My neck hurts.
To sum up my weekend I didn’t do a ton of cycling or running but rather a smidgen of both. I had big plans to run long on Saturday but I slept in and started my run at 7 AM. I had zero motivation and decided to cut it short at five miles. Sometimes, you  just need to do what you feel and move on. Runner’s guilt be damned!
After my run, I headed over to Outspokin for my Retul bike fitting. The Retul process takes about two hours and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was, however, super excited to see my bike again.
I met with my fitter, Park, and he started by watching me do various strides and stretches off of the bike. He was looking for any pronation or imbalances and that would help set up the frame work for the Retul. It actually started very similar to a gait analysis. Since I have known Park for about a year or two now, I know he knows what he’s doing.
Park could see that my left leg was my trouble leg and guessed it was longer. I’ve been told this is probably true on several occasions but never had it medically proven. It wouldn’t be surprising though. Park then put these small, velcro dots on various points of my body. These dots would connect to wires that would connect to a computer to take measurements while I was on my new bike.
It’s alive!
I then got on my pretty new bike and began pedaling while Park recorded it and looked at the measurements. I got to watch the little stick figure on the screen while I pedaled. It’s cool that they can get down to the millimeter. Sorry for the booty shot. Although, I’m sure Katie will be pleased.

Not my best side.

Park measured both sides and I got to see and feel the changes as we moved through out the fitting. It’s amazing to me how much better I felt after a few adjustments. I’m told that as I ride I may need to make a few more but one of the great things about this system of fitting is that it records your measurements and you can see how and if they change. For example, if you drop off your bike at a store out of town that has the Retul system, they can make sure your bike is back to where it needs to be in terms of measurements after any repairs.

We finished up with my fitting and I was really excited to test out my new ride on Sunday. I was thinking of riding 33 miles with Meghan but after getting out on the trail, I thought better of it.

Here’s the thing with going from a road bike to a tri bike. It’s VERY different. While I am ready to be in the aerobars and feel fairly secure riding in them, my neck did not like it one bit. I’d ride for a few minutes in aero and then pop back up and ride on the handlebars.

I did notice a big drop in effort and an increase in speed. With my road bike I was putting forth a fair amount of effort to ride 18 MPH. I also tend to grind in a heavy gear to keep up with a pack. Fortunately, yesterday, I noticed that I could ride at 18 MPH with less effort and maintain a higher cadence. At one point I started thinking that everyone who’s been riding a tri bike this whole time has been cheating while I’ve been grinding away on my poor, sweet Dolly. Ha! It was that big of a difference. My new bike, in addition to being more aerodynamic, is also lighter which I’m sure accounts for some of that difference as well.

Needless to say, my neck is sore this morning and from what I’ve read, that will go away. The other soreness I was experiencing yesterday may not. Boo. Apparently, the saddle pain I felt is something that may require a different saddle at some point. I sure hope not because I’m poor done spending money on cycling stuff for the moment. I guess only time will tell.

Anywho, I am loving my new bike and hope that each ride gets a little easier on my neck and no-no parts. Heh.

How was your weekend? Any tips on transitioning from road bike to tri bike?