I was lucky enough to have the good folks at Brands Cycles and Reilly Cycling Tours come to bat for me to help get me onto a new bike in relatively short time, without breaking the bank. For that I am eternally grateful! Now the time of adjustment, tweaking, finding the best place to store your gels, spare tire, PitStop, how to adjust this and that, etc, etc, etc. is upon me - and not quite fading into the background yet. I am almost there, but it has taken over 3 months to get back to where I was on the previous bike. Some time in the Faster wind tunnel has helped me too!
Not only do I think I answered her correctly (thereby proving the point she was trying to make to her husband), but she thanked me many times over for calming her nerves and making her feel secure in her equipment. I'm glad I could help!
So, take the time to get to know your equipment up and down; it will be one less thing to think (or worry) about come race day. Do your homework well ahead of time. Don't get sucked into what everyone else is doing around you. Be confident in your decisions and I bet it will show on race day!
Now, where did I put that allen wrench? :)