Nice bike and nice picture too. I have been eyeing a couple of Colnago's as a next bike (next year). I commute on a steel framed Marin and it's a nice ride especially with load (computer, clothes, etc.) but am thinking about a more sport oriented bike for weekends and training rides. I decided that after a decade of neglecting myself, and seeing that I was knocking on the door to 40 in a few years, I HAD to get off my lazy butt in 2011 and bought the Marin. I went from basically zero hard miles in ten years to 1250mi last year. This year my goal is 2500. Since I'm up to 100-125 a week on the commute alone, this should be pretty do-able even with a long summer holiday. All I can say is that the difference I feel in a year is nothing short of amazing. I went from struggling to do the commute twice a week, and having to walk up a few nasty hills to running 5 a week and not even thinking of dismounting unless I stop to talk to someone I know. In the meantime my time to work went from a measly 1:20 minutes to as little as 0:50.20 just last week. My goal is a 5000 mile year when I turn 40 (two years from now). Can I ask...when you run a 113 mile ride, how long does it take you? I'm just trying to gain an idea of what sort of pace you fellows maintain. I see a lot of serious road riders on my commute and they're hauling ass. I also notice that their crankset and cassettes are sized WAY differently from my Marin, which has almost a more "mountain bike" gearing with a lot more on the low end. Currently I average around 15mph through town which, given the traffic,. construction, cruiser bikes, and pedestrians is probably as fast as I feel safe with. But on weekends I can get out and put up some better numbers. Anyway, your story about training (and some others here) was a real inspiration to me and I wanted to tell you thanks. Good luck on your Death Ride!