I'm nearly 48 and ride my road bike (Mongoose RX10.5 titanium) about 10-15 miles every morning before breakfast. I'm toying with the idea of riding in the MS150 in September, but I'm worried about my neck and back holding out that long perched over my drops.
I know, the ideal solution is to strengthen my upper body, but I'm not convinced I'm going to see that much improvement anymore, particularly in less than two months, and given the fact that I've already got a few thousand miles under me in smaller increments.
Is there an equipment solution? Is there a type of clip-on bar I can revert to when I need to sit more upright for a few minutes? Do I need to either bend over or sit up and ride no-hands? I don't want to change my stem or regular bars, because I like them just fine for my daily rides.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.