My 2015 cycling year in review; Ride Everyday Challenge, year 2 complete
This morning I’d like to recap some of my cycling stats, totals, triumphs, failures, highs and lows from 2015.
Before I get into the specifics, here are few of my cycling stats and figures for 2015, as well as some of my more memorable/noteworthy rides.
2015 Totals for Distance, Elevation and Time
Distance: 12,607.6 miles // 20,289.97 kilometers (New personal record)
Elevation: 440,469 feet // 134,254.95 meters (New personal record)
Time: 616 hours // 25.67 days
Average Daily Distance: 34.54 miles // 55.59 kilometers (New personal record)
Average Daily Elevation: 1,206.76 feet // 319.942 meters (New personal record)
Average Daily Riding Time: 1h 41m
Average Monthly Distance: 1,050.63 miles // 1,690.83 kilometers (New personal record)
Average Monthly Elevation: 36,705.75 feet // 11,187.91 meters (New personal record)
Average Monthly Riding Time: 51h 20m
As noted above, I set new single-year personal records for distance (12,607.6 miles // 20,289.97 kilometers) and elevation (440,469 feet // 134,254.95 meters). The distance PR was a narrow one–just 89 miles more than 2014’s total. This year’s elevation PR was considerably higher than my 2014 total, with about 57,000 feet of additional vertical.
Strava has created a quick (about 1 minute) animated video of my year on the bike. You can check that out here if you like.
2015 Ride Personal Records
Greatest elevation in a single ride: 6,998 feet (2,133 meters) // Sugar 8 Challenge
Highest Strava Suffer Score: 266 (“Epic”) // This was a 106 mile training ride with National TT champion Dave Viney
Fastest 100+ mile ride: 3h 58m 14s (25.0 MPH / 40.23 KMH average) // JHOP 100 Century
Breakthrough training ride: Averaged 296 watts for almost 70 minutes (this was part of a longer solo training ride) // TT Training at Van Fleet
Other rides (not mentioned above) of note
March 26: 100 miles on the indoor trainer // The first and, likely, last time I’ll do that
October 10: MDBF Century // A mechanical forced me to ride in one gear most of the way
October 25: Horse Farm Hundred // Fast & hilly, no stops, 23.6 MPH average
November 8: 100 miles with a small group // Super hot, but fun and scenic
A few miscellaneous stats
NOTE: These averages includes all rides, including recovery & social rides
Average speed in 2015: 20.5 MPH // New personal record, up from 19.3 MPH in 2014
Average power in 2015: 198.5 watts // New personal record, up from 188.8 MPH in 2014
Average power/heart rate ratio in 2015: 1.34 W/bpm // New personal record, up from 1.29 W/BPM in 2014
Peak VeloViewer Score: 99.68 (December 31, 2015) // New personal record, up from 99.01 in 2014
Peak FTP (Functional Threshold Power): 309 // New personal record, up from 305 in 2014
Peak FTP/kg: 4.26 // New personal record, up from 4.12 in 2014
Number of flats: 11 // Down from 19 flats in 2014
Number of indoor trainer rides: 9 // Down from 33 in 2014
Number of power output personal records: 20
Power Output Personal Records as of December 31, 2015 - Weight: 159.8 pounds/72.48 kg - FTP: 309
|1 second||1167||16.1||July 14, 2015|
|5 seconds||1035||14.28||January 18, 2015|
|10 seconds||983||13.56||January 18, 2015|
|15 seconds||956||13.19||July 5, 2014|
|20 seconds||936||12.91||July 5, 2014|
|30 seconds||855||11.8||July 5, 2014|
|45 seconds||725||10||January 18, 2015|
|1 minute||610||8.42||January 18, 2015|
|1.5 minutes||519||7.16||October 18, 2014|
|2 minutes||487||6.72||October 18, 2014|
|3 minutes||431||5.95||October 18, 2014|
|4 minutes||386||5.33||November 25, 2015|
|5 minutes||369||5.09||June 4, 2014|
|6 minutes||351||4.84||February 14, 2015|
|7 minutes||349||4.81||October 18, 2015|
|8 minutes||343||4.73||October 18, 2015|
|9 minutes||340||4.69||November 19, 2014|
|10 minutes||342||4.72||November 19, 2014|
|15 minutes||309||4.26||November 24, 2015|
|20 minutes||306||4.22||August 20, 2014|
|30 minutes||299||4.13||December 19, 2015|
|45 minutes||296||4.08||December 19, 2015|
|1 hour||296||4.08||December 19, 2015|
|1.5 hours||276||3.81||December 19, 2015|
|2 hours||261||3.6||December 19, 2015|
|2.5 hours||251||3.46||December 19, 2015|
|3 hours||230||3.17||December 5, 2015|
|3.5 hours||227||3.13||December 5, 2015|
|4 hours||210||2.9||November 28, 2015|
|4.5 hours||192||2.65||November 15, 2015|
|5 hours||184||2.54||February 7, 2015|
|6 hours||162||2.23||October 5, 2014|
|7 hours||116||1.6||April 6, 2014|
|8 hours||109||1.5||April 6, 2014|
|9 hours||109||1.5||April 6, 2014|
|10 hours||109||1.5||April 6, 2014|
Other cycling related items of interest
- I completed v2.0 of my Bike Torture Chamber
- I built a new Time Trial bike
- I saw a black bear–on a road ride!
