One of my winter goals on the trainer was to spend more time riding with my hand in the drops (or in my case drop), and try to translate that to the road come spring. The first couple of efforts on the road, however, left me where I have been since I was a much younger man, just not that comfortable with the visibility or bike control I had with my one hand down there.
The past few weeks have brought on barreling north winds. I commute from the south. What better time than to experiment with high cadence, low body position, grind it out, and not worry too much about speed?
Low (pun intended) and behold, I've ridden about 200 miles hunkered down like a junior racer. It flat out works, and none of the control issues I'd felt before are there now. When I go up to the hoods, or God forbid the top bar, it's starting to feel like I'm riding a too tall hybrid. Maybe I need to slam the whatever and lower the whatchamacallit.
I'm thinking we never get too old to try something fresh.