I’m still not really sure how it happened because it was all so quick, but 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…