triple paradise loop – the first two times around felt exactly like every double I’ve done. the last one, did not. my spin got sloppy, and I could barely keep my head up. nothing short of painful, but I’m glad I put myself up to the challenge, and actually met it. 90mi, start to end – 3 fresh tire marks down camino alto/corte madera ave 6 turns after chapman. look for the slew of skids in the same section of road, it’s where I’ve marked my territory. haaaaaa!
I learned a lot about my bike (and myself, of course) doing this ride. roughly 5 hours on the saddle has given me ample time to think about bar positions, wheel configurations, and just sitting technique. on the track bike, there’s a lot more leg movement, thus, more rubbing. chaomis cream is definitely enroute from pro bike kit (along with a gore oxygen jacket, gore waterproof shoe covers, and short sleeve base layers). I mentioned bar positions too – obviously this is more subjective, but knowing where to hold the bars is a big part of your comfort. I think I just about dialed the bar/stem angle, length, and width of each which has definitely helped me to go harder for longer.
and then there’s the wheel debate. I’d also toss this into the subjective category for a couple reasons. some people like box clinchers, other prefer carbon. I have yet to ride on my reynolds rims, but I have a feeling they’ll dampen much better than the 32h full aluminum wheelsets I currently have on the caad9 and track. maybe having it on the track bike will lead to a much more comfortable ride.
I think I’m going to get a burrito now.