Saturday I had a nice ride through the valley on my road bike. I got just over 3 hours of saddle time. I met up with Chris and KC for a couple of those hours. The weather was decent although toward the evening the temps started to drop. This coming week the forcast calls for clear skies, but cold temps.
I have been thinking about different ways to gather ride data. There are power meters, HR monitors, speedometers, altimeters and odometers. The question is, what is the very best data to record? What computers are out there that do what? Is storing data at all just hype and overkill? Currently I keep a fairly basic training log. Miles (road bike only), HR data, calories, distance and speed. There are certain things that would be very cool to have handy. Such as fastest lap on every race course you’ve ever ridden, or longest climb in a single ride, or most altitude gained over a week long period, or average HR over a year.
Numbers like this could lead to better training, or they could just be interesting to go back and look at 3 years from now. Or 20 years from now. Each year I have a perception of how well I am doing. I look at training hours and race results and how I am feeling. This is a non-scientific approach. I just think to myself something like “well this week you rode for 12 hours, and you are feeling good, last week you placed 3rd in the XC race, you are having a good year so far…” I’d like to get more precise than that. What I mean is, I’d like to have data from years past, compare the numbers with what I am currently doing and track my fitness level/progress.
What kind of numbers do you record? Does it seem to benefit in the long run? What numbers have proven more useful than others? Do you keep numbers? Divulge your secrets!