My cycling month in review: April 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.
April was an excellent month in the saddle. With my 2015 cut behind me, the increased calories made a huge difference in how I felt on the bike–particularly on my longer and harder rides. I set a lifetime best of 104 personal records for time in April, beating my previous best of 95. I also set a couple of new power output personal records.
Before I get into all the numbers and details, here’s my Cycling Photo of the Month for April 2015 (click to enlarge):
Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
- Total Distance Ridden, April 2015: 1,055.3 miles/1,698.34 kilometers (Current PR, set August 2014: 1,274.5 miles/2,051.11 kilometers)
- Total Elevation, April 2015: 34,537 feet/10,526.8776 meters (Current PR, set August 2014: 45,333 feet/13,817.50 meters)
- Total Riding Time, April 2015: 49h 43m (Current PR set August 2014: 65h 48m)
Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements
Over the past month I set a total of 104 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments. That’s a new personal best for me, beating my previous high of 95 PRs, set November 2014.
For Strava’s April 2015 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 98.356% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 2,713 out of a total of 165,034 athletes with 1,698.34 kilometers ridden from April 1st – April 30th.
My Training Calender: April 2015
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.
2015 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time
My 2015 distance total (120 days) is 3,984.8 miles (6,412.91 kilometers). Average daily distance is 33.21 miles (53.44 kilometers).
My 2015 elevation total (120 days) is 146,230 feet (44,570.9040 meters). Average daily elevation is 1,218.58 feet (371.42 meters).
I’ve spent a total of 196h 31m 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 487 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):
Here’s a zoomed in view that shows how 2015 YTD distance compares to years past at this point in the calendar:
Here’s a zoomed in view that shows how 2015 YTD elevation compares to years past at this point in the calendar:
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 2 new power output personal records in April. Both of those power PRs were set on yesterday’s very tough 71.2 mile solo training ride. You can check out the ride with all details here.
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 April 30, 2015 - Weight: 75.84 kg - FTP: 305
|INTERVAL||POWER (WATTS)||WATTS/KG||DATE||IMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH|
|1 second||1112||15.04||January 18, 2015|
|5 seconds||1035||14||January 18, 2015|
|10 seconds||983||13.3||January 18, 2015|
|15 seconds||956||12.93||July 5, 2014||-|
|20 seconds||936||12.66||July 5, 2014||-|
|30 seconds||855||11.56||July 5, 2014||-|
|45 seconds||725||9.81||January 18, 2015|
|1 minute||610||8.25||January 18, 2015|
|1.5 minutes||519||7.02||October 18, 2014||-|
|2 minutes||487||6.59||October 18, 2014||-|
|3 minutes||431||5.83||October 18, 2014||-|
|4 minutes||384||5.19||June 2, 2014||-|
|5 minutes||369||4.99||June 4, 2014||-|
|6 minutes||351||4.75||February 14, 2015|
|7 minutes||345||4.67||September 19, 2014||-|
|8 minutes||338||4.57||November 19, 2014|
|9 minutes||340||4.6||November 19, 2014|
|10 minutes||342||4.63||November 19, 2014|
|15 minutes||309||4.18||November 12, 2014|
|20 minutes||306||4.14||August 20, 2014||-|
|30 minutes||287||3.88||April 21, 2014||-|
|45 minutes||281||3.8||April 21, 2014||-|
|1 hour||279||3.77||April 21, 2014||-|
|1.5 hours||253||3.42||April 30, 2015||+1 watt|
|2 hours||249||3.37||November 12, 2014|
|2.5 hours||244||3.3||November 12, 2014|
|3 hours||221||2.99||April 30, 2015||+7 watts|
|3.5 hours||208||2.81||March 21, 2015|
|4 hours||192||2.6||October 26, 2014||-|
|5 hours||184||2.49||February 7, 2015|
|6 hours||162||2.19||October 5, 2014||-|
|7 hours||116||1.57||April 6, 2014||-|
|8 hours||109||1.47||April 6, 2014||-|
|9 hours||109||1.47||April 6, 2014||-|
|10 hours||109||1.47||April 6, 2014||-|