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My first solo Century with picures

Old 04-19-08, 03:52 PM
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My first solo Century with picures

The wife was in a good mood and cleared me for a long ride and with the warm spring weather just starting it made for a perfect day. The temps were in tho upper 60's to low 70's with a 8-10 MPH wind and partly cloudy, boy it couldn't get any better.

I planned a ride that had some moderate hills as I only had 400 miles logged this year and am not in top shape yet. I only stopped 3 times twice for Gatorade and once at the bike shop were I ordered my new pedals and shoes, yup they came in today and I didn't have my secret paypal credit card so I had to leave them behind.

Well here are the stats....

Data Value Unit
Duration 5:26:10
Sampling Rate 5 s
Cycling Efficiency 18.3 %

Energy Expenditure 3908 kcal
Number of Heart Beats 49590 beats
Recovery -10 beats
Minimum Heart Rate 112 bpm
Average Heart Rate 152 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate 170 bpm
Standard Deviation 7.7 bpm

Minimum Speed 1.2 mph
Average Speed 17.5 mph
Maximum Speed 46.4 mph
Distance 97.3 miles
Odometer 493 miles

Minimum Cadence 33 rpm
Average Cadence 93 rpm
Maximum Cadence 139 rpm
Coasting Time 0:28:20 (8.7 %)
Coasting Distance 6.8 miles (7.5 %)

Minimum Altitude 548 ft
Average Altitude 764 ft
Maximum Altitude 1132 ft
Ascent 4039 ft
Descent 4121 ft
Slopes 8
VAM 743 ft/h

Minimum Power 1 Watts
Average Power 166 Watts
Average Power (0 W incl.) 142 Watts
Maximum Power 933 Watts
Pedaling Index Average 17 %
Pedaling Index Maximum 75 %
Left Right Balance Average L50 - 50R Left - Right
Left Right Balance Maximum L80 - 20R Left - Right

And the hills....




A few pictures from the top of a three mile climb (Michigan mountains)







And the computer on the descent, try this one handed....



Oh we can't forget the bike

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Great stuff man, did you enjoy it?

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Wow..... that's a hell of a lot of numbers

Sweet bike btw
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Looks like valuable output from that CS600.
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97.3 miles. But who is counting?
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Good stuff. All of that from the Polar unit?

I gotta get me one of those then!
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I love that pick of the 555 with the water in the background.
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I didnt care much for the numbers, all i heard was beautiful spring day, long ride , freedom with one awesome bike

glad you had a good day.
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good stuff, pretty bike too!
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Sounds like you had a great ride.
Impromptu centuries are the best. I may just do one tomorrow- ride up the Malibu coast.

Now keep riding!
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Great stuff man, did you enjoy it?
Yes the ride was awsome the first 85 mles were comfortable, but the last 15 had a bunch of small hills that are at 10-12% grade. I know that is not super steep but my legs were feeling them.

Good stuff. All of that from the Polar unit?
yup the CS600 with power is a fun little toy it gives a lot more info but what I posted is from the basic information chart.

I love that pick of the 555 with the water in the background.
That was actually from a ride this wednesday. I do think that is the best picture I have and I had to post it. I have a tendancy to see a nice backdrop and Have to stop and take a picture, yah I am proud of my baby.
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Damn your going 45 mph?!
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next time please provide more complete stats...

nice bike.

congrats on the century.
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Damn your going 45 mph?!
45.7 MPH, pushing 818 Watts, and a cadence of 141. Of course it was down a big hill, I coasted most of it in a tight tuck (hence the low heart rate of 129) with the camera on my wrist ready to go. Near the bottom I did a little sprint then sat up and started clicking pictures the first one came out the others are were of the ground. It was alittle tricky one handed.
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Out of curiousity, where exactly would you normally ride in relation to the white line on a road like this?

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45.7 MPH, pushing 818 Watts, and a cadence of 141. Of course it was down a big hill, I coasted most of it in a tight tuck (hence the low heart rate of 129) with the camera on my wrist ready to go. Near the bottom I did a little sprint then sat up and started clicking pictures the first one came out the others are were of the ground. It was alittle tricky one handed.
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on it or just to the right


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Out of curiousity, where exactly would you normally ride in relation to the white line on a road like this?

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I think I am doing a random solo century tomorrow. Its supposed to be windy though. I don't have an advanced computer or anything, but I'll post my results if I do it.
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Congrats.
Nice bike...Yikes I like how that baby looks....pardon the pun.

We had the same weather day here, but my big effort was 40 miles solo.

Gonna hit it again today or rest?
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Why would you not just ride 2.7 more miles?
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818 watts going downhill at 45.7 mph and your heartrate is only 129, *plus* you could snap a pic? Sorry, I gotta raise the BS flag on this one. Unless you're a BIG dude, 818 watts is going to require both hands on the bars. Can't really trust those Polar power systems.

Awesome ride, though, nice job!
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Great ride thanks for the pics but I have to ask...

I thought 450 watts was what TDF riders put out climbing h'ors category climbs. Water Rockets you there? How does polar calculate this wattage. 818 is a lot of watts and you are going downhill to boot.
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The bike and Lake Michigan (or Lake Superior) look great.
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Originally Posted by "Fred" View Post
45.7 MPH, pushing 818 Watts, and a cadence of 141. Of course it was down a big hill, I coasted most of it in a tight tuck (hence the low heart rate of 129) with the camera on my wrist ready to go. Near the bottom I did a little sprint then sat up and started clicking pictures the first one came out the others are were of the ground. It was alittle tricky one handed.
I did this last week on a ride. But what I missed was that I was actually filming video a good portion of the time. With the camera on my wrist, bouncing around every which way.

I just might have to Youtube a portion of it. Makes me laugh at myself every time I've looked at it

Nice effort, BTW - I love all the data.

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Why would you not just ride 2.7 more miles?
I ran out of time I had to work at my store at 4:00. My wife was in a good mood but being late would have changed all that.

818 watts going downhill at 45.7 mph and your heart rate is only 129, *plus* you could snap a pic? Sorry, I gotta raise the BS flag on this one. Unless you're a BIG dude, 818 watts is going to require both hands on the bars. Can't really trust those Polar power systems.
OK full story, I had just did a three mile climb to the top which is scenic. I stopped to take some pictures and RECOVER. I then coasted down the big hill in the picture (Where I was to far to the left). I was able to coast to around 38 MPH ( still low heart rate due to no effort). I had my camera on my wrist (turned on) and BOTH hands on the drops when I did an all out sprint (downhill) and then Quickly came up to the hoods one handed and started taking pictures. My first picture was good and the polar unit takes 1-2 seconds to react and was still showing my wattage and cadence from the sprint.

As far as trusting those polar units, their have been many reviews comparing them to other units and as long as you set them up properly they are very good. There only downfall is on quick sprints they sometimes read low.

Great ride thanks for the pics but I have to ask...

I thought 450 watts was what TDF riders put out climbing h'ors category climbs. Water Rockets you there? How does polar calculate this wattage. 818 is a lot of watts and you are going downhill to boot.
Explained up above, if you look at my stats I averaged only 166 watts for the entire ride which is good considering 5.5 hours and my 150 pounds.
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