I had an easy spin tonight on the road bike with Keith. The last few rides I have felt pretty good. I think the stairmaster, the weight room, the trainer in the basement and all the cold outdoor rides are starting to pay off. I hope so. This weekend in Tucson will be a good indicator where my fitness level is. I am looking forward to the rush of racing, and the intensity that comes with it. I am glad to be on a 5 man team, but I am having twinges of envy when I think about those who are flying solo. No worries though. This upcoming season will provide many long hours of self-inflicted suffering on the bike. I can’t wait.
Speaking of suffering. Guitar Ted recently posted a series discussing different handlebars. His posts got me thinking (dang it!) about my current set up. I run a standard carbon riser bar with Oury grips. The setup works fine, but it is very limited on hand positions. I think that having a few options as to where to rest my hands would go a long way in arm and upper body comfort. The Jones H-bar looks interesting, but costs a lot. I stumbled on to this MTBR thread with a picture of a Titec made H-Bar alternative. It is affordable, and might be a nice bar to try out. A simple change in hand position could lead to less suffering. And less suffering is a good thing.
The Trans Iowa boys need to install one of these for riders to refill at.
Keith heads down the road