Don’t lose sight of the big picture.

I recently did some professional sales negotiation training, where they talked about moving difficult negotiations up from the micro to the macro level.
Tonight I was walking back from an evening meal and I started to think how this could be applied to the amateur/semi serious athlete, and the answer was surprisingly simple.
All too often we focus on our performance vs yesterday, last weekend or last month especially if we under perform. If we do this we are dragged down to the micro level and normally end up disappointed with our performances.
A perfect example of this is using the Etape Du Dales I rode on Sunday 15th May 2016. I had trained hard for the event but woke up on Friday 13th (unlucky for me!) with a sore throat and the onset of a cold. This obviously affected my performance on the day and initially I was disappointed with my overall ride time. However this was looking at the micro level.

EDD Buttertubs
Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture (the macro level) then I had made great progress.
Some examples from Sunday 15th May when I was ill with a cold. The Fleet Moss climb I posted a time of 14:53, however in 2014 my time was 25:07. The Buttertubs climb from Hawes I posted a time of 24:26 compared to a PB of 34:02 last year

So my message is very clear, don’t worry or concentrate on the micro day to day improvements you make, more think long term and compare the macro improvements that you have made.
We all have bad days and good days, but look back over the longer term and I hope you’ll find you are improving, despite “micro” set backs.

EDD Halton Gill

Strava estimated power vs real

I’ve always wondered if the Strava estimated power was close to real power. So on a couple of specific segments I’ve run my phone using Strava and my Garmin using a power meter so that I can compare.

You can see from the screenshots below the differences.

In summary for smaller segments it was within 5%, drifing out to 13% on a 20 minute section, so you would assume it would drift further out for a full ride, something I will try in the near future. Interesting side note that the phone often gave me a second quicker time….

Segment time Real Power Estimated Power Difference
Langbar Reverse 20:55 246 214 -13%
Roker Lane 02:30 367 356 -3%
Crekeld Lane 05:41 299 288 -4%

Langbar Reverse

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Roker Lane

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Creskeld Lane

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Syncing OneDrive to an SD Card on Windows 10

My previous method stopped working with Windows 10, fortunately I found another workaround on the Microsoft Forums as follows:

It looks like the OneDrive client in the RTM version of Windows 10 does not allow syncing OneDrive to an SD card via the empty NTFS folder method if there isn’t enough free space on the C: drive for the data to be synced. There is a simple workaround from GiovanniSantoroJunior:

From the Disk Management console, follow these steps:
1. Right-click Disk Management and then click Create VHD. Follow the prompts that appear.
2. Right-click the new disk and then click Initialize Disk. Click OK.
3. Right-click the new disk and then click New Simple Volume (or select a different volume type, if available). Follow the prompts that appear.

Follow these instructions to set your new VHD to automount when Windows boots.

What to do when your stuck in a skiing rut?

I’ve skied for some 30+ years, I’ve been through many phases inc “find the biggest resort” and ski every run part of my ski development, then I started skiing more and more offpiste and trying to track down smaller less well known resorts.

About 5 years ago I felt as if I wasn’t really getting anywhere with my skiing, I wasn’t enjoying piste skiing and was wondering what to do next. I lost a ski off piste over the back and was up to my waist digging for hours, so I starting thinking about where this was all leading…

Then a chat with rob@rar at the snowheads stand at the London ski show led me to investigate the BASI route.

This was what I was looking for, a way to technically improve my sking and challenge myself. I now own piste skis and really enjoy skiing on piste again and it’s improved my off piste no end.

I’ve put together a short video charting my improvements since 2011, mainly as I wanted to see what I could spot.

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Coast to Coast in a Day 2014 Training

About me: I am currently 47, I was ok fitness wise at the start of the year, I play hockey regularly and was doing 2 or 3 tough circuit training classes a week. I used to road bike lots when I was younger. I had mountain biked a fair bit during my my “middle ages”. I bought my first road bike for many a year in 2012, a Specialized Allez and started to go out more and more on road, and less and less Off.

Once I signed up for the C2C it was time to spend more time on the bike. As a basic rule I wanted to do a set amount of miles a week, increasing that amount through spring and into summer.

I planned to do three tough 100 mile plus rides that included over 10,000 feet of climbing.

I also joined the Alba Rosa Cycling club at the end of 2013 and they run regular club rides on a weekend as well as specific training nights, I planned to attend at least one ride a week. In reality I found their Tuesday night ChainGang training worked well for me. 32 miles at a fast pace in formation averaging close or over 20mph.

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Converting from imovie on Windows

I’ve recently migrated off a Mac onto Windows.

After the event I found all my home video files were encoded with the Apple Intermediate Codec and couldn’t be played or edited on my PC

After lots of trial and error I found ffmpeg could convert.

A created a simple batch job which I ran from a command prompt to convert all the videos. It took over 2 days to complete but appears to work fine.

the batch job was a simple one line:

FOR  /R %%a in (“*.mov”) do ffmpeg -i “%%a” -c:v libx264 -preset slow -crf 20 “%%~dpna.mp4”