Less, in fact, until the first bicycle race of my nascent cycling career. I’m taking it quite seriously as you may have gathered.
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Having received a power meter and a copy of Training and Racing with a Power Meter it seemed like time to try and work out my Functional Threshold Power.
Tested out the GoPro Hero 3+ Black, which can record 4k video at 12.5FPS. I uploaded it to YouTube in 4k; I don’t know if they will let it be played back in 4k or not. I think that a lower resolution at (at least) 24FPS looks significantly better.
Good news: it works perfectly. Bad news: the turbo-trainer-resistance function I have been using to estimate power is totally wrong. Excellent news: my actual power numbers are more than 20% higher than the estimate.
Furthermore the apps I wrote to interface with it, which have been untestable hitherto, work fine so far as I can tell. Tomorrow evening I will fit it to a bike and test it out more properly.
Here is a demo: HUD Test from Philip Willoughby on Vimeo. Please ignore the Power number as it’s derived from wheel speed in a way which is approximately correct if I were riding on my turbo trainer but is completely bogus on this 4%-average incline.
In order to protect my brain from injury in the event of an accident, I wear a helmet when I ride my bicycle, ski, go snowboarding, karting or climbing. The recent (OK not that recent) introduction of action cameras like the GoPro Hero, Contour Roam, etc has brought with it a wide variety of things… Read more »
There is a quote, frequently (and it must be said dubiously) attributed to Winston Churchill: He who fails to plan is planning to fail. Irrespective of whether it was said by Churchill: it’s a good line.
This morning I went out for a bike ride to validate the setup on my race bike: it was a good job that I did, because the handlebars were very much in the wrong place. I fixed them around the midpoint of my ride but it would have been bad to find that out on… Read more »
Most of this is for my benefit rather than for yours. Here is what you or I should do if we believe someone is doping: Report Doping in Sport.