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Your Weekend (or Week's) Rides -- Jan 5/6

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Your Weekend (or Week's) Rides -- Jan 5/6

Old 01-05-19, 01:06 AM
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Your Weekend (or Week's) Rides -- Jan 5/6

First weekend of the year! How has your first week of cycling or other sports gone? Got any rides this weekend?
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Saturday -- training for a half-marathon continues with my longest distance yet. Mostly running, a little bit of walking

According to Strava:

Distance: 14.35km
Elevation: 200m
Moving Time: 2:00:35
Elapsed Time 2:04:30
Pace: 8:24/km
Calories:1,171
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Review ... (Distances include cycling + walking + a bit of running)
Mar-15 … 489.8 km (304.3 miles) = 38 hours 4 min
Apr-15 … 491.94 km (305.6 miles) = 43 hours 6 min
May-15 … 361.81 km (224.8 miles) = 35 hours 50 min
Jun-15 … 569.53 km (353.9 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
Jul-15 … 230.7 km (143.35 miles) = 32 hours 45 min
Aug-15 … 211.3 km (131.3 miles) = 28 hours 8 min
Sep-15 … 306.7 km (190.6 miles) = 35 hour 2 min
Oct-15 … 441.82 km (274.5 miles) = 47 hours 43 min
Nov-15 … 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
Dec-15 … 499.91 km (282.8 miles) = 54 hours 56 min
Jan-16 … 864.79 km (537.35 miles) = 65 hours 36 min
Feb-16 … 470.53 km (292.4 miles) = 40 hours 39 min
Mar-16 … 917.73 km (570.2 miles) = 66 hours 13 min
Apr-16 … 417.83 km (259.6 miles) = 40 hours 23 min
May-16 … 267.09 km (165.9 miles) = 36 hours 10 min
Jun-16 … 552.1 km (343 miles) = 54 hours 48 min
Jul-16 … 709 km (440.5 miles) = 60 hours 41 minutes
Aug-16 … 775.9 km (482.1 miles) = 54 hours 52 minutes
Sep-16 … 371.3 km (230.7 miles) = 32 hours 20 min
Oct-16 … 649 km (403.3 miles) = 49 hours 46 min
Nov-16 … 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
Dec-16 … 511.05 km (317.55 miles) = 52 hours 2 min
Jan-17 … 741.9 km (461.0 miles) = 70 hours 3 min
Feb-17 … 600.5 km (373.1 miles) = 57 hours 30 min
Mar-17 … 1113.2 km (691.7 miles) = 78 hours 25 min
Apr-17 … 1181.9 km (734.4 miles) = 76 hours 45 min
May-17 … 426.6 km (265.1 miles) = 39 hours 21 min
Jun-17 … 575.7 km (357.7 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
Jul-17 … 714 km (443.7 miles) = 52 hours 23 min
Aug-17 … 475.8 km (295.6 miles) = 38 hours 41 min
Sep-17 … 455.5 km (283 miles) = 41 hours 25 min
Oct-17 … 647.1 km (402.1 miles) = 57 hours 19 min
Nov-17 … 427.0 km (265.3 miles) = 50 hours 4 min
Dec-17 … 553.5 km (343.9 miles) = 52 hours 12 min
Jan-18 … 590.2 km (366.7 miles) = 57 hours 49 min
Feb-18 … 826.9 km (513.8 miles) = 57 hours 35 min
Mar-18 … 582.01 km (361.6 miles) = 50 hours 11 min
Apr-18 … 176.23 km (109.5 miles) = 29 hours 47 min
May -18 … 167.6 km (104.1 miles) = 29 hours 08 min
June-18 … 349.9 km (217.4 miles) = 36 hours 58 minutes
July-18 ... 324.2 km (201.5 miles) = 24 hours 26 minutes
Aug-18 ... 210.1 km (130.6 miles) = 25 hours 59 minutes
Sep-18 ... 261.7 km (162.6 miles) = 25 hours 11 minutes
Oct-18 ... 230.8 km (143.4 miles) = 30 hours 15 minutes
Nov-18 ... 216.8 km (134.7 miles) = 30 hours 3 minutes
Dec-18 ... 285.2 km (177.2 miles) = 37 hours 49 minutes
Goal: More than December! In December I did 285.2 km (177.2 miles) = 37 hours 49 minutes. If I could get up to one of my previous Januaries, that would be great, but I did a lot in past Januaries!

