Fit Werx

I haven’t written much about my 2009 racing plans yet. 2008 was a bit of an off year. I had injuries and illness in the early season that reduced my training time and limited my racing. I only competed in 27 events, though I had a strong finish. In 2007, I did 39. In 2009, I’m focused less on the quantity and more on the quality. I’ve opted to race triathlon for the first time in almost 10 years. I’ve done some kayak/bike/run triathlons in recent years, but haven’t swam much. My fresh 2009 goals include several triathlons including Ironman USA in Lake Placid. That is likely the last time I’ll write about the Ironman until it is over with. There is no reason to jinx myself. 

Triathlon requires an entirely different bicycle set up and usually a different bicycle entirely. Yesterday, I visited Fit Werx in Waitsfield, Vermont for a bicycle fitting session with Ian Buchanan. Fit Werx was a really cool shop in an old house with lots of great cycling hardware. Of course, you can’t beat the location, Northern Vermont, for a visit to a bike shop. Ian came highly recommended from a former teammate, Will Kirousis. Will now runs Tri-Hard Endurance Coaching. I rang up Will last week to tell him about my goals and get some advice. He told me about Fit Werx. He said I should start there and then figure out a game plan for the bike. I plan to loop back with Will for more advice when I put  my training plan together. I also dusted off a bunch of books about triathlon training. I haven’t taken an event or series of events this seriously in years. 



I’ve got some great bikes and several custom bikes, but triathlon and time trialing are different. The position required for balancing maximum power and aerodynamics is quite different. It has to be cultivated, but it starts with a great bike fit. With the help of Ian’s expertise in bio-mechanics, and a Serotta Size Cycle, we were able to dial in a good starting position. Fit Werx’s methodology makes sense to me. They use the latest technology and motion capture video to analyze your position on the bike. It felt good, after nearly 20 years of competitive bike racing, to learn something new. My form isn’t very good, so I’ve got a lot of work to do to improve. Like I said, I despite all the racing, I haven’t taken training too seriously in recent years. The change of pace is different. I’ll need to stay mentally focused. Triathlon demands that. 


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