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My cycling month in review: January 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Cycling Month In Review, Daily Blog

February
1
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):

 

There was no shortage of cold, rainy rides in January.

There was no shortage of cold, rainy rides in January.

 

Another excellent Weekend Warm-up ride with Chris and Sebastian

Another excellent Weekend Warm-up ride with Chris and Sebastian

 

Metric century with Chris on a beautiful day!

Metric century with Chris on a beautiful day!

 

Great ride with Sebastian on another stunning day (the sparkles on his shoes were added by me, a little inside joke)!

Great ride with Sebastian on another stunning day (the sparkles on his shoes were added by me, a little inside joke)!

 

KA-BOOOOOOM!

KA-BOOOOOOM!

 

Not fun.

Not fun.

 

Men's 40k 40-49: I took first place (C), second place went to Steve Decker (L), and third place went to Josh Drew (not pictured, he had to leave before the awards ceremony).

Men’s 40k 40-49: I took first place (C), second place went to Steve Decker (L), and third place went to Josh Drew (not pictured, he had to leave before the awards ceremony).

 

My position on the TT bike is much improved after the professional bike fitting.

My position on the TT bike is much improved after the professional bike fitting.

 

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

january 2016 distance challenge

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

 

My January 2016 Training Calendar

My January 2016 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 – January 2016 (up from 99.68 in December 2015)

VeloViewer Score – January 2016 (up from 99.68 in December 2015)

 

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.

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 YTD.

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 YTD.

 

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):

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 YTD (zoomed view).

Distance comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 YTD (zoomed view).

 

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 YTD.

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 YTD.

 

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):

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 YTD (zoomed view).

Elevation comparison: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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 January 31, 2016

My power curve as January 31, 2016

 

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

INTERVALPOWER (WATTS)WATTS/KGDATEIMPROVEMENT THIS MONTH
1 second116715.3July 14, 2015
5 seconds103513.57January 18, 2015
10 seconds98312.88January 18, 2015
15 seconds95612.53July 5, 2014
20 seconds93612.27July 5, 2014
30 seconds85511.21July 5, 2014
45 seconds7259.5January 18, 2015
1 minute6108January 18, 2015
1.5 minutes5196.8October 18, 2014
2 minutes4876.38October 18, 2014
3 minutes4315.65October 18, 2014
4 minutes3865.06November 25, 2015
5 minutes3694.84June 4, 2014
6 minutes3564.67January 19, 2016+5 watts
7 minutes3494.57October 18, 2015
8 minutes3434.5October 18, 2015
9 minutes3404.46November 19, 2014
10 minutes3424.48November 19, 2014
15 minutes3144.12January 1, 2016+5 watts
20 minutes3144.12January 1, 2016+8 watts
30 minutes3013.95January 18, 2016+2 watts
45 minutes3003.93January 18, 2016+4 watts
1 hour3003.93January 18, 2016+4 watts
1.5 hours2763.62December 19, 2015
2 hours2613.42December 19, 2015
2.5 hours2513.29December 19, 2015
3 hours2303.01December 5, 2015
3.5 hours2272.98December 5, 2015
4 hours2102.75November 28, 2015
4.5 hours1922.52November 15, 2015
5 hours1842.41February 7, 2015
6 hours1622.12October 5, 2014
7 hours1161.52April 6, 2014
8 hours1091.43April 6, 2014
9 hours1091.43April 6, 2014
10 hours1091.43April 6, 2014

Excelsior!

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