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My cycling month in review: October 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Cycling Month In Review, Daily Blog

November
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.

October was an amazing month of cycling! I turned in my lifetime second highest monthly distance total (1,842.70 kilometers/1,145.0 miles), had my highest MTS (Monthly Training Series) placement (ranked 703 of 105,720 athletes), I set an all-time single month high of 84 personal records for time on various Strava segments, and I set six new power output personal records.

Also, at the Mount Dora Bike Festival I set a new Century speed PR: 100.2 miles with a time of 4:19:55 and an average speed of 23.13 MPH. Then, just two weeks later, I beat that Century speed record at the Horse Farm Hundred: 100.5 miles, total ride time of 4:18:49 and an average speed of 23.3 MPH. I did both of those rides without stopping to SAG or rest. A good month indeed!

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

Spotted a nice pumpkin display on my Halloween ride--perfect for my October 2014 bike photo of the month!

Spotted a nice pumpkin display on my Halloween ride–perfect for my October 2014 bike photo of the month!

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, October 2014: 1,842.70 kilometers/1,145.0 miles (Current PR, set August 2014: 2,051.11 kilometers/1,274.5 miles)
  • Total Elevation, October 2014: 33,447 feet/10,194.65 meters (Current PR, set August 2014: 44,490 feet/13,560.55 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, October 2014: 57h 11m (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 84 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments. That’s a new personal record in and of itself, beating my previous best of 78 PRs set in September 2013.

 

For Strava’s October 2014 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 99.335% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide (top 0.665%), placing 703 out of a total of 105,720 athletes with 1,843.0 kilometers ridden from October 1st – October 31st. This is my highest MTS placing to date.

 

My Training Calender: October 2014

 

 My October 2014 Training Calender

My October 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 98.78 as of October 31, 2014.

My VeloViewer Score is 98.78 as of October 31, 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 83.29% of the way through 2014, so let’s see how I’m doing:

My 2014 current distance total is 16,824.40 kilometers (10,454.2 miles), which is 168.2% of my 2014 distance goal. Goal reached. 🙂

On the elevation front, so far in 2014 I’ve ascended 311,791 feet (95,033.90 meters), and so that’s 194.87% 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 84.12% of the way to my revised distance goal of 20,000 kilometers (ahead of target pace), and I am 86.61% of the way to my revised elevation goal of 360,000 feet (ahead of target pace).

My 2014 riding streak continues, and I have ridden my bike every single day for 305 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 546 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 October 2014

My power curve as of October 2014

 

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

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

November 1, 2014 - Power Output Personal Records - Weight: 74.48 kg - FTP: 291

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second144919.45August 9, 2014-
5 seconds101613.64July 5, 2014-
10 seconds98313.2July 5, 2014-
15 seconds95612.84July 5, 2014-
20 seconds93612.57July 5, 2014-
30 seconds85511.48July 5, 2014-
45 seconds6729.02July 10, 2014-
1 minute5978.02July 24, 2014-
1.5 minutes5196.97October 18, 2014+23 watts
2 minutes4876.54October 18, 2014+17 watts
3 minutes4315.79October 18, 2014+40 watts
4 minutes3845.16June 2, 2014-
5 minutes3694.95June 4, 2014-
6 minutes3504.7September 19, 2014-
7 minutes3454.63September 19, 2014-
8 minutes3384.54September 19, 2014-
9 minutes3264.38September 19, 2014-
10 minutes3154.23June 5, 2014-
15 minutes3044.08August 20, 2014-
20 minutes3064.11August 20, 2014-
30 minutes2873.85April 21, 2014-
45 minutes2813.77April 21, 2014-
1 hour2793.75April 21, 2014-
1.5 hours2463.3April 21, 2014-
2 hours2383.2April 21, 2014-
3 hours2122.85April 21, 2014-
4 hours1922.58October 26, 2014+8 watts
5 hours1702.28October 5, 2014+25 watts
6 hours1622.18October 5, 2014+22 watts
7 hours1161.56April 6, 2014-
8 hours1091.46April 6, 2014-
9 hours1091.46April 6, 2014-
10 hours1091.46April 6, 2014-

Excelsior!

John Stone Fitness Comments

4 Responses to “My cycling month in review: October 2014”
  1. So far looks like a pretty interesting website. My VeloViewer score is 96.17, which at this point doesn’t mean much without comparing it to others. It’s a little over 2 less than yours, but not really sure if that is a big gap or relatively close. Going to spend more time studying it to see what it all means.

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    • If you click on the “Rivals” tab you can compare your score to your friends on VeloViewer and more.

      You’ll find that improvements are quite small, and hard to come by. For example, you saw my ride today. I moved into the top 10 on three very popular segments (on Sugarloaf and Scrubjay); despite that, my VeloViewer score only improved +0.03 to 98.81.

      The best way to improve your score is to place high on very popular non-downhill segments.

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  2. I’ve been playing around some more with this website. There is definitely more data you can play with, but I guess just like with Strava the data is only as good as the reliability of the input, which is where Strava can be a bit misleading and not necessarily by their fault. To me the biggest problem with Strava is it’s inability or choice not to distinguish between group rides and time trial bikes. Both are clear advantages over a lone guy on a road bike and in my opinion skew the numbers and comparisons. No doubt Strava could create a group category. It wouldn’t be foolproof because you could be in a group and if nobody else in the group had Strava they would never know, but the reality is Strava is so widely used now it would be rare to have that happen without it being a deliberate attempt at cheating. As far as time trial bikes there’s not much Strava can do about that, but I know within our group around here most of us are aware of the guys who only ride time trial bikes and take their results with a grain of salt even if they are fooling themselves. Last but not least there will always be those who cheat, although I have no idea why you want to, and as we’ve talked about before a common way on Strava is by using the digital EPO websites to alter the data to make you look faster!!! Like you told me one day if there is no cadence or heart rate to back up a ride it makes you suspicious. Funny because once you said that I looked at a few rides I’ve been suspicious of, and sure enough nothing else to back it up…hmmmm!!! Anyway, I’ll still take the fun and competition of Strava over the sound of breaking carbon heard so often at local bike races!!! LOL So to that end this website does add another layer of interest to the game.

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    • Just the other day I said this to a FB friend who is new to Strava, and was stressing out about some of the things you mentioned:

      “Ride hard, have fun and let the Strava chips fall where they may. If you start worrying about group/no group, wind direction, cheaters and other variables you can’t control, it becomes a grind and takes the fun out of it.”

      🙂

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