Thomas Gerlach wrote:
I am happy to fill in the gaps and answer any questions you might have!
What was the pass like on the bike by Starky. Did you feel like he really surged to make the pass and keep the lead? Did you attempt to go with him? Have you visited the wind tunnel and done any testing on that sleeved kit? I know you are one of the best swimmers in long-course but what did you do with the sleeved suit (ie roll it down or keep it up) for the swim. If you kept it up, did you have any restriction at all during the swim? Back to the wind tunnel, let's talk helmet selection. Is that a borrowed Wing 57? I can't imagine you would have selected to use that helmet as a well-supported Trek athlete unless you actually tested it and it was fast on you.
The pass was pretty normal. I took the time to stand and stretch a bit so I would drop back quick enough. I upped my effort a bit, but knew I could let him get away a bit. I just didn't want to follow and blow up.
No wind tunnel testing, but extensive bike fit and virtual wind tunnel testing with Cyclologic. Taken a lot of years but dialing in fit slowly. No data on materials or anything like that.
No restriction at all with suit up. I love the new WYN suits. I have tried a couple long sleeved suits where chafing occurs around the armpits, but the material feels really good on the suit I used in Texas. My TYR wetsuit also worked out well and no chafing or arm restriction there.
Nope. Helmet is mine. I have signed a deal with Rudy Project this year, and I have been happy with how their equipment is working out for me. I spoke with Trek before this and they were great. They support me in so many ways
And were happy to let me pursue a sunglasses and helmet deal. In fact, non of my sponsors are petty or overcontroling, and any gear I race in is well thought out and there is a discussion on all fronts with each sponsor.