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My cycling month in review: May 2015

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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.

Overall May was a good month, but it was marred by my first (and hopefully last) bike vs. automobile collision. Also, I ended the month with a tough ~90 mile ride in the hills (almost 5,000 feet of elevation), and it was not a great day in the saddle for me. No wrecks or anything like that, just a sub-par performance amongst the local giants. I’ll be talking about that ride in tomorrow’s blog.

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

Amazing clouds while riding back from Clermont on a solo metric century. Somehow I avoided the rain.

Amazing clouds while riding back from Clermont on a solo metric century. Somehow I avoided the rain.

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, May 2015: 1,045.7 miles/1,682.8910 kilometers (Current PR, set August 2014: 1,274.5 miles/2,051.11 kilometers)
  • Total Elevation, May 2015: 37,077 feet/11,301.01 meters (Current PR, set August 2014: 45,333 feet/13,817.50 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, May 2015: 50h 44m (Current PR set August 2014: 65h 48m)

 

Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements

may 2015 mts

Over the past month I set a total of 82 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.

 

For Strava’s May 2015 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 97.895% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 4,088 out of a total of 194,154 athletes with 1,682 kilometers ridden from May 1st – May 31st.

 

My Training Calender: May 2015

 

My May 2015 Training Calendar

My May 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.

VeloViewer Score - May 2015

VeloViewer Score – May 2015

 

2015 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time

My 2015 distance total (151 days) is 5,030.6 miles (8,095.97 kilometers). Average daily distance is 33.32 miles (53.62 kilometers).

My 2015 elevation total (151 days) is 183,307 feet (55,871.97 meters). Average daily elevation is 1,213.95 feet (370.01 meters).

I’ve spent a total of 247h 15m in the saddle so far in 2015. Average daily riding time is 1h 37m.

My riding streak continues, and I have now ridden my bike every single day for 517 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: 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 elevation 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 May 31, 2015

My power curve as of May 31, 2015

 

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

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 May 31, 2015 - Weight: 76.02 kg - FTP: 305

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second111214.63January 18, 2015
5 seconds103513.61January 18, 2015
10 seconds98312.93January 18, 2015
15 seconds95612.58July 5, 2014
20 seconds93612.31July 5, 2014
30 seconds85511.25July 5, 2014
45 seconds7259.54January 18, 2015
1 minute6108.02January 18, 2015
1.5 minutes5196.83October 18, 2014
2 minutes4876.41October 18, 2014
3 minutes4315.67October 18, 2014
4 minutes3845.05June 2, 2014
5 minutes3694.85June 4, 2014
6 minutes3514.62February 14, 2015
7 minutes3454.54September 19, 2014
8 minutes3384.45November 19, 2014
9 minutes3404.47November 19, 2014
10 minutes3424.5November 19, 2014
15 minutes3094.06November 12, 2014
20 minutes3064.03August 20, 2014
30 minutes2873.78April 21, 2014
45 minutes2813.7April 21, 2014
1 hour2793.67April 21, 2014
1.5 hours2533.33April 30, 2015
2 hours2493.28November 12, 2014
2.5 hours2443.21November 12, 2014
3 hours2283April 30, 2015
3.5 hours2082.74March 21, 2015
4 hours2032.67May 23, 2015+15 watts
5 hours1842.42February 7, 2015
6 hours1622.13October 5, 2014
7 hours1161.53April 6, 2014
8 hours1091.43April 6, 2014
9 hours1091.43April 6, 2014
10 hours1091.43April 6, 2014

Excelsior!

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