Sunday, June 08, 2008
New Racing Rims and Saddle
Hmmm. I seem to be getting more serious or just plain stupid.
About one week ago I bought new cycling shoes based on unsolicited recommendation of the bike mechanic. My previous Shimanos were a constant pain to my feet. I thought it was because of my heel pain. Anyway the new Pearl Izumis were properly fixed using some equipment that the shop has. I really like the new shoes, though I seem to be cycling slower.
I have been watching a recording of Faris Al Sultan doing the recent Langkawi race umpteen times and notice that he sits right at the tip of the saddle. I tried doing it the past two rides and found the position very painful on the crotch. I told Edwin Ng and he thought I was a wimp. Then my wife said "Look honey this saddle is soft". So I bought the soft saddle (a Physique Tri 2 model). I tried the new saddle on the trainer two hours ago and it felt much better than my previous saddle.
I know the place to save time on the bike is the wheels. I nonchalantly told my wife at the shop, she told Edwin and before I knew it, Edwin brought these "Fullspeedahead" wheel sets. I have not even heard of the brand. Mr Cheah (P2K fame and the President of TRIAM) knew about the wheels and said they were very good value for money. I was initially very reluctant with all the money flowing out recently for Busselton. But the wife was OK with them, so I bought the wheels too. The wheels are to used only for racing.
To finance all this I will sell two or three lots of my company's shares (don't know why I am writing all this).
What I need to get now is a Large or X-Large wet suit. I had trouble just getting my ankles into my medium sized wet suit that I have since 1992.
This Sunday I am going to try out all this new stuff at Ulu Langat. The following week its the Miri race.