I’ve been very naughty. I was supposed to ride easy for 1:20:00 at a high cadence. But because it was incredibly nice outside, it hit 58 degrees in February in New England, which NEVER happens. And I had to go outside. My legs were in such joy of being outside, and this was my first outside ride in over a month, I took off.
I think my coach will forgive me.
This was my first real ride outside since the bike fitting, and first longer ride with speedplay pedals, so I thought I’d talk about both.
First, the fitting. I felt a lot better on the bike. I was on the hoods with elbows bent a LOT longer than I have in the past. In the past I’d go to the tops a lot more. The fitter moved me lower, and further back, replacing my stem with a shallower and shorter one, and also swapped out one of the spacers underneath the stem with one half the size. The fitting has not made me more efficient, as evidenced by my last power test, but it has made me more aerodynamic and comfortable. I’m not as stretched out as much anymore, so by default, I am lower, and fighting less wind. I find that I am achieving better speeds with the same amount of effort. I think that also speaks to the training regimen I am doing. I benchmarked myself, and I was going at a moderate clip, and there’s one point I always use as a benchmark, and my previous best was about 1 minute or so off where I was today going with a moderate to hard effort.
The Speedplay Pedals were fantastic. The double sided entry is a world of AWESOME. Didn’t have to look down once to clip in once. Just had to get my foot near and stomp in. No hot spots, nothing,
All in all, I have to say that I am pretty pleased with how my training is taking place. I’m not seeing the improvement that I want to see, but I have to figure that I’m only starting base 3. Next week we start Build 1 and it’s at that point where I think we’re going to see some drastic results. I mean I’m five pounds lighter than where I was, my cadence on average is up 5-10 rpm from where it was, and tonight, I definitely felt better going up climbs. Well climb is what I used to call these hills before I encountered real hills. They are better described as slightly uphill segments. When I got to one, I would just get in a comfortable gear, put my hands on the tops and just spin my way up at 90+ rpm. I actually got so excited by how I felt on them and how easy they felt that I would actually accelerate on the hill to faster than I was cruising on the flats. Using smaller cogs for everything. I’m actually seriously considering swapping out my 11-25 to a 12-28, I mean, I’m never in my smallest cog. EVER. I might as well get a lower gear as a reserve for when I’m going vertical than have a top end I never reach.