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!