More on my TT bike position; I’m having a pro fit done.
So after I posted yesterday’s blog, I went for a ride with my buddy Sebastian. It was a social/recovery ride, so we chatted quite a bit about–what else–cycling.
The conversation eventually flowed into bike fit in general, and the race photograph of me that I posted yesterday in particular. Sebastian asked me when that picture was taken: before or after the finish line. I wasn’t sure. I was deep in the pain cave as I finished the race, and don’t even remember seeing anyone taking pictures.
Sebastian and I have done quite a bit of riding together, and he said that how I looked in the picture is not how I normally look when I’m on my aerobars. In fact, he told me that he’s remarked (to others) just how flat my back is, and that it looked as if he could place a teacup on my back while I was riding. Sebastian speculated that the photograph was taken after I crossed the line, as I was starting to sit up.
It’s an interesting observation, and I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand I’m happy that my position may not be as far off as I thought. On the other hand, I was looking forward to the time savings of becoming more aero!
Well, I won’t have to wonder about the answer for very long. After posting yesterday’s blog I was contacted by a couple of local Retul gurus, one of which, as it turns out, just became an official sponsor of my racing team (Team KBS)! So I’ll be having a professional Retul bike fitting with Adam Baskin of Cat One Fitness.
Adam is a well-known racer, but he’s also one of the most knowledgeable guys around when it comes to cycling, coaching and bike fits:
- M.A. Clinical Exercise Physiology
- B.S. Exercise Science Grad. Prep.
- USA Cycling Level I Coach (Elite)
- USA Triathlon Level I Coach
- CTS Coaching College Graduate
- Serotta Certified Bike Fit Technician (S.I.C.I.)
- Fit Institute Slow-Twitch (FIST) Certified Bike Fitter
- RETUL University Graduate
Look for my full report after the fitting sometime next week.