Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: 'Sauga, ON
Bikes: Bianchi SL2 centuar custom, 85 Trek 720
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I think a computer helps 'calibrate' your training sense in terms of cadance, exerion and speed.
Myself, I started riding without one, and have been without one until recently when i go one for my birthday (HR,cadence,speed). I started cycling a while ago to commute and then I got into racing last year. I average between 150-400k weekly depending on the time of the year. It took me a few years to develop a sense of where my "redline" is, to use a car analogy, and how fast I was spinning. As a result I had a habit of grinding fairly low cadence and overtraining often (riding close to the redline too much). Eventually i learned to listen to my body, and I know the computer data matched closely with how i felt in terms of "hmm, this feels like im spiing more +90" and so on. And to be honest, at this point i can probably train without a computer, except for occassionally to measure progress. However, it took me several years to get that kind of awareness of my body. With a computer I could have probably figured it out a lot faster.