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To Ride, Or Not To Ride – It’s Not Much Of A Question

I’m coming up on the end of a wildly successfull riding season and it’s about time to wrap things up.  Yesterday’s Century took a lot out of me and I’ve had enough for a while (at least as far as the really long rides go).  Truthfully, I could use some time to grow fond of the effort again because right now, it seems more like work and that’s no good.

On Sunday everything was going well enough up until the 50 mile mark when we finally stopped for something to eat and drink, but about fifteen miles after that I had a constant battle with my body and melon to keep going.  Matt and I were truly suffering toward the end there, both of us hiding for all we were worth…  Three centuries ago I loved the work of getting it done and add to that the satisfaction of completing a long hard ride and I absolutely loved it – but I’ve lost a little bit of that over the last few weeks.

I can say for sure that I was really glad to stick with it until the end yesterday.  Calling my wife for a ride last Saturday was a really bad idea…  I should have muscled it out.  I’d never quit when it came to riding up until last Saturday, and once I gave in it’s become a lot easier to justify quitting again.

For the time being, as long as the weather holds out I’ll be hitting the trails with my buddy Tim and keeping to the shorter rides around my home…  It’s time to start cutting back on the diet.

That said, I’m truly spent today and in no shape for writing, so I’m hanging it up until tomorrow when I hope to be a little more fresh.

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Map My Ride Vs. Endomondo

I’ve tried out Map My Ride on my last two bike rides because some of the guys in our cycling club write-up maps using that program. Compared with Endomondo there’s a lot to like, and some other things to dislike.

In the plus column for Map My Ride (MMR) is battery use. MMR is pretty decent when it comes to battery life, I only used 60% of my battery life on my 5 hour century yesterday, or 12% per hour. Endomondo is usually around 13.6% per hour.

On the negative side, there are a few things I don’t like. First, MMR is far more clunky with the data and the app in general. With Endo, the program presents the data in a much more user-friendly way… Take splits for example, with Endo you can see every split on the app. With MMR you actually have to go to your web page to get that information.

Second, the auto-pause feature on MMR is way worse than Endo. With Endo you loose 20-30 second before it pauses, and it’s hypersensitive to the restart so if you so much as tilt your bike too much it may restart on you while you’re waiting on a train. MMR simply doesn’t pause at all. We stopped for a total of 19 minutes over the 100 mile ride and MMR picked up every minute (and yes, auto-pause is turned on).

Finally, the calories seem to be way off. I’ll have to tinker with that on the web page settings, I can’t remember if I entered my weight or not. If I didn’t The overage would be due to bad default data, but again, this has to be done from the computer, with Endomondo you can make adjustments on the app.

I’m not writing MMR off quite yet, but it’s not looking good. While the battery savings are nice, Endo has already proven it can handle a 125 mile, 7 hour ride with 9% to spare… That’s good enough. I could live with the clunkiness of the app, and even the high calorie consumption – but what I hate is the lack of quality data on the app itself.  Better yet, I looked at the route on my iPhone browser and it showed the splits and a nice graph – and for some reason on my computer I’m getting a message that the route wasn’t recorded with my iPhone so the information is no longer accessible – my fastest century ever and I can’t access the data.  Nice:  “No splits and graphs are available for this workout   This is likely because the workout was not recorded with a device that captures detailed workout data.   Please use one of the following options to record your workouts, and Splits and Graphs will be available for workouts you save.”

I’ll be sticking with Endomondo, thank you very much.