First bike ride of the year and technology mishaps

By Skip

Today, as scheduled I headed out for my first bike ride of the year. Unlike the other two disciplines, this is the one that has the most equipment, clothing, accessories, and ways for things to go wrong.  I pulled out all of my gear after work, pumped up the tires, oiled the chain, checked safety equipment (lights), made sure I had all my tools, etc. and headed out the door.

I guess the biggest concern I had was getting comfortable with my clip-in pedals and doing that during rush hour on a very busy road. Before I hit the main traffic I practiced a few times clipping and un-clipping… testing the brakes, etc.  Everything felt good.. I mean REALLY good so I hit the road hard!

The schedule was simple:

  • WU: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: 25 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

Everything went great!  It felt like I had never stopped, however, as I pushed hard for a 10-15 minute period I started to realize that all my lack of running recently has caused my cardio endurance to go down.  I guess I expected this so it was not too much of a surprise.  The good part is that I was able to maintain an average pace of about 21-22 mph on the straight shots I had.  Lots of stopping and starting at red lights, however.

About half way through my ride I started to notice I was losing the sun a little bit so I headed back.  By the time I got back home, well, it was much darker out than I would have liked it to have been.  Some of the road sections I take do not have bike lanes (not that it makes too much of a difference in Florida traffic) so I made sure all of my lights were turned on and working properly.  I am amazed as to how my Specialized sunglasses really brighten up the surroundings.  With those on, it looks 25% brighter out at dusk.  This is good and it is bad… the good part is that you can see everything on the road and around you.  The bad part is that you don’t realize how dark it really is!

When I got home I went to push the button on my Garmin to stop recording my route and it would not respond!  I tried everything and eventually I had to call Garmin to find out how to “un-freeze” it.  They had me push the MODE and LAP button at the same time and it rebooted.  The tech guy on the phone then suggested that I do a complete restore on the device as there was some corrupt data in the unit causing the problems.  So I went ahead and did that  (Hard Reset=MODE and POWER at the same time) and now I am in the process of re-doing all of my user data, custom workouts, data display screens, equipment syncing, etc.  WOW… quite a bit of work involved and a little frustrating to be quite honest with you.  I do have to give the Garmin guys credit because every time I have called in for technical support they have really helped me out.  A good testament to this company that still cares about it’s customers.

After the bike ride I headed out on a “mini-brick” with my wife and got through her C25K training.  She is now half-way through her training and I am starting to look for a race for the two of us to run when she is finished.  A couple of times she wanted to pick up the pace a little bit and I held her back to avoid over exertion and injury.  I wish I would have had somebody like that watching over my shoulder when I first started…. heck, I wish I had somebody looking out for me now!  I know that when I get into the swing of things again that I will push myself hard, like I always do.  I just have to remember my limitations (I have limitations?) and avoid injury at all cost.  I have too many races scheduled this year to be sidelined by stupidity.

Filed in: Biking, Biking Equipment, C25K Training, Running, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
 

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