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My cycling month in review: August 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Cycling Month In Review, Daily Blog

September
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.

After a record-breaking July (PRs for distance, time, elevation) I eased off a bit in August. Despite slightly less saddle time than usual, August was still an eventful month: a mechanical far from home, a weird cold, a busy work schedule and–above all–some fun and excellent rides.

Before I get into all the numbers and details, here are my favorite photos of the month (see captions, click to enlarge):

After breaking a spoke, my buddy Chris took several hours out of his day to bring me a spare wheel so the ride could continue. In this photo we'd just got back on the road after a few hours of standing on the roadside being eaten my mosquitoes. Here Sebastian is giving an enthusiastic Thumbs up as we were motopaced by Chris while we warmed back up. This was a much-needed lighthearted moment after a pretty crappy couple of hours.

After breaking a spoke, my buddy Chris took several hours out of his day to bring me a spare wheel so the ride could continue. In this photo we’d just got back on the road after a few hours of standing on the roadside being eaten my mosquitoes. Here Sebastian is giving an enthusiastic Thumbs up as we were motopaced by Chris while we warmed back up. This was a much-needed lighthearted moment after a pretty crappy couple of hours.

From a fast and windy ride with my friend Hector.  In this shot we're crossing the Lake Harris Bridge and fighting mean crossing headwind.

From a fast and windy ride with my friend Hector. In this shot we’re crossing the Lake Harris Bridge and fighting mean crossing headwind.

A century ride with Chris and Sebastian. It was a beautiful morning! Christopher pulled for the first 20 miles--1 mile for each minute he was late.

A century ride with Chris and Sebastian. It was a beautiful morning! Christopher pulled for the first 20 miles–1 mile for each minute he was late.

Beautiful sunrise on a solo training ride.

Beautiful sunrise on a solo training ride.

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, August 2015: 1,089.0 miles (Current PR, set July 2015: 1,311.7 miles/2,111.0 kilometers)
  • Total Elevation, August 2015: 38,398 feet (Current PR, set July 2015: 46,795 feet/14,263.12 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, August 2015: 53h 21m (Current PR, set July 2015: 65h 50m)

 

Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements

august 2015 mts

Over the past month I set a total of 41 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.

For Strava’s August 2015 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 98.139% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 3,598 out of a total of 193,304 athletes with 1,752 kilometers ridden from August 1st – August 31st.

I’ve completed every Strava cycling challenge to date so far in 2015.

 

My Training Calendar: August 2015

 

My August 2015 Training Calendar

My August 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 – August 2015

VeloViewer Score – August 2015

 

2015 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time

My 2015 distance total (243 days) is 8,364.3 miles. Average daily distance is 34.42 miles.

My 2015 elevation total (243 days) is 300,814 feet. Average daily elevation is 1,237.91 feet.

I’ve spent a total of 412h 10m in the saddle so far in 2015. Average daily riding time is 1h 42m.

My riding streak continues, and I have now ridden my bike every single day for 609 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, I’m juuuust ahead of 2014 on distance (+3 miles), 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 August 31, 2015

My power curve as August 31, 2015

 

I set no new power output personal records in August, but I came within a few watts of several of them.

I set a new Power-to-heart rate personal record in August of 1.39 watts/BPM (previous record was 1.38 watts/BPM set November 2014).

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 August 31, 2015 - Weight: 78.47 kg - FTP: 305

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second116714.91July 14, 2015
5 seconds103513.22January 18, 2015
10 seconds98312.56January 18, 2015
15 seconds95612.21July 5, 2014
20 seconds93611.96July 5, 2014
30 seconds85510.92July 5, 2014
45 seconds7259.26January 18, 2015
1 minute6107.79January 18, 2015
1.5 minutes5196.63October 18, 2014
2 minutes4876.22October 18, 2014
3 minutes4315.51October 18, 2014
4 minutes3844.9June 2, 2014
5 minutes3694.71June 4, 2014
6 minutes3514.48February 14, 2015
7 minutes3454.41September 19, 2014
8 minutes3384.32November 19, 2014
9 minutes3404.34November 19, 2014
10 minutes3424.37November 19, 2014
15 minutes3093.95November 12, 2014
20 minutes3063.91August 20, 2014
30 minutes2873.67April 21, 2014
45 minutes2813.59April 21, 2014
1 hour2793.56April 21, 2014
1.5 hours2533.23April 30, 2015
2 hours2493.18November 12, 2014
2.5 hours2443.12November 12, 2014
3 hours2282.91April 30, 2015
3.5 hours2082.66March 21, 2015
4 hours2032.59May 23, 2015
5 hours1842.35February 7, 2015
6 hours1622.07October 5, 2014
7 hours1161.48April 6, 2014
8 hours1091.39April 6, 2014
9 hours1091.39April 6, 2014
10 hours1091.39April 6, 2014

Excelsior!

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