Is there anything better than the feeling of new shoes? Well, I suppose a new PR beats new shoes hands down, but besides that. After trying on several pairs of shoes this evening (thanks National Running Center), I ended up with a pair of Brooks Defyances. Hopefully I'll have better luck with them. I'm a bit disappointed with their aesthetics though.
pink Pegasus, I'm looking at you), but anyone who says they don't get a little bit excited when their shoe of choice is also a great looking shoe is either blind or a liar.
Actually, there is something else that's better than the feeling of new shoes. That's the feeling of a new bike. My friend Molly just picked up a new cyclocross bike, a Giant TCX W, that she describes as "riding like a dream" and "heaven on earth." She seems much happier about the purchase than about her road bike, a LeMond Alpe D'Huez. I'm sure part of this is recognizing what you want in a bike as you get more experienced (substitute "man" for "bike" and this sentence still works). My first mountain bike (that was actually used for mountain biking, as opposed to a campus commuter) was a Gary Fisher Tassajara I found on Craigslist. It served its purpose, which was to convince me mountain biking was fun and to tell me what I wanted in a bike, so by the time I was ready for a new bike, I knew what to get.