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Helmet video from Tuesday Night World Championships

Here is some video from last night’s Tuesday Night World Championships held at Donaldson Center in Greenville.  Sorry there won’t be much text today.  I simply don’t have time to peck it out.

Hope you enjoy the video.  Next time I’ll try to make sure that I push it back on my helmet a little more.  For the most part, it works well enough.

It was an unusual night because of all the wind.  I will have to say that I felt much better.  I still didn’t finish strong, but there did seem to be some improvement in my fitness.

What a difference a year makes

I was checking my mail and found a message in the Greenville Spinners’ Yahoo! group.  There was a link to a YouTube video.  I clicked on it to find that it was a video I had posted to the site on April 27, 2008 — exactly a year ago yesterday.

Things have changed since that April night.  I believe we made the climb in just under 13 minutes.  Watching the video I can tell how much I was laboring to get that time up the mountain.

That was back in the day when I thought I would never get to 12:30.  Now, a year later, I regularly break that mark and have been flirting with an even 12 minutes.  It would be nice if in April of 2010 I am down around 11 minutes.  Dream on!

The video has changed as well.  YouTube has improved the quality that can be uploaded to the service.  I’d also like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about editing these things.

I guess it is about time to take the helmet cam back out there on one of these rides and see how the video compares.  Thanks to everyone who has watched my little videos.  I know there are a lot of people reading the Spinners’ Yahoo! group.  The video had been watched only 300 times when the message went out.  By this morning the views had increased to 450.

Oh, and thanks for reading LowCadence.com!

Taking a ride through Falls Park

You might be aware of my video woes.  My VholdR helmet camera always seems to mess me up.  It never seems to be the same thing.  Always something different to frustrate me as I move the hoped for video to my computer.  Whether it will be there or not is hit or miss.

Well, yesterday I went out for a ride.  I stuck the thing on my head and declared, “If it doesn’t work today, I am going to throw it in the trash or sell it.”  I didn’t really care what I recorded.  I just hoped it would record!

I turned it on and started riding.  30 minutes later it beeped twice telling me it had run out of memory.  That was promising — normally it doesn’t warn me of its failure.  Here is just a portion of what I ended up with.

I won’t bore you with the other 25 minutes or so.  However, for sure, Greenville and Upstate South Carolina is a wonderful place to ride a bike.  Perhaps I can get some more video of some of the interesting spots around here.

Do you have any places you would like for me to catch on video?  I’m going to give this VholdR helmet cam another chance.  If it fails me again, I’m going to move to a new POV camera system.

If at first you don’t succeed, fail again.

I’m starting to think that it just isn’t to be for me to get any decent video from the Tuesday Night World Championships at Donaldson Center.  If it isn’t one thing with my VholdR helmet camera, it is another.  Last night’s ride was no different.

Weather.com was showing that the winds were around 16 mph.  That means that at Donaldson they were probably even higher.  Still, there was no rain and a good number of riders showed up for the loops around the complex.

Once again the pace picked up again about midway through the first lap.  I’m thinking some of this has to do with the fact that we are currently only doing 5 laps of the 7 mile or so course.  The more serious riders hit it right from the start.  Probably as the summer comes and the laps increase that first lap will slow a bit.

My plan was to hang around in the field for several laps and then bow out.  With the race coming up on Thursday night, I wanted to leave this night with my legs feeling like they had a good workout – but not fatigued.  My other objective was to get a full lap of Perimeter Road on my camera.

I did great with my first objective.  Before the first lap ended the field was strung out.  The wind was beating us up.  A couple of times I got hung out on the windward side of the group and found myself having to lean against the crosswind to keep from getting blown over.

Still, I hung in there through that point where I wanted to quit.  My legs came to me and going into the second lap I was feeling much better.  I was holding my own and finding ways to escape some of that wind.

On that lap I decided to start on objective number two.  I reached up and flipped on my VholdR… or so I thought.  Once again my attempt was foiled by the camera.

One of the problems I have with the device is the door that covers the power switch and MiniSD card slot.  When the camera in mounted on my helmet, I have to reach up and slide the large switch back.  I like the switch because it is large, but the way the cover on the back is arranged it is very easy to slide it out of position at the same time you are sliding the record switch.

Sometimes when that happens I can just put the cover back on and we are good to go.  Other times (like last night) it turns the camera off.  I guess this wouldn’t be that big of a deal except when you are riding in a pack and getting dropped isn’t an option, you can’t stop to take your helmet off and check on things.

For that whole second lap I focused on keeping my head up so I could get the best shots.  It was a pretty good lap.  I felt like I was making up for last week’s poor video journal.  This lap would give folks a really good idea of what it is like to do Donaldson!  If only…

Satisfied that I had gotten what I needed I headed into the third lap just getting a workout.  There were certain portions of the course that had me about ready to croak, but I knew that things would get easier in other parts.  I easily made it around with the main field.

I then pulled off and called it a night.  There was a time when I wouldn’t have done that.  I would have felt like I had to do every lap.  Now days I know what I need and have nothing I feel I need to prove by running myself into the ground.

At home after the discouragement of finding out that the second lap was not recorded, I had the encouragement of seeing my power numbers for the ride.  My peak 20 minute power was 290 watts.  That is nearly 20 watts higher than my previous high.  The even better news was that I didn’t feel that I was working any harder.  Just maybe my fitness is starting to come to me.

Sorry there is no video.  I will try again.  I’ve got all summer to finally get that elusive Donaldson Center lap!