As 2014 is in sight, forces one to look back and get a sense where I was health wise & riding in general and where I'm going. I've long term goals, short term objectives. Come Jan. 1 I'll have ridden 2400 miles in ~185 hours. I ride a 14-16 mile loop pretty regularly.
Synopsis of Goals:
Get under 180 pounds, average speed up to 15-16 solo on hoods and steady state watts up near 150, keep resting HR under 60, resting BP in the 110/60 range, stay hydrated, not get whacked by cars.
SO's concern about me getting whacked on narrow shoulderless high travel roads made me re-think route so I began riding nearly exclusively on an MUP and state park roads with 25-35 mph posted speeds.
Began 2013 prepping for STP (2-day double century). Started slow on MTB (winter weather sucked..lots of rain). Picked up a sweet Centurion LeMans and promptly had a nasty wreck (clipped a pedal) in May which took me off riding for 3 weeks right when I was ramping up to 100 mile weeks. Rode STP 6 weeks later. Post STP, kept riding at about 200-300 miles a month and only slacking off as winter weather showed up.
Weight: Fail. Weigh the same (195) despite losing 2" in waist, 1/2" in neck. Concluded that my hour long fartlek style training route favors leg strength.
Solo speed: Meet! I'm within a whisker's breath of averaging 16 mph on hoods solo (on road bike). I'm now at speeds where aero is having huge impact. Probably near 130-135 watts steady state. Figure adding 15--25 will take another 6-12 months (groan).
HR and BP: Meet! fabulous. Under 60 and right on 110/60.
H2O: Meet! I drink way more water. All day long. Noticeable skin improvements and helps on maintaining weight in general I suspect.
Not getting whacked by cars. Meet! Riding the MUP is getting a little boring though it has sweet curves. The only issue was the wreck by my share stupidity.
Overall..aside from not losing that other 15 pounds I feel damn good. My doc doesn't want me running my heart up to 174 (near my max) for longer than 18 seconds so I try to stay under 160..except for a few sprints....I also spin at 90 once warmed up.
2014? Eat 150-200 calories less a day, watch evening snacks, ride 3000 miles in 200 hours over 12 month training, maintain HR & BP, drop 15 pounds, add more interval training, slightly longer average rides (20 miles), drink slightly less coffee, add street highway route with time of day adjustment (early early morning) to reduce vehicle interactions, form a bike club, develop a cool regional 125 mile one day invitational route (already mapped and planned), support a new LBS going in (seasonal only), & keep my head above my shoulders. Ride STP again.
Have fun guys & gals!
I'll be 59 next month and by 60 I want to be even better.