I went out for my first ride on my new Felt B-16 triathlon bike on Monday. Making the transition from road bike to triathlon bike is definitely a bit more intimidating than I thought it would be.
From everything that I’d heard, aero bars were the way to go for triathletes. What I hadn’t heard was just how difficult it is to adjust to riding in that position.
When getting fit on the bike last week I made sure to request a less aggressive fit. I didn’t want an insane drop from my seat to my handle bars right off the bat because, to be honest, I’m still a little nervous. This bike is definitely faster than my road bike was and it makes me a bit uneasy.
During my first ride I realized just how much pressure aero puts on the neck and trapezius muscles. A whole lot more than I was expecting. I ended up spending the majority of the ride bouncing between aero and upright.
After I got home, I spent some time researching tips to get myself acclimated to riding a tri bike. I found this great article on some stretches for post-ride.
While searching for more information on ways to strengthen these muscles, it hit me… I can google to my little hearts content but the only thing that’s going to make this any easier is to get out there and ride. I’m pretty sure no one ever, in the history of cycling, got any better sitting in front of a computer.
Mark that as my first light bulb moment in this training. Hopefully the first of many.
Have you made the transition from road to tri bike? What was your experience?