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Trust your Garmin??

I always thought it was weird when Jess and I would do the same ride and our Garmin/Polar gizmos would say that I burned significantly more calories than she did. Jess said it was probably because I was bigger, male, and had a larger muscle mass. I was happy with that since it meant that I was burning an extra 50% of calories without putting in any extra effort. More cake for Rusty 🙂

Then I decided to graduate from the wrist-mounted HRMs (I’ve got a Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS/HRM and a Garmin FR70 HRM) to a handlebar mounted one (Garmin Edge 500). This is a fun new toy that makes ongoing monitoring of my HR and speed really easy. Digging under my sleeve and glove to see the readout on the wrist-mounted version was really annoying.

I knew I’d got fat over autumn/winter and am keen to shed a few kilos so I’ve been keenly watching the calorie counter on the new Edge 500. Unfortunately, I’ve been horribly disappointed. I thought I was doing rides at efforts that used to  burn way more calories than I was seeing. We’ve all done Lake George a million times – it’s not hard to know when something isn’t right.

So I ran a little experiment this morning. I set my three Garmins to exactly the same settings (age, weight, sport etc) and paired them all to the same chest strap. I did a little check and it was working well – I had the exact same HR on all three devices. Then I went for a reasonably easy ride to Lake George this morning. The picture says it all…….

The only issues is that I don’t know which one to believe. Am I allowed cake or not!?!?!

Three garmins with all the same settings and paired to the same chest strap for exactly the same time. Dodgy!!
Three garmins with all the same settings and paired to the same chest strap for exactly the same time. Dodgy!! (nb: the HR on the Forerunner405 on the right is the average HR for the whole ride, the other two are showing current HR. I checked all three and the average HR for the whole ride was 118 on all devices. This means they all paired to the chest strap and recorded HR the same. IT was in the calculation of calories burned that they stuffed up)

3FIDI blitz On-The-Rivet 3-Hour MTB @ Kowen

Two FIDIs fronted up for the last of the On The Rivet 3-Hour MTB races for 2013 (shame on the rest of you!).

Two FIDIs walked away with top of the podium places.

Well done Brooke – She smashed Bec Henderson. I can hear the rumblings of the World Cup for you.

As for Rusty… I thought I’d bonked and stuffed it completely. Thanks to all the real single speeders for not racing today 😉



And here’s some pics of Brooke smiling (again!) and Rusty suffering from the CORC Downhill FB page (thanks to David B)

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3FIDI win ACTVETs Road Champs

Good results today at the ACT Vets road championships.

Steve and Ash take 1st and 2nd in Masters 2

Jess takes 1st in Women’s 1

Rusty gets convincingly dropped

Steve and Ash win Masters2
Steve and Ash win Masters2
Jess takes out womens 1 and Ally takes womens 2
Jess takes out womens 1 and Ally takes womens 2
Max (mini Glen) celebrates with his 4th Little Creatures (booze hound!)
Max (mini Glen) celebrates with his 4th Little Creatures (booze hound!)

CORC XC Stromlo 17Nov13

Some pics taken at the CORC XC race on Sunday morning. Brooke looking happy on her way to another win. James looking determined for another podium. Matt looking……well…..asleep (?!). Rusty wondering why he’s listed in the results as a DNF and guessing that the first and second laps got mashed together (49 minutes for my first lap? WTF?!). Excellent day 🙂

Many thanks to CORC for the race and the CORC Facebook page for the pics.Matt3Matt1Matt2Rusty3 Rusty2 Rusty1 Results_SS Results W_A    James4 James3 James2 James1 Brooke3 Brooke2 Brooke1

Why doesn’t my SS feel right?

Things started to feel a little weird towards the end of Coach’s birthday spin at Bruce Ridge last week. A weird clicking sound and feeling through the pedals soon became a disaster. My quads of steel (not!) managed the crack a RaceFace chainring!! Fortunately, Bleeksie managed to bash it together well enough for me to limp home. Second Chain Reaction order for that week….20130601_131701_resized 20130601_131741_resized

3FIDI vs the AIS (and the AIS won)


I recently signed up for one of those AIS training studies that so many innocent and naive Canberra cyclists are tempted by. This one was for traithletes, really, investigating the effects of interval training on performance in a subsequent 5km run.

The initial testing was brutal. First a VO2Max test (my suspicions that I was never destined for greatness were confirmed). A few days later was another session on a  watt bike to see how long I could hold sustained and repeated high power outputs. This was a real puke inducer and there was a prize for the first to chuck. At the end of the week was the baseline test – An hour of short intervals at crazy power (150% of what was reached in the VO2Max test by each participant), followed by a 5km run. The idea was that the run was the dependent measurement so it was important to do it at absolute max – Ouch!

Then there was 3 weeks of vomit-inducing training sessions on the WattBikes. Twice a week we had to do 1 – 1.5 hours of totally puke-worthy short intervals at ridiculous power settings while people in AIS shirts yelled at us to go faster. Fun! Each week the durations of the intervals and the sessions increased. Fortunately, there wasn’t any running to worry about.

After the training sessions we were tested again. A session of intervals on the WattBike, another VO2Max test, and another interval session followed by a 5km run. It was a little easier the second time around because I knew what to expect, but still…..

I can’t wait for the next one ;-)   Rusty