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My cycling month in review: January 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Cycling Month In Review, Daily Blog

February
2
2015

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.

I started my 2015 cut in early January, and–despite being in a caloric deficit and dropping more than 11 pounds–I managed dozens of personal records for time, set almost a half-dozen new lifetime best power output personal records, and I kept my riding streak alive. Let’s crunch some numbers!

Before I get into all the numbers and details, here’s my Cycling Photo of the Month for January 2015 (click to enlarge):

My January 2015 photo of the month is from the Orange Cycle New Year's Day Ride. It was a cool experience to be a part of the hundreds of cyclists who rolled through a virtually deserted downtown Orlando.

My January 2015 photo of the month is from the Orange Cycle New Year’s Day Ride. It was a cool experience to be a part of the hundreds of cyclists who rolled through a virtually deserted downtown Orlando.

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, January 2015: 926.0 miles/1,490.25 kilometers (Current PR, set August 2014: 1,274.5 miles/2,051.11 kilometers)
  • Total Elevation, January 2015: 34,423 feet/10,492.1 meters (Current PR, set August 2014: 44,490 feet/13,560.55 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, January 2015: 46h 52m (Current PR set August 2014: 65h 48m)

 

Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements

jan 2015 mts

Over the past month I set a total of 68 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.

 

For Strava’s January 2015 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 97.443% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 2,927 out of a total of 114,473 athletes with 1,490.25 kilometers ridden from January 1st – January 31st.

 

My Training Calender: January 2015

 

My January 2015 Training Calendar

My January 2015 Training Calendar

 

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 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.

My VeloViewer Score is 99.07 as of January 31, 2015.

My VeloViewer Score is 99.07 as of January 31, 2015.

 

2015 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time

My 2015 distance total (31 days) is 926.0 miles (1,490.25 kilometers). Average daily distance is 29.87 miles (48.07 kilometers).

My 2015 elevation total (31 days) is 34,423 feet (10,492.1 meters). Average daily elevation is 1,110.42 feet (338.45 meters).

I’ve spent a total of 46h 52m in the saddle so far in 2015. Average daily riding time is 1h 31m.

My riding streak continues, and I have now ridden my bike every single day for 398 days straight (at least one ride every day from December 31, 2013 forward). My minimum standards for this challenge are as follows:

  • The bare minimum for a ride, or rides, to count is 10 miles/16.1 kilometers.
  • Multiple rides on the same day that total in excess of 10 miles/16.1 kilometers are acceptable.
  • Indoor trainer rides (in excess of 10 miles) count.

Here are comparisons of my distance and elevation for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD. As you can see from the zoomed view (new!), I’m ahead of pace from any previous year on distance, and considerably ahead on elevation (click to enlarge):

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD.

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD.

 

Here’s a zoomed in view that shows how 2015 YTD compares to years past at this point in the calendar:

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD (Zoomed view)

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD (Zoomed view)

 

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD.

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD.

 

Here’s a zoomed in view that shows how 2015 YTD compares to years past at this point in the calendar:

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD (Zoomed view)

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD (Zoomed view)

 

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 January 31, 2015

My power curve as of January 31, 2015

 

I set a total of 5 new power output personal records in January.

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

February 1, 2015 - Power Output Personal Records - Weight: 75.84 kg - FTP: 305

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second111214.68January 18, 2015+62 watts
5 seconds103513.66January 18, 2015+19 watts
10 seconds98312.98January 18, 2015+7 watts
15 seconds95612.62July 5, 2014-
20 seconds93612.36July 5, 2014-
30 seconds85511.29July 5, 2014-
45 seconds7259.57January 18, 2015+39 watts
1 minute6108.05January 18, 2015+13 watts
1.5 minutes5196.85October 18, 2014-
2 minutes4876.43October 18, 2014-
3 minutes4315.69October 18, 2014-
4 minutes3845.07June 2, 2014-
5 minutes3694.87June 4, 2014-
6 minutes3504.62September 19, 2014-
7 minutes3454.55September 19, 2014-
8 minutes3384.46November 19, 2014
9 minutes3404.49November 19, 2014
10 minutes3424.51November 19, 2014
15 minutes3094.08November 12, 2014
20 minutes3064.04August 20, 2014-
30 minutes2873.79April 21, 2014-
45 minutes2813.71April 21, 2014-
1 hour2793.68April 21, 2014-
1.5 hours2523.33November 12, 2014
2 hours2493.29November 12, 2014
2.5 hours2443.22November 12, 2014
3 hours2212.92December 18, 2014
4 hours1922.53October 26, 2014-
5 hours1832.42November 16, 2014
6 hours1622.14October 5, 2014-
7 hours1161.53April 6, 2014-
8 hours1091.44April 6, 2014-
9 hours1091.44April 6, 2014-
10 hours1091.44April 6, 2014-

Excelsior!

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