Did the boxer punch you?
I thought when i returned to cycling last year that compact was too low and the LBS who sold me the bike said to keep trying it over the winter. I persisted and it seems it is the way to go but i would not change the gearing on a couple of my retro bikes as i like the higher gears - but only when i find a hill to go down!!
It is amazing to me how the body ages and how unfit i actually am. I watched the TdF today and am completely baffled how the pros do it - high speed on the 'so called' flat and then Mont Ventoux at the end - totally amazing.
Built - Raleigh Rapide / Van Tuyl / Raleigh Ritmo / Forme Longcliffe / Will Cee Winter / Python Rock / Gazelle CM Mixte (aka Townsend) ///// Pending - Rossin Prestige Team / Gazelle CM A / Gazelle CM AB / Fulmar / Peugeot Sportive / Raleigh Flyer / Batavus Champion / Raleigh Flyer / Peugeot / Look 241 Kelme / Raleigh Pro Race