Tuesday, July 8, 2008

No Computers

Well, I have decided to go computerless for a while. After the FFM and a Cyclepath ride Saturday, I took the computers off the bike and switched out the PT wheel for the AC rear wheel. I rode computerless on Sunday and it was great. There was no pressure to go faster/harder, slow down, etc. Just ride how you feel. I couldn't understand that concept last month after Marion, but I do now. It's just great!

Last night, I did a ride from an LBS in Cary, no computer, which was to be a 30-35mi ride at a slow pace for me (15-16). Our little group had 15 riders, was a no drop...meaning we waited at turns on the slower riders. It was a little bit hilly, but nothing that I can't handle now. 6 months ago, I would never have been able to ride that route without struggling on the climbs. Last night - there was no struggling. I received many compliments on my climbing strength/ability. Everyone was really impressed with how well I did. :) I think I ended up with close to a 17mph avg for 31 miles. Pretty good.

I'm going to continue going computerless for this month and maybe next month. The only time I might use the Garmin or PT is when I do a century this coming weekend or other really long rides like that. I'm liking the stress-free riding.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

i agree - i did that for my commute awhile ago and really enjoyed the ride. i use my computer for my weekend rides but not my commutes, and guess which i enjoy more now ; )

wolfpack said...

yep. i really enjoyed the ride last night without the computer. only problem i can see with it on group rides is if i have to take a pull - i don't really know how fast/slow i'm going...

James said...

yep - that's exactly why i've kept it on for my weekend group rides. otherwise i'd have no idea what i need to maintain. but enjoy the computerless rides and the great blog entries. i enjoy reading them!

wolfpack said...

yea, but that defeats the whole purpose....i'll have to figure something out cause i really don't want to put it back on right now.

i'm planning on a century this weekend - i may put it back on just for that ride.

3MTA3 said...

you win at bieks.

wolfpack said...

you are just too kind. :)