The Madone rides again: mismtached, but rolling!
I wrote in yesterday’s blog that my rear replacement Zipp wheel will, in all likelihood, not arrive in time for Saturday’s century ride. So I yanked my Tacx Trainer Tire from my rear Aeromax trainer wheel, and replaced the Tacx with my Continental Grand Prix 4000S road tire.
Even though my Madone looks silly with a Zipp 404 Firecrest front wheel and the extremely out of place Aeromax rear wheel, at least I can ride this weekend. I suppose I could have replaced the front Zipp with the matching front Aeromax wheel, but why sacrifice performance for aesthetics? My plan is to ride so fast that no one will be able to tell anyway. 🙂 Seriously, I’m sure I’m going to get some strange looks this weekend. Whatever.
I took the Madone out for a 20 mile ride yesterday to make sure everything was functioning well, and she did just fine. It felt great to have the Madone back out on the road again (this was my first road ride since The Wreck)! It was a super windy morning, and I was battling headwinds and cross-winds through most of the ride. I still managed a 20 MPH pace, which is not too bad for riding solo in strong winds (my solo average speed PR on this same route is 21 MPH). The added weight of the temporary rear wheel was really only noticeable when I was accelerating.
I am very much looking forward to this weekend’s 100 mile ride, and would have hated to miss it. Obviously I wish that I had my rear Zipp for this long ride, but I’m mostly feeling fortunate that I had a spare wheel on-hand.