My best Triathlon Training Day ever

25 Oct
John Hovius AAATriCamp

Me and the living legend John Hovius USAT Olympic Coach


In anticipation of getting a new cockpit installed (which didn’t happen), I decided it was time for another bike fit.  It had been over a year ago, since the last fitting on my Trek Speed Concept.  I had made many changes since (i.e. new shoes and pedals, new cockpit etc) and several “Youtube” adjustments to my bike since my original bike fitting.

Really whenever you make any kind of changes to your bike, you could be setting yourself up to be out of alignment on your bike.  A good friend of mine Erick Almasi recommended a guy who was really inexpensive and very knowledagble, normally two variables that don’t go together so well.

But Erick was spot on with his accessment of this “bike fitter”.  Now bike fittings can range anywhere from $150 to $500 dollars in cost.  I’ve paid as much as $250 dollars for one that allowed me as many readjustments as I needed.  So when Erick told me this guy only charged him much less that the lowest I’ve ever paid I was somewhat cautious as to what this fitting would actually include.  Well I went in with an open mind and very trusting of Ericks opinion.

Upon arrival of the address given to me I was a bit surprised to find myself at a literal Triathlon training camp!  This triathlon oasis was an open space with swimming, bikes everywhere, sleeping quarters, mess hall type kitchen!  What the heck had I stumbled upon???  Well what I didn’t know at the time was that I was at AAA triathlon campsite and  I was in the presence of a true triathlon legend John Hovius.

Not only did I get an awesome bike fitting, I got an education on the importance of cadence, leg reservation to set up a good run and much much more.  John also did the following for me:

  • cleaned seat and post (especially complex on the Trek Speed Concepts)
  • adjusted the seat height and position
  • fixed handlebars
  • Taught me the meaning of the difference in look pedal colors
    • Float is the ability of the cleat (and the shoe it’s attached to) to move or rotate laterally without clipping out of the pedal. There are various kinds of float, too – lateral as well as rotational. higher float generally means more – your foot will roate or move more before being constrained. The original clipless pedals did not have float – your foot was locked in to one position.The red cleats have the MOST float of the Look Keo cleats (9 degrees), the grey ones are in the middle (4.5 degrees) and black cleats have no float (0 degrees, or fixed). For Look pedals, the float is primarily rotational – at least until the cleats start to wear down!

      In a perfect world, you’d find a minimum amount of float you need for your peddling style, and if you had more it wouldn’t matter. In the real world, though, very few of us are pushing straight down on the pedals, and lots of cyclists don’t like the sliding on ice feeling you can get with lots of float.

      As a practical matter certain Speedplays have the most float of commonly available cycling pedals, wtih the added benefit of being able to adjust the amount of float without changing cleats.

  • Learned about the Spinscan tool, which analizes your pedal technique along with power, etc..
  • Taught me the importance of why I should have my pedals adjusted to go all the way in the back (has to do with stress on knees)

Thank you John, for the fitting, the education and the inspiration.  I will see you again soon!!

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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Daily Training Log


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