Well, it's official. I'm completely in love with my new bicycle. She's a woman specific Trek Madone. I just returned from a ride up to Grant's Ranch (on the way to Mt. Hamilton) and... what can I say? Wow. Now I have no more need for men, or their bicycles. Ladies, I highly suggest you look into getting a woman specific bike fitted to you if you put in any higher number of miles. It feels completely different.
At first I thought the carbon Madone was simply beyond excessive, but heh, I spend pretty much my entire life focused on bicycling when I'm not even riding a bike, so I finally came to conclude that I should probably really, really enjoy it when I am actually riding.
As a side note, they recently repaved a big chunk of the Mt. Hamilton road (the section climbing out of the San Jose valley) and it's really nice to ride on these foggy mornings.