It's the first of March! In like a lion, out like a lamb...and so far it's looking like it's going to be in like a lamb. Hopefully the entire month is lamb-like. March is one of my favorite months...not because it's all that fabulous on its own, but because it marks the end of Winter and entry into Spring. Compared to May March's weather is still pretty crappy, but relative to the 3 months that precede it it friggin' rocks my socks!
Today it is brilliant and sunny...and it's a rest day for me. Too bad. The last 2 days were pretty gross, but they wore me out and I need to take it easy today. On Saturday I ran 11 miles with a couple of local running friends and yesterday I did 22 miles on the nowhere bike. I had planned to go a full 2 hours, but after 1:40 my butt and girly bits cried uncle. And Zombieland (our choice of indoor ride entertainment) ended, anyhow.
When I say butt I don't mean the obvious culprit--the sit bones. I mean raw chafing along the front crease where my butt meats my thigh, especially on the left side. In the same spot where I chafe if I wear undies while running (which is why this gal goes commando under running tights).
I asked around on a women's cycling support board with a lot of knowledgeable riders and it's been suggested that my saddle (Selle Italia Lady Gel Flow) is too pear-shaped for my my booty shape and biomechanics (as opposed to more T-shaped, which has a less gradual transition from nose to butt-area). I'm also suspicious that it's too big/wide. My sit-bone width appears to be ~120-130mm apart, but my current saddle is 160mm wide, I should probably be on something closer to 140-150mm.
The saddle that came on my bike was likely a better shape/size, but it was very squishy and domed and without a cut-out to help relieve pressure for the girl parts, so that wasn't ideal, either. I find with the current saddle that I have to keep pushing my butt back, but keep sliding forward and the cut-out ends up being too-far back to do me much good. Stuff that shouldn't get pinched and smooshed gets pinched and smooshed. Adjusting saddle angle and placement relative to the handlebars doesn't seem to make much difference.
In some ways finding the perfect saddle is very much like finding the perfect running shoe--except saddle designs/models don't change every 9-12 months and a saddle should last me a couple of years, UNLIKE a pair of running shoes.