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    Map:Mt.Greylock, from Stamford (0%-50%)
    End Time: January 14 2015, 1:19am
    Physics Mode: FTP-handicapped
    Race Name:Greylock bumps series
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    popstarron Not sure what happened. I booked this to the top of Greylock. Not out and back. January 13 2015, 8:56pm
    arthare I liked it better the way it turned out, but I also don't really know what happened there.January 13 2015, 9:01pm
    swhittingham HeyArt, I'm a bit suspicious of part of my ride tonight. Everything felt as normal, but on the descent, I was displaying much higher wattage than my my usual percieved exertion would indicate. Enough, that I slowed right down so I didn't just go blasting off the front. Once I was by myself and on the flats at the end, it suddenly felt "normal again and had to work like hell to try and catch up again. Normally the dh on computrainer is hell. Any thoughts?January 13 2015, 9:09pm
    arthare A strong possibility is that the long uphill dumped a lot of heat into your tire, thus softening it and making it spin faster. Since a large component of a CT's power reading is due to speed->power conversion, a faster wheel will mean higher power. Probably too late now, but it would've been interesting if you recalibrated after noticing that to see what your new calibration numbers was.January 13 2015, 9:15pm
    swhittingham That was my thought too except the difference seemed too sudden and too extreme. Also, I normally try to do a good tire warm-up before I calibrate. Is iit possible to re-calibrate in game? Also wondering what a good protocol would be for warming up tires for an accurate calibration each time without exiting game and un-plugging CT. Obviously, if I just jump on and calibrate right away I will be racing with artificially high power. January 13 2015, 9:25pm
    arthare You can unplug the handlebar controller at any time to do a recalibration. Your guy will keep going at your last recorded power. This is a bit of an opening for cheating, but it's far from the only one and it's better than punishing honest calibrators.January 13 2015, 9:34pm
    swhittingham Perfect! I'll check if I turn into superman again. On a side note, might it make more sense to keep the dis-connected guy going at average power rather than last recorded power which could be all over the place? Just a thought. I'm sure you have considered this already. No matter what, the race tonight was awesome!January 13 2015, 9:40pm
    popstarron I never seem to have calibration issues with my CT. Back to basics. Warm up the tire for 5' or more. Calibrate until the number stabilizes. I usually shoot for 250 to 255.January 13 2015, 9:46pm
    popstarron Now I just have to figure out how to keep up with the rest of you.January 13 2015, 9:53pm
    swhittingham yup. Popstarron, that is my usual protocol. :)January 13 2015, 10:00pm
    arthare If it becomes a problem, I can deal with it. At the end of the day, a dishonest person can still just slightly unclamp their CT post-calibration if you want to cheat. Or underweight yourself. Though all forms of cheating are somewhat mitigated by FTP mode, since your FTP will simply increase and slow your virtual dude down.January 13 2015, 10:00pm
    Lazurus Rising Hey there, how do I change my bodyweight in my profile? Or is this done by my bike computer?January 13 2015, 10:03pm
    popstarron Change it on the calibration page.January 13 2015, 10:46pm
    Lazurus Rising RIGHT! Duh! sorry LOLJanuary 14 2015, 2:48am
    popstarron Apologies if I come across pedantic.January 14 2015, 7:36am
    raveDY Can someone simply describe the FTP handicap issue to us non-techies? And in my case when I "won" the race yesterday, was it becauseof this FTP phenomena, or my lack of data points or previous results, or something else. And should I assume that continued racing will lower my advantage that I had yesterday? Thanks DYJanuary 14 2015, 10:27am
    arthare How it works: If you ride at 100% of TdG's estimate of your FTP, then your avatar will ride at 100% of theirs. All avatars are 80kg riders with 300W FTPs. Especially in your case since you were getting PBs all ride, your FTP should now go up and it'll be harder for you to win by such a margin next time.January 14 2015, 10:36am
    arthare Your strong performance is because you only had one data point in the last couple months, and it was with a lower FTP estimate. So you ended up demolishing your old estimated FTP and your virtual guy went fast accordingly.January 14 2015, 10:38am
    popstarron FTP (functional threshold power) is the wattage you are able to sustain for an hour. It is affected by the amount of data available to average in. It will significantly rise when you have a particularly good output. lf you feel the value is unrealistic, you can bring it down on you stats page. FTP handicapped races even the playing field by giving everyone the same value. If you don't have a value yet, you may start out unreasonably slow OR fast until enough data is generated to give you a value. l like FTP races because they allow me to hang with the heavy hitters longer AND more people can beat up on me. In the end, big or small FTP, everyone works hard. Art, Eric, can you round this out?January 14 2015, 10:59am
    Lazurus Rising Haha no offense taken. I knew that already...just brainfarted about the weight stuff.January 14 2015, 12:49pm
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