My cycling month in review: October 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. Note that this report is a day late because yesterday I needed to post my maintenance starting stats. The numbers below are for the period ending October 31, 2015.
October was one of the strongest months I’ve had on the bike so far this year. I set half-dozen new lifetime best power records, set several dozen new PRs for time, rode my fastest century ever (23.6 MPH average)… and I accomplished these things while cutting back down to race weight (162 pounds)!
Before I get into all the numbers and details, here are my favorite photos of the month (see captions, click to enlarge):
Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
- Total Distance Ridden, October 2015: 1,109.0 miles (Current PR, set July 2015: 1,311.7 miles/2,111.0 kilometers)
- Total Elevation, October 2015: 38,853 feet (Current PR, set July 2015: 46,795 feet/14,263.12 meters)
- Total Riding Time, October 2015: 52h 51m (Current PR, set July 2015: 65h 50m)
Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements
Over the past month I set a total of 73 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.
For Strava’s October 2015 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 99.31% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 1,157 out of a total of 168,257 athletes with 1,784 kilometers ridden from October 1st – October 31st.
I’ve completed every Strava cycling challenge to date so far in 2015.
I rode my fastest century ever at the Horse Farm Hundred, which was held on October 25, 2015. Like last year, I did this ride with no stops and with only two water bottles. It was much warmer for this year’s HFH than it was last year, so doing a fast 100 mile ride with just 50 ounces of fluids was a real challenge. I completed the ride with a time of 4:14:16 and an average speed of 23.6 MPH. My complete ride report with lots of photos can be found here.
My goal in November is complete a 100 mile ride in four hours or less (25 MPH+ average speed). That’s going to be a tough one, but if I have a good day in the saddle and no mechanicals I know I can do it.
Finally, I set a new Power:Heart PR, averaging 1.40 watts/BPM in October.
My Training Calendar: October 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 (304 days) is 10,453.9 miles. Average daily distance is 34.39 miles.
My 2015 elevation total (304 days) is 372,710 feet. Average daily elevation is 1,226.02 feet.
I’ve spent a total of 512h 50m 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 670 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. Versus 2014, I’m literally tied on distance (right down to the exact mile–wow, that’s weird!), 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 six new power personal records in October.
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 October 31, 2015 - Weight: 161.8 pounds/73.39 kg - FTP: 309
|INTERVAL||POWER (WATTS)||WATTS/KG||DATE||IMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH|
|1 second||1167||15.9||July 14, 2015|
|5 seconds||1035||14.1||January 18, 2015|
|10 seconds||983||13.39||January 18, 2015|
|15 seconds||956||13.03||July 5, 2014|
|20 seconds||936||12.75||July 5, 2014|
|30 seconds||855||11.65||July 5, 2014|
|45 seconds||725||9.88||January 18, 2015|
|1 minute||610||8.31||January 18, 2015|
|1.5 minutes||519||7.07||October 18, 2014|
|2 minutes||487||6.64||October 18, 2014|
|3 minutes||431||5.87||October 18, 2014|
|4 minutes||384||5.23||June 2, 2014|
|5 minutes||369||5.03||June 4, 2014|
|6 minutes||351||4.78||February 14, 2015|
|7 minutes||349||4.76||October 18, 2015||+4 watts|
|8 minutes||343||4.67||October 18, 2015||+5 watts|
|9 minutes||340||4.63||November 19, 2014|
|10 minutes||342||4.66||November 19, 2014|
|15 minutes||309||4.21||November 12, 2014|
|20 minutes||306||4.17||August 20, 2014|
|30 minutes||298||4.06||October 27, 2015||+11 watts|
|45 minutes||291||3.97||October 27, 2015||+10 watts|
|1 hour||283||3.86||October 27, 2015||+4 watts|
|1.5 hours||253||3.45||April 30, 2015|
|2 hours||249||3.39||November 12, 2014|
|2.5 hours||244||3.32||November 12, 2014|
|3 hours||228||3.11||April 30, 2015|
|3.5 hours||208||2.83||March 21, 2015|
|4 hours||203||2.77||May 23, 2015|
|4.5 hours||188||2.56||October 10, 2015||+2 watts|
|5 hours||184||2.51||February 7, 2015|
|6 hours||162||2.21||October 5, 2014|
|7 hours||116||1.58||April 6, 2014|
|8 hours||109||1.49||April 6, 2014|
|9 hours||109||1.49||April 6, 2014|
|10 hours||109||1.49||April 6, 2014|