Monthly Archives: February 2014

Finally Some Sun

Finally some sun and a ride with no floods

At long last we seem to being seeing an end to the miserable weather that has been the English winter so far. My ride on Sunday was actually sunny! It made such a pleasant change from the gale force winds an driving rain that was my ride home from work on Saturday.

Mind you, it was still very cold and windy. So cold I had finally had enough of feet like blocks of ice. So I went and bought these:

The weather will, undoubtedly, change for the better now. You can all thank me in advance.

Meanwhile, weekday training is very much focused on the turbo trainer. I'm trying to build up as much base as I can before the first event of the season so I'm focussing on aerobic endurance levels for an hour with one 2×20 tempo session a week. My all out 20 ,impute effort has not shown any improvement, mainly due to the first repeat benign done when I was I'll and the second repeat being done in miserable cold wet weather which was less than motivating. However at endurance and tempo levels I have seen around a 10-20 watt increase for the same perceived effort. Two weeks to go before a holiday so I'll push on through and test again properly when I'm back. Then it's only two weeks to Paris – Roubaix, the aforementioned first event of the season.

Blogging Workflow

How I do my blog postings (or testing out image posting using Editorial.app)

As well as being a part-time amateur cyclist I'm also a bit of a geek (those who know me may say that is an understatement). So from time to time I shall deviate from the cycling topics and post about some nerdery or other. Today I'm going to write about my workflow for creating and posting a blog entry. Mainly so I can try out the image loading workflow.

Let's start with hardware. I'm a mac user. Have been for nine years now. I find I'm more productive on OS X than in windows. For me that's down to the ability to automate all the ways of working a lot easier. I'll talk about that in some depth in a later post. So in terms of writing a blog post its either the MacBook/iMac it it's the iPad. When I sat down and started thinking about this blog I wanted to see how well an iPad couch be used for content creation, FTP uploading etc etc. So I've exclusively used the iPad so far.

My geek research also led me to look into using Markdown as a way of simple text formatting that can easily be converted to HTML without me needing to learn HTML code. It works across platform should I decide to use something other than my iPad and as the actual documents are human readable text files it makes it easy for me to manage.

Now on to the software. This is the key part of the workflow. I'm using an app called Editorial. At first glance this is a nice text editor. A clutter free screen, support for Markdown, preview mode and a built in browser. The magic part is it's automation support. It has a range of built in actions and can run python scripts for more advanced workflows. Go to the website and there is a user library of workflows and scripts available to download and install. I have used a few of these to create a simple yet effective blog posting workflow. Text is written in the editor. Websites I want to link to can be found in the browser then an action auto creates a link in the post. When I'm ready to publish, another action takes care if connecting to my website and posting it to the WordPress engine running there. I've now found an action that should allow me to insert images and links and upload it all to the website. So here's a random picture!

Its a few friends of mine at a recent trip to Coed Y Brenin.

I've barely scratched the surface of what can be done with Editorial. I'll try and uncover some new uses over the coming months and talk about them here.

Next post will see normal service resume with some biking talk.

Power Meter

Power meter has arrived!

The power meter I ordered arrived this week. Another exciting bit of kit to play with 🙂
I decided to go for the Power2Max one. It was a fairly easy decision. I couldn't justify a four figure price so it was this or the Stages. As I've got a Rotor crankset the choice was made for me.
Fitting it was a piece of cake. The package came with the tool to take the spider off the crank and allow me to fit the Power2Max spider in its place. It took about 15 minutes. Must remember to pick up some loctite and make sure the bolts don't come undone mid ride.
Any so whats the first thing to do when you've fitted a power meter. Yes, go through 20 minutes of pain and suffering to try and figure out your FTP. Fortunately help was at hand in the form of the Sufferfest videos now available on Strava. So on it went and I mentally prepared myself for what was to come. Bear in mind that in previous years of doing events, one of the parts of training I was particularly bad at was pushing myself right to the limit hence the trepidation. This year I need to increase my pain threshold.
An hour later and out popped a number. 228.
Over the coming weeks I'll be aiming to see how normal training rides match up to that figure. I've got six weeks before a holiday enforces some training down time so I'll retest just before then and see how I'm doing. The training is going to be based around aerobic endurance and tempo levels so based on that test aerobic endurance will be between 150 and 175 watts with tempo between 175 and 205.