I am a bike commuter and use my commuter bike on the trainer. I found the chamois shredding riding style of Sufferfest training was not compatible with my saddle. These training sessions in the old saddle made for numbness and sore sit bones. I switched to an Ergon model with a more significant cutout and solved the numbness. However, no matter how much I adjusted the angle/my posture, I could not find a position that didn’t have some pain that by the 30min mark was basically always on my mind.
I’m writing this because during my searches online for a solution, it felt like half of what I found was saying to keep trying new saddles and the other half led me to think I just needed to get used to it. I was very close to spending another week with a “just toughen up” and “break it in” attitude and thought my rear disserved one more attempt at a better fitting saddle.
Result = Pure joy
Conclusion: If you are new and not from a road biking/competitive background (like me) and are thinking you just need to toughen up down there…seriously consider a new saddle for Sufferfest training, it’s just different. If you’re here, you know it’s different, but for my mileage, it’s the kind of different that may require an equipment change, ymmv.
My apologies if this is a redundant topic that comes up a lot, but in my lurking of the forum to date I hadn’t seen it recently and figured if it saved one other persons hind parts it was worth it! And I am just stoked that the suffering is now strictly reserved for my muscles and no longer shared with my bones.