Rundown: Did an away ride, and something happened to my L/R Stages causing the last third of the first of 4 rides to show super human power. So it showed I had an FTP of ~667 after that ride, and burned over 1,200 calories. It was WAY over my normal 227 FTP.
Garmin Connect said (before I knew what was going on) that I had a new ‘Power Zone Record’, did I want to accept it. I said ‘Yes’. BIG mistake that became evident later.
Next day’s ride: the Stages wouldn’t respond to a zero reset, so I just dropped whatever did respond from my Edge, and rode on. Later I tracked down some batteries and swapped them, got both sides to come up, and verified linkage and that I could zero them, everything looked good.
Rode the same route, and the power showed up (Yippee), Happy days… Did the same route the next day, and felt great. Got in one more the next morning as I prepared to leave. I thought everything was roses… Got home, and started looking at the rides and felt good, until I got to the bottom of the data: Almost the entire power data from those rides was in the recovery zone. Oops… Strava accepted the warped data from Connect, and that looked horrific too. I created a ticket with Stages for insight on what happened with the power meters, and then contacted Garmin Support to see if I could fix it. They weren’t exceedingly helpful. I found the ‘new record’, and deleted it. Then I downloaded, deleted, and re-uploaded the rides (Garmin droid said that ‘might work’), and they were charting good (except for that first one). Strava was handled the same way. All was looking good.
A couple of days later, I rode outdoors here, and the data was back to all in recovery again with an FTP of 667. Yikes. Contacted Garmin again and got a document back that said I had to adjust the Power Zones (on the Edge) in Connect, and the new ones would feed to the Edge, and all would be good. EXCEPT the Power Zones I found were perfect, spot on normal. I relayed that to the Garmin Support droid who then told me that the Power Zones must be coming from my power meter. I can’t find anything showing where the Stages are loading anything related to power zones. AND all of the rides were set back to Monster FTP!!
I looked at the records in Connect, and I did get a power zone record again, but it was nowhere near Monster FTP, and actually lower than my current 227. I accepted the new much lower record, and things just seem to be going off a cliff. And I opened another ticket with Stages, and tried to call them, and the bot said their office was closed. Is Stages still in business?!?!
So, being my first power meter, what happened? If a battery dies, the manual says it just continues with whichever side is still working, but that is certainly not what happened. Garmin not knowing what happened and getting snippy over my continuing to have issues isn’t helping. I did export the ‘bad’ ride and edited the TCX file to lower the power, and it looks more realistic at least but where did Monster FTP come from yet again?
So far it appears that the Edge is working correctly. It appeared that the Stages were working correctly, until something happened and it all hit the wall. I was able to ‘recover’ normality, for a brief moment. Garmin has no constructive opinion and shrugged when I suggested a hard reset of the Edge. And Stages is just nonexistent. And the rides are again showing a really high FTP.
Hoping someone here has a clue what happened, and if Garmin is full of it. (And where the hell Stages is)
Thanks, sorry it’s so long. What a crazy thing to happen… The Stages are up to date, the Edge is up to date, I’m up to date. (Connect showed all of the data properly, BTW, except the super human power output. No other data appeared to be altered, which was odd I’m thinking. If one of them went mental, why would the other data look good?) And anything through the Edge is Monster FTP again, even though Connect shows normalcy.