Back from vacation; Two months of road cycling; New equipment.
Hello again! I am back from my break, and I had a wonderful time.
My diet was pretty poor while I was off, but I’m only up a couple of pounds this morning (and that’s probably water weight). Even though my diet was not very clean, I was extremely active the entire time I was off and that’s what saved me. During the nine days I was off I rode a little over 400 kilometers (250 miles), did two weight training workouts and suffered through about 10 hours of hot and muggy yard work.
As most of you know, I decided to make May and June “roadie” months. I literally have not been on my mountain bike since April. My goal over the past two months was to put in as many road miles as possible and to continue my cycling training program. Basically I wanted to focus 100% on saddle time and cycling fitness. I also wanted to challenge myself to set as many road cycling personal records as possible (time, distance, speed, Strava PRs, etc).
It’s been a fantastic couple of months of progress. Here are some various facts and figures…
I set a new single month distance personal record in June, riding 1,167.4 kilometers (725.4 miles). That beats my previous PR of 1,006.6 kilometers (625.5 miles), which I set in May. The total distance I cycled in May and June combined was 2,174 kilometers (1,351 miles).
My total riding time in June was 39:14 (hh:mm), which bests May’s personal record of 34:04. Total riding time for for May and June comes to 73 hours and 18 minutes.
My average heart rate over the nearly 40 hours I rode in June was 159 BPM, while in May it was 156 BPM over ~34 hours.
My average speed in May was 29.61 KPH (18.4 MPH), with an average cadence of 88 RPM; average speed in June was improved to 29.77 KPH (18.5 MPH) with an average cadence of 89 RPM.
Total climbing for May and June was about 27,500 feet (yeah, yeah… it’s Florida).
I burned roughly 25,000 calories while riding in May, and around 28,000 calories in June.
Also, in June I did my longest ride thus far: 161.3 kilometers (100.2 miles). That was a great ride.
As far as timed segments on Strava, I set more PRs over the past two months than I care to go back and count. I also racked up several dozen top-10 finishes on the Strava leaderboards, and managed to ride away with a total of 12 new KOMs (1st place finishes).
You can check out all my rides on Strava if you want (must be logged in to Strava and following me, however).
I feel like my cycling fitness is better right now than it’s ever been before, and by a pretty wide margin. My latest FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test supports that notion: my current FTP is 294, which is another personal record.
I’ve added some new cycling equipment over the past couple of months, here’s a rundown…
Also, as you can see in the photo to the left, I picked up some dashing new cycling socks. These socks are made by Sock Guy, which I became a fan of a couple years ago when my friend and JSF member Craig Manning sent me a pair for Christmas (thanks, Craig!) The Sock Guy socks Craig gave me became my favorite pair, and so I decided to pick up some more. The socks I’m wearing in the photo are the Fireball socks. I also bought a pair of Chains socks and Silverback socks.
My old bar tape, which I put on back in October 2012, was really starting to smell horrible and was a little torn up. I replaced the bar tape last week with Fizik Performance Bar Tape, and I’m really happy with it.
I bought a new saddle, the Forté Pro XFR Saddle, and I’m not sure it’s going to work out. It’s pretty comfortable for the first 45 miles or so, but once I start closing in on 50 miles it really hurts. I think I’m going to return it and pick up a Selle Italia SLR Flow or Adamo.
My Madone went back to the shop last week for more bottom bracket warranty work, but that is a subject for another blog. I’ll probably dive into that tomorrow.
OK, so the past couple of months of road cycling were extremely productive, fun and educational, but I really am missing my mountain bike. While I’m still going to be doing road rides this month, my focus will return to mountain biking (along with my TrainerRoad cycling training program, of course). I’m anxious to see how my improved fitness translates to the trails. That said, I’m going to take it easy on my first few mountain bike rides, as I’m certainly going to be a little rusty.
I’ve got to get to work, I’m going to be buried for the next few days. Have a great day!