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My cycling month in review: September 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Cycling Month In Review, Daily Blog

October
1
2014

A new month is upon us and, as I always do on the first day of the month, this morning I’m going to review some of my cycling highlights, personal records and totals from the previous month.

Between my insane work schedule (more than two weeks straight of 12-14 hour work days), an injury (broken toe) and illness (several days running a fever), September was not a record-breaking month for me, but I still managed to ride more than 1,500 kilometers (almost 1,000 miles). I also set half-dozen new power PRs and almost 40 segment PRs for time. Finally, I kept my daily riding streak alive (it wasn’t easy!)

Before I get into the numbers, here’s my Cycling Photo of the Month for September 2014 (click to enlarge):

I took this photo early in the month, September 4, 2014. Another spectacular sunrise on a beautiful morning!

I took this photo early in the month, September 4, 2014. Another spectacular sunrise on a beautiful morning!

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, September 2014: 1,526.46 kilometers/948.5 miles (Current PR, set August 2014: 2,051.11 kilometers/1,274.5 miles)
  • Total Elevation, September 2014: 27,497 feet/8381.1 meters (Current PR, set August 2014: 44,490 feet/13,560.55 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, September 2014: 46h 39m (Current PR set August 2014: 65h 48m)

 

Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements

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Over the past month I set a total of 38 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.

 

For Strava’s September 2014 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 97.86% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide (top 2.1377%), placing 2,723 out of a total of 127,382 athletes with 1,526.46 kilometers ridden from September 1st – September 30th.

 

My Training Calender: September 2014

 

My September 2014 Training Calender

My September 2014 Training Calender

 

VeloViewer Score

I’ve been using the awesome Strava companion site VeloViewer for quite some time now (in fact, that’s where some of the stats and charts in these monthly reports are obtained). If you’re a Strava cyclist who craves even more ways to crunch your ride data, then you owe it to yourself to check out VeloViewer. There’s a lot there, so explore and have some fun.

One of the features of VeloViewer that I really like is its innovative and unique VeloViewer Score.

The VeloViewer Score is a cool way for Strava users to compare themselves against other cyclists: It is the average segment position score from a cyclist’s top 25% (up to a maximum of 100) non-downhill segments. What I like about the VeloViewer Score is that it’s derived based on an algorithm that actually weights the number of other athletes who have also ridden the segments. In other words, VeloViewer understands and takes into account that a KOM with only 20 cyclists on the leaderboard is nowhere near as impressive as a KOM with 1,000 cyclists on the leaderboard.

Because of the way the VeloViewer Score is computed, it’s a unique method for cyclists who live far apart and never ride the same segments to compare their overall performances.

Go create your own VeloViewer account (it’s free) and see how you stack up with your Strava friends across the globe!

My VeloViewer Score is 98.64 as of September 30, 2014.

My VeloViewer Score is 98.64 as of September 30, 2014.

 

2014 Goals Progress

In late 2013 I publicly announced a couple of cycling distance and elevation goals for 2014. Those goals were to ride at least 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles) with more than 160,000 feet of elevation. Earlier this year I added the additional goal of riding my bike every single day in 2014. We’re now 74.52% of the way through 2014, so let’s see how I’m doing:

My 2014 current distance total is 14,981.54 kilometers (9,309.1 miles), which is 149.8% of my 2014 distance goal. Goal reached. 🙂

On the elevation front, so far in 2014 I’ve ascended 278,340 feet (84,838.0320 meters), and so that’s 174% of my 2014 elevation goal. Goal reached. 🙂

When I established these distance and elevation goals in late 2013, they were considerably higher than anything I’d ever done before. Because I reached both of those goals so quickly, earlier this year I significantly revised them. I am now shooting for 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) with 360,000 feet of elevation.

I am currently 74.91% of the way to my revised distance goal of 20,000 kilometers, and I am 77.32% of the way to my revised elevation goal of 360,000 feet.

My 2014 riding streak continues, and I have ridden my bike every single day for 273 days straight (at least one ride every day from December 31, 2013 forward). My criteria for this challenge can be found here.

I’ve spent a total of 489 hours in the saddle so far in 2014.

Here are comparisons of my distance and elevation for 2012, 2013 and 2014 YTD (click to enlarge):

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013 and 2014 YTD

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013 and 2014 YTD

Elevation  comparison: 2012, 2013 and 2014 YTD

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013 and 2014 YTD

 

Power Output Personal Records

Here’s a look at my current power curve (click to enlarge), followed by a chart with my actual power output personal records at various time intervals.

My power curve as of September 2014

My power curve as of September 2014

 

I set a total of 6 new power output personal records in September.

Here’s my complete power output chart (my current power chart can always be found in the “Cycling” section on the main menu, above):

October 1, 2014 - Power Output Personal Records - Weight: 72.6655 kg - FTP: 291

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second144919.94August 9, 2014-
5 seconds101613.98July 5, 2014-
10 seconds98313.53July 5, 2014-
15 seconds95613.16July 5, 2014-
20 seconds93612.88July 5, 2014-
30 seconds85511.77July 5, 2014-
45 seconds6729.25July 10, 2014-
1 minute5978.22July 24, 2014-
1.5 minutes4966.83July 24, 2014-
2 minutes4706.47August 11, 2014-
3 minutes3915.38July 25, 2014-
4 minutes3845.28June 2, 2014-
5 minutes3695.08June 4, 2014-
6 minutes3504.82September 19, 2014+3 watts
7 minutes3454.75September 19, 2014+12 watts
8 minutes3384.65September 19, 2014+12 watts
9 minutes3264.49September 19, 2014+9 watts
10 minutes3154.33June 5, 2014-
15 minutes3044.18August 20, 2014-
20 minutes3064.21August 20, 2014-
30 minutes2873.95April 21, 2014-
45 minutes2813.87April 21, 2014-
1 hour2793.84April 21, 2014-
1.5 hours2463.39April 21, 2014-
2 hours2383.28April 21, 2014-
3 hours2122.92April 21, 2014-
4 hours1842.53May 7, 2014-
5 hours1452September 6, 2014+11 watts
6 hours1401.93September 6, 2014+3 watts
7 hours1161.6April 6, 2014-
8 hours1091.5April 6, 2014-
9 hours1091.5April 6, 2014-
10 hours1091.5April 6, 2014-

Excelsior!

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