My cycling month in review: April 2014
In March I set dozens of cycling personal bests, including single-month and single-week high water marks for distance, time and elevation; I also set a longest single-ride personal record and more than 50 personal records for time, as well as a few other personal bests (see “March 2014: Cycling month in review“).
Even though April was a shorter month than March, I was determined to break every single one of those new personal records again in April. Was I successful?
Here’s a look at my April 2014 on the bike:
Cycling Personal Records
Also in April, I set a total of 86 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments, which tops my previous best of 79 timed segment PRs in a single month (set back in September 2013).
April saw my highest ever placing for Strava’s Monthly Training Series: I finished in the top 1.2% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 1,107th out of 95,130 athletes with 1,818 kilometers ridden.
Here’s a look at my Cycling Training Calender for April 2014 (click to enlarge):
In late 2013 I publicly announced a couple of cycling distance and elevation goals for 2014. Those goals were to ride at least 6,214 miles (10,000 kilometers) with more than 160,000 feet of elevation. I added an additional goal this past month: ride my bike every single day in 2014. We’re now 33.3% of the way through 2014, so let’s see how I’m doing:
My 2014 current distance total is 3,891.1 miles (6,262.12 kilometers), which puts me nearly 63% of the way to my 2014 distance goal.
On the elevation front, so far in 2014 I’ve climbed 99,029 feet, and so that’s nearly 62% of the way to my 2014 goal.
My riding streak continues, and I have ridden my bike every single day for 121 days straight.
Here are comparisons of my distance and elevation for 2012, 2013 and 2014 YTD (click to enlarge):
What a fantastic and memorable month of riding! I love this sport. 🙂
The aim for May is to take my fitness and power-to-weight ratio to all-new heights through tough, focused structured indoor training in my Bike Torture Chamber. I’ll be doing plenty of outdoor riding, too, of course, but April’s distance and elevation records won’t be beaten in May.