Sunday, April 15, 2018

Rainy Day Updates

Yesterday's Keo cleat failure combined with another rainy Sunday prompted me to to a few things that I have been putting off. I ended up missing out on an indoor training session, but at least the Felt IA16 has some updates.

1. Replace Keo cleats.
2. Remove Felt arm pads and replace with Cee Gee Cushys
3. Replace chain with Premier Bike waxed chain
4. Replace Shimano pulley wheels with Hawk Racing pulley wheels.
5. Clean cassette in ultrasonic tub.
6. Reset Z4 Speedfil BTA mount.
7. Replaced batteries in the Felt IA16 Quarq and Bontrager speed sensor.

Tip of cleat broke off about 15 miles out. I had to turn back.


One set for the Felt IA16 and one set for the LOOK 585

The mount is actually centered. The picture angle is bad.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday Solo Cruise

Route and Ride Data Links:

Strava - Today's Route

Ride Metrics:

Distance (mile): 40
Speed (mph): 18
Cadence (rpm): 70
Time Moving: 2:14:30
Time Total: 2:15:26
Work (kj): 1,048
Normal Power: 140
Average Power: 129
Max Power: 449
VI: 1.09
TSS: 132
IF: 
0.76

Goal:

Build Endurance

Ride Description:

Out and Back Solo Spin.

Weather:

Temperature Start (F): 45
Temperature Finish (F): 54
Wind: Calm
Sky: Partly cloudy

Nutrition Intake During and Immediately After:

Bottle #1 24oz. Water, Amino / BCAA, Maltodextrin
GU gel at mile 20
Post Ride: 30 gram protein drink

Gear:

 Felt  IA16 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Wet Cruise


Route and Ride Data Links:

Strava - Today's Route

Ride Metrics:

Distance (mile): 40.8
Speed (mph): 18.5
Cadence Avg (rpm): 71
Time Moving: 2:11:35
Time Total: 2:12:42
Work (kj): 1,083
Normal Power: 148
Average Power: 136
Max Power: 372
VI: 1.09
TSS: 144
IF: 
0.8

Goal:

Build Endurance

Ride Description:

Out and Back Spin just after the rain passed through the Atlanta area. I decided to give the Comet a try and sure enough there were just a few walking and running. From zero to the end it was fairly open to cruise at the speed I wanted for the day. The bike and I were messy after the ride, but it sure beat another day on the trainer.

Weather:

Temperature Start (F): 55
Temperature Finish (F): 56
Wind: Calm
Sky: Heavy clouds

Nutrition Intake During and Immediately After:

Bottle #1 24oz. Water, Amino and BCAA, Maltodextrin
GU gel at mile 20
Post Ride: 30 gram protein drink

Gear:

 Felt  IA16 


Monday, April 2, 2018

Garmin 820 Woes and Combining Ride Files

Garmin 820 Woes:

I almost want to go on a full rant about the Garmin Edge 820. I sometimes wonder if any of the developers at Garmin actually do cycling and if they use the 820. I also wonder if they have experienced any of the issues that some of us have with the screen sensitivity? Do they know the sensitivity and the potentially fragile state when combined with the Save and Discard ride options if one stops the timer on the 820 during the ride?

I do not use auto pause because it fouls up the power meter data stopping at intersections, but I will stop the timer briefly for a quick roadside stop. Maybe I shouldn't do that, but that's what I will do at times. I have also accidentally had a ride discarded twice in the past. Recently the Garmin has at least saved itself mid-ride and left me with no option except to start a new ride to finish out.

I never had those issues with previous versions of Edge computers. In fact hitting the lap button ensured there would be at least some fraction of the ride saved even if the battery died during the ride. I have seen some others post these same issues so I know I am not the only one. I posted here (http://thecyclingaddiction.blogspot.com/2016/07/garmin-edge-820.html) about the screen sensitivity and a firmware update helped a little, but it is still ultra sensitive at times. Yesterday I hit the timer to stop and stepped away from the bike for a few seconds. When I returned the ride had saved. Did a fly land on the Save icon? Maybe a leaf fell on it? What the heck happened? At least it was saved and not discarded like has happened before. 

I still have the trusty Garmin Edge 800 and 500 that I am considering go back to using although there are several features on the 820 that I prefer. Garmin developers need to put a bit more thought into how to ensure ride data is handled carefully. It can be frustrating to lose training data, but imagine someone losing race data or from an epic ride adventure.

Combining Ride Files:

Since I ended up with two ride files loaded to Strava I looked for a tool to combine files and found the following and it seemed to work well. It also uploaded the ride to Strava once I gave it permission and the combined data looked good. 

http://gotoes.org/strava/Combine_GPX_TCX_FIT_Files.php

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Brewery Solo 80

Route and Ride Data Links:

Strava - Today's Route 

Ride Metrics:

Distance (mile): 80
Speed Avg (mph): 16
Cadence (rpm): 70

TSS: 247
IF: 0.70
Moving Time: 4:54

Once again the Garmin 820 decides mid-ride to save the ride and start another one. How that happens is beyond me. Thinking about going back to the Garmin 500 and back when they made half-decent products that were reliable.


Update: I was able to combine the two ride files into one file on Strava.

Goal:

Build Endurance

Ride Description:

I think each of us should be given five "It's early in the season" cards that we can play while in spring training. Well maybe ten cards since I feel like I could have played a card last weekend and then today.  I did not do well in the wind today and had to fight it the entire way back. I will just keep working on it.

