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My 2015 cycling year in review; Ride Everyday Challenge, year 2 complete

Monday, January 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Cycling Year In Review, Daily Blog

January
4
2016

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.

These numbers all came from Strava and VeloViewer.

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
Rides: 370

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

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATE
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
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
20 minutes3064.22August 20, 2014
30 minutes2994.13December 19, 2015
45 minutes2964.08December 19, 2015
1 hour2964.08December 19, 2015
1.5 hours2763.81December 19, 2015
2 hours2613.6December 19, 2015
2.5 hours2513.46December 19, 2015
3 hours2303.17December 5, 2015
3.5 hours2273.13December 5, 2015
4 hours2102.9November 28, 2015
4.5 hours1922.65November 15, 2015
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

 

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.

 

Final thoughts

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).

My friend William and I en route to another group ride. Beautiful morning.

My friend William and I en route to another group ride. Beautiful morning.

Hector down on the top tube as we near the bottom of one of the speedy descents.

Hector down on the top tube as we near the bottom of one of the speedy descents.

My January 2015 photo of the month is from the Orange Cycle New Year's Day Ride. It was a cool experience to be a part of the hundreds of cyclists who rolled through a virtually deserted downtown Orlando.

My January 2015 photo of the month is from the Orange Cycle New Year’s Day Ride. It was a cool experience to be a part of the hundreds of cyclists who rolled through a virtually deserted downtown Orlando.

Dave Viney, setting a blistering pace on Saturday's ride.

Dave Viney, setting a blistering pace on Saturday’s ride.

Legs 2015. Calipers say 6.3% body fat, but probably somewhere between 7% and 8%. Even in February I've got a prominent Cyclist Tan.

Legs 2015. Calipers say 6.3% body fat, but probably somewhere between 7% and 8%. Even in February I’ve got a prominent Cyclist Tan.

Flying through a chicane on an absolutely stunning Central Florida day. I love riding in Lake County!

Flying through a chicane on an absolutely stunning Central Florida day. I love riding in Lake County!

Wide shot of the Bike Torture Chamber (BTC) v2.0, lights on.

Wide shot of the Bike Torture Chamber (BTC) v2.0, lights on.

Hector pointing out a hazard as we ripped through the Little Pyrenees.

Hector pointing out a hazard as we ripped through the Little Pyrenees.

This is what zero percent chance of rain looks like, I guess.

This is what zero percent chance of rain looks like, I guess.

My April 2015 photo of the month never made it to my blog (until now) because when this ride was done while I was taking a week off from blogging. This shot was taken while on a fantastic training ride with some strong friends. That's Sebastian Zaldibar pulling, followed by Christopher Garcia. Great ride, guys!

My April 2015 photo of the month never made it to my blog (until now) because when this ride was done while I was taking a week off from blogging. This shot was taken while on a fantastic training ride with some strong friends. That’s Sebastian Zaldibar pulling, followed by Christopher Garcia. Great ride, guys!

This stings a little.

This stings a little.

Anyone have a sewing needle I can borrow?

Anyone have a sewing needle I can borrow?

Lakemont Long ride, about 13 miles in. We're on the University of Central Florida campus here, turning onto North Orion. We'll be passing Bright House Stadium shortly.

Lakemont Long ride, about 13 miles in. We’re on the University of Central Florida campus here, turning onto North Orion. We’ll be passing Bright House Stadium shortly.

A relatively cool and beautiful start to Saturday's ride

A relatively cool and beautiful start to Saturday’s ride

Amazing clouds while riding back from Clermont on a solo metric century. Somehow I avoided the rain.

Amazing clouds while riding back from Clermont on a solo metric century. Somehow I avoided the rain.

I love riding at sunrise. This was the view near the beginning of Saturday's solo 83 mile training ride.

I love riding at sunrise. This was the view near the beginning of Saturday’s solo 83 mile training ride.

A stunning Independence Day sunrise, enjoyed with my friend William.

A stunning Independence Day sunrise, enjoyed with my friend William.

Incredible light on a solo training ride, July 5th.

Incredible light on a solo training ride, July 5th.

One of my favorite rides of the month! Fast training ride with Team KBS racers Al, Hector and Jose.

One of my favorite rides of the month! Fast training ride with Team KBS racers Al, Hector and Jose.

