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My cycling month in review: March 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Cycling Month In Review, Daily Blog

April
1
2015

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

My 2015 cut ended early in March, and my caloric intake returned to maintenance levels. I began to ramp up my training in March, and the increased calories helped make it a solid month in the saddle. I posted my 4th ever highest monthly mileage total, and my 2nd best elevation monthly total. I also set my 2nd highest monthly personal record total (93), missing the top spot by just 2 PRs.

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

I know i just posted this photo a few days ago, but it was my favorite of the month. This shot of my friend Paul Bruining was taken while we were doing a tough 122 kilometer/76 mile training ride.

I know i just posted this photo a few days ago, but it was my favorite of the month. This shot of my friend Paul Bruining was taken while we were doing a tough 122 kilometer/76 mile training ride.

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, March 2015: 1,136.02 miles/1,828.2 kilometers (Current PR, set August 2014: 1,274.5 miles/2,051.11 kilometers)
  • Total Elevation, March 2015: 44,469 feet/13,554.15 meters (Current PR, set August 2014: 45,333 feet/13,817.50 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, March 2015: 57h 21m (Current PR set August 2014: 65h 48m)

 

Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements

march 2015 mts

Over the past month I set a total of 93 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.

 

For Strava’s March 2015 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 98.959% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 1,438 out of a total of 138,074 athletes with 1,828.2 kilometers ridden from March 1st – March 31st.

 

My Training Calender: March 2015

 

My March 2015 Training Calendar

My March 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 99.21 as of March 31, 2015.

My VeloViewer Score is 99.21 as of March 31, 2015.

 

2015 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time

My 2015 distance total (90 days) is 2,929.5 miles (4,714.57 kilometers). Average daily distance is 32.55 miles (52.38 kilometers).

My 2015 elevation total (90 days) is 111,693 feet (34,044.03 meters). Average daily elevation is 1,241.03 feet (378.27 meters).

I’ve spent a total of 146h 48m in the saddle so far in 2015. Average daily riding time is 1h 38m.

My riding streak continues, and I have now ridden my bike every single day for 457 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 distance compares to years past at this point in the calendar:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Elevation comparison: 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 March 31, 2015

My power curve as of March 31, 2015

 

I set a total of 1 new power output personal record in March.

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

Power Output Personal Records as of March 31, 2015 - Weight: 73.94 kg - FTP: 305

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second111215.61January 18, 2015
5 seconds103514.53January 18, 2015
10 seconds98313.8January 18, 2015
15 seconds95613.42July 5, 2014-
20 seconds93613.14July 5, 2014-
30 seconds85512.01July 5, 2014-
45 seconds72510.18January 18, 2015
1 minute6108.57January 18, 2015
1.5 minutes5197.29October 18, 2014-
2 minutes4876.84October 18, 2014-
3 minutes4316.05October 18, 2014-
4 minutes3845.39June 2, 2014-
5 minutes3695.18June 4, 2014-
6 minutes3514.93February 14, 2015
7 minutes3454.84September 19, 2014-
8 minutes3384.75November 19, 2014
9 minutes3404.77November 19, 2014
10 minutes3424.8November 19, 2014
15 minutes3094.34November 12, 2014
20 minutes3064.3August 20, 2014-
30 minutes2874.03April 21, 2014-
45 minutes2813.95April 21, 2014-
1 hour2793.92April 21, 2014-
1.5 hours2523.54November 12, 2014
2 hours2493.5November 12, 2014
2.5 hours2443.43November 12, 2014
3 hours2213.1December 18, 2014
3.5 hours2082.92March 21, 2015+1 watt
4 hours1922.7October 26, 2014-
5 hours1842.58February 7, 2015
6 hours1622.27October 5, 2014-
7 hours1161.63April 6, 2014-
8 hours1091.53April 6, 2014-
9 hours1091.53April 6, 2014-
10 hours1091.53April 6, 2014-

Excelsior!

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