I finally brought my new baby home. And she's a Cervelo P2. We're very happy together.
I didn't think I was going to be buying a bike. It's only been a year and a half since that last happened. Don't get me wrong, I love all my children equally, and my Fuji Supreme has treated me very well. I need it for road rides around the one continuous hill that it Pittsburgh, PA - it would be near impossible to do any continuous flat, in-the-aerobars ride around here. We're talking about a city that hosts the Dirty Dozen. And the Fuji will continue to get plenty of road love.
But I couldn't get comfortable on the road bike with clip-on aerobars, and with several 70.3s on the horizon I started to consider a tri bike. I looked around to see what was out there. I even sat on a nice Cannondale Slice. I figured I'd aim to buy one next season or the one after that and carefully stash some grad-student-stipend dollars away until then.
And THEN I went to Big Bang Bikes and there was a hot-off-the-presses new Cervelo P2 staring me in the face. A frame that I could have forever (nearly identical to the higher-end Cervelo tri bikes), and components that could be upgraded over time (and wheels. Zipps. Salivating. Not that I've thought about that or anything). I sat on it, they fit me, let me try 3 different saddles, trimmed my aerobars, dialed me in again, and I was like a tiny compact rocket. A really comfortable and efficient tiny compact rocket.
So I bought another bike. We will have many adventures, and it will be grand. Some day I will graduate, have a lot of letters after my name, and appropriately trick out said bike with super-components. In the meantime, I will EARN the need for those Di2 electronic shifters and Dura Ace parts...not that I've thought about that or anything.