Thursday, January 27, 2011

Biking breakthroughs

Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Bike 36 miles

I don't have anything on my bike to tell me the actual mileage it's doing on the trainer, so I've just been assuming an average of 16 mph. That's about what I was doing on the road before the weather turned unbikeable. But I really feel like I'm going faster than that now. Maybe today's two hour and 15 minute ride was really 40 miles. Maybe 45. Maybe 50! (Probably not 50.)

Whatever the distance, I can definitely feel myself getting better. I'm working out my saddle problems, too. Between the magic shorts and the Chamois Butt'r I got for Christmas and losing a few pounds and the used Adamo saddle I bought on eBay a while ago and getting my husband to tweak the position this way and that…well, 112 miles might actually be possible, from a sitting-that-long perspective.

Makes the aero position more
comfortable than sitting up. Weird.

I think the next thing I'm going to do is get my kids to film me on the trainer and then compare that to a video of someone demonstrating a correct bike fit. That should be interesting.


  1. Two things:

    1. Try biking in front of a mirror. You'll be able to tweak things that way too. Also, it's a fine line between being as aero as possible and being as comfortable as possible. Given how long you're going to be on the bike, comfort should just out nudge aero. :)

    2. Seat, shorts, butt butter notwithstanding I can pretty much guarantee you're gonna throw that bicycle to the IM helper as you come into T2 and never EVER want to see the durned thing again. :)

  2. LOL. I wouldn't be surprised. I know lots of people name their bikes…maybe mine will earn its first nickname out there on the course.

  3. You mean you HAVEN'T named your bike yet?!?

  4. Yeah, I mean, it's a hunk of metal. Calling it "Jorge" isn't going to give it a personality, and frankly brings up some disturbing connotations.

    Or maybe that's where I've gone wrong all these years.

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