After a fitting at the LBS to make sure that everything was dialed in correctly, I was ready to go. The funny part about getting the tri bike however was that I didn't have any triathlons planned until September and October. At least I figured that would give me plenty of time to get accustomed to riding it. Throughout the first part of the summer however, I remained on my roadie most of the time. I had a century ride planned for late June and given the mountainous course, I figured a traditional road bike would be much better suited to the event. Once that was over however, I started getting out on the tri bike a bit more, and although I've only notched a half dozen rides on it, I'm starting to get more comfortable. With a triathlon now only a couple of weeks away, I will use it almost exclusively during my next handful of rides.
The best place for these rides is out at the test track and in the last few weeks I've had two particularly good rides out there. The test track road isn't the most scenic of venues, but given that it is almost completely empty of cars, and the first seven miles have been recently paved, there aren't many routes that can compare. A few evening back, when pressed for time, I went out for a "time trial" of 20 miles. I kept the hammer down on the 10 miles out and back and finished in a little over 54 minutes. It was the highest average speed I've managed on a bike over that distance and I felt surprisingly strong and comfortable on the bike.
|Results from my 20 mile "Time Trial" out at the test track|
|Last weekends longer ride of 34 miles.|