It seems that whenever I'm in a pace line, or just riding with a group, and have a chance to study the body position of the rider in front of me, they are almost always asymetrical relative to their bike.
Most commonly, it's one knee or the other out further from the centerline, or a shoulder that seems "hunched" in relation to the other. I commonly see necks that are cocked, especially when the pace quickens.
Wish I could say I'm the exception. But the fact is, I've become aware that I have a tendance to raise my left shoulder (I call it "hunched") whenever I'm fatiqued or attempting to put the hammer down. I discovered this because my left shoulder always seemed tired after a long ride. I'm working to eliminate this habit, but have a ways to go.
So I'm wondering - for those of us who are guilty - what price are we paying, particularly on longer rides? Risk of injury? Increased fatique?
I'm guessing that if I could ride the TOUR, and observe the guys in front of me - and they would all be in front of me - I would see riders who are perfectly posititoned on their bikes. But I could be wrong.