There is a reason for Colorado being the Mecca of sport training.
It's the weather.
It is absolutely beautiful out here for the 1st full week of November. The weather this week is suppose to be clear and have highs of up to 70 degrees on Wednesday. Wow what awesome training weather.
Friday was not so bad either. I was able to take my new bike out on the road for the first trial ride. The weather was clear and about 65 degrees. There was a slight breeze here in town. I headed out of town taking the highway east towards Florence. I had to stop by the bank anyway. the bike took some getting use to, being a shorter wheelbase and smaller rims than my other bike I felt a little unsteady in the aero position. After getting the hang of it, I pushed it hard to see how I felt with the new frame.
To my amazement, it rocked. I headed out of town on a very hilly course and did not have to use my small chainring. The bike felt so light under me. My quads were burning in no time. For the first time on this route I was able to stay in the aero position for the entire ride out. And guess what? No back pain. I use to always get some low back pain on my other bike when I stayed in the aero position for a long time.
The fun kinda ended when I took the turn to go to Florence. I was hit with a stiff crosswind. I found out what a wind does to carbon wheels. HOLY CRAP ! The increased surface of the carbon wheels felt like sails. The wind kept pushing my wheels out into the traffic and made it almost impossible to maintain the aero position. I can just imagine what it would be like with full carbon disk wheels. There was a couple of times I though I was going to biff it bad. Once I got down off the bluff the wind calmed down and I felt a little better, and calmer.
All and all the ride was a learning experience. I really like the way the bike handles and the way it feels. My back never hurt during the entire ride and I did feel the work being done by mostly my quads for the ride.