February 2, 2009

RETUL: The Best Bike Fit in the World!

I was lucky enough to be able to go up to Denver and work with Todd Carver and his crew at their Retul Fit Studio. I had been having some problems with my knee leading up to the Clearwater race (bad enough that I could barely walk one week before!) Come to find out, it was due to my position on my TT bike. I headed up to Denver with hopes of a cure and found it! They looked at my position on my road bike and said they couldn't find anything wrong with it...then when I hopped on my TT bike, they found several things to fix. We tried to open up my hip angle and get it as close to the road bike position as possible while still giving me some aerodynamic advantages.

The Retul system is one of a kind. They place small LEDs in various places (ankle, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, ect). Then as you ride the 3D motion system captures your movements and calculates measurements. By capturing my position relative to my pedaling motion the most realistic replication of my actual pedal stroke and body position are created. The system is accurate to within less than a millimeter, creating true objective data which can be utilized for the perfect biomechanical fit. Measurements and my feel for the position are taken into consideration after each position change and then either changed to kept. We didn't have to make too many changes, but the small changes we made will have a HUGE impact on my power output and put an end to my knee pain!

I took my TT bike out for a ride this weekend (yes we actually had gorgeous weather in Colorado!) and felt awesome. I had a back up plan in case my knee started to act up...but nothing, not even a twinge! Yippee! Thanks Retul! You guys are awesome...now its time for me to go get FAST!!!!

Bike fits are a smart investment. With all the money you spend on equipment and tri related stuff, and the time and energy you put into training...I highly suggest investing in a bike fit. To find out more about Retul and a Fit Studio near you check out: www.retul.com

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1 comment:

Alexis Waddel-Smith said...

hi amanda,
hope you are doing well. are you living in colorado now? i enjoyed watching your videos...i'd like to do pucon someday!!
glad to hear that you had a good bike fit...there's nothing better than feeling comfortable on your bike! maybe we'll run into each other this year.