|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?