A friend of mine just told me that he was at the bike shop looking at a Cervelo P4 or something from the Trek Concept 9 series, the cheapest of which is shown here. This friend, while he has competed in triathlons before, has not competed in any this year or last. I’ll be honest, I sometimes feel a little competitive with him.
Having just told him that I was planning on racing the Chesapeakeman 140.6 next September, I was expecting a bit of a challenge from him and his soon to be new bike. Let me remind those of you who may not know, I currently ride a 2010 Trek 1.2 that I got on clearance for $680 or so. Needless to say, I started to feel that competitive fire growing inside me. I quickly reminded myself that without riding a Ferrari of a bike several times a week, it’s unlikely to do the rider much good, and that the engine is what is most important, not the bike.
Anyway, the point of this post was to remind you, and more importantly myself, of what I know about how to get faster, or at least fast enough to beat Steve if we ever race the same course:
- My body composition is still not what it should be to maximize speed. I’m 6-3 and weigh about 215. I would certainly be faster at 200 lbs or less.
- With my new Cycleops Fluid 2 trainer in full swing over the coming winter, I will likely beat anyone who doesn’t ride all winter long, but it’s up to me to wear that machine out as best I can.
- Making sure that I maximize the quality of my runs will make me faster. I know they all can’t be perfect, but if I can stay hydrated and keep my nutrition straight, more of them will be classified as good runs and that is very important.
Whatever happens I can say this, my fire has been fueled and that will almost definitely result in a fitter and faster me. For that, I’m grateful!