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My cycling month in review: February 2016

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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.

February was a pretty tough month for me. As most of you know, I lost my job after more than 17 years with the same company. I also managed to pick up the flu, and it was a bad one. That was about as sick as I’ve been in more than a decade. I spent most of an entire week in bed, but I still forced myself out of bed to ride every day, keeping my riding streak alive. Still not fully recovered from the flu, I raced the second CFL Holiday Time Trial series (more on that below). While I didn’t set any new power PRs in February, I did set several dozen new PRs for time.

As an aside, I have settled on a new career choice. I’m going to be putting in some long hours, but I expect to resume my usual daily blog next Monday. More on all of that stuff then. 🙂

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

 

Early in the month, an excellent 100 mile ride with my buddies Chris (foreground) and Sebastian (back right). This was the first in a series of training rides for this year's 170 mile Cross-Florida ride. Photo credit: Christopher Garcia

Early in the month, an excellent 100 mile ride with my buddies Chris (foreground) and Sebastian (back right). This was the first in a series of training rides for this year’s 170 mile Cross-Florida ride. Photo credit: Christopher Garcia

 

Coming across the finish line at the CFL Holiday TT series, race #2. Photo credit: John Tenney

Coming across the finish line at the CFL Holiday TT series, race #2. Photo credit: John Tenney

 

Still not fully recovered from the flu, I managed a 3rd place finish at the CFL Holiday Time Trial series race #2.   I won the first race, so I'm still tied for first place in the series (two more races to come).

Still not fully recovered from the flu, I managed a 3rd place finish at the CFL Holiday Time Trial series race #2. I won the first race, so I’m still tied for first place in the series (two more races to come).

 

Enjoying a Fat Tire after a 100 mile ride. Buckley approves.

Enjoying a Fat Tire after a 100 mile ride. Buckley approves.

 

Monthly Totals for Distance/Elevation/Time
  • Total Distance Ridden, February 2016: 842.9 miles (Current PR, set July 2015: 1,311.7 miles/2,111.0 kilometers)
  • Total Elevation, February 2016: 18,942 feet (Current PR, set July 2015: 46,795 feet/14,263.12 meters)
  • Total Riding Time, February 2016: 39h 15m (Current PR, set July 2015: 65h 50m)

 

Other Cycling Personal Records & Achievements

february 2016 mts

Over the past month I set a total of 52 cycling personal records for time on various Strava segments.

 

For Strava’s February 2016 Distance Challenge I rode more kilometers than 97.42% Strava Distance Challenge cyclists worldwide, placing 5,021 out of a total of 194,501 athletes with 1,356 kilometers ridden from February 1st – February 29th.

 

My Training Calendar: February 2016

 

My February 2016 Training Calendar

My February 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 – February 2016 (up from 99.717 in January 2016)

VeloViewer Score – February 2016 (up from 99.717 in January 2016)

 

2016 Distance, Elevation and Riding Time

My 2016 distance total (60 days) is 1,932.0 miles. Average daily distance is 32.2 miles.

My 2016 elevation total (60 days) is 49,298 feet. Average daily elevation is 821.63 feet.

I’ve spent a total of 91h 47m in the saddle so far in 2016. Average daily riding time is 1h 32m.

My riding streak continues, and I have now ridden my bike every single day for 791 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 February 29, 2016

My power curve as February 29, 2016

 

I set a total of zero new power personal records in February.

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 February 29, 2016 - Weight: 180.0 pounds/81.65 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
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
20 minutes3144.12January 1, 2016
30 minutes3013.95January 18, 2016
45 minutes3003.93January 18, 2016
1 hour3003.93January 18, 2016
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!

John Stone Fitness Comments

9 Responses to “My cycling month in review: February 2016”
    • I’m definitely going to push hard on this year’s XFL, and it will rewrite the 5+ hour part of my curve. The reason my longer duration power PRs are comparatively low is because they are quite old. The XFL I did a couple years ago (I skipped it last year) was not a fast-paced ride, and it included a lot of rest stops. Most of my faster non-stop centuries are now completed in 4-4.5 hours, so the power numbers are way off after about 5 hours.

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  1. Sounds like some exciting but scary times ahead. I’m sure you’ll tackle it with the same ferocity you do everything else! All the best, we’re all rooting for you!

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