2013 cycling year in review; 2014 cycling goals.
I feel like I improved a lot as a cyclist in 2013, but I also think I can do much better in 2014. Today I’m going to sum up my 2013 riding year, and throw out a few goals for 2014.
Distance: 8,655 kilometers / 5,378.2 miles
Elevation: 121,575 feet / 37,056.1 meters
Time: 318 hours 22 minutes
Longest Ride (distance): 162 kilometers / 100.6 miles (The Warrior Ride)
Longest Ride (time): 5h51m19s (Paisley Woods MTB Metric Century)
Biggest Climb: 847 feet / 258 meters (Black Bear Rampage MTB Race)
Greatest elevation in a single ride: 5,184 feet / 1,580 meters (The Horrible Hundred)
Highest Strava Suffer Score: 357 (“Epic”) (The Horrible Hundred)
Number of rides with Strava “Epic” Suffer Scores (250+): 2
Number of rides with Strava “Extreme” Suffer Scores (150 – 249): 19
Number of Personal Records set: 277
Peak FTP (Functional Threshold Power): 294
Peak FTP/kg: 3.77
Most memorable biking-related event: The entire Black Bear Rampage trip!
- Black Bear Rampage 2013: Day 1
- Black Bear Rampage 2013: Day 2
- Black Bear Rampage 2013: Day 3
- Black Bear Rampage 2013: Day 4 (race day!)
- Black Bear Rampage 2013: Day 5
- Black Bear Rampage 2013: Final thoughts
Most difficult indoor training series: TrainerRoad’s “8 Days in California”!
- 8DC: Stage 1
- 8DC: Stage 2
- 8DC: Stage 3
- 8DC: Stage 4
- 8DC: Stage 5
- 8DC: Stage 6
- 8DC: Stage 7
- 8DC: Stage 8
- 8DC: Final thoughts, recap and stats
2013 was definitely the biggest year in my relatively short riding career (I started mountain biking in October 2009 and started road cycling in October 2012), but I know I have a lot more in me. It’s going to take a lot of work to tap into that potential, but I’m up for it.
So, I have a few broad cycling goals for 2014:
Distance: 10,000+ kilometers
Elevation: 160,000+ feet
The FTP/kg improvement will be tough, but I think I can pull it off. 4.65 FTP/kg would put me at the upper end of Cat 2/lower end of Cat 1 on Coggin’s power scale. I am going to attack this goal from two directions: weight loss (my cut starts on Monday, and I’ll be dieting down to around 72.5 kilograms), and structured indoor training programs on TrainerRoad.
I’m looking forward to another great year on two wheels!