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My cycling month in review: November 2015

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

December
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.

In November I continued to build on October, which was one of the strongest months I’ve had on the bike so far this year. Over the past month I set five new lifetime best power records (and at a lower body weight in all cases), set a new FTP PR (309), set several dozen new PRs for time and rode my fastest century ever (25.0 MPH average speed). Also worthy of note, I built up a new TT bike, the Scott Plasma.

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

I built up a new Time Trial bike this month: The Scott Plasma

I built up a new Time Trial bike this month: The Scott Plasma

5-man century on a hot, but otherwise beautiful, morning. This is beautiful East Crooked Lake, which is located in Eustis, Florida.

5-man century on a hot, but otherwise beautiful, morning. This is beautiful East Crooked Lake, which is located in Eustis, Florida.

A fun metric century through the Emeralda Marsh with my friend William.

A fun metric century through the Emeralda Marsh with my friend William.

Feeling great about 80 miles into this year's Horrible Hundred. This was at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Feeling great about 80 miles into this year’s Horrible Hundred. This was at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

2015 JHOP 100 Century, one second away from crossing the finish line. My fastest century yet, with an official time of 3:58:14 (25 MPH average speed).

2015 JHOP 100 Century, one second away from crossing the finish line. My fastest century yet, with an official time of 3:58:14 (25 MPH average speed).

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, November 2015: 1,055.1 miles (Current PR, set July 2015: 1,311.7 miles/2,111.0 kilometers)
  • Total Elevation, November 2015: 37,156 feet (Current PR, set July 2015: 46,795 feet/14,263.12 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, November 2015: 51h 03m (Current PR, set July 2015: 65h 50m)

 

Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements

november 2015 mts

Over the past month I set a total of 58 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.

For Strava’s November 2015 Monthly Training Series (MTS) I rode more kilometers than 99.31% of Strava MTS cyclists worldwide, placing 1,047 out of a total of 151,287 athletes with 1,698 kilometers ridden from November 1st – November 30th.

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

In October I rode my fastest century ever at the Horse Farm Hundred with a time of 4:14:16 and an average speed of 23.6 MPH (ride report). This past Saturday (November 28th) at the JHOP 100 I beat that PR by a considerable margin, completing a century in 3:58:14 with an average speed of 25.0 MPH. You can check out that ride report here.

 

My Training Calendar: November 2015

 

My November 2015 Training Calendar

My November 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 – November 2015 (up from 99.56 in October 2015)

VeloViewer Score – November 2015 (up from 99.56 in October 2015)

 

2015 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time

My 2015 distance total (334 days) is 11,509.1 miles. Average daily distance is 34.46 miles.

My 2015 elevation total (334 days) is 409,865 feet. Average daily elevation is 1,227.14 feet.

I’ve spent a total of 563h 54m 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 700 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 slightly ahead on distance (+33 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.

 

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD.

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 YTD.

 

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 November 30, 2015

My power curve as November 30, 2015

 

I set a total of five new power personal records in November (one was a tie, but at a lower weight this month so I’m including it as a new PR).

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 November 30, 2015 - Weight: 159.8 pounds/72.48 kg - FTP: 309

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second116716.1July 14, 2015
5 seconds103514.28January 18, 2015
10 seconds98313.56January 18, 2015
15 seconds95613.19July 5, 2014
20 seconds93612.91July 5, 2014
30 seconds85511.8July 5, 2014
45 seconds72510January 18, 2015
1 minute6108.42January 18, 2015
1.5 minutes5197.16October 18, 2014
2 minutes4876.72October 18, 2014
3 minutes4315.95October 18, 2014
4 minutes3865.33November 25, 2015+2 watts
5 minutes3695.09June 4, 2014
6 minutes3514.84February 14, 2015
7 minutes3494.81October 18, 2015
8 minutes3434.73October 18, 2015
9 minutes3404.69November 19, 2014
10 minutes3424.72November 19, 2014
15 minutes3094.26November 24, 2015+0 (Tied)
20 minutes3064.22August 20, 2014
30 minutes2984.11October 27, 2015
45 minutes2914.01October 27, 2015
1 hour2833.9October 27, 2015
1.5 hours2533.49April 30, 2015
2 hours2493.44November 12, 2014
2.5 hours2443.37November 12, 2014
3 hours2283.15April 30, 2015
3.5 hours2092.88November 28, 2015+1 watt
4 hours2102.9November 28, 2015+7 watts
4.5 hours1922.65November 15, 2015+4 watts
5 hours1842.54February 7, 2015
6 hours1622.23October 5, 2014
7 hours1161.6April 6, 2014
8 hours1091.5April 6, 2014
9 hours1091.5April 6, 2014
10 hours1091.5April 6, 2014

Excelsior!

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “My cycling month in review: November 2015”
  1. Closing in on 12,000 miles is amazing. Isn’t that the average mileage a driver does and what most leases are based on? How many miles have you put on the truck in the same time? I would guess that is is less than 2,500. Great job!

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