If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen

There is a bit of a meme going around about recording your rides on Strava to the effect of “If it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen“. I’m a big Strava fan and use it on almost all my rides, yesterday’s ride around Kenora was no exception. However, the problem was I appear to have “paused” the ride early on and lost most of the recording!

I rode hard through a couple of segments hoping to improve my standings including the Harbour Front Sprint where I had a tail wind and only needed 1 second more to take over the KOM.

Kenora Big Loop
Kenora Big Loop

But, I guess it didn’t happen! While I rode the Kenora Big Loop, as shown by the Wahoo Fitness app, it seems that while adjusting the display on my RFLKT, I paused the ride, so all I have to show is the GPS track and no stats, very disappointing. I think I’ll request a new feature from the Wahoo folks. The RFLKT should really indicate that your ride is paused, perhaps by blinking the display to make sure you really know what’s going on.

Anyway a ride that should have looked like this, turned out like this.

Underground Gran Fondo Kenora – Minaki

I join ed up with about 12 other folks including Doug L. and Dave M. for this inaugural ride out to Minaki and back for just over 100km.  This was my fastest 100km ride ever, thanks to some young guys setting a blazing pace on the way out, and dropping us on the way back. Coming home it was just Doug & I and I struggled to keep up with him, but we kept a pretty good pace going.

The ride was virtually non-stop. A brief break for about 1-2 minutes at Minaki and another 2 minutes when we got stopped by a train on the way back. Had to fight off cramps in both calves on the way out and some serious leg fatigue and stomach muscle aches on the way back, but still a great ride.

On a related note, I’ve noticed a difference in distances being reported by Strava and the Wahoo Fitness iPhone app. The app is using the speed/cadence sensor data and Strava is using the GPS data. Not much I can do about the GPS data, but after checking the app configuration for the speed/cadence sensor, I had the wrong wheel size circumference. So, all this time I’m actually riding farther and faster that I though, well at least a little bit.

Homeward Hustle

Such a nice sunny warm fall day I was motivated to put a little power to the pedals. Not bad for a 30 year old steel mountain bike with loaded panniers, not to mention the (ahem) age of the rider.