I am a very hands-on learner. I have a hard time reading and applying. I would say I am semi-tech savvy. Or maybe I am not. I can surf the world wide web pretty good. When I first got a heart rate monitor (Polar) I figured it out and used it. I bought the Garmin 310XT in 2009 when the first “waterproof” gps came out. I definitely DO NOT use the Garmin to its full potential. I finally started uploading my data to Garmin Connect about a year ago. Then one day my Garmin wouldn’t connect. Well that is either because my Garmin is too old or my computer is too old!! That was kind of sad because I liked seeing my data.
This year, I decided a power meter would be the best thing for me to get. Maybe the reason being is I am a MUCH better cyclist than I am a runner. Knowing the bounds I need to be in during training and more importantly the Ironman will hopefully make this year the BEST!
So I went for it. I bought a used CycleOps Power Tap and wheel set.
I got it right after our first threshold test. Fail.
I have had it just under 3 months and I barely have any data!!
What is wrong with me!!! This is why:
Dan put my new wheels and paired my Garmin. Everything was all ready to go! NOT! I got it to the gym, started riding, and it did not work. A week later Nik looked at it and he said it was the battery! Of course! I bought the battery. The wrong battery! Another week goes by! Another battery! I have to pair it again. It doesn’t work because there are too many other power meters in the vicinity.
I thought I had it paired. I did a 3 x 10 minute threshold work out! Finally some data. The next threshold test. It didn’t work!! I was like are you shitting me? Can I catch a break??!!
I broke the top off my tube while trying to pump the tire so I took my bike home to change it. I also paired the actual CycleOps computer and Garmin(again). I watched a dozen or so You Tube videos on how to work it.
I somehow messed up the computer and got no data for the 3rd threshold test. WTF?!
I used the CycleOps computer but could never figure out how to get the data off it. I watched my numbers but never got any solid data from it. I FINALLY started wearing my Garmin. I would watch the computer while I was riding but my Garmin would be on to check the data!!!
We start riding outside tomorrow. It will be interesting to see numbers when we are out on the road. I HOPE like hell I can get some data and start analyzing it. I will need some sort of data to try to figure out what my numbers need to be come July.
The point of this whole post is to tell you I am not as tech-savvy as I would like to be. I thought I would be able to put the power meter on and start using. I was sadly mistaken. BUT I am confident in the next 4 months that I will have it down!! WISH ME LUCK!
Do you have a power meter? What do you like or dislike about it?!