Past Januaries:
Jan-16 … 864.79 km (537.35 miles) = 65 hours 36 min
Jan-17 … 741.9 km (461.0 miles) = 70 hours 3 min
Jan-18 … 590.2 km (366.7 miles) = 57 hours 49 min
Tuesday, 1 January 2019 ... 8.3 km walking
Wednesday, 2 January 2019 ... 40.29 km cycling
Thursday, 3 January 2019 ... 2.0 km running + 20.6 km cycling
Friday, 4 January 2019 ... 2.0 km walking
Saturday, 5 January 2019 ... 14.4 km running


2019 Monthly January
Walking Distance (km): 26.7
Walking Time (min): 271.0
Cycling Distance (km): 60.9
Cycling Time (min): 201.1

Totals
Total Distance (km): 87.6
Total Distance (miles): 54.4
Total Time (min): 472.1
Total Time (hr): 7:52:03
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Perfect sunny day today 28c Did a different ride too up to the town of Birdwood and the Motor Museum. I had the computer on for basic stats
Time: 2.56
Distance: 73km
Average: 24.7kph
Max speed:64kph

I'm happy with that considering there's still a lot of climbing. I did feel strong at the start but on the last 5k the road is very bad only on the return side with a strong head wind up the gorge that knocked the last of the energy out of me.
I'm not at all ashamed to have been passed by Peter Sagan and the rest of the team on Gorge Rd. They all had a good look at my bike too, I mean who wouldn't haha Lots of team cars out checking the tdu course





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Kind of a rough weekend. Saturday I had to drop my car off for repair, but I took my bike so I could go riding. Nice temps, but really windy. I went to Upper Tampa Bay trail for about 40 miles. I had a squirrel run under my bike between the wheels, but he popped out again without causing any harm. Sunday my legs were beat. Also felt very tired. Managed 32 miles around S. Tampa.
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First time in months I was able to handle back-to-back-to-back-to-bike rides.
  • 18 miles Friday, a leisurely cruise to check out the holiday lights before the traditional post-Twelfth Night vanishing of the lights.
  • 30 not-too-hard miles Saturday on the road bike to test a different saddle setup. Felt good.
  • 30 hard miles Sunday on the road bike to try for some wind assisted PRs. The 20 mph tailwind was fun. The 20 mph headwind on climbs, not so much fun. Did snag a few new PRs, and a best-of-2019 on one segment, which is meaningless -- it's only the first week of January and my time was two minutes slower than the KOM.

And now my legs are cooked. Taking a few days off.
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Just for interest's sake ...

2018 - Cycling (Outside & Zwift)

Distance ... 2,866.1 km
Time ........ 155h 30m
Elev Gain .. 24,154 m
Rides ....... 108


Outside Km ... 1973.38 km
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Proud to say I got out for 22 miles on 1/5. But I also live in the Midwest, and January road riding (or any riding) isn't something I usually take part in. Good way to start the year!
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Did Tour de Zwift 1-4 this week.

Sat: I am damn close to getting the Tron bike so I decided to do Alpe du Zwift twice today to get even closer. 37mi 7000'. Luckily when you head downhill you can let it coast for like 15 mins so i refilled my bottle and had a snack. 2100' left to go AHH so close. ticked over level 24 today too. Longest trainer ride in quite a while but felt good. legs are toast now though. maybe easy on the mountain bike tomorrow if it gets near freezing.
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Just one 16 mile ride this weekend, but it was a doozy. I tackled a favorite nearby roller coaster workout route where the climbs were into 20 mph headwind with gusts up to 30 mph. Grueling but actually more enjoyable than doing intervals at home on the trainer. A bit chilly but I was dressed almost too warmly -- even my insulted gloves were soaked with sweat.

Too bad Strava doesn't factor in wind resistance. I don't use a power meter either. Strava estimated it as a puny 103 watt, 486 calorie effort, but it felt as difficult as my usual 30 mile faster rides in less windy conditions. There is an app/site that uses Strava data and factors in wind resistance, but right now it's miscalculating wind direction so the relative effort scores aren't accurate. It could be a useful app if Strava incorporated it. I'll readily admit all of my top tens on Strava are heavily tailwind assisted. In a weighted score I wouldn't have a top ten anywhere. I'm strictly a tailwind mooch, taking advantage of those days just for the amusement of seeing my name alongside the strongest local riders.

Mostly indoor trainer sessions otherwise. Lots of cold rain this past week and I'm battling a chronic sinus inflammation problem -- not infection but painful inflammation and congestion from the mountain cedar and dry air.
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