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New Toys, Better Fit

I’m still in the process of collecting all my tri gear and getting it all adjusted to my needs.

On Saturday, after my hydration disaster, I hit up Bonzai for a bottle system that doesn’t require any extra effort to drink. I was thinking about the XLab mount that goes between the aerobars and holds a normal water bottle, but that still means I have to pop it in and out of the cage. So instead I went with what most triathletes choose:

The Profile Design aerobottle. This thing is great because I don’t even have to move my hands away from my bars — I just find the straw and drink. This particular bottle has three nice features: 1) the straw is flexible 2) the mount is very secure but easy to remove the bottle from and 3) is insulated. My Sunday ride involved a lot more water down the throat, so I think this was a great decision.

On Sunday, I headed out to Carderock at the lovely hour of 5:45am to help out at a High Cloud race. After hitting up Giant for some discounted fruit and hanging out with my team, I was ready to head out and get my own workout in. But not before I got my very own pair of SICK new team glasses:

These are Smith Optics’ Pivlock glasses with three interchangeable lenses — clear, rose and mirrored — for every riding occasion. They are BADASS. I would be intimidated by anyone wearing them. If you can’t be good, look good, right?

In other news, I think I finally have my bike fit under control. After Saturday’s disaster — after which I could not imagine another painful second in the saddle — I dropped in on Adam and asked him to adjust me. Again. The original position was just too aggressive and my neck/shoulders/back couldn’t handle it. So we moved the front up slightly to take some of the weight/pressure off those areas, and it made a world of difference. I rode 32 miles on Sunday almost entirely in aero, and I felt good the whole time. I even had some other cyclist pull up next to me at a light and we had the following exchange:

Him: What are you on?

Me (thinking about how many ways I could take that): Huh?

Him: What are you on?

Me: Like, the bike? (again, thinking it very clearly is labeled as a Felt B14)

Him: Yup.

Me: Oh, like the size?

Him: Yup.

Me: It’s a 50.

Him: Ok. You look so comfortable down in aero, like you could just go forever. You look like you enjoy it.

Me: Yes, yes I do. I love it.

I ride away and think hell yes, I better look comfortable after all the adjustments we’ve made. Though, I don’t expect to be done with that for awhile yet. I still might need to move the seat back a tiny bit. Anyway, file under: strangest #heardonmyride.

Lauren and I have a super-early ride date on Saturday to go about 60-ish miles. Hopefully the bike will treat me well for that.



3 thoughts on “New Toys, Better Fit

  1. um can i invite myself along on saturday? one more long ride on hains point and i might throw away my bike.

    ps im super jealous of all your new toys. you should probably stop posting pictures of them.

    Posted by Emily | May 3, 2011, 4:51 PM
  2. oooh i like your aero bottle more than I like the one I have!!!

    Posted by Lauren | May 3, 2011, 4:53 PM
  3. Those glasses are super intimidating. Once you get everything all set with your bike you will look good while passing every person in sight 🙂

    Posted by Beth | May 5, 2011, 10:23 AM

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