If you've been participating in Triathlons or Time Trial events for more than 5 minutes, you are likely well aware of the importance (and value to your results!) of maintaining an aero position. However, there is obviously a significant difference between "knowing" and "doing." Some of this difference is attributable to the body not being ready for drastic changes. Anyone who just decides to go full-time aero position will suffer the consequences of back pain, neck pain, soreness in the arms, headaches and more.
There are some helpful articles that can help the gradual integration from hoods (or sitting upright) and being in the aero position. Here's a good example from our friends at Triathlete Magazine: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2012/11/training/six-tips-to-getting-comfortable-in-the-aero-position_42621
The article was written back in 2011, long before the Aerobar Edge was available on the market. If it were to be re-written today, it would likely take a more scientific approach. The Aerobar Edge allows users to accurately track exactly how much time they spend in the aero position - both total time during a ride and the length of each sustained segment within the ride. For example, an athlete new to the aero position might go out for a two hour ride to determine a current baseline and discover that he comfortably stays in aero for 30 minutes total, with the average aero segment lasting 5 minutes.
Now that the baseline is set, he can build a plan to gradually increase both aspects over the next month. His plan may look something like the following over the 2 hour ride:
This is obviously just an example. Each person is different and variations such as history of neck/back issues, hamstring flexibility, etc will impact the progression. We suggest working with your Coach and a Physical Therapist or other specialist to fine-tune your own plan. The Aerobar Edge will allow you and those with whom you are working to see objective data. Guessing can now be a thing of the past!