Sunday, May 04, 2014

Weekly Ride Report - 4/29/14 - 5/3/14

Date
Route
Course
Ride Time
Total Time
Distance
Avg Speed
Altitude
Max Altitude
Max Speed
Odometer
04/29/14
Rose Bowl Laps
Flat
00:54:04
01:00:30
16.4
18.2
585
969
27.7
32226
04/30/14
Rose Bowl Laps
Flat
00:54:49
00:59:40
16.4
18.0
649
968
28.8
32243
05/01/14
Glenoaks Blvd
Climb
00:52:37
00:57:45
13.6
15.5
929
1408
29.7
32256
05/02/14
Lida Highland Single Loop
Climb
00:52:33
00:57:50
14.3
16.3
834
1405
29.2
32271
05/03/14
Lida - Griffith Park Drive
Rolling
02:33:27
02:48:37
40.3
15.8
2203
1310
35.1
32311
Total Time
06:07:30
Total Distance
101
Total Climb
5200

Break shortened week from the previous 3 week block. I think I'm coming off a peak, because everything felt fine during the workouts, but when I checked my times, they were really slow, comparatively. My ride around Griffith Park and the Burbank studios was the longest yet I've gone without taking a rest stop. Still, 15 minutes of waiting for traffic lights is a bit much. Bright sun, baking asphalt is no fun. I figured the right amount of water too, so I didn't need to stop to refill. Life's little victories... 40 miles in hot weather is probably my max range before needing to refill on mix and water, so I'll stay happy with that.

7 comments:

  1. Yowamushi LurkerMay 6, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Or you might just be tired, if you've increased your volume or intensity, fatigue has a way of catching up with you later :)

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    1. Thanks for that. Maybe I just need to sleep a little bit more...

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  2. Yowamushi LurkerMay 8, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    So, while you catch your breath a little, what's the matter with you and Strava? I always was a little surprised that I couldn't find you over there, or I would have followed you already.

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    1. Heh. Strava's a little after my time. I still don't have a smart phone or a GPS device, but it's getting harder every year not to own one. All my stats are done old school geek-wise: putting in some numbers from my cycle computer into database software, making queries, and formatting some html. I call that fun...

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  3. Yowamushi LurkerMay 14, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    C'mon man, don't give me that :) you ride with a camera already, and plenty of guys over there are like the go-catch-the-young-man of your other post (and yeah they kick ass). There's no need to stop doing things the old way, too. And BTW we're about the same age :P

    You know, I can see where you're coming from there, I do find smartphones a little annoying myself and prefer to carry a traditional dumb phone as in "with keyboard", which is much easier to deal with when I'm drenched in sweat. The only reason I've got a smartphone AND a tablet, is because they were given to me as gifts. I can tell you this, though: it didn't take me too long to switch to a Garmin.

    I'm still getting my share of that particular fun because the .fit file from the Garmin gets downloaded to the computer, then uploaded to Strava and Garmin Connect, so I can download a TCX, that is later passed through a hacked (big word there) python script which estimates power, which in turn is fed into Golden Cheetah.

    (if you're wondering, I've started this virtual power thing since I got a turbo, it was so cool I wanted it to have power for my outdoor riding too, but too broke to get an actual PM - though now it's mainly a comparison between the performance management data I get from heart rate/TRIMP and the estimated TSS)

    The vanilla TCX goes into a SportTracks database which has been recently relegated to just keeping track of mileage of various parts, especially chains as last year I began an experiment with chain rotation which is still undergoing, i.e. I'm currently on my 4th and last chain before I go back to chain 1.

    I used to keep a spreadsheet when I ran, but as soon as I saw those 1-sec recorders I knew I wanted one. It took a long long time to get there, actually hadn't the smartphone fallen on my head, who knows how much longer? and then my mind got blown away by the stuff you can do with GPS, the nifty sites and programs.

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    1. Oh, I feel the pull to get into all those gadgets, but I recognize that feeling from my gamer days. MOAR stuff. Heh. I've been a gadget guy from way back, so I know how crazy I'll get with the stuff that's out there. The bike is the priority, anime next, and then the one video game I allow myself per year (currently diablo 3 until I get sick of it.) But this is now Grand Tour season, so video game goes bye-bye as I watch leg churning action on TV. I feel like my hobbies are fighting over my eyeball time with the Tour of California on at the same time as the Giro. Plus, sleep has to happen some time in there too...

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  4. Yowamushi LurkerMay 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    What got me excited is the stuff these toys make possible, not the gear itself, and unless they come up with something groundbreaking right now, barring awful accidents and misfortunes, I'm not spending any more money on cycling electronics for a while (well I'd like to have a camera or two, but that will have to wait). Meaning, I'd like a power meter but there's still a long way to go before they come down in my price bracket; a PowerTap hub sells for about 5 or 6 times what I paid for my Edge 500.

    ARPGs? I'm more of a Torchlight type of person, but I don't really like the word gamer, I jokingly refer to myself as a player of games.

    Best,
    879077

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