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Not cool Strava, not cool at all…

I’m not sure when it happened, but Strava has silently changed the amount they plan to charge me come December from the $23.99 I agreed to auto-pay, to the $59.99 they are now charging for Live Segments  + a bunch of rubbish. Legally they are allowed to do this sort of thing, but it’s still shifty AF to change the price by 2.5x and not the automatic opt-in. Clearly they have the…

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I tried Garmin, but the guys…

Yesterday my Garmin fēnix 6 was nagging me about the need for base, which of course I ignored. Hold up, not just because I didn’t want to, but because the Friday morning group ride is supposed to be slow, and laid back. So I figured that it would be easy to ride off the back in something that would approximate a base power output. That was not to be the case this…

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Resting heart rate as an indicator of relative stress

Like a lot of people, I track my resting heart rate (RHR) as an indicator of training stress. It’s hard to know whether to CRUSH IT, take a rest day, or get in the space between otherwise. It’s a real number that provides insight into what’s going on, well before I would otherwise notice. With the worst of it over (hopefully), I thought it would be interesting to explore the impact crashing,…

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I’ve been doing wound care wrong. My whole life.

Unfortunately, I picked up some lacerations, and stitches, in last night’s adventure, but fortunately the 182lb Pure Climber was there to let me know that I have been handling my wound care incorrectly. For as long as I’ve been self-managing my wound care. Maybe it’s just me, but I suspect not given 1) the host’s desire to discuss it 2) he specifically mentioned that some surgeons do it wrong 3) it’s what…

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Canyon Crash Replacement: is it worth it?

I’ve written before about my own experience as a 2nd-hand owner of a Canyon bike after breaking my frame, but I thought it would be interesting to document another story. This time, the story of someone who is actually covered by Canyon’s crash warranty. This is the story of a Local Apex Predator and his Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Here goes. The damage in the photos below was caused when the fully…

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If there was ever any doubt, AERO IS KING!

If you haven’t already read the Shaving Time post, go do that. Will save me the trouble of repeating myself too much. For those that couldn’t be bothered, the TLDR; is that there’s a local ITT, I’ve been playing with different kit, setups, etc. The latest test was a multi-combo; two big changes: a much lower body position + aero wheels, and two minor: aero socks (rubbish) + 1200 lumen headlamp (it…

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Specialized S-Works Power Cranks Broken

It’s never great when something breaks, but when that thing is an expensive power meter, it really sucks… In this case, it’s the right side power meter – which while everything looks good in the Specialized Power Cranks app, just isn’t reporting any power. My “solution” so far has to been to remove the battery from the right crank, and just run one-sided, so at least the left-side doubles the power and…

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