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    w00t! Goal 1 accomplished!

    Arrrrgghh!
    I accomplished Goal #1 today. I rode from the house up to the gas station and back again. In traffic. During rush hour. At a decent pace too.
    It's probably only a couple of miles total, which is a good bit less than I've been riding; 5 miles riding around the neighborhood is way easier than 2 miles in traffic, but I'll never know anything about my ride today other than it was tough, because my #@$#$^%$#%&^%&^%$# Forerunner50 lost all the info when it uploaded to the worthless GarminConnect website.

    I just don't understand why they, as a company that is obviously trying to cater to the fitness crowd, are okay with this piece of garbage and why people aren't complaining about it.
    I used the Nike+ site while I was walking, and it just simply worked. It was a bit over the top in design I admit but it was super reliable (the site was, not so much on the sensor, though it was good once calibrated properly).
    Of course, the Nike+ stuff doesn't work with bikes. Surprising really, considering how much they promote the Livestrong outfit, and even Lance himself.

    Anyway, is anyone out here using something other than GarminConnect with a Forerunner50 to keep track of their rides? I'd love to have one of the Edge units, but I can buy a new bike for those prices, and I don't need the mapping capability yet anyway, just all the other info like time, distance, calories, etc.

    So, yea, anyway, today was my first "in the real street with all the traffic at rush hour and everyone laughing at my pasty white chicken legs while I wobble around in the bike lane trying to stay upright and I'm 2 seconds away from having a stroke and the two cute college girls in the jeep had to point and say 'hey, look at the fat old guy trying to get fit' " ride!

    It was fun! Lots of debris in the street made it a challenge. I couldn't wholly avoid the metal shipping strap that was stretched across the lane, I thought for sure I was on my way to dump-town with two dead tires after I hit that, but no, my mental soundtrack was crankin out Limp Biskit's Rollin', (I wish I could ride with real music but that would be stupid in traffic), and I made it to the gas station without blacking out. It was a close thing though, I had a serious case of tunnel vision starting up, so I probably would have crashed out shortly anyway.

    So, no more riding around the block for me. It's time for me to get out and play in traffic with the rest of the big kids.
    Goal #2: Ride to the McDonalds and back. Should be about 5mi round trip.
    Tim
    “He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.” ― Douglas Adams

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    Ok, that was the strangest and funniest post I've read here. good luck with the cycling computer and keep riding. Don't push yourself too hard at first, just ride to Micdonalds don't get lunch there.

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    Congratulations!

    FWIW, the calorie counter in the Garmin units overestimates by something like 50%. So don't rely on it to determine how much you've burned, unless you cut the number in half.
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    Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlankTim View Post
    Arrrrgghh!
    I accomplished Goal #1 today. I rode from the house up to the gas station and back again. In traffic. During rush hour. At a decent pace too.
    It's probably only a couple of miles total, which is a good bit less than I've been riding; 5 miles riding around the neighborhood is way easier than 2 miles in traffic, but I'll never know anything about my ride today other than it was tough, because my #@$#$^%$#%&^%&^%$# Forerunner50 lost all the info when it uploaded to the worthless GarminConnect website.

    I just don't understand why they, as a company that is obviously trying to cater to the fitness crowd, are okay with this piece of garbage and why people aren't complaining about it.
    I used the Nike+ site while I was walking, and it just simply worked. It was a bit over the top in design I admit but it was super reliable (the site was, not so much on the sensor, though it was good once calibrated properly).
    Of course, the Nike+ stuff doesn't work with bikes. Surprising really, considering how much they promote the Livestrong outfit, and even Lance himself.

    Anyway, is anyone out here using something other than GarminConnect with a Forerunner50 to keep track of their rides? I'd love to have one of the Edge units, but I can buy a new bike for those prices, and I don't need the mapping capability yet anyway, just all the other info like time, distance, calories, etc.

    So, yea, anyway, today was my first "in the real street with all the traffic at rush hour and everyone laughing at my pasty white chicken legs while I wobble around in the bike lane trying to stay upright and I'm 2 seconds away from having a stroke and the two cute college girls in the jeep had to point and say 'hey, look at the fat old guy trying to get fit' " ride!

    It was fun! Lots of debris in the street made it a challenge. I couldn't wholly avoid the metal shipping strap that was stretched across the lane, I thought for sure I was on my way to dump-town with two dead tires after I hit that, but no, my mental soundtrack was crankin out Limp Biskit's Rollin', (I wish I could ride with real music but that would be stupid in traffic), and I made it to the gas station without blacking out. It was a close thing though, I had a serious case of tunnel vision starting up, so I probably would have crashed out shortly anyway.

    So, no more riding around the block for me. It's time for me to get out and play in traffic with the rest of the big kids.
    Goal #2: Ride to the McDonalds and back. Should be about 5mi round trip.
    I use a plain old $10 bike computer and an OpenOffice spread sheet to deal with it all, while I don't get cadence or heart rate, altitude, wind speed, and a lot of other stuff, I do get weekly (Sunday to Saturday), monthly and annual totals, along with a comparison to last year to date.....

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    Congrats on the milestone! Don't get too caught up with all the numbers. That's all they are is numbers. Listen to your body and don't do more than it tells you it can do.

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    Think of riding in traffic as kind of like playing the old game "Frogger", only more fun!

    On a positive note, two college girls yelled out at you. Who cares what they said, that can be edited

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    Quote Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
    Think of riding in traffic as kind of like playing the old game "Frogger", only more fun!

    On a positive note, two college girls yelled out at you. Who cares what they said, that can be edited
    Frogger!

    If I hadn't been on the verge of blacking out I might have chatted the girls up a bit, but it would have come out something like "Hi...cough...wheeze...errk...wibble"

    Tim
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