Power’s Out

I’m still not really sure how it happened because it was all so quick, buPopup_shutdown_reft it did – I don’t have a power meter anymore.

I had my Garmin Vector since Dec 2013, and had many ups and downs with it, like everyone else out there, I’d guess. Power lost, power found; power down, power back up: the usual. I also enjoyed it while it worked and found it a great training tool, to be fair.

Then came yesterday, on my first climb out of Nimes, and my power was showing 150 Watts. I stopped, re-calibrated, unplugged and plugged my pods back in and still nothing. Meanwhile my cadence was flickering up and down and I started feeling twitches forming under my cheeks from the stress.
On my climb back into town I had decided that I’d had enough and, like my TV in 1992, the power meter was going to leave my life for good. I got home, took a photo of it in its lovely, black box, chucked it up on Troc Vélo, and it was bought, paid for and sent before I sat down to write this blog article.

Rash? Reckless? Impulsive? Probably, but I also feel quite ‘light’, now that I don’t have to concern myself with FTPs, power-to-weight ratios and Freshness and Fitness graphs. Actually, really light, now that I think of it. I don’t have any pedals anymore…

 

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20 thoughts on “Power’s Out

  1. I’ve often thought that riding witha PM can ruin your enjoyment of just getting out on the bike. You must feel a free man!

    • I’m looking forward to seeing if I can actually ‘train’ without it. Interestingly, there’s hardly anything on the internet about training without either a HRM or PM. I wonder how Eddy did it…?

      • He just went out and rode up the grades 😉 But as a fellow Vector owner, I feel similar to you. Luckily, I only get a hiccup every 2-3 months, and a quick reset solves everything. But I am also thinking about ditching it when it’s not behaving… It’s also extra weight, compared to a nice pair of carbon pedals…

        • My riding buddy suggested I ‘get a PM that works’ and all will be good. He’s probably right. And yes, thanks for reminding me to go out and buy some pedals!

  2. Wow, you did it! I still am chained onto my numbers… For two reasons: motivation during “workouts” (i.e. Not just riding Especially inside, which doesn’t apply to you in nice temps, but one may reasonably ask why do workouts unless one races) and I love seeing my kJ numbers so I can eat (but again, after all this experience I could predict those within 10% now). Whatever works for the individual 🙂

  3. It didn’t happen if I didn’t measure it. Love the data. Once an Engineer, always an Engineer I guess. Just the way I’m wired.

  4. Way to go! I’ve been free since first Garmin refunded my Vector after 2 years of service, and then BePro followed suit after just couple of months. On another note, I believe my Edge died today – wonder what will come out of that..

  5. I love riding with my power meter, but it is a powertap hub on a carbon rim.. i was looking at pedals. maybe next year. then i do not need to worry about using the same wheels or have a mix and match when i do want a power meter. happy riding

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