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2013 cycling year in review; 2014 cycling goals.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Cycling Year In Review, Daily Blog

January
8
2014
2013 cycling: year in review

2013 cycling: year in review

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.

First, here are few of my cycling stats and figures for 2013 (a mix of mountain biking and road cycling). These numbers came from Strava and VeloViewer.

Distance: 8,655 kilometers / 5,378.2 miles
Elevation: 121,575 feet / 37,056.1 meters
Time: 318 hours 22 minutes
Rides: 222

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!

Most difficult indoor training series: TrainerRoad’s “8 Days in California”!

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
FTP/kg: 4.65+

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!

John Stone Fitness Comments

4 Responses to “2013 cycling year in review; 2014 cycling goals.”
  1. Wow, has it really been since October of 2009??? I’ve had 3 kids since then, LOL!!!

    I feel like it was yesterday I remember you musing in your blogs about “maybe getting a bike” and then when you got your first Trek as a gift.

    Man, the time just flies….

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  2. “It’s going to take a lot of work to tap into that potential, but I’m up for it.”

    This is one of the most inspirational sentences I’ve read on your website, John. Something about using the expression “tap into that potential”, as opposed to just “reach my goals”…it’s as if you already know you can do it.

    I think a lot of people, myself included, could benefit from making that a mantra!

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