Last weekend I took a trip up to Madison, Wisconsin to do a few things. Primarily, I went to train on the Ironman Wisconsin bike course. I did race it last year, but I believe a refresher course in always a good thing when you want to race your hardest to win. Yes, I will be racing IMMOO on September 11, 2011, and now feeling even more excited since being up there. The other reason I went to Madison, well actually Verona, Wisconsin, was to get a new bike fit done on the Guru Dynamic Fit Unit at the Rocket Bicycle Studio in Verona, where the SBR Coaching and Training center is located.
SBR Coaching and Rocket Bicycles is one of only 27 locations in the U.S. and Canada where you get a customized fit on the Guru Dynamic Fit unit, which is a computerized robotic assisted bicycle fitting system. I was amazed! I thought I had been in a good position on my bike for a long time. I had done a Retul a year ago on my old bike and then just transfered the dimensions onto my new bike. I have been riding fine, but I was looking to see if there was anything that I could change or tweek that could bring me some more power into the pedal stroke. Guess what!?!? There was a lot that needed changed.
SBR head coach, Jessica Laufenburg, is not only trained directly by Guru on the bike fitting, but has a degree in bio mechanics as well. I felt pretty confident I was in good hands. And boy does she have a good eye.She could see right away in my pedal strokes and the way that I was sitting that I would need some changes. First, we sat down and talked about the comfort or any problems I currently had on my bike. I then got on and she took a look at my riding style. After that, the dimensions of my bike and body were programed into the DFU.
I got on the unit and rode easy to get the feel. It felt just like I was on my own bicycle. While pedaling, you are able to see on the t.v. monitor your stroke efficiency and power wattage. After a bit, Jessica started to manipulate the machine into different positions, making the seat, handlebars, or tube length move in all directions. At the same time we were able to see where my pedal stroke started to lack in power and where it got stronger. This is, in my opinion, why this unit it so awesome. We were able to instantly find the perfect position that was comfortable for me, while creating the strongest power in the pedal for racing. All of this was done without having to guess or trial run the new position. I made a few changes in my seat height, stem, and crank length. It truly was amazing! I have been riding the position now for a few days and I am very happy with the changes.
The rest of my trip was very eventful, as well, but I'll spare most of the training details. I did ride the entire bike course on Saturday and so glad I did. I had been contacted by a friend who was also going to be riding the course with a group, and was excited to have a riding companion. (as of late I've been training alone, and I hate long rides alone.) The morning of the ride I woke up early and decided I'd ride alone....why? Well after a bit of thought, this was my one and only chance before September 11th to ride the course and get in down pat in my mind. I could foresee that talking a lot....which we all know I do:)....would probably take away a lot of focus from the main goal of the ride. I made the right choice. I was extremely happy with my ride. It is really a wonderful course and challenging as well. In one loop, of the two loop course, there is just about 4000ft of climbing. I love it!!! I had a great weekend in Wisconsin. I am now back home and have a lot of work to do. The drive is in full gear...HERE I GO!!!