Well – The Snow Finally Came…

So – I hacked away on the Tacx instead.   4 Different Rides, and only one of them dies on it’s arse this time – things are improving I guess..

In all cases, I’ve posted a “hybrid” record to the Garmin Connect Site – it’s the .HRM file from the Tacx complete with power and Altitude details…  Sadly, this also has the “Virtual” mileage – where the speedo / distance figure goes apeshit because you’re riding downhill…   So – I’ve tweaked the Distances and Calories to correspond with the Garmin 705 recordings.

First Ride was the “Training With Milram – Ride along the Bodensee with Geralg Ciolek” – ride log here

Second Ride was the “Galibier and Lautaret Descent” – A Ride down from the Galibier Summit via the Lautaret, which should have finished at foot of Alpe d’Huez, but the Tacx lost contact with the brake after 16.89 Virtual miles (7.88 actual miles at rear wheel) – ride log for this section is here

Third Ride was another aborted ride – this time because I wanted to tweak a couple of display settings – getting the machine to show Calories rather than Joules and Miles rather than KM.   Course was the “Milan – SanRemo – Section 1 – Alassio > Imperia” – Stopped ride after 0.55 miles to tweak settings.   Ride log (such as it is) for this section is here

And the Fourth and final ride was a repeat of the Above – “Milan – SanRemo – Section 1 – Alassio > Imperia” – which again stopped before the end, this time because I hadn’t noticed the time, and my “me time” was up…   – Ride Log for this 4th section is here









Tacx Bushido Update

Quick update – I’ve given it a couple of rides over the weekend, and It’s pretty good – problem is, I keep trying to lean the bike into the corners when flying down from the Col du Galibier laugh

Good news is that Tacx seem to have come up with an update to the software, which now allows me to use the same HRM chestband with the trainer AND my Garmin 705 at the same time. So – I can use the Garmin to provide an actual mileage ridden (from the magnet on the rear wheel rather than GPS) and with the HRM details and pedalling speed, it provides me with a consistent figure for calories burned etc. The Trainer also uses the same HRM details to display on the screen for me, and can provide prompts to speed up/slow down/try harder you fat git… based on HRM and power output (ie power dissipated by the brake)

If it rains tomorrow, I guess i’ll be back on the trainer – I think that I’ll have a go at some hill-climbing practice, maybe the Stelvio Pass – 13.14miles of 6.4% sounds like a absolute Hoot!!