My cycling month in review: January 2016
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.
2016 got off to a great start! I participated in my first time trial race, I won my first race, I had my first professional bike fitting, I set a total of 6 new lifetime best power personal records (including a new 1-hour power PR, which I set at the race), I completed my 25th consecutive month in my “ride every day” challenge, I had many fun, but painful, training rides, and I did some cool rides with friends.
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, January 2016: 1,089.1 miles (Current PR, set July 2015: 1,311.7 miles/2,111.0 kilometers)
- Total Elevation, January 2016: 30,353 feet (Current PR, set July 2015: 46,795 feet/14,263.12 meters)
- Total Riding Time, January 2016: 52h 32m (Current PR, set July 2015: 65h 50m)
Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements
Over the past month I set a total of 131 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments. 131 PRs in a single month is, in and of itself, a new personal record.
For Strava’s January 2016 Distance Challenge I rode more kilometers than 98.87% Strava Distance Challenge cyclists worldwide, placing 2,342 out of a total of 207,534 athletes with 1,693 kilometers ridden from January 1st – January 31st.
My Training Calendar: January 2016
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.
2016 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time
My 2016 distance total (31 days) is 1,089.1 miles. Average daily distance is 35.13 miles.
My 2016 elevation total (31 days) is 30,353 feet. Average daily elevation is 979.13 feet.
I’ve spent a total of 52h 32m in the saddle so far in 2016. Average daily riding time is 1h 42m.
My riding streak continues, and I have now ridden my bike every single day for 762 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, 2015 and 2016.
Here’s a zoomed in view that shows how 2016 YTD distance compares to years past at this point in the calendar (with the actual numbers):
Here’s a zoomed in view that shows how 2015 YTD elevation compares to years past at this point in the calendar (with the actual numbers):
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 January.
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 January 31, 2016 - Weight: 168.2 pounds/76.29 kg - FTP: 309
|INTERVAL||POWER (WATTS)||WATTS/KG||DATE||IMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH|
|1 second||1167||15.3||July 14, 2015|
|5 seconds||1035||13.57||January 18, 2015|
|10 seconds||983||12.88||January 18, 2015|
|15 seconds||956||12.53||July 5, 2014|
|20 seconds||936||12.27||July 5, 2014|
|30 seconds||855||11.21||July 5, 2014|
|45 seconds||725||9.5||January 18, 2015|
|1 minute||610||8||January 18, 2015|
|1.5 minutes||519||6.8||October 18, 2014|
|2 minutes||487||6.38||October 18, 2014|
|3 minutes||431||5.65||October 18, 2014|
|4 minutes||386||5.06||November 25, 2015|
|5 minutes||369||4.84||June 4, 2014|
|6 minutes||356||4.67||January 19, 2016||+5 watts|
|7 minutes||349||4.57||October 18, 2015|
|8 minutes||343||4.5||October 18, 2015|
|9 minutes||340||4.46||November 19, 2014|
|10 minutes||342||4.48||November 19, 2014|
|15 minutes||314||4.12||January 1, 2016||+5 watts|
|20 minutes||314||4.12||January 1, 2016||+8 watts|
|30 minutes||301||3.95||January 18, 2016||+2 watts|
|45 minutes||300||3.93||January 18, 2016||+4 watts|
|1 hour||300||3.93||January 18, 2016||+4 watts|
|1.5 hours||276||3.62||December 19, 2015|
|2 hours||261||3.42||December 19, 2015|
|2.5 hours||251||3.29||December 19, 2015|
|3 hours||230||3.01||December 5, 2015|
|3.5 hours||227||2.98||December 5, 2015|
|4 hours||210||2.75||November 28, 2015|
|4.5 hours||192||2.52||November 15, 2015|
|5 hours||184||2.41||February 7, 2015|
|6 hours||162||2.12||October 5, 2014|
|7 hours||116||1.52||April 6, 2014|
|8 hours||109||1.43||April 6, 2014|
|9 hours||109||1.43||April 6, 2014|
|10 hours||109||1.43||April 6, 2014|