The simple +1 / -1 training program for regular rides

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The simple +1 / -1 training program for regular rides

Postby gdl_gdl » Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:41 pm

Just got back from the US and the passenger next to me on a domestic flight to LA noticed my copy of Bicycling magazine (The US version) so we had a good chat about cycling in general.

He rides around Southern California and he mentioned that he uses the simple +1 / -1 training program whereby any rider that passes you is -1 and if you pass a rider then it's +1. Not very scientific but based on law averages it's not a bad way to track your progress at the end of a ride. He makes a note of his score at the end of the session and then uses the total at the start of the next session (as well as recording the individual score for the actual session).

Apologies if it's been on here before but it's the first time I've heard of it. I thought it was quite genious in it's simplicity and if you have a regular ride and a good cross section of riders then it's better than nothing!

(Note to Mod - I've placed it in the training section but it may be more applicable to the Commuting section?)

Cheers,

Gary

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Re: The simple +1 / -1 training program for regular rides

Postby othy » Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:47 pm

There is actually a more complex set of rules for this game.

http://www.bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12575770

http://www.itsnotarace.org/scr-rules/

Unfortunately my FCN hovers between 2 - 3 depending if I have a beard and thus have limited prey during my commute. I also have to be very wary as a high value target.

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Re: The simple +1 / -1 training program for regular rides

Postby USM TOM » Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:06 pm

wouldnt work around here as there isnt many riders :)

also depends on the pacing/distance of your ride aswell

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Re: The simple +1 / -1 training program for regular rides

Postby Grant W » Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:23 pm

Nah!!
Gary, do the overtaking, and if anyone overtakes you try your best to get back past.

And if you can't, yell out "DOPPA" :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: The simple +1 / -1 training program for regular rides

Postby sogood » Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:19 pm

Works from a motivational angle but you better choose your time and route right, or it'll be blxxdy depressing! :mrgreen:
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Re: The simple +1 / -1 training program for regular rides

Postby gdl_gdl » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:09 pm

but you better choose your time and route right, or it'll be blxxdy depressing! :mrgreen:

I agree! The scores would look good on a bikejournal style chart! That will test the honesty of the members of this group! :wink:

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Gary

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Re: The simple +1 / -1 training program for regular rides

Postby RobRollin » Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:24 pm

gdl_gdl wrote:
I agree! The scores would look good on a bikejournal style chart! That will test the honesty of the members of this group! :wink:

Cheers,

Gary


Agreed.....I do think there is at least one rider which maybe thinking about riding mroe km that he actually does....


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