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Dogs have no care about power meter woes.

Mar 31: Day 47

Planned Workouts:


  1. Run, 35 minutes Z1
  2. Swim, 250 yd Z1, 3 x (500 yd Z2, 60″ rest) 250 yd Z1
  3. Yesterday: Bike, 15 minutes Z1, 4 x (2.5 minutes Z4/5 minutes Z1) 15 minutes Z1

Weight: 173

Yesterday’s bike was both a great and frustrating experience.  The good part is, I nailed the intervals without much problem so far as I could tell.  Z4 is a pretty tough intensity, basically the hardest pace you could sustain for about 6 minutes.  By breaking this up, I would be doing 10 minutes total in that zone.  Go out hard early and blow up to the point you can’t finish.  Hold back and you are cheating on the workout.  It’s tough to do properly, but I felt like I did great under the circumstances.  I think so anyway, because…

…The bad part came after interval 2, when my power meter started going all wonky.  It was fluctuating between 0 wattage at all to over 2000 watts.  Now, unless I was suddenly turning into Superman there’s no way I was getting to that number.  Of course, this is not an ideal time in the middle of these sets.  Thinking I could fix it fast I jumped off during the rest period between interval 2 and 3 to try and see the problem.

Sometimes when stuff like this happens it’s the battery.  So I tried swapping that out but it didn’t work.  Then I tried remounting the pedal, different head units, recalibrating, no effect.  Meanwhile, time is ticking and I’m in jeopardy of screwing up the workout entirely by resting too long between sets.

Meanwhile, my poor dog Scully who has been cooped up in the house a lot of this week because of the rain has heard the bike trainer stop and come down thinking I’m done and we can go for a walk now.  So here I am trying to fix a $700 piece of equipment with the frantic speed of a pit crew on a race car, with sweat rolling in my eyes and mounting frustration, clock ticking, and my dog be like:


Yeah, that face is too cute to stay annoyed at anything.

After about 7 minutes of trying I gave up and hopped back on.  It was SLIGHTLY too long between the hard intervals and of course I wasn’t pedaling in Z1 during the time I was trying to fix the pedal, but I hadn’t dropped my HR below Z1, probably due to the stress.  I figured I could still count the workout but only if I finished right now and worried about it later.

I had to use HR and perceived effort to hit my zones and still feel like I accomplished it.  I have a pretty good sense of what gears and how hard I have to go to approximate those power zones anyway.  Meanwhile I have a message in to PowerTap’s customer service to see what they need me to do.  I’m thinking I’m probably going to have to send it in, which may take up to 30 days between waiting for them to send me a box, shipping, waiting for maintenance, shipping back, etc.  Oh well.  At least it’s now and not in October when I really NEED the thing.

This morning’s run was OK.  I needed a light intensity today because all the intervals lately have me wiped.  The guy who wrote my plan says “Although Recovery Runs are the slowest workouts you will do, they won’t necessarily be the easiest because you will do them on tired legs.”

No freaking kidding.

Tonight there is no rain or thunder in the forecast, so I should get to do my swim on time without any interruption.  Looking forward to that like you wouldn’t believe.


Meanwhile, happy Friday to everyone, hope you all have fantastic weekends.  Cheers!





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