Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Shoemate and boogers make everything nice

Today is a sad day folks. I am departing an old friend. A friend that had been with me in the mud, the rain and the snow for the past two years. A friend that started off with me when I decided to get serious with this triathlon endurance craze.

My friend is Asics Gel 1100. I was a bit sadden when Asics decided to discontinue my buddy back in the end of 2005. At that time, I was quite happy to see 1100s all over ebay and amazon. No fear, I told myself, I can always find him online.

I tried its replacement brother, Gel 1110, but no luck. I had major knee problems and I ended off letting Thomas adopting them.

For the past week, I spent countless hours combing through the web. I thought I am reunited when I saw a bid on ebay for them. They were 1100s, they were for men....but they were size 8-1/2. I wear size 9-1/2....oh why do I born with such big feet.

This post is for you, my shoemate. I am in my fourth and fifth pair of 1100s. I worn them since earlier this year and through Ironman training. It is time to depart them and look for something else...

And end of one chapter and a beginning of the next.....Cliff is looking for a new shoemate..inquire within.

I was listening to Ironman Talk during my 30 min jog. Beven did a spill on getting rid of boogers on the bike or on the run. Maybe I am still a newbie in this sport but I never had major booger problems. Either I have the non-booger gene OR I have boogers and not aware of them (or care). They chatted about peeing and poo-ing. I was cool with that. I faced those issues before...(there is nothing like the sudden urge of clearing your intestines on a 3 hr run). But boogers....never had them on my bike or a run. I had runny nose before. But never a need to make snot rockets or the 'double barrel'.

I admit I have boogers....and I pick..but I will leave that for another post and another day.

14 comments:

Pat said...

It was a good run while it lasted. Asics Gel 1100 we'll miss you.

jessie said...

May the 1100 make a comeback.

I too have been searching for a shoe since Asics changed my beloved 2100s turned ugly (for me) by the 2120 version.

I feel lost. I've tried a few other shoes, settling on some Saucony model, but I'm still looking.

Brent Buckner said...

It's sad when a wonderful shoemate/solemate relationship is lost.

Spandex King said...

Change is bad. Very Bad!! Why do things have to change?

E-Speed said...

bummer on the shoes. Hope you have fun finding a new pair to love!

Tri-Dummy said...

2120's work?

Aaron said...

A brief moment of silence for the 1100s.

Can't wait for the booger post.

Spokane Al said...

Best of luck on your shoe search. We can always wear just about anything - but the shoes must be right.

And don't worry about your bike riding booger issues - I have enough to cover the both of us.

brendaj said...

I've only worn Asics for running since jr high. The 2100 series still seems to work for me luckily.

My running partner used to make fun of me for not being able to do snot rockets. I'm a bit more drippy than congested usually.

Robin said...

man that last part was gross. so cliffy this is what your posts come to when you are not training for IM, huh?

;-)

Jennifer P said...

I'm such a shoe hussy . I've never stayed loyal to one brand or model. Good luck.

On the other hand I do have lots of boogers and I feel bad for my teammates. My gear is constantly covered in snot.

Where's that podcast? I could really use it.

TriBoomer said...

It seems Asics makes a tweak to their shoes every year. This year they made a few changes to my favorite model and ending up switching brands.

Oh well.

Stay tuned...

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triguyjt said...

.weird isn't it. you mention boogers and you get lots of comments. farts might run a close second.
good luck with the new shoes..