.
Speaking of the company website, the new product will be updated to the site soon. The "skin" of the site will remain the same, with a few cosmetic and feature changes, but it will remain mostly the same since it still looks really good. The new bikes will be up soon so that you can change the lusty images in your bike porn filled day dreams...
Speaking of bike porn, here's a little something to get your motor running;
Meet the long awaited and much ballyhooed (by me of course) new Masi cyclocross bike... the CXR.
It's the sexiest cross bike for the year. It's so purdy, looking at it is a near religious experience. I've seen it reduce grown men to tears. While in Rome, the Pope told me he thought it was the best cross bike he'd ever seen (the Pope is a huge 'cross fan). In other words... you're going to want one.
Ritchey cross crank and tires, 105 10 speed shifting and Ultegra rear derailleur, aluminum frame with carbon cross fork, Avid cantilever brakes (to stay UCI legal) and fo-sho, real-deal cyclocross race frame; top routed cables, cable pulley/ cam for front derailleur, barrel adjusters on the frame to adjust brakes and front derailleur cables. Essentially, a bad ass cross bike.
Let the worshipping begin...