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Go away Mr SS

If you read my blog anytime leading up to MBC you would know I was having terrible trouble with saddle sores. I was doing lots and lots of km’s on one bike, which meant not swapping saddles much, if at all, during the week.

Things settled down nicely when I got quite sick after Mongolia and I didn’t ride for about a month. But now the sun is shining, the weather is lovely and I have been increasing the amount of riding a little more. Unfortunately Mr saddle sore (let’s call him Mr SS) has also made a return. Somehow I managed to grit my teeth at his unwanted company for a 150km ride on the weekend, but that is it. We are not friends anymore. I don’t want to see him EVER again!

The road saddle I have been using is a women’s specific Bontrager which was fitted to my sit bone width when I bought the bike. On my mtb I use a women’s specific Specialized which was also fitted to my sit bone width.

I thought about swapping road saddle for mtb but remembered that we got a Selle SMP saddle for entering MBC.  To be honest, when we got it I was skeptical of the claims of a ‘perfect fit’ that would work for both men and women. Plus, the box instructions listed every bit male and female genitalia and downstairs piece of anatomy I knew, even some I didn’t!

That a lot of anatomy in one sentence...

That is a lot of anatomy in one sentence…

But I needed to try something different and Bleeksie swears by his MBC saddle he got last year. So last night I put it on and even used the spirit level to try and get the angle correct! The ‘nose’ is hilarious looking but when tilted back more so the seat is level, it is not so bad. It actually matches the bike colour scheme quite nicely.

This morning I gave it a spin, not wanting to go too far in case it was terrible.

Selle SMP Dynamic

Selle SMP Dynamic

I have to admit that I was more than pleasantly surprised! It was comfy. I had to tweak the seat height a bit because it seems to have a tad more height than the Bontrager saddle. Will give it a burl on the weekend on a slightly longer ride and see how it goes.

Next year I’ll be riding in the National Road Series in a women’s team and there will be many hours being spent on this bike. Might this saddle be the answer to saying goodbye to MR SS forever? Kind of exciting. Here’s hoping!


Bringing it all together, or not really?

The last few days have seen a few tough months of training take the wind out of me a little. I know I have complained about my chilblains all winter, but the last few weeks I had to succumb to another cycling inflicted devil that is the saddle sore. Unfortunately it wasn’t from bad seat position, it was just an infected hair, turned boil, turned horrid pustule of a thing. So antibiotics and a few days rest was what the doctor instructed. Ugggh!

On Saturday I was back on the bike for a mad fun lap of Stromlo before jumping in the car and heading out for the fabulous Back Yamma Bigfoot 100km! A fun roadtrip with Mr Ed McDonald and Cam to the Back Yamma State Forest for a blistering fast lap of the 100km course.

The course is notorious for hidden tree stumps and sandy corners, so I took it pretty easy. The goal was to get around, test the legs and the bike as a last hit out before Mongolia.

In a pretty good ‘taking it easy time’ of 4:48, I was stoked. Plus I got some decent cash in the wallet, a new tyre and a wicked Bigfoot trophy! If you ever get the chance to race the Bigfoot, I highly recommend it. My writeup of the event last year is here. Fast, dusty, furious and awesome! They desperately need more chicks to participate too. Nothing technical about the course and only 1 or 2 little hilly bumps – why wouldn’t ya??

So yesterday I started my Mongolia packing mission, with a little sniff here and there. Yesterday morning the throat was sore and the head was heavy. Today it is clearly the flu with fever and chesty cough. Perfect prep! Hopefully by Sunday I will feel ok to ride!!!

So, apart from a less than ideal last few weeks, the base is there and the intensity is there, so I can’t wait for this amazing adventure to begin. You can follow us on the website: http://www.mongoliabikechallenge.com/. Last year they were very good at providing race updates, as there won’t be any mobile reception for us to be doing that on the Mongolian Steppe!

Nathan Versey, Robert Bleeker and I are riding together for 3FIDI-NIMBLEWEAR 1; Seb, Maria and Cam are 3FIDI-NIMBLEWEAR 2!