8/1 - 8/7/2011

This week was a bit of a bummer. I was not feeling very well and I can't really explain why. My best guess is that I should have taken ten days to recover from Vineman 70.3 rather than just seven. It is getting late in the season and my schedule is more hectic, the cumulative effect of the years training is starting to catch up with me a little I think and all this stuff Caught up to me this week. No exciting training accomplishments so I figured I would do a post on the bike fit we have been working on.

The biggest thing going on right now having to do with my racing is the complete overhaul of my bike fit and time trial position that I am working on with Wade at Spokesman Bicycles. The very poor bike times that I have had this year, some significantly slower than last year made me certain that it was something mechanical or geometric that I was doing wrong.

When I first got into the fitting studio it was apparent right away that my bike was not set up to be very aerodynamic...what was most disheartening however that once we had my personal geometry figured we realized that the bike I had bought could not produce the fit I need or was capable of.

There is this amazing machine, the GURU Dynamic Fitting Unit, that allows you to produce your bikes geometry and then by remote control the person doing the fit can make adjustments to any of the geometric variations a millimeter at a time. With this machine we fiddled with my current position and pushed it much farther into the realm of optimal time trial position.

Although this revolutionary change in my time trial position is exciting as it may lend a huge improvement to my bike times, there is also a lot of stress brought on. I have to get rid of my current bike and buy a new one and adapt to it before I race again which is next weekend. The guys at Spokesman are giving me a ton of help and I am extremely grateful for that.

Photos and videos of the fit assessment to follow hopefully.

Swim 13,000 yds
Bike   10.25 hrs
Run   18 mi

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