Today was my third day in Leadville and I discovered a truth. I have to tell you all about it, because it is probably affecting you all. Well at least those of you who ride or run…with a Garmin.
Yes, I have discovered a truth about Garmins. They do not calculate the grade correctly and what is more shocking is they get worse the higher you go.
Today I was riding back into town at the end of my ride (Yeah intervals!) and its up hill (Seriously how else would you end a 103.7 mile race with 12k of climbing but up hill???). I knew this from my first couple of rides. But it struck me today when the Garmin said I was on a 2% grade, and I was breathing heavy. The Garmin was not correct in the grade. Clearly for the effort I was putting out this was a 4 or 5% grade. Here is the truth I learned:
IT NOT THE ALTITUDE, IT’S THE GARMIN!
Nope this whole lack of oxygen thing is not the problem. Clearly some joker at Garmin programed that little thing to under-report the grade when you get to 10,000ft. I suspect they did this because they through it was a funny. Well it’s not funny! I want the real grade not the altitude compensated grade. I may have to figure out how to hack my Garmin to fix it…. Be warned everyone, be warned!
Thoughts for the day:
1. Better again today. Had best day pace wise. Not a lot of climbing, but I felt good with my pace.
2. I miss my family and wish they were here. They are coming next Wednesday. This is the longest I have ever been apart from my wife.
Picture of the day:
This picture is from downtown Leadville. I picked it not because of the funeral home/race dying thing, but because of my son (to whom this is dedicated)….. Bailey.