OK, now that I got your attention.
Last Sunday I went on my last hilly training ride before this year's Tour de Cure in Long Beach California. Just as I was getting ready to roll out I noticed that all the settings and profiles in my Garmin 510 had been wiped out.
Rather that spending 15 minutes re-setting the computer I decided to go riding sans a computer...in other words, I went riding "naked."
Initially, the lack of a computer to track my time, distance, speed, heartbeat, etc., really, really bothered me.
But as I got further into the ride I began to enjoy the freedom of not being tied to my electronic monitor. The more I rode the more fun I was having without having to look down at that stupid little screen.
The roads where I ride have handy mile markers, so if I wanted to know how fast I was riding I could just figure how long it took me to get from mile 1 to mile 2 and then multiply in my head to get my speed. As for my heart rate, I am familiar with this particular course and the hills in it (Trojan Horse, if you are reading this, this course is the same as the Cruisin the Conejo "easy" 67 miles ride). So instead of looking at my HRM monitor, I could just "feel" how my heart was doing and compare it to previous rides on the same course. Easy peasy...
I can't tell you how much more fun it was to ride without the 510. No segments to worry about, no PR to try to beat, no competition with others. Just me and the bike having fun on the road....like when I was a kid and rode my 3-speed all over Havana.
I am not sure that I am ready to chuck my 510. BUT, from now on I may leave it at home on more rides and enjoy the ride and not fret about numbers.
Have any of you had similar experiences? I am curious to know...maybe I am finally shedding my Type A personality.