Well the store construction is almost done and I am deep in the heart of ordering opening inventory. In case you didn't know, I am committed to serving all segments of women roadies - and that means the plus market (Athena pride!) as well. I have sought out those lines that carry plus sizes and even convinced one company to make them for me. Now I am moving on to getting the shop kits made. I have found three great companies that custom kits in "plus" sizes, but I keep running into the same problems: Jerseys go up in size but shorts don't and the sizing in these kits are definitively "euro". This means that even though they size up to 5XL in women's - in reality this is somewhere between a 1X and 2X. What 1X women wants to wear a jersey that says 5X on it, even if it fits perfectly? This is so frustrating. While I am delighted I can find some that size in the range I am looking for, this leaves my 3X Athenas out in the cold.
I haven't given up! I am still looking but the choices are getting slim.
On a personal note - my training has gone to s***t in the wake of opening this store - aside from my first and very successful trip up GMR with the clydes/athena forum group. Never has a group ride been so much pleasure for me. Encouraging and supportive with "my kind" of people, I never felt more accepted and comfortable on the bike as I did that day. And it showed in my riding. I felt like I floated up that mountain. SO - I have re-committed to 6 days a week riding and rode 30 miles on Sunday, took Monday off (well, it was recovery day after all lol) and will ride tomorrow. I got into this game because I ADORE the sport. I can't forget how to do it! I figure if I get 4 of those 6 in, that's better than nothing. Now if I could only figure out how to get STRAVA to record all the painting I have been doing.