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Yeah I'll do a ride Easter Friday, why not.
Also I have discovered that the Strava iPhone app uses Strava calculated elevation. I.e. it corrects any GPS elevation data against landmarked elevation in the Strava database.
I corrected the elevation on some Garmin tracked rides I did today and they came back the same as what my iPhone said for previous rides. In both cases it involved adding around 50% more elevation to the ride - this mornings ride went from 1196m to 1700m, and lunchtime ride went from 200m to 300m.
I think I trust my Garmin more, though. The Garmin always spits out the same elevation for each ride so I will stick with that - even if it'll take me a fair bit longer to hit 175k up!
Time for an update
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that's 1 coot-tha loop, or 1 day commuting. i wouldn't consider that "behind" considering the weather we've had.
-439 behind to +1665m ahead....
I smashed myself today, pushed a fast and hard 70km and 2000m this morning before work, then a leisurely paced 20km and 200m at lunch... and I just got the word from the lady that she's going late night shopping... so gotta take advantage of that and go for a ride this evening.
It's pretty windy out but beautiful temperature wise - currently 22. See if I can't get another 800 odd meters to round the days effort up to 3000m. Will probably do it over a longer distance, I'm feeling a bit faded and worn out compared to this morning.
Back to iphone discrepancies. Yesterday I did 2200m and measured with the iphone strava and my Mavic Altimeter. They were close enough in the reckoning on total elevation for the difference to be irrelevant.
So Boss, not cheating dude.
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I was just teasing on Strava hahaha. I've corrected a few rides now and the elevation differences are pretty amazing, I think someone mentioned that Garmins underestimate elevation on steep stuff. So maybe that's whats going on.
Not like it matters though, end of the day it's just a number... the hurt in my legs tells my brain that I've been riding a few hills!
Seriously though. I can't believe how fast you are though, like damn! Some of your times, and in general your average speeds are so far out of my ballpark that it's amazing. Definitely some inspiration for me - how long have you been at the level you're at right now? And how long did it take?
Update for yesterday's little post, I only ended up doing 34km + 700ish meters. The little lady called me up when I was at Lofty and asked if I wanted to go to the pub. My urge for parmi and beer was much higher than my urge to climb unknown climbs.
I've got Dimma's number as far as meters go, so I won't feel too bad if he's heaps faster than me. After all, I could be that fast if I spent less time climbing and more time resting my weary legs. Hahhaha
Thanks Boss. Well I have been riding properly about 2 years after being casual about it for 2 years before that. I got a jump in performance when I started racing 18 months ago. I have also sorted a few health things, hypoglycaemia and some others that was holding me back and then joined a racing team in Spring.
That has given me my biggest jump along with health. I have got long regular miles this spring and summer and been riding with people far better than me. My first crit I was in B grade, in October, and got smashed. That lead me to talk to more experienced people and train with them. By the third Crit I was up the front and comfortable.
If I remember right you have been road riding 6 odd months and you do just need to get miles under your belt to get that underlying base you can rely on. You also should get out and do some races. These take you to places you may not push yourself normally and you get to meet great riders and pick their brains. If you are an old fart like me Adelaide Hills Vets club would suit, otherwise Norwood Cycle club or any other open club.
Hope that sort of answers your question. Look forward to riding with you at Easter.
Edit - I've been at this level now. Just steadily improving at the moment. Very satisfying really.
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Thanks for that.
Yeah, I've been riding a roadie for five months now and had a 700c singlespeed for a month before that. Prior to that I've ridden BMX since I was 14 - not racing, skatepark and jumping. And commuted by BMX rain/hail/shine for 6-7 years.
So I've started reasonably fit with decent cardio but nothing special. Since starting riding big bikes I think I've gotten a lot fitter and stronger, but I think most of my gains have just been mental - just learning to hurt for longer.
So yeah - thanks for your tips. I'm trying to ride with fast guys once or twice a week, and apart from that just going hard as I can regardless of weather and conditions. Like if I get a headwind and my legs feel good, ill still push like I'm going for a PR. And of course riding as much as I can in the hills.
Easter should be good!
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