Step 3: Ask some questions
To ensure the fitter is qualified and correct for you, ask these questions before booking your appointment:
• Does the fitter use techniques to address any specific injury or medical concerns?
• Is the fitter familiar with your bike model? Do they have the tools/parts necessary to make any modifications?
• How long have they been fitting triathletes? Although the value of years spent fitting can’t be replaced, experience in the sport is also important.
Now you are ready to book your appointment. During the fit appointment, make sure you communicate honestly what you are feeling and experiencing when changes are made. After the fit, listen to your body. If your body is not adapting well to a change after a few rides, book a follow-up appointment to address any issues. The fitter’s job is to pinpoint your optimum setup, so don’t be shy about achieving that shared objective.
No two fits are equal, nor are two fitters exactly the same. Even though you can sign up for the same service at a store or the same branded fit style, the position you leave with ultimately comes down to the fitter and the feedback you give them. With a little research and time spent listening to your body, you should walk away from your next fit more empowered to tackle your goals.
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Ryan Ignatz is the fit manager at Boulder, Colo.’s Colorado Multisport.