First Ride Fail

Since the weather was going to be nice, around 50 degrees on Monday, we decided to do our 30 minute bike ride outside.  I was excited to take the new bike for a spin.  Around 3 o’clock, I begin to get everything ready for the ride.

First order of business was to remove my pedals from my road bike and put them on my tri bike.  The right pedal came off with ease.  I transferred it.  The left pedal I had a harder time with.  I couldn’t get it to budge.  I figured I was doing something wrong, possibly tightening instead of loosening.  I searched the Look website as well as some bike forums to ensure I was turning the right way.  The dang thing wouldn’t move.  I got a rubber mallet to add a little force, still nothing.  After tinkering with it for much longer than I expected, I remained calm and decided to let Nick handle it.  I know I lack upper body strength and he would be able to get it off without a problem.  Well, that didn’t work out exactly as planned.  Nick tried removing the pedal and the dang thing still wouldn’t move.

After we wasted over an hour trying to remove the left pedal, we were losing daylight and rain was threatening, I decided I would just ride my road bike.  It was our first ride outside since May of last year.  At this point it didn’t matter which bike I rode, I just needed to be on a bike outside.  I replaced the right pedal on my Felt and finished getting ready for the ride.

We were finally outside, ready to ride.  I started my Fenix 2.  All was well until I realized my cadence sensor wasn’t providing any data.  We rode a lap around the neighborhood.  Still no data.  I stopped the activity and started a new one in an attempt to connect the sensor.  Then I realized, in our effort to remove the pedal, we must have bumped the sensor out of place.  No worries, I continued the ride and tried to maintain a steady cadence.  We did a short out and back, approximately 3 miles each way.

Over the last few months I’ve been trying to figure out what the speed on the trainer equates to in real life.  Well, Monday I got the answer.  I am able to maintain approximately 22 mph on the trainer for 30 miles.  Once out of our neighborhood, my Fenix 2 showed 20 mph, not bad.  We got to the end of the road and turned around.  I could feel a headwind, but didn’t feel like it was slowing me down by much.  At one point I glanced at my watch and saw just over 8 mph.  I thought for sure this was a glitch, maybe the gps was in a dead spot.  I looked down again, and I was holding steady at 10 mph.  What the heck?!  I was not nearly getting the results I expected outside.  I knew my legs were pushing hard, and couldn’t believe I was having such a difficult time maintaining 10 mph.

We finally returned home and I reviewed my stats from the ride on Garmin Connect.  My average speed was 12.7 mph (not awful, but not what I expected) including a maximum speed of 24.1 mph (that’s better).  The weather was a chilly 48 degrees with 8+ mph wind, making it a headwind on the way back, which was also the uphill part of the ride.  Ah-ha, now I understand the problem!  Stupid headwind can really put a damper one’s ego.

The answer to my question:  30 miles on the trainer at 22 mph equals 10 mph on the road with an 8 mph headwind.  In conclusion, I definitely need to ride more outside to get accustomed to the elevation changes and varying weather conditions.

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