Notice my big toe nail? Let me remind you what it USED to look like:
The nail never fell off!!! It just grew out, even though it took 6+ months.
This is probably the goriest post I have ever written....
In other words....or, ANYWAYS.....
My bike form is starting to come together, finally. Not sure why it took so darn long, but when I notice that my sit bones don't hurt as bad, it just shows that I have finally been putting in ample time in the saddle.
Take for example last night, an interval ride through the mean streets of Greenwich where the probability of getting mugged by a billionaire is pretty high, considering you HAVE to be a billionaire to live in that town.
I did a 15 min WU, then 6 x (6 mins @ 250 watts, 2 mins easy), 15 min CD.
My time trial bike (with the power meter) is in the shop this week, so I used my road bike and went by feel for the 6 min hard intervals. Despite not having power to guide my effort, it was actually liberating! It was the first interval ride this season where I could just hammer it on some curvy and hilly roads alternating between standing and sitting and just having fun.
Sometimes just going by feel is what is needed. I am pretty sure, based upon how my legs were burning and how they felt afterwards, that I was in the range of 250 watts.
I got the Garmin Edge 800 the other week, since my little yellow computer went flying off my bike mid ride back in early March. (I found it, just, I had no way to reattach it and I could no longer change the battery because the battery cover was stripped) The 800 is a piece of magic! It is SO amazing how you can customize 5 training pages to show off every nitty gritty detail of data you could ever need. Right now I have a page for general time and watts, but then I have a page for intervals that shows interval time, interval power avg, interval HR average, etc etc etc.
So if you are looking for a new cycling computer that can read power, I HIGHLY recommend the Garmin Edge 800. I have yet to get into its GPS map capabilities (mostly because I always know where I am riding) but I can imagine it is quite good.