More on the TTD (Triathlon Trasport Device)

Finally catching a break and feeling decent enough to update.  Allergies suck…

I’m glad that this is kind of a taper week since my next triathlon is this Saturday because I haven’t done much in the way of exercise.  I ran about 4 miles on Monday evening and rode a stationary bike for about 25 minutes and just haven’t felt like doing anything since.  I went to bed at about 7pm last night and slept all night, which felt good but left me groggy and disoriented this morning.  I may try to go for a run when I get home tonight just to shake out the cobwebs and then go to the pool tomorrow morning, but that will probably be it.

This triathlon is about an hour and a half drive from my house so I am just going to get up early on race day and drive to it.  Staying closer would be a waste of money that I don’t have anyway, and I will probably be up because I usually don’t sleep much the night before races, so ther is no sense in trying.  Next month’s race is over 2 hours away and I will have some free nights in hotels to use up by then so I will probably get a room for that one, but hopefully the drive will be ok this time.

My new car, a Honda Fit (dubbed “Dinky” due to it’s miniscule proportions) really seems to be handling all of my gear hauling needs just fine.  I can load it up with my bike (minus the front wheel), wetsuit, gear bag, extra clothes and other goodies without a problem.  For as small as it is, it was designed well to handle most standard loads.  I could even potentially haul a passenger triathlete and his/her gear as well with a little creative packing.  I don’t think a bike rack is a good idea for this car though.  The car is so small and lightweight that the extra resistance of a rack full of bikes on the top or back would really make it hard to drive at highway speeds and probably completely hose your gas mileage.  That’s just not what it was made for.  This commercial cracks me up though.  And they are right… it is cavernous.

It should be interesting to see how we handle the 450 mile drive down to Oklahoma for the Redman triathlon together in September.  The Fit is comfortable, yes.  But it takes more attention to drive than our Honda mini van.  The ride is just a tiny bit rougher, the seat is not quite as comfortable or cushy.  And if it’s windy and you are passing semi trucks at freeway speeds it’s a two fisted driving experience due to the Fit’s light weight.  A couple of hours of this isn’t bad.  But a full day of it there and then back might change my mind!  But again, that’s not what this car was designed to do so I can’t complain.  I’m sure it will be fine.

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