After years of being an avid runner, skier, and hiker, age and injuries starting catching up and I had two knee surgeries in two years.
No longer could my body handle the impact and I was lost without a competitive outlet.
Years ago, I was an avid cyclist but lost interest for no specific reason. I started looking at cycling as that outlet again.
I purchased a Surly Pacer road bike and started riding. At first, I could only ride a few miles. But with determination and strengthening of my muscles to support my challenged knees, I started adding miles and became more and more capable of riding hard and long miles.
I adjusted the bike the best I could and as I started reading more, I became interested in the whole concept of fitting.
Most people have fittings to get more power and go faster and compete better. In my case, I wanted to be comfortable, avoid pain, and preserve what may by last competitive outlet before my knees give up.
I found Chris and set up an appointment.
We spent a lot of time talking about my goals and what I was feeling. I was drawn to his body and mind approach to this and how he looked at everything from shoes to pedals to body position with care and attention.
He completely reconfigured my seating position, shoe inserts, and pedal shims and I was immediately transformed. Much of the pain I tolerated was gone. I was more comfortable, faster, and stronger and felt like I was making progress every day.
Never once was he focused on pushing me out of there due to a time constraint. Never once did he not answer a question or return an email. He was genuinely interesting in helping me get better!
We discussed the fact that I would probably benefit from a new bike and one built to my needs and challenges and we worked on designing a Serotta.
While the Serotta was being built, I continued to train in a diligent manner and the beautiful Serotta finally showed up.
What an amazing machine Chris designed and Allen and Doug at Penn Cycle put together! It is so comfortable and I am so fast, comfortable, and capable on it.
I ride about 100-150 miles per week only limited by work and family obligations. I am getting faster and stronger and ride with a group every so often that I could not have hung with for 2 miles last year and not only hang with them but I take my turns at the front just like everyone else.
Chris has enabled me to have a competitive outlet and feel good about myself and my life. He has allowed me to spend more time outside. I don’t know how long it will last but what I have gained has already enriched my life.
I am forever indebted to him.