Hi, I have been time-trialling (and the odd tri) for 21 years now and I think a couple of questions could help:
1. Have you ever used tri-bars - they take getting used to. If you buy some, do it sooner not later. Practice.
2. Are you supple - if you aren't able to hold a tucked position for a length of time, tri-bars won't be much help. I've seen so many people fit them really high on the bars, so they don't actually offer an aero advantage and simply obstruct clear breathing/add weight.
You make a good point. I never actually get rid of my old running shoes - they go from gym duty, to outdoor duty, to wet weather, sunday-paper collection and finally gardening. When the soles have worn out, I strip them of laces, footbeds and chuck 'em in the bin at the gym. God knows where they go after that, but I am assured that they are recycled somehow.
"I still heal strike as that is my natural style" - careful Bionic - that's like a red-rag to a bull for these types! Without ever having met you, they will tell you that isn't your natural style and that you've developed that by wearing 'foot coffins' that are designed to hurt you as part of a shoe-makers conspiracy to hobble and therefore control the populace. You will never be free until you buy another large corporation's shoes which are slightly different! You might like to call them 'The Emperor's New Shoes'!
For the third time in the last couple of weeks, I have had a barefoot-convert aggressively tell me that heel-striking is WRONG and that traditional running shoes are 'bad'.
People don't become self-righteously preachy about compression socks or energy bars or interval training, so why about this? As it happens, I do some barefoot running as well, but it didn't save my life/improve my PB/etc.
Why can't they just get on with it, without telling everyone how great they/barefoot running is?
As apposed to being marketed to aggressively from the present paradigm!
But the differences are:
- I can ignore a poster or an advert in a magazine.
- At least they get paid. Barefoot douchebags bang on and on about how great their new religion is, lining Merrell and Vibram's pockets. For free!
It's not the barefoot I object to, it's the fanatical way that some people force their opinions on others.