- I continued to expand my home bike shop (the parts list is up to date, the pictures and video are not and need to be updated)
- I managed to complete every Strava cycling challenge in 2015 (there were a total of 50 various distance and elevation challenges). July’s Tour de France Challenge was the toughest of the bunch, requiring cyclists to ride an average of 73 km per day (1,680 kilometers in total) for more than three straight weeks.
Ride Every Day Challenge: Year 2
2015 also saw the completion of my second consecutive year of riding every single day. While the bare minimum distance for a ride to count was 10 miles, I exceeded that standard considerably, riding an average of 34.54 miles per day in 2015.
I started the “Ride every day challenge” December 31, 2013, and as of today my riding streak now stands at 734 straight days (and counting). Here are some stats and totals from that time period:
Total Distance Ridden: 25,261.78 miles // 40,654.89 kilometers – More than the Earth’s circumference at the equator!
Total Elevation: 826,846 feet // 252,022.66 meters – Nearly 29 times greater than the height of Mount Everest!
Total Time: 1,271 hours // 52.96 days – Almost two months!
Total Rides: 752
Average Daily Distance (734 consecutive days): 34.41 miles // 55.38 kilometers
Average Daily Elevation (734 consecutive days): 1,206.76 feet / 319.942 meters
Average Daily Riding Time (734 consecutive days): 1h 44m
This year I had to overcome many of the same challenges as last year: I rode while injured, I rode while I was sick, I rode in the cold, I rode in the rain, I rode in the cold and rain, I rode during stressful 70-80 hour work weeks, I rode with painful saddle sores, I rode in the dark, I rode in the fog, I rode when I was tired and I rode when I just flat-out didn’t feel like riding.
There were a few new challenges this year. My riding streak (and life) came perilously close to ending when I was hit by a truck on a training ride. Luckily I (and my bike) escaped serious injury, and was able to continue my ride after collecting myself.
Other challenges included multiple encounters with unleashed large dogs, angry/distracted motorists (close passes, “rolling coal“, yelled/cussed at, right hooks, vehicles turning directly in front of me), mechanical issues such as broken spokes, Di2 malfunctions, and more.
While I had to work through a few difficulties, I also enjoyed several advantages; I would be remiss if I did not mention them…
First and foremost, I have the support of my beautiful wife, Lisa. Lisa has always encouraged me, and has been 100% behind me as I pursue my various goals. Lisa, thank you. 🙂
I work full time as a Network Administrator and, of course, I own my own business. While those two jobs keep me very busy, I do enjoy a fair amount of flexibility with my schedule. I generally can ride in the mornings at will (but rarely in the afternoons), and that is a very nice benefit. One of the downsides of my position is that I have no backup. I’m on call 24/7, and I have not had a real vacation in 15 years. So there were times when I had to ride over lunch, at 4:30 in the morning or whenever I could sneak away from my desk. But, overall, working from home is certainly something that helped me get my rides in.
Another advantage is that I own multiple bikes, I have a nice home bike shop, and I am able to do all of my own repair work. Having backup bikes saved my streak on several occasions.
Naturally many of you want to know if I’ll be continuing the streak for a third year. While I have no plans to break the streak, the odds of completing a third year are extremely low. There are a number of personal and professional things happening in 2016 that will likely leave me no choice but to end it. While I’d like to continue as long as possible, when the streak ends (and it must eventually), I’ll be 100% okay with it. No matter what happens in 2016, it’s been a great run and nothing can change that now.
Thanks to all the awesome cyclists I’ve been fortunate enough to ride with over the past couple of years. I’ve met some of the coolest, most interesting and most inspiring people I’ve ever known thanks to cycling. It’s been a privilege and honor sharing the road with you all. I’m looking forward to many more fast and fun miles.
Extra special thanks to my frequent training partners: Hector, Al, Jose, William, Sebastian, Christopher and Rafael. You guys have pushed me, encouraged me, inspired me and made me a better cyclist. It’s been an amazing year. Thank you.
I’ll sign off this report with some photos from the past year (click any to enlarge).