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Old 09-11-08, 10:48 AM
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palookabutt
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That sounds like all-or-nothing thinking. I've got a computer and an HRM. I use them, but that doesn't mean I stare at them the whole ride. They're just sanity checks -- am I really going as hard/easy as it feels?

For some reason I find the HRM most beneficial for keeping my effort low, either on a recovery ride or at the start of a century. I've learned from experience that if I start a century too hard, I suffer miserably at the end. It's hard to enjoy scenery when the legs are seizing with cramps and you just want to get home.

Someday I hope I can do a whole century at a moderate pace, but I ain't there yet. Call me a Fred, call me a "poopy-head", call me whatever you like, but this is what I do.
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