60 mintues on the bike - indoor trainer. And just how many miles did I cover in that hour? 10.9...what!? Really, that's it? Garmin says I burned 525 calories in that hour. 11mph is like la-dee-dah lets go for a nice relaxing bike ride - not a 500 calorie per hour sweatfest!
Why do I tell you this? Well - I tell you this because I figured out what a huge dork I am and why, after months of consistent workouts and better nutrition, why I am actually getting slower on the bike.
Back in the Fall, I finally got enough saved up for a new Garmin. I was rocking the 310XT with it's beautiful 1/2" thick orange and gray face and monochrome display for two years. Two years of a GPS enabled multi-sport watch that you can't wear anywhere else because it's SO DANG BIG.
|The 310XT - functional, but huge.|
So the lovely day occurred when I got the white faced watch with optional purple strap and I proceeded to configure the data screens and pair the bluetooth equipment and we went out running and swimming and biking and it was lovely.
Shortly after, I got very sick with cellulitis in my leg. :( Super Sad Face. If you don't know what cellulitis is, look it up. I'm not kidding when I say that I could have died. It's basically a skin infection that goes septic. I was on two different antibiotics + pain meds and I didn't work a whole day for 2 weeks.
By the time I got better, it was way time for the bike to be on the trainer for the winter. I know, I know, there are other people that ride outside all winter. But that is not me. I don't like riding in the dark and I don't have the gear for the colder days. So, I paired up my speed and cadence sensor and away I rode...well, I stayed in one place spinning my back wheel.
I noticed right away that I wasn't getting the mileage out of my effort and I figured it was because I had been sick. Also, on the trainer, there's no hills to zoom down and it's a leeeeetle boring, so I tend to be slower. But 50% slower? Hmm...ok, time to get in shape, right?
Well, time has gone on now, and I have been very consistent with my workouts and *mostly* consistent with my nutrition (we shall go for very consistent after the first of the year).
This morning I figured it out! OH MY QUAD.
When I configured my new Garmin VivoActive, I didn't put in the wheel size when I paired the speed and cadence sensor!!
Well. I'm glad I got that figured out. What a dork. If all of that means absolutely nothing to you - that's ok. Just understand that I have been building a tremendous amount of bike fitness with very little encouragement. Sort of like running on a treadmill that's clocking you a lot slower than you're running so you run harder and harder to try to make it up.
So I fixed it and am anxious to see if it makes any difference, or...am I just slow on the bike trainer! Either way - I'll be super BikeFit by the time Spring rolls around!