Thanks to the glorious weather today, I was able to go for my first outdoor ride of the year. It was also my first outdoor ride with my new aero bars. I have been practicing the positioning on the indoor trainer, but lets just say that didn’t quite prepare me for an actual riding situation. Here they are:
I warmed up for a while, and then it was time to give it a try. I never really feel fully balanced on my bike even in normal riding position, much less hunched down on my forearms. I can’t ride with no hands, and sometimes even letting go with one hand to grab my water bottle makes me nervous. Weird, right? Well I slowly got into position, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I did feel a bit wobbly, and I felt myself slow down a lot, but I didn’t have the immediate feeling that I was about to fall down and bust my ass.
Overall I think I probably only spent 10 minutes or so out of my 60 minute ride in aero position. I am hoping that it starts to feel more natural the more I do it. The transitions were also really slow, especially if I was in aero and had to switch back up to regular position. That made shifting kind of hard, but I’m sure it will get easier with time and practice.
If only I could afford this beauty:
I wouldn’t even have to move my hands to shift, and I am quite sure I would fly on this baby based on looks alone. Ah, someday…