Float like a butterfly…
Suspicions confirmed: Riding the cross bike and the mountain bike exclusively for the past 6 months has had a HUGE impact on my speed on the road bike. I thought this would be the case, but wow–I mean, WOW.
Not that I was trying for faster–but I’ll take it. I mean, who doesn’t want to go faster? Anyway–I knew right away things were different when I took my first pedal stroke. “My bike is so light…” I thought. Compared to the ‘cross bike, the Dolce Elite is feather light (and this is no carbon fiber number–this is just a couple clicks above an entry-level road bike). The handling was a little twitchy. Such a delicate machine compared to the bikes I had been slogging along with. And I’ve owned the Dolce Elite for 6 years now–how quickly I forgot.
I started the legs moving and drove that bike forward. I didn’t try to hammer, I really wanted a fair comparison. 1st 5 miles–2 mins faster than average. 2nd 5 miles, 4 minutes faster than average. 3rd 5 miles, 3.5 minutes faster. Wow. I plan on pushing it next time to see how far I can take it. But by riding the cross bike so much, I’ve basically put myself at the fastest I’ve been, ever. And now–this is not fast in the real world. I am no undiscovered Evie Stevens, I assure you. But in my little world, this is fast for me, and as I said before–I’ll take it. And it’s only June!