Heart Rate = 0 BPM
I'm done! DONE with heart rate monitors. In my opinion they should be billed as "disposable". I've yet to own one that wasn't a p.o.s. The CatEye 10 worked for less than a year and is cooked.
First I put up with it's erratic readings. 285 BPM?? Oh no wait 15 BPM. Then I needed to change the battery. I went out of my way to make sure that this time I got a monitor that you could replace the battery without "contacting a professional repair technician".
I replaced the strap battery no problem. Went and got the tiny ass little screwdriver set to replace the watch battery, opened it up, put it in, seal it up, the battery reads but the buttons will not reset the monitor. F! So open it back up can't see anything wrong. So I seal it back up, nothing. F! Open it back up, move some shit around, metal piece brakes off, monitor won't read at all now, watch goes in garbage and off to the land fill. F'em.
Sad thing is I KNOW I'll end up ordering another one. The money I spend in HR monitors I should just save and put towards a power meter. Then I could measure more accurately the power I put out to just barely survive a race. HA!
Got out for a quick two hour loop this a.m. Nothing too major. Nice 33+ mile loop with a couple nice climbs. I edited out one or 2 climbs for the sake of not pushing my legs too much since I just came off being sick and I'm heading in to a race week.
Not sure what I'm expecting out of myself for the race next week. Shit, fist race of the year, unsupported, 1 bike, and who knows what the f'ing weather will be like, just making it to Midnight will be an accomplishment.
I want to not look at the Sea Otter coverage SO bad. I really don't want to see folks riding in the Cali sun. I want to see what I'm seeing. Cool temps, rain, possible snow, clouds, gray/white sky, wind. But I still find myself cruising the blogs and forums looking for product reports and race stuff. UPDATE: Seems that the weather at the Otter has taken a turn for the worse with some down pours. I feel better now. Actually it sucks for them. Good luck folks.
Even Paris-Roubaix looks to be in nice weather tomorrow. Shit. I wanted to see suffering. As long is it's not me I love suffering.
An exciting night in for Wifey and me tonight. Mexican food, a couple beers, and if B-Man would PLEASE go to be on time, some crime fighting. I won't be getting my hopes (or anything else) up though ;)
Hope someone out there is getting some good weather, time to go continue to re-load my iPod. Grrrrrrr!