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My cycling month in review: September 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Cycling Month In Review, Daily Blog

October
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.

While September was not Earth-shattering from a PR standpoint, I trained hard and had some extremely fun, but tough, rides with my friends. I hit some new roads, battled the heat, humidity, fog and rain, and I also witnessed one of the most amazing sunrises I’ve ever seen from the saddle (see the last picture, below).

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

September 6, 2015. The first third of this 78 mile ride with my friends Rafael and Justin was pea soup fog.

September 6, 2015. The first third of this 78 mile ride with my friends Rafael and Justin was pea soup fog.

September 6, 2015. Once the fog burned off it was a beautiful, but humid, morning.

September 6, 2015. Once the fog burned off it was a beautiful, but humid, morning.

September 10, 2015. Riding into a beautiful sunrise. Not a great picture, but the light was amazing so I had to post it.

September 10, 2015. Riding into a beautiful sunrise. Not a great picture, but the light was amazing so I had to post it.

September 20, 2015. This was the front group at the Windermere Saturday ride. This was a fast and difficult 72 mile ride.

September 20, 2015. This was the front group at the Windermere Saturday ride. This was a fast and difficult 72 mile ride.

September 25, 2015. Another excellent Friday morning ride with Sebastian!

September 25, 2015. Another excellent Friday morning ride with Sebastian!

September 27, 2015. One of the most amazing sunrises I've ever witnessed on a bike ride. Everything was perfect: the light, the clouds, the soft mist... A truly great moment to be alive and outside on a bike!

September 27, 2015. One of the most amazing sunrises I’ve ever witnessed on a bike ride. Everything was perfect: the light, the clouds, the soft mist… A truly great moment to be alive and outside on a bike!

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, September 2015: 980.5 miles (Current PR, set July 2015: 1,311.7 miles/2,111.0 kilometers)
  • Total Elevation, September 2015: 33,047 feet (Current PR, set July 2015: 46,795 feet/14,263.12 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, September 2015: 47h 48m (Current PR, set July 2015: 65h 50m)

 

Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements

september 2015 mts

Over the past month I set a total of 48 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.

For Strava’s September 2015 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 98.42% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 3,004 out of a total of 190,105 athletes with 1,478 kilometers ridden from September 1st – September 30th.

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

 

My Training Calendar: September 2015

 

My September 2015 Training Calendar

My September 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 – September 2015 (up from  99.49 in August 2015)

VeloViewer Score – September 2015 (up from 99.49 in August 2015)

 

2015 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time

My 2015 distance total (273 days) is 9,344.9 miles. Average daily distance is 34.23 miles.

My 2015 elevation total (273 days) is 333,858 feet. Average daily elevation is 1,222.92 feet.

I’ve spent a total of 459h 58m in the saddle so far in 2015. Average daily riding time is 1h 41m.

My riding streak continues, and I have now ridden my bike every single day for 639 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. I’m still ahead of 2014 on distance, but not by much (+36 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 September 30, 2015

My power curve as September 30, 2015

 

I set no new power output personal records in September, but I came within a few watts of several of them. I’m okay with that, since I’m cutting right now and eating under maintenance.

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 September 30, 2015 - Weight: 77.12 kg - FTP: 305

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second116715.13July 14, 2015
5 seconds103513.42January 18, 2015
10 seconds98312.75January 18, 2015
15 seconds95612.4July 5, 2014
20 seconds93612.14July 5, 2014
30 seconds85511.09July 5, 2014
45 seconds7259.4January 18, 2015
1 minute6107.91January 18, 2015
1.5 minutes5196.73October 18, 2014
2 minutes4876.32October 18, 2014
3 minutes4315.59October 18, 2014
4 minutes3844.98June 2, 2014
5 minutes3694.79June 4, 2014
6 minutes3514.55February 14, 2015
7 minutes3454.47September 19, 2014
8 minutes3384.38November 19, 2014
9 minutes3404.41November 19, 2014
10 minutes3424.44November 19, 2014
15 minutes3094.01November 12, 2014
20 minutes3063.97August 20, 2014
30 minutes2873.72April 21, 2014
45 minutes2813.64April 21, 2014
1 hour2793.62April 21, 2014
1.5 hours2533.28April 30, 2015
2 hours2493.23November 12, 2014
2.5 hours2443.16November 12, 2014
3 hours2282.96April 30, 2015
3.5 hours2082.7March 21, 2015
4 hours2032.63May 23, 2015
5 hours1842.39February 7, 2015
6 hours1622.1October 5, 2014
7 hours1161.5April 6, 2014
8 hours1091.41April 6, 2014
9 hours1091.41April 6, 2014
10 hours1091.41April 6, 2014

Excelsior!

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