Stem to Stern
A photo is supposed to tell a story. This pair of photos is from July — in fact, exactly one year before Ironman Lake Placid 2012. They were shot at the Rockett’s Landing Olympic Triathlon in Richmond. It was 90+ degrees and the only relief from the heat was wind generated on the bike. Lord knows, I don’t run fast enough.
When I bought the bike in December ’09 and was fitted in February ’10, I was a little more than 20 pounds heavier than in these photos. Before doing all the measurements, the bike fitter asked if I wanted a relaxed, moderate or aggressive fit. I picked the middle of the road and vowed to work on flexibility. Better get started on that stretching.
Looking at these photos now, I wonder how I finished the 24.85 miles punching such a big hole through the air. I did get done in 1:07 which is about 22.24 average miles per hour. It was a flat course and less than a quarter of the distance of IMLP. Yet, without really studying the matter or talking to past LP finishers, I already have a tentative goal of a 20 mph average. Why? I guess because it is a round number. Not really the best way to plan a race strategy.
Also, now I wonder if the increased comfort and handling that have come with scores of hours on the bike means I should get re-fit with a more aggressive set up. Or, are the aggressive lines not called for when going long course over Adirondack mountains?
There are two spacers currently in my stem. I am tempted to take one out before this weekend even though I know better than to mess with a bike set up before a race. I have all winter to play around with the angles, raise the saddle and generally, get into a more aerodynamic position. Still, it is hard to ignore the big, arched, high shoulders and back.