Although I've biked casually for fitness for years, I only really got into road biking this past fall, trained hard all winter, try to do at least two fast 50-milers and one h.i.t. training session each week, but have not been able to overcome the sore arse syndrome that my saddle (or my anatomy, or a combo of both) creates. I have a Trek 2.1 Pilot with whatever Bontrager saddle came with it. So far, the advice I've heard has been along the lines of:
(1) Buy a Fizik; or
(2) Don’t ask for advice about saddles...it's a "personal" choice and you'll just know the right one when you find it.
As for #2, my wife will kill me if I keep plopping down $150-$250 until I find that Goldilocks saddle. Before I go to the bike shop this weekend, any other advice for me (about saddles, that is)?
One more point: is changing saddles two weeks before a Century too soon (e.g.- does one typically need longer to get used to the new support, or risk injury)? I appreciate any words of wisdom.
P.S.: I'm a 40-year-old male, 6'1-177, in case any of that is relevant to the topic.