Month: January 2021

Flaming Turtle Heads!

Flaming Turtle Heads!

Turtlehead Peak in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside Las Vegas NV. I attempted it last year about this same time (due to gymnastics meet scheduling) but got lost, ran out of time and just plain wasn’t fit enough. This year though…

  • There are new trail markers
  • I uploaded a GPX file to my Suunto
  • I still got lost a few times
  • I was in much better shape
  • I had a couple hours free and clear

Sadly I didn’t see any turtles. Or coyotes, or even a burro.

Burro Crossing
As close as I got to a burro on this trip.

Check out the video for some interesting scenery, especially the panorama pan at the summit. Not really obvious in there, but you can see the parking lot at Sandstone Quarry from the summit.

Then watch as I scan my results in the Stryd Power Center after the double-import. Doh! Yeah. So Suunto doesn’t get full Stryd Power stats, and won’t push correctly to the Power Center. So you create a second “fake” Stryd account, set that up in your phone (which in my case is an extra Droid, since that’s otherwise useless for Stryd) then download the .fit file and upload that to you real Stryd account.

And there’s more! I scan my stats in Strava to compare it to my end goal, the Broken Arrow VK Skyrace in Squaw Valley in June. I did it in 2019, so have stats to compare. I didn’t do it in 2020 because CA was closed. Now they’re thinking it might be open, especially with the new climate of Hope and Change sweeping the nation. I hope so, because I’ll be ready.

Wahoo Tickr X Zwift Calibration

The first time I ran on Zwift with the new TickrX Heart Rate strap I was impressed overall with the relatively stable signal it gave to my AppleTV. It seemed to record a bit high, meaning the numbers on Zwift sent my the TickrX for speed were more than the treadmill, more than the Stryd with RunCline, and while that feels awesome to see those kinds of numbers, I knew it wouldn’t be fair to myself or others.

The TickrX is an advanced strap that provides running metrics to Zwift including heart rate, cadence and speed.

Here’s a video I made of my own experience connecting and calibrating the Wahoo TickrX Heart Rate Strap.

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