Since my last racerunning update, I finally worked up the gall to get on the frame about 10 times. My neighbour Adrian, who lives on a tugboat on the dock, has been acting as a consultant for my experiments. He’s a welder, so any vast structural changes we need to make (and we already know we need to make some huge ones) he’s my guy. Adrian has already raised the handlebars, which is a huge help. Unlike a bike, lower and more forward is not ‘better’ when it comes to the running frame. Evolution has designed us to run upright, and when it comes to running, it’s best to respect evolution.
Another focus of the past month has been finding a good seat. The saddle that I originally had was hard and sharp, so much so that it was difficult to feel really safe on the bike. When you run your hips are moving more than when you pedal, so hard and pointy is… painful. The poor Amazon delivery guy has had to bring me about 10 saddles in the past month in some sort of odd version of the Princess and the Pea or Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I think we may have found a match yesterday, but the truth is only time (and my arse) will tell.
On Tuesday Lina and I will pack up the frame to drive to Bath and visit The Bike Whisperer, a guy who makes a living fine tuning bikes to ensure the best possible fit. Lina swears the guy is a miracle worker and even though this isn’t a bike and I’m not cycling, he’ll be able to help us with all the fine tuning we could possibly need. Any solutions we could come up with to run faster would be great!
I can’t believe I bought the blue walker almost a year ago in preparation for getting the running frame. I had a very good idea of what was being asked of me physically, but I had no idea how long it would take to create a running frame the met my needs. This is the biggest joy in creating a running frame from scratch, working on a sport that is still very much in development, and expanding the boundaries of imagination.
Because it’s a Brave New World out there. Every Day.