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I think I can let go now...sniff sniff...(8 posts)

I think I can let go now...sniff sniff...eschelon
Jun 4, 2003 5:53 PM
There comes a time when you get to that level that you can simply let go...you know...your heart rate monitor.

There was a time when I wouldn't ride without it...I felt naked...I said to hell with it and did not ride in anger and frustration. Now I am into my 3rd year of riding and racing and find that I no longer want it or need it to regulate my training and racing...this was precipitated not by cycling maturity...rather economics. A couple of years ago, I bought a Polar cycle heart rate monitor and though it has served me well...it is in need of battery replacing...and I find myself too cheap to send the watch and strap unit to them...$60 not including shipping and handling is no incentive for me.

I guess there comes a point when you simply know when you are going too hard and not hard enough...but this device mostly was used to remind me to not go too hard...the rest of the time, riding the bike really became a matter of am I going hard enough (group rides, races). I think the best investment of $150 that I spent on this unit was learning to train within a certain perceived level of exertion of which I feel confident I am able to.

Although I have accomplished the black belt level in martial arts, I feel that I have also reached a certain level of road bikingdom...but there is still so much left to learn and attain. It's the seeking and attaining in road biking that is so analogous to martial arts. Like martial arts...some choose the spiritual aspect of biking while others choose the physicality. I think it would be fair to say that I could name of few folks on this forum as to who is more the spiritual rider and who is the physical/visceral type.
re: I think I can let go now...sniff sniff...ishmael
Jun 4, 2003 7:18 PM
I owned a heartmonitor for a day. Came in the mail all the way from England. Never wore it once. Sent it back the next day. I also just bought three swatches on ebay. I'm very wish-washy. I'm glad I sent it back. It would've killed me. What am I here for if the machine tells me when to pedal? I'd be a bystander to my own ride.
Martial arts? Was that you in the film?Juanmoretime
Jun 5, 2003 2:17 AM
I can indentify what you are saying. I still wear mine when I am on a ride with a lot of climbing, being that where I live there is zero climbing, to keep myself from blowing up. Day to day riding, I usually leave it at home.
Hey Juan...asphalt assault
Jun 5, 2003 7:08 AM
Not to change the subject but thanks for steering me towards Aerolite for that head tube extender.

Funny, when I saw 60 bucks for that thing on Serottas website I thought "30 bucks would be more like it". Lo and behold...Aerolite wants 30 bucks for such a thing:)

Thanks again, got one on the way!
Glad to have helped.....Juanmoretime
Jun 5, 2003 5:38 PM
I helped my friend install his. It was pretty simple using my Park headset press. The tolerance on it is very snug. Lube every thing well with antiseaze, ride and be happy you didn't have to drop some serious cash on a new frame.
Too funny...that movie was so frickin cheesy! nmeschelon
Jun 5, 2003 9:56 AM
I still use mineandy02
Jun 5, 2003 4:17 AM
I started using them when I got into tri races in ~95. I stopped for a while but now that I am just riding I use mine all of the time. It keeps me from going to hard on easy days and can tell me days in advance if I need a rest day or if I am getting sick.
what he saidColnagoFE
Jun 5, 2003 5:47 AM
it's a tool. don't be a slave to it, but there are legitimate reasons to use one if you want to train smart.