Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Perspective

On Tuesday, I went in to the shop to pick up some new shoes and have my fit on the bike fine-tuned. After two hours of laser beams and arch analysis, my seat was raised a full centimeter and pushed back even more. My feet are exceptionally flat, so we explored various insoles and shimming options to keep my knees tracking appropriately from the top of my pedal stroke to the bottom.

That's a lot of change!

I've been out on two rides since and the shoes are an absolute dream. The insoles are going to take some getting used to, but I already feel like I'm able to put a bit more power into the pedals. As my body becomes more familiar with the new position, that feeling should increase. I'm using different muscles (or different parts of the same muscles) so it may be weeks or even months before I'm totally settled in.

I do need to head back over there and have them take another look at the placement of my left cleat -- if there's any discomfort, it's centered around my left foot. But all-in-all, I'm excited to see what comes out of this new perspective.

Housekeeping

I'm not sure if many have noticed, but ironw00t.blogspot.com is now www.ironw00t.com! Also, if you're at all interested in knowing more about my rides than you could possibly care to know, you're welcome to check out my Strava profile.