Monthly Archives: May 2009

Riding in the rain

No, that’s not my new ride. It’s Workman trike I saw walking around campus. It’s adult sized, but doesn’t look like it would be all that fast given the direct, front wheel drive.

I rode home yesterday afternoon in between rain showers, or so I thought given the radar images I looked at before I left the office. My usual homeward ride takes me north past my house a few miles and then loops to the east and then south back to the house. It gets me another 30-40 minutes of ride time each day.

On the run north, I could see a dark cloud off to the east, pacing along with me. As I neared the turn to the east, I wondered if there was rain under that cloud and how far away it was. On the eastbound run, I couldn’t see any rain. Just a dark cloud. Perhaps I would be lucky and finish the ride home dry.

I turned south. Still no rain. So far so good.

Then I cleared a small rise looked ahead to the trees that lined the final part of the loop to the house. Just ahead of the trees, I could see a grey sheet. Rain. Enough to get me good and wet before I reached the house.

It was a cool rain — not cold, the storm cloud wasn’t tall enough for that — a refreshing rain that made the ride a little something special. It felt good to be wet and I appreciated arriving home to a towel and some dry clothes.

Data Logging

One of the nifty things the new Garmin 705 Edge bike computer does is data logging. Several times a minute it records the present position, speed, altitude (not that it matters much in Indiana!), and heart rate. You can upload this data to the Garmin Connect web site and view it. Here is an example recording of a ride I took in January.

The basic display shows you the facts about the ride and some static graphs. If you have flash installed and click on the “Player” button in the top right of the web page, you can see the ride play back with synchronized maps and data. You can match up the altitude profile to the location and heart rate to see where I was working harder on the few little hills in this ride.

I’ve thought about training for long rides again, perhaps a century to start, but maybe even longer rides such as a double century or perhaps a brevet. The 705 will be a big help in both monitoring my training and navigating a long ride.