The Measures of Cycling Success

Now that I’ve started cycling indoors my mind is preoccupied with the measures of success.
I bought pieces of technology to give me stats, but what should I make of them?

I instinctively compare cycling to running, but it’s difficult.

I examine the time on the saddle, but the mileage and speed don’t easily equate to distance in my barefoot shoes.
My heart rate is lower on the bike than when running, but I can’t seem to get it higher.
I know that over 20 mph for one hour is not as impressive as it first sounds.
My revolutions per minute is another puzzle to solve.

Instead my perception of effort and sweat on my forehead are more reliable indicators of my workout.
I feel as if I am maintaining a 8 or 9 out of 10 throughout and I have to keep wiping my brow to avoid sweat stinging my eyes.

As I continue to research the comparison between my beloved sport and my cross-training sport I have to simply trust that I am not losing my endurance fitness (even if I’m not improving it).

My marathon is now only a month away…


Day 2
1 hour cycle at increasingly faster pace
(average 21.9 mph and 97 rpm)



4 Reasons to Record Running Data

Data

There is a balance between physically running and analysing the performance. It is essential to record running data to reach your athletic potential.

Below are four interconnected reasons to collect statistics about your runs.


1. Starts your running journey

Your first set of data is your starting point. It is a baseline that you can always refer to as the moment you made a conscious decision. It means you have taken your running seriously; that your running is worth reflecting on. It is.

2. Measures your progress

As you accumulate data you can view your performances using various parameters, such as pace, distance and heart rate. You can compare your current ability with your short and long-term aims, as well as understand whether you are running consistently.

3. Provides valuable feedback

Although there may be setbacks in your training, data offers some insights as to the reasons behind any injuries or below-par performances. This works at a macro level (examining changes in weekly mileage) and at a micro level (scrutinising similar workouts or courses).

4. Motivates in a personalised way

The data is yours, not anyone else’s. It should be a source of pride and inspiration not only to run more but to improve. It should offer you the momentum and confidence to explore your running further. Reflect on your past efforts and dream for greater outcomes.


Regardless of your ability, data creates in the mind a series of reference points. It makes visible what you have accomplished in a comparable and tangible way.

Believe me, you will not regret it.