Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ahhhhh, Much better!!

I had to get back on the saddle. I couldn't hook my bike back up to the trainer for another week while I fretted about my painful ride the other day. I snuck out as soon as my husband got home from work. I never train in the evening (yet) so it threw my boys for a loop. I swear my oldest was hugging me as if I was going away on a trip. It was a bit strange really. Sweet, but strange. I promised I'd be right back and we'd all sit down to dinner and have a normal night.

The first improvement was my attire. I wasn't dressed for a day in the arctic this time. :) I shed the hat, neck warmer, wool socks and gloves. I gotta tell something else funny about the other day. I had my running gloves on. They have this cool magnet on the wrists so I won't lose them in the drawer. Well, when your wrists are centimeters apart when in aero position....whack. They were stuck together! This didn't really hurt anything but it gave me the feeling that I was trapped. Locked down in aero forever! I'm cracking up now at all the gear I wore that day. Today was so beautiful. Sunny and in the 60s. That's a big step for us here. I was so much more comfy when I started for that reason alone.

Second improvement...the saddle position. My husband raised the front of it up every so slightly this morning. It made a huge difference. I no longer felt like I was sliding forward into the bars.

Third and final attitude. I just realized that this bike means business. I am no longer out for a scenic ride in the foothills of Western Maine. I can no longer check out the neighbor's yards, the ducks in the ponds I ride by or you know, what's up ahead on the road!!! Gulp.

I can ride along and see the road ahead of me. I decided it's a little like sighting while swimming in the open water. You keep your head in the high but normal position and every so often you raise your eyes and neck oh so slightly to see the big picture and what's up ahead.

I felt much more stable. I felt stronger. I started this little ride on some false flats with a serious headwind. It wasn't easy but I felt fairly strong and a lot better than on my old bike. But when I turned around, LOOK OUT HERE I COME!!! I was absolutely Flying! I had a slight downhill, a tailwind and a hot new ride. It was good for the ego even if it wasn't all "my" speed. I didn't care. It was damn fun.

Now I have had a dose of the fresh air and I realize once again, why I dread the trainer. I was used to that machine in the playroom, but now I'm ready to toss it aside for a while. I'm afraid I'll have to wait. A big cold rainstorm is headed our way and while I gained some stability, comfort and confidence on ride #2 today, I'm not ready for that yet.

Tri season officially kicks off in just over 3 weeks. My first race of the year. It's the PolarBear sprint. I'm so so fired up. I checked the entrant list yesterday. It's going to be tough. There are a few unexpected fast girls entered this year. I just hope I can keep them in my sights for the swim and hold on in the bike this year. If I'm with them at the run I'll feel great. We shall see. I can't wait to get this party started!!


IronMatron said...

I'm so glad you got out there yesterday! I totally laughted at the magnet thing. I can just picture it--you in your snowman outfit on this hot bike with your gloves magneted together in aero!
I'm so sad about the weather this weekend.... argh. I need to get out there too just to quell this terrible anxiety!
You are going to win the Polar tri. Mark my words.

Pedergraham said...

That's the rain storm that is supposed to start here any minuete in VT. :) It's good we all got out this week...I think it will make this last weekend indoors bearable. I told my husband last night that I've decided the trainer is not bad with only one kid. I don't have to "pause" my workouts to play mom/referee!
Good luck dialing in your fit and comfort on your bike.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you really turned things around! Take the time to make those mintor changes like your seat because they really do help. I hope you can get outside again this weekend. Have a good one!

The Lazy Triathlete said...

Its amazing what a slight adjustment will mean in terms of comfort. Just stay positive.

Marni said...

sounds like you are getting ready to race! Hope you only have a few more cold, rainy, windy days :) Sounds like you have some nice hills and roads up there...I'd love to visit! Keep up the great work so you can partttyyyy in 3 weeks!