Will I ever really be able to race it again? Maybe yes maybe no. Thats where things get a bit weird and my answer to that changes constantly. In the days leading up to today it would have been a certain yes but this morning I had a somewhat random bad day where riding (at least this morning) would have been totally out of the question. If today had been lets say July 19th there is no way I could have started Carrabassett. Never knowing when those days are going to happen makes it hard to drop $115 on race reg.
So in the mean time I'll just try to ride my bike a bunch. #wussmode Engage!
This transformation happened somewhat piecemeal but here is the full change log:
Wuss cockpit: 10mm shorter stem to bring the bars back and shift more weight off my hands as well as some riser bars to bring my stance up. Finished it off by going back to the GX-1 Ergon grips. I think they do a great job of relieving pressure on the ulna side of the wrist which is my biggest trouble spot. The pair I had before had stripped clamps but it feels like they've made some design tweaks since then and I don't think spinning or stripping will be an issue with these. I went with PRO white, which is always a mistake because they get gross looking eventually but for now they look SWEET.
Wuss drivetrain: 1 x 10! Its the new single speed! Literally everyone is doing it. If I was healthy I would still be SS without a doubt but I actually really like this setup. I actually surprisingly took right back to riding gears at NEMBAfest. I really like the ability they give me to ride lots of miles and not get tired. This setup makes the riding I like to do that much easier for me to pull off reasonably AND allows me to do those rides much more frequently without being utterly exhausted. True, I'm not getting as strong as I would be doing that all single speed but I've become ok with that. Like Jake said I've put in enough pain, its time to cash in.
Plus gears work so much better now than they did the last time I used them 8 years ago! Who would have thought that was even possible??? These new fangled wide-narrow rings are pretty simple and amazing. Completely changes the game with these '1 by' setups. And these clutch derailleurs are spot on, quiet, they come with a lockout for easier wheel changes and maintenance. Just about everything I hated about gears has been addressed. Nice work bike industry!
My Strava feed is going to be polluted with all kinds of rides like this one. Look for me to be linking everything, all the time, worldwide.