My cycling month in review: November 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.
There were some absolutely stunning riding days over the past month, but November also challenged me with high winds, heavy rains and near-freezing temperatures–all of which I rode in.
Over the past 30 days I set a new FTP personal record of 305 watts, broke last month’s all-time single month high of 84 personal records for time on various Strava segments with a new high of 96 new personal records for time, and I also set seven (plus one tie) new power output personal records.
November also saw the conclusion of an awesome “Century Season”! I had my highest ever average speed of 24.4 mi/h (39.27 km/h) at the Seminole Cyclefest metric century (ride report is here) and, despite suffering a flat, I turned in my best ever Horrible Hundred performance, averaging 21.2 mi/h (34.12 km/h) over its 101.7 mile course with 5,210 feet of elevation (ride report is here).
Before I get into all the numbers and details, here’s my Cycling Photo of the Month for November 2014 (click to enlarge):
Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
- Total Distance Ridden, November 2014: 1,644.91 kilometers/1,022.1 miles (Current PR, set August 2014: 2,051.11 kilometers/1,274.5 miles)
- Total Elevation, November 2014: 40,761 feet/12423.95 meters (Current PR, set August 2014: 44,490 feet/13,560.55 meters)
- Total Riding Time, November 2014: 50h 21m (Current PR set August 2014: 65h 48m)
Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements
Over the past month I set a total of 96 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments. That’s a new personal record in and of itself, beating my previous best of 84 PRs set in October 2014.
For Strava’s November 2014 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 99.030% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 986 out of a total of 99,566 athletes with 1,644.91 kilometers ridden from November 1st – November 30th.
My Training Calender: November 2014
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 and see how you stack up with your Strava friends across the globe! Note that as of November 2014 VeloViewer is no longer a free service. The cost, however, is only about $16.00 (USD) per year, and I feel its features are well worth what comes to a little over a buck a month.
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 91.51% of the way through 2014, so let’s see how I’m doing:
My 2014 current distance total is 18,469.31 kilometers (11,476.3 miles), which is 184.69% of my 2014 distance goal. Goal reached. 🙂
On the elevation front, so far in 2014 I’ve ascended 353,386 feet (107,712.05 meters), and so that’s 220.87% 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 92.35% of the way to my revised distance goal of 20,000 kilometers (ahead of target pace), and I am 98.16% 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 335 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 597 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):
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.
I set a total of 7 new power output personal records (plus 1 tie) in November. I also achieved a new FTP of 305 (up from 291), which is also a new personal best.
Here’s my complete power output chart (my current power chart can always be found in the “Cycling” section on the main menu, above):
December 1, 2014 - Power Output Personal Records - Weight: 75.84 kg - FTP: 305
|INTERVAL||POWER (WATTS)||WATTS/KG||DATE||IMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH|
|1 second||1449||19.11||August 9, 2014||-|
|5 seconds||1016||13.4||July 5, 2014||-|
|10 seconds||983||12.96||July 5, 2014||-|
|15 seconds||956||12.61||July 5, 2014||-|
|20 seconds||936||12.34||July 5, 2014||-|
|30 seconds||855||11.27||July 5, 2014||-|
|45 seconds||672||8.86||July 10, 2014||-|
|1 minute||597||7.87||July 24, 2014||-|
|1.5 minutes||519||6.84||October 18, 2014||-|
|2 minutes||487||6.42||October 18, 2014||-|
|3 minutes||431||5.68||October 18, 2014||-|
|4 minutes||384||5.06||June 2, 2014||-|
|5 minutes||369||4.87||June 4, 2014||-|
|6 minutes||350||4.61||September 19, 2014||-|
|7 minutes||345||4.55||September 19, 2014||-|
|8 minutes||338||4.46||November 19, 2014||+0 watts (tie)|
|9 minutes||340||4.48||November 19, 2014||+14 watts|
|10 minutes||342||4.51||November 19, 2014||+27 watts|
|15 minutes||309||4.07||November 12, 2014||+5 watts|
|20 minutes||306||4.03||August 20, 2014||-|
|30 minutes||287||3.78||April 21, 2014||-|
|45 minutes||281||3.71||April 21, 2014||-|
|1 hour||279||3.68||April 21, 2014||-|
|1.5 hours||252||3.32||November 12, 2014||+6 watts|
|2 hours||249||3.28||November 12, 2014||+11 watts|
|2.5 hours||244||3.22||November 12, 2014||+20 watts|
|3 hours||212||2.8||April 21, 2014||-|
|4 hours||192||2.53||October 26, 2014||-|
|5 hours||183||2.41||November 16, 2014||+13 watts|
|6 hours||162||2.14||October 5, 2014||-|
|7 hours||116||1.53||April 6, 2014||-|
|8 hours||109||1.44||April 6, 2014||-|
|9 hours||109||1.44||April 6, 2014||-|
|10 hours||109||1.44||April 6, 2014||-|