Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pre-Thanksgiving Day ride

I've recently been introduced to the Strava application, used to log workouts. I'm usually a bit late when it comes to adopting any kind of new technology into my training, and this is no exception. But I can easily see what all the hoopla is about.

For the past 3 years, I've been manually entering each workout into Map My Ride. It's been great, far easier than using the old pen & notebook style of years ago. But now, with a Garmin and a number of similar on-line workout logging applications, the world has really changed for athletes. All the detailed information that is available from the Garmin, and quickly transferred to the web-journal of your choice, can be a bit over-whelming. But hey, for now I'm having fun!

I'm also trying to decide which web-journal is going to suit me best. I like Garmin Connect, because it's designed by the very people who make the GPS computer. I also like Strava, mostly because it records  segments of rides chosen by other cyclists (or yourself), that become friendly challenges viewed by everyone in your area, that you can go back and ride again, and improve your performance as you move on up the "virtual podium".

Today I went for my last ride of the week, at least as far as an outdoor ride goes. It was beautiful out, especially for a late November day, when the weather can often be quite gloomy. But today was sunny with temps reaching the high 50s and creeping to near 60. I wore arm warmers, but opted to keep my legs bare and let them soak up possibly the last amount of sun that they will see for this year. It was heaven! And after cranking out an enjoyable 57 mile ride, I think I'll be reaching for an extra piece of pumpkin pie tomorrow when I gather with family to celebrate all the things that God has blessed me with this past year.

I hope you and your loved ones have a happy and a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Here's a link to my Pre-Thanksgiving Day ride.

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