What A Difference An Inch Can Make
Yeah, I know. Sounds like a dirty joke, but fear not. This post is about bike position. Remember way back at the beginning of the winter when I went all gun ho with my forward bike position? Basically, to summarize I moved my seat way forward. Really forward.
First, I reversed the seat post, and then still slid the seat as far forward as it could go. For a while, things seem to be going pretty well. Watts were going up, and in the drops, I could keep my zone 3 fairly comfortably. The problem was that anytime I went into aero, I would drop like 20 watts instantly. I just couldn’t keep up.
I tried scooting back a little on the seat, and that only made things worse. So I just kept trucking with the forward position. Then I had an epiphany. Maybe, just maybe, I was so far forward that a little scoot back wouldn’t fix it. So, I pushed myself as far back as I could and tada! 162 watts 177 watts. Thats in aero. 218 watts during intervals became 240 watts.
So today, I moved my seat back about an inch, and lowered it about 1/2 an inch. Things are much better. Its a little awkward as my body is adjusting to the new orientation, but I’m confident that time will take care of that. Looking forward to next week’s FTP test!