Gadgets, or not?
By terryh on Jul 15, 2005
I like gadgets. I always ride with a GPS/heart rate monitor, and sometimes with a Power Tap hub as well. I've owned about five different HRMs, two GPSs that I used for cycling, probably tens of conventional bike computers. The thing is though, at my level of fitness/commitment, they don't really help. I improved way more by deciding I was going to do 10 hours a week instead of 7 hours a week than I did with months of sophisticated power measurements and periodized training, and I would have needed nothing more complex than a wrist watch to detect the improvement. But I'm not about to give up any of my toys. They are part of the fun for me, even if it is a bit Fred-ish to have Lance-like measurement systems to show that I'm old, fat and slow.