Brief stop at Ames Monument in Wyoming
As soon as I started riding with the Integrate group last summer, people began to comment on my bike being a small frame (52") for my 5'10" height and my seat to handlebar drop being aggressive. I never felt (mentally) comfortable, I'd even say I feared for my life every time I rode the bike. Every. Time.
I had the bike fit again in an attempt to feel better about it, but he didn't change much except for moving the angle of the handlebars to help me feel better in the drops. I continued riding, but even though I loved the group I felt bad about biking. I pushed through hard hill workouts, learned lots of important bike handling skills, and got stronger. A few people even told me I was going to be fast, I was a natural. This made me ecstatic and I kept going for it!
My first time trial.
This ride was followed with X-Rays, doctor visits, and rehab. I had pes anserine bursitis and tendonitis in that knee. It hurt, popped when I bent it, and was super swollen. I eventually got through it with sports massage (soft tissue release) and rehab exercises, and luckily running didn't bother it that much after a few weeks. I even squeaked out two fall half marathons somehow, although my speed progress went backwards.
When I decided I was ready to go back to the bike, I went for another bike fitting. This guy was great, he changed so many things and really worked to get my legs moving in one plane using both bike adjustments and shoe inserts. Apparently, my previous set up was letting my left knee move a little to the inside when I pedaled and put pressure on it at a bad angle. This fit was much better, although I can't say I ever stopped feeling some knee discomfort even after that fitting.
Between the fitting issues, not feeling mentally comfortable with the bike, the aggressive seat to handlebar drop, and the knee never really feeling good, I decided that was it. This wasn't the bike for me. I do hope it's a good bike for the buyer, who was super excited about it! Having someone so happy to buy it made it a little easier to part with.
I don't know where I'll go from here, but my triathlon goal is officially off the list for now. If I go back to biking, I know a lot more about what I want and need than I did before and that'll make me a more educated bike buyer. Let's just say...I haven't sold the indoor trainer and given up the idea completely.
The moral of this long story? If I knew what I know now, I would have made a different selection and realized I needed a more comprehensive fitting sooner in the process. Learn from my mistakes. Make sure you buy the right bike for you, with the right fit for you!