Naked, as in “no data”. I forgot my bike computer, so for the first time in a long time I rode with no data. No time, speed, power, distance. At first it’s a bit irritating — like the ride isn’t “official” if you’re not recording it. But after a while you’re just riding and not number-chasing.
I used to ride that way most of the off-season. Mainly it was because I was too lazy to mount the speed sensor on the crappy winter bike. I’d have an idea of how long I wanted to ride, picked an approximate route, then would occasionally check my phone for the time. The rest was on feel.
I came to like riding without the numbers staring at me. Having the data is nice for tracking your training, but at the same time it tends to become intrusive. I mean, part of the reason we spend so much time on the bike is because it’s enjoyable being outside.
A power meter makes it even worse. In the interest of making use of the expensive training gadget you have a tendency to make it be “all about the watts”.
It’s like we’re not allowed to admit that it’s just fun to go out and ride (naked).
I may have to start taping over the computer display. At least once in a while.