Two to be exact. The first breakthrough of the evening was the sun. For the first time since I moved to Seattle, I was able to wear shorts and a sleeveless jersey. Finally, it felt like summer. I rode my bike and pretended that I was a kid on summer vacation. It almost worked. I even passed a lemonade stand on the side of the trail. Smart kids.
The second breakthrough had to do with my bike. When I first bought it, the shop spent about 45 minutes taking measurements and fitting me, which is way more effort than I’ve ever put into getting the right fit on a bike. Usually, I just move my saddle up and down, back and forth until I feel comfy and like I am getting an efficient pedal stroke. So, even though the saddle on my road bike is significantly lower than on my mountain bikes, I hadn’t moved it. I figured that I should adapt to the ‘correct’ seat height. For a year I have been trying to adapt.
Last night, I finally got out a hex wrench and raised it about an inch. Wow! That was the best thing I’ve ever done. Immediately, I was able to push a higher gear at a higher cadence, and my legs felt snappy. Climbing was about a million times easier, and I had no knee fatigue after riding for 2 hours, which I usually do. I feel like road biking is going to take on a whole new chapter for me. Boy do I feel dumb that it took my a whole year…..