I genuinely adore this bike. Ironman distance triathlon is a
painful sport. If you are an adult onset swimmer like I am then the
swim sucks. It feels very unnatural being in water and you are
constantly reminded that others are going much quicker than you are
with far less expended effort. They glide whilst you flail....
The run is less technical, but much sorer. A 2hr run does much,
much more damage to my legs than the most mountainous of European
sportives. I have DOMS for days. Its gets so bad after a marathon
that I have been known to walk down stairs backwards.
So why do I persevere? Simply put because for 180km I get to
smash a bike course, and that exhilarating feeling of travelling at
40+kmh with your head four feet from the ground is addictive. I
have this very strange mantra which I repeat again and again to
myself and it's "liquid power". A ridiculous phrase, I know, but it
makes sense to me. When you are on it, it's the ability to push a
big gear at high cadence and travel very quickly with minimal
effort. You look at Fabian Cancellera or Brad Wiggins ride a TT
bike and its a thing of beauty.
When it all clicks it's an amazing feeling. It feels very easy,
your body is perfectly still and your breathing is light. Just your
legs are working as you ride through the field (and being a slow
swimmer means there are many people to catch).
When I am on the Speed Concept I feel pretty much untouchable.
It's an amazing bike. If Trek ever find a way to make it faster I
will be first in the queue for the Gen 3. But for now I am very
content indeed !
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