Friday, March 18, 2011

It is Getting Warmer!

Yesterday we had weather in the low high 40's to low 50's - it was awesome.  I could have ran in shorts if they were not buried underneath all of my winter crap.  I am so used to bundling up I don't think I believed it was really that warm out.

I went with running tights and a thin long sleeve shirt with a wind breaker vest.  I was hot as Hades for the entire run.  I mean, look at me, I am bright red and sweating my butt off.

I am a little overdressed...

I guess I should have dug out my warm weather stuff.

You might be wondering why the heck I didn't take my bike outside since it was so warm.   Well the truth is I just didn't want to deal with taking it off the trainer, changing the rear tire, riding, changing the rear tire, putting it back on the trainer (because it will snow again).  Lame excuse, but it is the truth.

That and I only had a run scheduled yesterday.

And there is approximately a foot of sand in the road and I don't want to take my new bike out in that yet.

See, listen to me, I am nothing but a bunch of lame excuses.  Apparently I didn't want to ride outside that badly.

Anyway, I am working on my roadie tonight so I can get it outside and keep my tri bike on the trainer until I am ready to take it out.  Then I will probably switch them so I have another riding option in crappy weather this summer.  I stripped my roadie of some stuff and need to get that all put back on before I can ride it.

I love my Kestrel, it feels really great and I am sure I have a great fit thanks to Kurt at Personal Best Multisport.  But I do have a bit of a problem.  My lady parts are getting squished by the seat now that my pelvis is in a different position.  At first I thought I was just being wimpy so I tried to ignore it.  Then I messed with the seat. 

Nada.  I would say that the limiting factor in me staying aero is that it gets very owie down there so I sit back up.  It freaking hurts, and that is not a fun place to ice, let me tell you.

So I asked some folks and decided to order a Cobb Cycling V-Flow Max from All3Sports.com (use code GOTRAKKERS for 15% off!) I am putting it on today for a 2 1/2 hr ride after work.  I am running off the bike for about 30 minutes so it will be a good test of the whole set up. 

Cobb Cycling V-Flow Max
I will let you know what I think, but I really like the design of this.  I am using a cloth so the metal on the seat does not get scratched or harmed in anyway so if it doesn't work for me I can return it.

Not a lot else here to say except that Bailey is planning a fun review of one of his favorite products on Monday that MIGHT include his very first giveaway.  

29 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Shhhhhhhh bikes read, bikes talk to other bikes, you dont want your new TT to find out why it hasnt been outdoors riding, it make you pay later on in the season

- What I do, I slap on a cheap $10 tire on my bike for trainer and riding, then swap out and put the good ones on for races.

- If that saddle does not work, I know that some LBS offer seat programs, like Roll, you put $50 down, and you try out a new saddle for 2 weeks, if you like it, you pay the difference, if you dont, you try another saddle till you find what you like, its worth seeing if yours does this type of program

Ange said...

I felt the same way yesterday with the temps Mandy!!! It was > 50 outside and there I was on my trainer, for 3 hrs. Brutal. But, as you said, the roads are a MESS! I didn't want to change my tire either. Or put the bottle cages back on...
but honestly it was all about the roads. SOON! We'll be out there soon. Let me know how you like the Vflow...just got one too...

Christi said...

Yay, for running outside! That is a great feeling.

Matty O said...

Hope that it works for you :) I found with the ISM Adamo, it took me 2 weeks to get used to it. Still a little uncomfortable but it hurts A LOT less than the stock seat did. Everyone is different.

.... you iced it?! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!! I would NEVER ice my man bits!

Jason said...

Huu-Ray for warmer weather.

I hope the seat makes it easier for your to ride. Nothing like those 30 minutes off the bike for a good....do I have legs left kind of runs.....

Aimee said...

Yay for warmer weather! I'm loving it! :)

I'm sorry about the lady bit problem. Why does it always seem to effect women more than men? I don't get it! Hopefully the new saddle will work for you. I'll be interested in reading your review.

