This is not a real bat. Source.
Anyway, the Bat and I have been spending some quality time together, and things have improved since our first outing (meaning - I haven't fallen). However... I realize that I sound like a broken record, but it is taking me a while to get used to everything about this bike. I've adjusted, more or less, to the shifters being at the end of the bars, and the new saddle has greatly improved my riding experience, but it's still hard for me to get out and ride more than 2 hours at this point. I think that I've been accustomed to a much more comfortable ride, one that let me ride in several different positions and to ride more upright, obviously. With the Bat, it's hard to sustain any position other than aero (at this point), and I'm not super strong in aero. My final point is that I don't think that I'm a faster cyclist on the bike even though everyone else whose blog I've ever read has raved about how they suddenly became speed demons with their tri bike (the Internet lies!). So, I envisioned suddenly riding 1-2 mph faster without much effort, and I haven't found that to be the case. Mind you, I'm comparing my current times to those from May and June, when I was actually in decent cycling shape. Okay, maybe that's an unfair comparison?
So, the adjustment period continues. As does finding all of the right 'gear' - hydration system/s, bento box, places to put/carry my tubes and other necessities. I haven't been able to simply swap everything that I had for my Trek, and I continue to shop around to find the stuff that works for me and for the bike.
I definitely don't mean to complain. After all, I've actually been putting in time in the saddle since this purchase, so it's motivated me to get back some of my bike fitness!
And you can see how different my fit is. Michael now says that when I'm riding the Trek it looks as if I'm on a carriage.
We'll see whether or not I'm a faster cyclist with more time on the Bat, but I have noticed a difference on the run. While I'm not running tons of miles off the bike at this point, I am faster, and not because of my fabulous run fitness these days. It still feels just as hard to run off the bike, especially the first mile, but when I look down at my pace, it's faster than I would expect. So, this might be a very exciting development - but I'd better learn to ride long on the Bat.