Today is Tuesday the 19th. The Solvang Double Century, my first event of the year, is Saturday the 23rd. Four days. Am I ready? Did my training work? I guess I’ll just have to find out in four days.
There are more specific changes I made to this year’s training, and I’m looking forward to finding out which ones work and which ones do not. Here they are:
In September, I jumped in and bought a Garmin Edge 500, replacing a then 14 year old cyclocomputer. I loved that thing, it was one of the first units to show altimeter readings for not a crazy amount of money.
The new Garmin gave me crazy data, which did take me a while to figure out how to benefit from, but what I have noticed is the importance of a proper cadence. Mine was inconsistent before, since I relied on my musicians head to keep time as I pedaled. Innacurate. Now I have a MUCH better grasp on cadence, and that has helped me greatly both on the long flats and in climbing. Not to mention cranking for days into a headwind.
- Feet Fix
- New seatpost and handlebars
So, with all these changes, I should, in theory, have a better, smarter season. We will just have to wait and see how it all pans out. Stay tuned to find out