Bob had asked to meet up for a scouting ride Friday to see if the trail is good to go for this weekend. I decided it would also be wise to see how the trail faired after a rain like we had on Sunday/Monday. So after work I rode to the trail to check it out. On my way there, I started to feel like my knees were hitting my chest. I thought, "Well, maybe I moved my saddle too far forward?" So I stopped, got out the wrench, and adjusted. After another few miles things just did't feel right. So I stopped, got out the wrench, and pulled the seatpost up. That was way better. I felt near perfect. I had a smaller wrench so it would fit in my seatpack, but getting enough torque on the seatpost binder was diffuclt. Oh well, it should work.
Not at all. After only a few more miles, I could see my seatpost getting shorter and shorter. Grrr... So finally, after I had gotten to the trail and saw that it was fine only 8 hours after a decent rain, I moved the seatpost out one last time and really reefed down on the bolt. It stayed there, for the most part. And I had the position pretty good cause I was feeling strong. I really pushed it on the ride home. Granted, I had a tail/cross wind, but still making my heavy commuter move quickly was a welcome experience.
So I got home and decided to check my seat height. IT WAS 2 CENTIMETERS TOO SHORT!!! If you have ever moved your saddle around by 5 or so millimeters, you know what a difference that makes. I was 20 millimeters off. Well that explains the horribly sore muscles this morning. They were not used to that position at all. My hamstrings feel like I've been doing leg curls for days. And my quads are tweaked in all the wrong spots (mostly around my knees - which is very bad).
I think the reason I felt strong is because I was using muscles I don't normally use, but I paid for that in soreness. But I may have to revisit my position if a lower saddle did help the strength factor.
On to the Forecast. This weekend looks glib, Matt. Originally, they had thought it was going to be rainy on Friday maybe into Saturday. Now they're saying Friday sprinkles and Saturday Thundershowers??? Not sure if I want to be stuck out on the Wabash trail between towns with lightning around me. Hopefully the forecast will change again before the weekend, but as it stands now, the trip might be in jeopardy. And not the good kind with Alex Trebeck.