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Happy Ass, Sad Wallet

Last night I solved my saddle problems (I hope).

The seat that came on my Felt was not comfortable. In fact, it was miserable. I could ride about 5 miles before my entire crotch region would start to hurt, and no matter how much I shifted around I couldn’t find a comfortable position. Being in aero certainly didn’t help. And it got worse depending on which bib shorts I was wearing.

Knowing that my tri shorts aren’t going to be any more comfortable, and that 56 miles is a long time to spend in the saddle (not to mention longer training rides and the epic 112 I have in my future), I decided to do something about it.

Enter the Adamo.

This handy thing is shaped really differently than other seats (obviously) and puts pressure on different areas than a traditional saddle shape. And people swear by it. It supposedly takes some getting used to, but then I’ll feel like a million bucks on the bike. I’ll be testing it this weekend — possibly down on the Kinetic course — and will report back on whether it works magic.

Unfortunately, it was a chunk of change on top of everything I’ve already spent on this bike. But I’d pay every penny I have for comfort — why I wear $200 bib shorts — and after all that, what’s another $170?

In other news, my wetsuit came in the mail. It’s a cheap and not-all-that-nice Xterra Vortex (sleeveless) but it’s a good starter suit and will get me through the three tris I have on my calendar for the season that will require wetsuits. Someday I will consider a 2XU or perhaps a BlueSeventy. In any case, it looks teeny tiny, so I definitely will have to try it on — and maybe do a test swim — before race day. Who wants to help me squeeze into all that neoprene?

So I think that about covers it for my initial tri wish list. Except now I “need” a new swimsuit (or three) and perhaps a few more pairs of Nike Tempo shorts. Let’s face it — there will always be something. City Sports, anyone? I’ve got a coupon!

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Discussion

3 thoughts on “Happy Ass, Sad Wallet

  1. plastic bags over hands and feet = the secret to getting in the wetsuit.

    i still don’t understand the attraction of bibs. tell me more. and i will pay any amount of money to make my crotch happy. fortunately the $90 seat that i’ve had on both bikes is fabulous.

    Posted by katie | April 27, 2011, 9:33 AM
  2. For new swimsuits, check out SwimOutlet. I love them. Free shipping for orders over $75 EVERY DAY.

    Posted by Victoria (District Chocoholic) | April 27, 2011, 9:47 AM
  3. I agree on Swim Outlet! And, that seat looks awesome.

    I love gear.

    Posted by amy | April 27, 2011, 12:00 PM

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