Weather:

Temperature Start (F): 35
Temperature Finish (F): 67
Wind: SSE 7 mph
Sky: Partly cloudy

Nutrition Intake During and Immediately After:

Bottle #1 24oz. Water, Amino Acid, Maltodextrin
Bottle #2 5oz. Water, Amino Acid, Maltodextrin
GU gel at mile 24
Clif Bar at mile 35
Post Ride: 30 gram protein drink

Gear:

 Felt  IA16 


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Brewery Solo

Route and Ride Data Links:

Strava - Today's Route

Ride Metrics:

Distance (mile): 62
Speed Avg. (mph): 16.5
Cadence (rpm): 73
Time Moving: 3:45:10
Time Total: 3:46:21
Work (kj): 
1,597
Normal Power: 142
Average Power: 118
Max Power: 448
VI: 1.21
TSS: 217
IF: 0.75

Goal:

Build Endurance

Ride Description:

Feels like it has been a while since my last ride at the brewery. We have been getting rain almost every weekend for weeks and even today it started to sprinkle about the time I rolled out of the parking area. Other cyclists were dressed fairly heavily for the cool temperatures and the pending rain. I went out with a summer kit with arm and leg warmers and a Suguoi ultralight wind shell. A few miles later and the wind shell came off.

I felt like I battled a lot of things today. The worst being my lack of endurance at this time of year and the inability to put up a good fight against the wind. Most of the miles were under dark skies and brief moments of rain. 

Weather:

Temperature Start (F): 55
Temperature Finish (F): 65
Wind: 10 mph SSE with gusts
Sky: Dark and heavy clouds with some sun at the very end

Nutrition Intake During and Immediately After:

Bottle #1 24oz. Water, Amino powder, Maltodextrin
Hammer gel at mile 24
Post Ride: 30 gram protein drink

Gear:

 Felt  IA16 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Mostly Solo Cruise

Route and Ride Data Links:

Strava - Today's Route

Ride Metrics:

Distance (mile): 40.3
Speed Avg (mph): 18.8
Cadence (rpm): 72
Time Moving: 2:09:35
Time Total: 2:11:01
Work (kj): 1,067
Normal Power: 149
Average Power: 136
Max Power: 621
VI: 1.10
TSS: 138
IF: 0.79


Goal:

Build Endurance

Ride Description:

I thought seriously about going to the brewery because I knew the good weather would bring a lot of people out to the path and it did. Heading out from the zero mile marker it was loaded with people and a struggle to maintain a decent pace. Even further out was a little tougher.

Coming back was little different and when I noticed a white jersey way up in front that became my chase target. When I thought I would get into range he would make it through a red light and I would get stopped. I finally caught with him after about a six mile chase and came around him about ten miles out. He got on my wheel and we kept pace until we reached the four mile marker and he turned off as we both said thanks for the pace. At that point another guy jumped on my wheel and we tried to keep a decent pace until the end, but again that was tough as the foot traffic picked up and there was a larger number of small children walking. Better to be safe and not harm anyone. 

Indoor training felt a little better this week, but with rainy weekends I am short of base endurance from not doing the extended Saturday endurance miles and I can feel it.

Weather:

Temperature Start (F): 72
Temperature Finish (F): 72
Wind: Slight breeze to calm
Sky: Partly cloudy

Nutrition Intake During and Immediately After:

Bottle #1 24oz. Water, Aminos, Maltodextrin
GU gel at mile 20
Post Ride: 30 gram protein drink

Gear:

 Felt  IA16 


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Comet Cruise

Route and Ride Data Links:

Strava - Today's Route

Ride Metrics:

Distance (mile): 40.5
Speed Avg. (mph): 18
Cadence (rpm): 71
Time Moving: 2:14:25
Time Total: 2:15:28
Work (kj): 1057
Normal Power: 143
Average Power: 130
Max Power: 442
VI: 1.10
TSS: 131
IF: 
0.76

Goal:

Build Endurance

Ride Description:

How I wished it would stop raining and stop threatening to rain on the weekends. I picked going to the Comet because it looked fairly certain based on the weather reports that rain was moving in from the northwest. Going to the brewery looked like a bad idea unless I made the ride super short or ride in the rain. However, I don't think it rained there and it was still looked good at the end of a short 40 mile ride. 

Another zing for me was not really tuning in mentally at the start and just cruising at a comfortable pace going out. I had a very clear path and really could have opened up the engine had my mind not been drifting on one obscure thought to another. 

At the 20 mile turn point I heard a loud boom. Turned out to be another serious car wreck just down the hill at an intersection. This is the second time in just a week that I have seen a bad wreck at that traffic light in just a short time. Made me glad to be up on a bike path today and away from the cars. Then again I prefer to be out on my usual course at the brewery. Also had a couple of guys jump on my wheel in the last number of miles and enjoyed pushing the pace. At the end they said they appreciated the pace and the pull. Down in aero pushing the pace is a sweet spot of happiness. 

Weather:

Temperature Start (F): 46
Temperature Finish (F): 66
Wind: Calm
Sky: Partly Cloudy

Nutrition Intake During and Immediately After:

Bottle #1 24oz. Water, Aminos, Maltodextrin
GU gel at mile 20
Post Ride: 30 gram protein drink

Gear:

 Felt  IA16