First things first, when was the last time you took 20 days off the bike? My ‘off-season’ (aka 2020) officially ended with a full 3 weeks on my bum, locked up in southern France. If you take 20 days off the bike, your sit bones feel it first, especially when you get back to riding on the trainer.
It doesn’t help that I’ve added some weight to bear down on that sensitive area – my scales told me that I was 75.1 kg this morning, or at least 10 kg over the max I’d like to be for the Tour du Mont Blanc 8 months from today. I do feel good that I got my first hour of the 2021 training year in. There’s nothing like resetting the clock at zero to focus on a new objective.
But you are probably wondering what’s up with the QRings. Well, after an hour ‘riding’ with them on the trainer, I can’t tell you too much, but I will say that I felt a difference immediately. I’d describe the new pedal stroke as ‘fuller’, which is normal, since oval chainrings are supposed to kill the ‘dead spot’ of the stroke. In the beginning I felt like I was actually pedalling bigger rings, but that settled down after a bit. I do feel some pain in my bad knee right now, but I think I can chalk that up to the fact that I haven’t been doing anything for 3 weeks and the muscles aren’t there to keep things in place like usual. I’ll keep an eye on it.
I’ll say this much, I was expecting something much more unusual in the feel of these things, probably because of how weird they look when the moto guy takes a shot of them in races.
Finally, I heard today that bars and restaurants will not be open until after the new year in France, which makes me wonder about riding outside. So far there’s no end in sight to our confinement, but I am ready, thanks to France Television – I’ve got all 21 stages from this year’s Tour ready to go, broadcast from start to finish of every stage. Hell, I could just watch the helicopter shots and hold enough motivation till they let us roam free again.