A fun week
Last week I got to spend a few days at the A&M wind tunnel, those are hard days but usually fun when they are over. Through some lucky circumstances, I was able to round up a Hotta TT bike that was in primo shape, along with a Zipp 2001 TT bike. Many of you newer racers will not know about these particular bikes but the Hotta was the “Holy Grail” of TT bikes for years, the Zipp was a top choice at the time also. I thought it might be interesting to compare these two bikes to the new crop of TT bikes, I had not seen a Hotta in years and so I had some good fun looking these over. To make it more intersting, I rounded up 10 -12 of the current fastest frames to compare these bikes to, at the time, the Hotta or the Zipp would have been comparable to the P4 of today. Some of you sharp eyed readers will notice that the forks are backwards on th Zipp and the Hotta, we used to do this all the time to make the bikes more stable at speed, this still helps today but is more difficult to do with most of the newer frame shapes.
I’ve been working for over a year on how to know when to recommend to a rider that the “hands high” position might work. I’ve tested many riders of different shapes to develop a good working knowledge base, I still will say for certain, that if there is any doubt, keep the lower hand height because when high hands don’t work, they really, really don’t work. When high hands work however, they are faster by a bunch.
I’ve also been working on a new clothing project for the last couple of weeks, a little out of my ordinary range, welding just didn’t seem to work for this project. I was going around to alteration shops and cloth stores and sewing centers trying to find sombody to help me, I finally stumbled into this Latino Bridal shop, it was awkward at first. They had some really beautiful dresses there and I finally got to Maria, my girl, my seamstress, my newest R&D helper, to understand what I wanted, more important, she agreed to actually help me. It should be interesting to see how this works out, I told Maria I wanted some of the fancy little sequined flower things on my project.
It’s just 3 weeks until the Kansas 70.3 race, I’m getting much closer to feeling good about this. Last week I ran 12, rode 60 the next day, swam a bunch and ran another 12 two days later. So today it was time to ride / run, it started raining early but it was 65 degrees so off we went. We rode 40, ran for 30 minutes off the bike and went directly to the Dairy Queen for a victory celebration. Next week, more swimming and running.