Another killer and super fun ride with a couple of local hammerheads, Christopher and Rafael. :)

Another killer and super fun ride with a couple of local hammerheads, Christopher and Rafael. 🙂

After breaking a spoke, my buddy Chris took several hours out of his day to bring me a spare wheel so the ride could continue. In this photo we'd just got back on the road after a few hours of standing on the roadside being eaten my mosquitoes. Here Sebastian is giving an enthusiastic Thumbs up as we were motopaced by Chris. This was a much-needed lighthearted moment after a pretty crappy couple of hours.

After breaking a spoke, my buddy Chris took several hours out of his day to bring me a spare wheel so the ride could continue. In this photo we’d just got back on the road after a few hours of standing on the roadside being eaten my mosquitoes. Here Sebastian is giving an enthusiastic Thumbs up as we were motopaced by Chris. This was a much-needed lighthearted moment after a pretty crappy couple of hours.

A century ride with Chris and Sebastian. It was a beautiful morning! Christopher pulled for the first 20 miles--1 mile for each minute he was late.

A century ride with Chris and Sebastian. It was a beautiful morning! Christopher pulled for the first 20 miles–1 mile for each minute he was late.

Beautiful sunrise on a solo training ride.

Beautiful sunrise on a solo training ride.

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.

No more fog, but you could cut the humidity with a knife!

No more fog, but you could cut the humidity with a knife!

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

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

Why didn't I just ride the trainer?

Why didn’t I just ride the trainer?

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 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!

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.

Shut up, legs!

Shut up, legs!

Chris had me and Sebastian in stitches on this ride. Case in point.

Chris had me and Sebastian in stitches on this ride. Case in point.

Horse Farm Hundred, ride start. Rolling out towards the front of the huge pack. Also representing Team KBS yesterday, Jose Cabrera (on his Giant Propel) and Alfredo Figueroa (in front of Jose).

Horse Farm Hundred, ride start. Rolling out towards the front of the huge pack. Also representing Team KBS yesterday, Jose Cabrera (on his Giant Propel) and Alfredo Figueroa (in front of Jose).

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

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

Sugar 8 Challenge. Team KBS about to roll out! From left-right: Hector, Alfredo and me (not sure where Jose was).

Sugar 8 Challenge. Team KBS about to roll out! From left-right: Hector, Alfredo and me (not sure where Jose was).

Sugar 8 Challenge. I believe this was the 4th time up Sugarloaf. That's me on the right, Hector is behind me, also wearing KBS kit.

Sugar 8 Challenge. I believe this was the 4th time up Sugarloaf. That’s me on the right, Hector is behind me, also wearing KBS kit.

Sugar 8 Challenge. This is me, about halfway up Sugarloaf for the 5th or 6th time.

Sugar 8 Challenge. This is me, about halfway up Sugarloaf for the 5th or 6th time.

Sugar 8 Challenge. Here I am cresting the top of Sugarloaf for the 6th time (photo credit: Reeli Reinu).

Sugar 8 Challenge. Here I am cresting the top of Sugarloaf for the 6th time (photo credit: Reeli Reinu).

Sugar 8 Challenge. Charging Sugarloaf yet again! That's Adam Baskin on the left, Hector in the middle and me on the right.

Sugar 8 Challenge. Charging Sugarloaf yet again! That’s Adam Baskin on the left, Hector in the middle and me on the right.

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.

Horrible Hundred. About 76 miles into the ride, here I am climbing Sugarloaf Mountain. Photo credit: HP Photography

Horrible Hundred. About 76 miles into the ride, here I am climbing Sugarloaf Mountain. Photo credit: HP Photography

Horrible Hundred. Oh, is that a camera? That wasn't my painface in the last shot. See? I'm all smiles. :D Photo credit: HP Photography

Horrible Hundred. Oh, is that a camera? That wasn’t my painface in the last shot. See? I’m all smiles. 😀 Photo credit: HP Photography

Horrible Hundred.

Horrible Hundred.

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).

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

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

Right after finishing a tough training ride. It's amazing how much dust and dirt is picked up, even on a paved surfaces.

Right after finishing a tough training ride. It’s amazing how much dust and dirt is picked up, even on a paved surfaces.

Another awesome training ride with Sebastian (red jersey) and Christopher (black jersey). I love training with these guys!

Another awesome training ride with Sebastian (red jersey) and Christopher (black jersey). I love training with these guys!

John Stone Fitness Comments

15 Responses to “My 2015 cycling year in review; Ride Everyday Challenge, year 2 complete”
  1. Hey John, amazing work! It would be cool if you compared some of the cycling performance stats from year 1 to year 2. I didn’t look closely at all the data in the link, but I don’t think I saw a comparison like that. Would be pretty cool, I’m sure you’ve improved a lot.

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