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2012-07-10 8:03 AM

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Subject: position on saddle for hard efforts

I don't do a lot of really hard efforts on the bike.  I do mostly zone 2&3, some 4.  I do very well at long steady efforts.  Adding distance comes easily.  Last night on the bike trainer I did an interval workout with some very hard (way above FTP) intervals.  They were short - starting out at 2 minutes, then higher at 1 minute, then even higher at 30 seconds.  

I found myself moving WAY forward on my saddle (an ISM Adamo) for these power interval efforts.  I wanted to stay in aero the whole time.  When the interval came up, my natural inclination was to move way forward  (almost off, but not quite).  I felt like I was getting more power in that position.  

Is this normal for very hard efforts?  For long zone 2/3 cruising, I'm very comfortable in a normal position on the saddle where it is positioned now.  



2012-07-10 8:11 AM
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Subject: RE: position on saddle for hard efforts
I think it's pretty normal. I also find my self moving forward when I need to put down extra power.
2012-07-10 8:13 AM
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Subject: RE: position on saddle for hard efforts

It's normal. Under heavy strain your body wants to find it's most powerful hip angle. Most people also tend to tug on their bars as well.

I'd wager that off the trainer you ride a bit more forward as well.

2012-07-10 8:30 AM
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yep, i do this too
2012-07-10 8:37 AM
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Subject: RE: position on saddle for hard efforts

Like this? Just watch the TT stages of the tour and you'll see the riders very forward on the saddle.

 

2012-07-10 9:07 AM
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Yup - normal.

However, the ISM Adamo saddle doesn't leave a whole lot of room 'forward' as it doesn't have a nose.  I switched over to a Race 2 saddle about a month ago and still haven't found a really good position on it.  My old fizik arione tri had more positions to use as it was longer, but some of the positions put pressure on the wrong spots. 



2012-07-10 9:37 AM
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Subject: RE: position on saddle for hard efforts
When I had my tri bike fit the guy doing the fit (who also races and coaches) was feeding me tips. One of the tips was to rotate the hips forward to gain power when you need to sprint during a pass or when a short, hard effort was needed.
2012-07-10 12:25 PM
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on the rivet!
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