… or more specifically, in the back kitchen, sat on the Tacx Bushido, cranking away like a hamster on a wheel.
Started the whole thing off with a 25 minute ramptest, designed to allow the Powercal Heart-Rate/Pseudo Powermeter to be calibrated.
there’s strava links for this fiendish little test here, and a quick graph from sportstrackes below…
Basically, this is a 5 minutes at 110bpm then 5×3 minutes at gradually increasing heart rates followed by another 5 minutes at 110bpm to cooldown again.
The data, when dropped into the Cycleops Poweragent software should allow the “personalisation” of the Powercal belt to the specific measured power output as measured with the real honest-to-god powermeter from stages cycling.
The Second phase of todays ride turned into a bit of a Hill-Intervals session using the Tacx VR DVD – T1956.37 Milan Sanremo 2008 – I actually rode the first 50.8km of the course, and did all the minor Capi before the poggio and cipressa. Frankly, that was enough, on top of the earlier ramp test… especially as I didn’t want to end up completely spannered for tomorrow, in case the new bike arrives.
Once again there’s a Strava link to the ride here, and a plot from Sportstrack – this time showing the “virtual” ascent/descents…