I just turned 50 in January, and late last year, decided to take a look at my bike. I bought a Colnago Master X-Light in 2002, but was struck by an SUV in 2006 and did not get back on the bike until this past January. Needless to say, having kept my Colnago outside in the shed, a bit of corrosion had set in. I had the frame painted and some of the small parts replaced, then got back on the road.
When I first started riding, it was readily apparent that I was woefully so far out of shape that it might take a major miracle to even think about riding a metric century. But, as the saying goes, "it's just like riding a bicycle" - I started to get better and better, until I was able to "not feel the bike beneath me" on a couple of rides. I got in tune with my bike and could have kept on going and going, until the next stop light/sign, that is.
Anyway, I had heard about Strava and was intrigued by the idea of riding a particular route, then being able to analyze the ride - see how wind and incline/decline affected my speed. I was also curious as to the grade of the climbs I normally ride. After six years off the bike, I have picked up a bit of weight. I also never was that good of a climber - more of an all-around/sprinter.
Well, I completed my first Strava ride today. The out leg was into a pretty strong headwind, but it tapered off for the return trip. The other irritating thing is that I have to wait for a stop light to get on the main road for the return leg, and it took FOREVER for the light to change. Oh well, that's life out here. I'll put up links for the outbound and inbound legs, should anyone else be interested in them. I plan on purchasing a GoPro to combine with the limited telemetry I can currently take (I have a Cateye Strada Double Wireless - not ANT+ or bluetooth capable, so my iPhone can't get its data). I can make an overlay with the telemetry data at http://www.biketelemetry.com that can ride on top of the GoPro video.
Here are the links:
Last Saturday, I rode with The Heavy Breathers (all but one of whom are older than I am) on a 40-mile ride, with some pretty good climbs, much worse than the ones I rode today. Should they ride the same route this week on Saturday, I'll share that ride as well.
EDIT: The one thing I really don't like, yet, is that my rides are compared with all other riders that have recorded those same segments with Strava. I'm pretty bad, now, but I plan on using this as incentive to get better.