Ugh..it is a PAIN taking the bike on/off/on/off the trainer. I don't blame you for not taking your bike out.

Aimee said...

Oh, I almost forgot. I LOVE your new blog header! The pictures are awesome! :)

Jennifer said...

I'm trying out the V-Flow too! Jury's still out. It doesn't hurt my sitbones as most seats do, but I'm finding my girl parts are kinda squished and go numb on longer rides or in tri shorts. Not good, but generally if I stand up for a few seconds, things get back to normal. I'll be curious to hear your reactions to it!

Julie said...

"and that is not a fun place to ice"
I BET!!

I like the new header, too!! LOVE the pics!

Runners Fuel said...

I love it when it starts to get warmer!!

Copychic said...

Good luck with the seat! I got a Terry Damselfly with a cutout last year, and it was definitely the right switch to make.

She said I need a goal said...

I love posts that have pictures of you!! lol love it, I looked the same (only taller) last night.. ;-)

I am going this weekend to get a new saddle cause while I am getting used to the endurance rides I'm still a long way off comfortable.

Luke said...

that is the saddle I want, it looks comfy. I have talked to Cobb about buying one at a discount to review, let me know how it rides!

Thanks for the support Mandy ;)!!!

Ron said...

Almost there girl! Almost spring....LOTS OF SNOW UP there, ack!

JenniferLeah said...

you totally stole my signature pose in the pic LOL!!
Got out for 28 miles today and it was glorious!!
can't wait to see if the seat helps :)

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Have heard good things about the Cobb saddles. Supposedly you can call them up and John Cobb himself or his wife will talk you through the setup - now that is customer service!

Ironman By Thirty said...

I totally hear you on the hassle of getting the bike outside. If it wasn't for my 2nd bike, I would have stuck to the trainer until April.

I do the same as BDD - cheapo tire on the trainer and early season before putting on a decent tire. Do you have an actual yellow trainer tire though?

I can't believe you iced your lady bits... Hopefully the new saddle takes care of that problem.

RockStarTri said...

Today it hit 70 here! I ran in shorts. Tomorrow when I'm supposed to ride, the forecast is 40.

Sigh.

*~* *~* Tracy said...

The weather has been gorgeous! It's funny to see so much snow in the background of your picture and you sweating like crazy. Glad you had a good run!

Chris K said...

Sweet. Happy you are digging the weather. Will you be posting bikini pics soon?

I got nothing on the seat.

Carole said...

Girl I can't even believe how cold it looks there! I am feeling spoiled and as though I should not be complaining during my "chilly" mornings.

Hang tough - you look GREAT!

Kelly said...

I usually don't head outside to ride until it's at least 60 and all the crap off the road is gone. (BUt also, I hate doing the trainer wheel swap, too!)

I also have a Cobb V-Flow Max...still getting used to a more forward position on my Kestrel, but it is definitely getting better. Hope it works for you!

DRog said...

were gettin there on the warmer weather

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Jon said...

Winter has been broken! Spring is totally on its way! Well, it better be, cuz its only 2 days away!

Hope the new saddle works!

tribirdie said...

Yeah for warmer weather!!! Hope you love the new saddle!!!

Anne-Marie said...

I had the same problem with my old "regular" saddle and so I got a Terry damselfly saddle - similar design as the one you have pictured - and it made a world of difference!

Hooray warm weather... but look how much snow is in the background of your picture! I don't think I saw that much snow all winter in Pittsburgh!

Colleen said...

If you aren't used to riding aero, it definitely takes some time to get used to. And I know that us women can REALLY suffer from that pain. It's not right I tell ya!

Glad that it's starting to warm up for you as well! Hope it stays that way!

Glenn Jones said...

Jeesh! This weekend I ran in tights and a long sleeve underarmor because the temps were in the low *60's*. We are wimps here in Southern California!

Jamie said...

I don't blame you for not wanting to switch out the bike. Swapping tires is a pain. Especially when there is tons of junk in the road, and you have way more snow than me!

I always wait until the snow melts and a few god rain storms to clean the streets before I consider it fully rideable.