Can anyone explain the benefits of Strava or map my ride or similar - and are these useful for training? Can they be combined with the HRM?
This modern stuff is very confusing and i am pondering buying an iPhone or similar - any advice on that or should i look for a Garmin type device?
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I use a Garmin to log my rides, HR, cadence, ave speed, ave power and time. I store all this on Strava and also on Garmin's own site. It is all private, so only invited people can share the data, and I use it to analyse my progress.
So far I have seen my ave power slowly go up, my ave HR coming down, my ave speeds going up, although a lot depends on conditions, as riding into a strong headwind will bring you ave speeds down. I have combined this knowledge with my riding experience of certain training routes, noting that killer climbs are now not quite so killer, or as my son puts it "they don't get easier, they just get faster".
I started out with a Garmin Edge 305, as I wanted to see altitude as well as all the other stuff. I have just upgraded to a Garmin 500 and sold the 305. My son also has a 500 which he bought after selling his 700, which had a lot of functions he never used. iPhones and others can run apps that give you an awful lot of the same route data, but I'm not sure if they can interface to HR straps and cadence or power meters. I guess if everything was running Bluetooth, it wouldn't be a problem.
I am not a data junkie, but it's nice to have a few figures that show you are moving in the right direction (pun intended).
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