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Training With GPS Devices
Posted by Kevin - 11/21/12 06:25AM - 0 Comments - Cycling, Running - 1/52/53/54/55/5

   Training in the 21'st century means we have access to some incredible tools to aid our involvement and improvement in our respected sports.  Electronic GPS devices built specifically for individual sports and even smart phones with downloaded apps can be one of the single most useful and self motivating tools available to us.  There are a small variety of options when it comes to devices and or software/websites that analyze data properly.

   Strava and MapMyRide/MapMyRun are the two most dominant and widely used websites for cycling and running.  There are quite a few similarities and a couple of differences between these two sites.  Both Strava and MMR offer free accounts and free downloadable apps for most GPS enabled smart phones.  Both keep track of distance, speed, elevation and overall times on segments.  The key differences are Strava is much more training oriented where I believe MMR is much more commuter/touring oriented.  I find the statistics from Strava are much easier to utilize and compare to yourself and others.  The segment portion does a much better job at providing podium status' and comparisons between community who also did that segment previously.  Both MMR and Strava can import GPX/KPL files as workouts but I have Strava imports and exports data more efficiently.  The big benefit to MMR are the mapping features.   You can can save courses ahead of time and follow routes while watching the map.

   Choosing the correct device can make a difference depending on the type of activity and how much are you are looking to accomplish with it or get out of the device.  Without buying a Garmin or other GPS specific device, you can always start off by using your smartphone with GPS.  The issue of battery drain becomes very apparent after just 3 or 4 hours of use.  Strava seems to be more battery efficient than MMR, I am guess due to the mapping features and continuous data transfer.  Garmin's line of bike specific devices like the Edge 200, 500, 800, 305, 705, 605 and 205 are all cycling computers with GPS and features built in.  The 200, 205 and 605 do not do cadence or heart rate monitoring like the others do.  For running, Garmin offers a full lineup of GPS enabled watches starting at around 90 US dollars and working their way up to about 600 US dollars.  The ForeRunners work from a variety of options starting with Pedometer readings all the way up to high sensitivity GPS tracking.  All devices have the ability to upload to GarminConnect or Strava directly from a USB cable.

   The motivation and training data these devices and applications can provide you with as an athlete in training is virtually priceless.  For cycling, once you define and learn to use the segment builders or comparison tools you can rate yourself against other riders or previous rides and keep track of your person records automatically.  Simply knowing that certain segments are there gives you the mental edge to enter the segment more intelligently and prepared as well as paying attention to data like heart rate, cadence, grade, elevation and speed all at the same time.  Most of the data becomes more and more useful the more often you ride and can compare data.  The same thing goes for running but it automatically breaks down your standard distance gaps and actual paces.  1k, 5k, 1mi, 2mi, 400m, etc... times all proved to you with your elevation changes after you sync your device with one of our two favorite websites.

   I personally use the Garmin Edge 305 with HRM & Cadence.  Some of my favorite features are the back lit screen for night riding, ability to create your own data screens, and the 12-16 hour battery life on the device.  I got so sick and tired of having to start my rides with a full cell phone battery just to be somewhat scared that if I needed my phone on the ride, the battery would have died.  The 305 series is no longer available as it is a few years old, but the 500 series is pretty much the same setup with a nicer screen.  Even though it is a bike specific device you can use it for running, hiking and my guess is paddling and skiing.

  Much of life is a gimmick, but data is always useful.  It can't make you go faster or farther but it can and will make you understand why and how to go faster and farther which is an intangible that you simply can't beat. Follow me on Strava!

-Kevin



The ADA - TdC: An Appropriate Road To The Cure
Posted by Kevin - 04/09/12 07:22AM - 0 Comments - Cycling - 1/52/53/54/55/5

The American Diabetes Association puts together one of my favorite national charity rides to help raise money, awareness and a reason to be healthy for diabetics and non alike.  The ride, which happens in hundreds of locations all over the country draws tens of thousands of both regular and non-regular riders, offers a variety of lengths and difficulties depending on your choice and experience.  There is a nominal registration few ranging from 10 to 25 dollars, but you are also required to fundraise a certain amount prior to the ride.  In my case the minimum this year is 200 dollars but I always try to shoot for 500,

Obviously a portion of the money gets used to hold the events themselves and pay for whatever had to be funded beyond local and national sponsorship.  The rest of the money however is used in research and development of active and preventative medicines, education and awareness for the general public and people afflicted or at risk of having diabetes, and to help fund direct medical supplies for the cause.

This will be the third year I will be participating in this ride and am very excited to know exactly how everything works at this point.  I always do the longest rides available for a variety of reasons.  First of all, I love to ride and the chance to ride is something I try not to pass up.  Secondly, there is a lot of work that is involved in raising money and being involved in an event like this, so I might as well get the full benefits of the longest ride.  Lastly, it is always fantastic to meet to new riders and share stories as you are always riding near other rides and the more miles you ride, the more opportunity to meet more interesting people.

The route I will be riding is marked at around 63.5 miles but tends to vary plus or minus one or two miles depending on last minute road construction and riding hazards.  Typically it consists of a couple decent long gradual hills and two or thee pretty steep but shorter climbs.  The last two years, I saw more riders walking these couple of hills than riding them.  As a climber, I just kept on pedaling and enjoyed the view from the top while a friend or two caught up.

The total ride takes about four hours and has four to six rest stops for a quick refill on energy or a bathroom break.  After the ride we all meet back at the starting field for some food and beverages provided by sponsors, music from a hit or miss band (keep in mind it has to cater to a wide variety riders), some free leg massages from a local sponsor and the usual meet and greet of riders that finished around you.

There are less than 8 weeks left for this years Tour de Cure and I have ridden about 500 miles in preparation.  There is still lots of fundraising to do and the best possible job of all which is to promote cycling and regular cardiovascular exercise everywhere I can.  Enjoy the warming weather and find your reason to ride.  To help me ride in this years Tour de Cure and donate money to the American Diabetes Association please follow my support link.
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CCG will be updating the LOE community about the latest equipment, special need items as well as informational articles which should be helpful to all of us amateur and not so amateur climbers alike.  The concept of gaining knowledge in regards to any action sport only helps its athlete perform better, longer and safer.  With exclusive first looks on some of the most needed gear on the crack, Colorado Crack Gear will be our featured climbing partner for gear and information here at Live Once Enjoy.  Let me be the first to say, welcome to the community!

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