A few weeks ago, I put my tri bike in a more aggressive position where the seat is higher than the aerobars by a good chunk so my 5 foot self looks like a little ball when I am in the aero position. At first this felt great, until Emily and I tackled the 73 miles of flats last weekend. I was fine for the first 45ish miles, but then I had this awful pinch in my shoulder and I could not stay down on the aero bars at all. I wound up riding the last 30 miles out of my aero bars putting a ton of pressure on my hands. Turns out I aggravated my ulnar nerve which is the main nerve in your hand.
This caused me to not have much feeling in my ring finger or little finger in 2 weeks. It gets better for a day, and then I ride my bike or type alot at work (or blog) and the fingers go back to the pins and needles feeling. Needless to say I adjusted my aerobars to not be so low. They are still lower than my seat though ;)
Eagleman is the first race I have ever tapered for and it feels weird. Really weird. I am over thinking my workouts! I met up with Emily this morning for a pre-work cruise around the 3 mile Hains Point loop a few times. We chit chatted and worked up a sweat, but it was not a crazy effort. I never looked down at my Garmin to see my speed but when I got home I saw that my average speed was over 18mph which included stopping at stop signs and dealing with the slow-poke dude carrying 27 bags on his bike on my way home. I think that is too fast for taper but my legs felt/feel great so I'm not going to over think it. Ah, taper craziness!
Pink Lady is scheduled for a tune up from Bonzai early next week so that she is in perfect condition for the race. I also bought new cycling glasses that come with three different lenses and I am excited to retire the ugly white ones I have been using that I got 2 summers ago for $12 from City Sports. I also bought a cute new tri top for the race. I should have probably used that money to buy work clothes...oops :)