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My cycling month in review: October 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Cycling Month In Review, Daily Blog

November
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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):

Hector (left) and me (center) rolling through the fog early in the 2015 Mount Dora Bike Festival century ride.

Hector (left) and me (center) rolling through the fog early in the 2015 Mount Dora Bike Festival century ride.

I started using the Diadora Vortex Pro shoe In October. I'm loving these shoes!

I started using the Diadora Vortex Pro shoe In October. I’m loving these shoes!

Shut up, legs!

Shut up, legs!

Quick stop on a training ride with my buddies Sebastian (left) and Christopher (right).

Quick stop on a training ride with my buddies Sebastian (left) and Christopher (right).

Miles and miles of scenic horse farms are one of the things that make the Horse Farm Hundred ride very memorable.

Miles and miles of scenic horse farms are one of the things that make the Horse Farm Hundred ride very memorable.

Post ride (HFH), my battle-weary legs.

Post ride (HFH), my battle-weary legs.

 

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

october 2015 mts

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

 

My October 2015 Training Calendar

My October 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 – October 2015 (up from 99.52 in September 2015)

VeloViewer Score – October 2015 (up from 99.52 in September 2015)

 

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):

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 October 31, 2015

My power curve as October 31, 2015

 

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

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second116715.9July 14, 2015
5 seconds103514.1January 18, 2015
10 seconds98313.39January 18, 2015
15 seconds95613.03July 5, 2014
20 seconds93612.75July 5, 2014
30 seconds85511.65July 5, 2014
45 seconds7259.88January 18, 2015
1 minute6108.31January 18, 2015
1.5 minutes5197.07October 18, 2014
2 minutes4876.64October 18, 2014
3 minutes4315.87October 18, 2014
4 minutes3845.23June 2, 2014
5 minutes3695.03June 4, 2014
6 minutes3514.78February 14, 2015
7 minutes3494.76October 18, 2015+4 watts
8 minutes3434.67October 18, 2015+5 watts
9 minutes3404.63November 19, 2014
10 minutes3424.66November 19, 2014
15 minutes3094.21November 12, 2014
20 minutes3064.17August 20, 2014
30 minutes2984.06October 27, 2015+11 watts
45 minutes2913.97October 27, 2015+10 watts
1 hour2833.86October 27, 2015+4 watts
1.5 hours2533.45April 30, 2015
2 hours2493.39November 12, 2014
2.5 hours2443.32November 12, 2014
3 hours2283.11April 30, 2015
3.5 hours2082.83March 21, 2015
4 hours2032.77May 23, 2015
4.5 hours1882.56October 10, 2015+2 watts
5 hours1842.51February 7, 2015
6 hours1622.21October 5, 2014
7 hours1161.58April 6, 2014
8 hours1091.49April 6, 2014
9 hours1091.49April 6, 2014
10 hours1091.49April 6, 2014

Excelsior!

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