2016….it’s gonna be fun, by design.
First, let’s look at the new ride. Lots of “new” going on here. New sponsors and systems make this a real departure from what I’ve become accustomed to. Let’s look at the specs.
Cannondale Slice 56cm
Pioneer Power Meter w\ Pioneer Computer
Continental GP4000s 23c tires
Specialized Tri Tip Saddle
TriRig Brakes front and back
Speedfil Z4 BTA bottle holder (not yet installed)
The biggest change I need to get used to is the Pioneer PM and subsequent computer. It’s just different than what I’ve used in the past. It’s such a powerful PM with so much new info, it’s been a fairly steep learning curve. The right / left independent info has been fun to play with. The advanced analytics on Cyclosphere have also been fun to learn.
The bike itself fits really well. The bars are the same as what I’ve used for many years so I’m super comfortable in those. I also brought over my 55tooth chainring for some downhill advantage. The wheels from Knight are especially nice. They even built in some Chris King Hubs for that little extra. I’m really excited to get to racing.
The schedule this year is very similar to last year with some notable exceptions.
Wildflower Long Course
Ironman Lake Placid
70.3 World Champs Australia
I’m really looking forward to racing in Couer d’Alene. I’ve only been there once and I’m dying to get back. Australia is another race I’m really looking forward to. Karin and I are really excited as it will be both of our first times there. I actually think I’m going to really enjoy my entire schedule this year. Everything is on there because it’s what I want to do. No other reason.
This year I’m solely concentrating on having fun. Gonna do my best, don’t get me wrong, but performance is not my motivating factor. I’m gonna enjoy my time out there and not put any stress on myself to be perfect. I think this is really going to free my mind up and allow me to really enjoy the events. At least, that’s the goal.
I’ve already raced Desert Tri and did very well there. I’m loving the new team kits.
See you at the races!