Thursday, March 08, 2007


The Bigun's still having a heck of a time with this new position on the bike. I brought it on to myself, so really I'm not complaining, but I had to stop at 50 miles again today. I didn't feel too bad though.

I got my buddy Bacon back out again - and that's a feat, let me tell you. He's been avoiding his steed now with the same zeal in which people avoid the dentist. But it was beautiful today; very little wind, between 75 and 85 degrees during the ride, and not a cloud in the sky. Perfect day for a ride!

I tried to goad him into 37 miles, but 25 was all he was having - 2 laps. I stopped when he did to stretch, figuring that would help to get another 50 in. In typical fashion, the Bigun forgot a vital piece of training gear - my Garmin - so I had no idea how fast (or slow) we were going. Turns out we averaged 18.2mph for the first go-around. Heading back out, all I had was the clock on my cell phone.

I thought I'd try and stay in the bars for at least 25 to get my back and hips used to being that low. Oh yea, I raised my seat about a quarter inch. With the new position, I just felt like I wasn't getting enough extension. With the seat raised that little bit, it felt much better.

I gotta say, I cranked for that 25. Finished in 1:10 - at about 22 miles I could feel my left hamstring tightening up, so instead of pushing my luck, I knew I'd call it quits at the end of that lap. It was a neat feeling - I was pushing hard, but not really breathing hard...not winded like when doing fartleks or intervals. I've got some more room there, some more umph. It's good to know that. Now all I need to do is get used to that darn new position.


The Stretch Doc said...

I had aero bars on my road bike, got a fitting with them and then some how messed it up and it started causing achy back pain as well. I finally got tired of it and just pulled them off, back to road bike status without a make shift tri-road bike, ya know.
I figure I will leave the true areo positions to an actual tribike.

I think your will come around though, might have to get a refit?

4 story buildings? thats it. We have parking garages at the mall taller than that, Yikes!

I like that flat but it does get boring after a while.

Have a great weekend!


S. Baboo said...

I've been on my road bike so much this winter that when I got back onto my tri bike I felt like I was going to slide off the front. I ride a pretty aggressice position. You'll get used to it eventually and once you do it will feel natural.

By the way, I just discovered that the Clydesdale Long Course National Championships will be at the Harvest Moon half-iron this year. Yippie! my neck of the woods, Roman's as well, it's in boulder, CO...September 16th.