I've got a new Trek Madone 5.5 and have a dilemma. I went througha detailed and precise fitting yesterday at a LBS that specializes in professional athlete training. Not that I am anything near that, even in my wildest dreams.
But as part of the fitting, I was presented some compelling evidence that saddles like the old Brooks B-17 that I had broken in over the past couple of years can cause some, ah, serious numbness and, over prolonged use, even damage to, ah, a very important part of my anatomy.
So I bought a new saddle. Iíve had no symptoms or problems with the Brooks but the health warning, and the lightness of the new saddle and, yes, even the cool looking white color that complements the white handlebar wrapping on the Madone, convinced me to bolt it on. It was precisely adjusted to position and angle.
But now itís like all those weeks and months of getting my butt into shape went right out the window. There are new spots that need to get acclimated again and, after 30 miles this morning, I was pretty sore. Not horribleÖ but enough to keep me from doing a third 15-mile loop of the route.
Which begs the question: Do I just pedal and bear it? I have a metric century (62 mile ride) coming next Saturday and, unless I can get my rear end reconditioned to the new saddle, Iím sorely (a pun, get it?) tempted to put the old Brooks back on.
Logic tells me to stick with the saddle recommended by the fit experts. My question is, in putting another 50-60 miles between now and the Ride For Hope, will I be reconditioned enough for 62 miles next Saturday?