Sunglass porn…

My sick, eurofag addiction to white bling continues. For Christmas my wife indulged my latest craving and gave me a pair of Oakley Racing Jacket Transition Sunglasses – pearl, of course! Some months ago I had already ditched my prescription inserts after seeing how dorky they made me look – who cares about beeing able to see the road if you can’t be stylin’? I had since transitioned to contacts, and finding them to my liking realized I could replace my prescription dorkserts with something stylish. Okay, I know I’m no Hincapie, but those Oakley Racing Jackets he wears simply rock. Combine that with the Transitions® lenses (no more hassle changing lenses for sunny vs. cloudy days) and it’s all the sunglass you could want. But the clincher was the pearl frame – a perfect compliment to my recently installed white arione saddle. Too cool for school:


I’ll probably be the slowest Racing Jacket wearer on the circuit next season, but I’ll still look fast. Actually, training the past couple of weeks has gone well. I’m (finally) pain-free after a series of back-to-back injuries (broken rib and punctured lung in October, cat bite turned septic in November, broken/badly bruised coccyx in December) and have gotten back into a pretty good groove since beginning my half-marathon training program. Splitting my workouts between running and cycling seems to leave me fresher for both – this was something I noticed two years ago when I was running pretty regular. I sort of got out of it last year to focus on training for L’Etape du Tour, and I guess it’s no surprise that eventually my cycling seemed to start getting stale. I’ve been running for two weeks now and am not only starting to feel comfortable with it but also had some excellent rides this past week. Today I felt better on the bike than I have since before I broke my rib. This week I’ll start adding in a weekly speed workout to the running program.

Hmm… what next? Maybe a white stem?!

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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5 Responses to Sunglass porn…

  1. Jim says:

    But Ted, Hincapie ditched the Racing Jackets in ’07. Based on the picture, a white helmet seems obvious.

  2. Boz says:

    Tres chic, europro! White bar tape and lycra booties all the time and you’re there.

  3. Daniel B. says:

    Wait, back up… you were bit by a cat?! Hanging out at the San Francisco Zoo, were ya?

    Happy New Year, Ted

  4. Jim says:

    Ted, is your saddle position different on your TT bike from your road bike? In other words, do you have the saddle pushed up and forward from the traditional road position?

  5. Ted M. says:

    Jim – yes, TT saddle position is up and forward, with a zero setback seatpost to increase the effective seat tube angle. One has to ‘train into’ such a position – hard to do w/o a dedicated TT bike.

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