So, after sort of fixing some GPS problems, and hacking my speed/cadence sensor so it works on the P-38, today I commuted to work from Home (the long commute).
Long story short, I basically matched my best DF speed. I captured the metrics and compared my best DF time with the time I did on the Bacchetta Giro, and the time on the P-38. It is evident that I am getting slightly better on the P-38, as my first tries were slower. Plus, at this time, with exactly one month between my best DF time (and never having ridden a recumbent) and today, I have matched the time.
In the table below, you can see the metrics. Notice that I have counted the number of stops/starts from zero, as those are MUCH more difficult (at least for me) on the recumbent than on the DF. I am hoping that I will get better at that (and I am, but still much tougher). Also I normalized the speeds. As much as I would have liked to claim that my P-38 time beat my best DF time, I think calling the route 19.4 miles (instead of the more accurate 18.9 miles) is a fluke, so I've normalized everything to that, and computed the speed (in red) by dividing 18.9 miles by the moving time.
The links to the raw data:
- Best DF ride: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1813403
- Bacchetta ride: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1852002
- P-38 ride: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1925574
Some more tidbits of data.
- All three of these rides were done at "push push push" effort. In other words, I pushed myself as much as I could. Yes, hardly scientific, but it is what it is I of course don't always commute this way, but every once in I while (today, for example) I decide to go for it so I can benchmark myself.
- I have been riding recumbents for a short while (a month or so?). Counting this morning's ride, I have 187 miles on the P-38, and 87 on the Bacchetta, total. If you contrast that with the thousands of miles that it takes to develop the "bent legs" (according to the internet fora , I am a total newbie at this
Finally, while the home TO work side of the equation seems to be progressing, we shall see this afternoon whether the other direction of travel does as well (goes up).
In closing, the P-38 times are already better than those on the Bacchetta, and within a hair of those of my best DF times. In other words, progress :-)