Well the Bee bought a computer for the bike. My old one did not have cadence. So I had to go to the bike shop to have them look at my flat tire. I wanted them to help see the cause of the flat (A ton of small specks of glass). So they gave me a new tire and tube....changed the flat - and then the new tube blew. So they put another tube on. Meanwhile - I talked to the shop guys about a computer and ended up with a VDO Z2 with the cadence accessory. So it measures darn near everything. I also had a bike fitting - ended up changing the stem out to one that has adjustable angles as my lower back hurts after a ride. He adjusted the handlebar angle and about 3/4 inch higher. We moved my seat much more forward as well - and he repositioned my cleats to relieve the pressure on my foot. So quite a fun day at the bike store (day before yesterday).
Ok so today is my first ride with the adjusted bike and spiffy computer. I rode the Silver Comet - our flat trail (2% grade max). My goal was to go ride at 90-110 Cadence and 75 if I found a hill.
I warmed up a bit for 10 minutes and then tried to stay above 90. Some time at 100, and others between 90-100. WOW!! What a different ride. I had been riding for mileage and at times for speed. Now it is all about turning the pedals. I am riding in the middle gears (i have 3 rings). So spinning away - and it's a ton of work. I know because my Heart rate was about 150-164... I think my max is about 180 so that was a pretty good range I figure.
Anyway - truly feel like my training is just beginning! I normally work away form home Mon - Thursday so it's tough to train like this - but hey I will work these training rides in when I can - and hopefully improve for the longer rides and group rides. Oh and in the middle of the ride I remembered I forgot to fill up tires with air and borrowed a pump. Blew the tire! So that was the end of the ride - and went back to bike shop. They replaced tube and tire - as they were not happy it did that twice...so my new tire should hold n0ow! But I cut the ride short - and luckily got a ride back to the bike shop with a very nice fellow rider.
So today's stats:
Can't tell you official AVG HR cause somehow I zeroed it out...
But here's the rest of the nifty info:
Ride Time 1:16:34
Avg Speed 14.8
Max Speed 21.6
Cadence Avg 86 (Includes warm up)
Cadence Max 135
Weather Mid 70s
And at one point I checked calories - which I think I cleared out by mistake when I cleared the stop watch and lost the Heart Rate info and it said 500. So I guess I burned about 700 IF YOU BELIEVE THE BIKE COMPUTER (i have my doubts)
Ok off to do my exercise video - a fun day off! I am going to go tot the bike sites and satrt recording this stuff - so maybe y'all won't have to read all the details all the time! But this is fascinating - ok maybe just to me!
Next Up: Tomorrow Morning Buckhead ride - supposed to be hilly. I will not be striving necessarly for cadence - or maybe I will - i think i see it more as survival though I will be with an experienced rider/friend - so it's my call how fast - etc. Maybe I should keep my cadence even on the hilly ride? What do y'all think?
OKAY - Happy riding!