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2022 mid-year check in!

Old 06-30-22, 11:06 PM
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2022 mid-year check in!

welp. it's july. almost.

i set a goal early this year of 6,000 miles and 360,000 feet of climb.

strava is smart enough to know that the end of june 30 is quite half the days in the year, so with 2,989 miles i'm a few miles ahead of plan... but 176,297 feet of climbing is 2,500 feet behind plan! loved almost every mile of it with a very few poor route choices, poor tires choices, and poor fueling choices excepted. some silly stats:

2,989 miles
176,297 feet of climbing
184.25 hours in the saddle (pretty much literally, i almost never ride out of the saddle lol)
215.5w:average weighted power
16.2mph average speed
89.49 miles longest ride
5,759 feet most climbing in a ride
62 rides / 29.3 miles average ride
23.17 miles median ride
97 crossings of the golden gate bridge (50 rides involving the bridge, two one-way crossings as part of a loop, one ride of shame home in an uber b/c flat tire up north.)

i was way ahead of plan going into june but it's been a tough month with illness, travel, and four *$&#)&%$*(# flat tires in a couple weeks. NONE on my road bikes since i started more serious cycling in january 2020. seriously bad juju! here's my strava heatmap, with some photoshop editing to make it pop a little bit. fat yellow lines, lots of rides, thin blue, few.


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Old 07-01-22, 10:56 AM
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Nice - keep going!


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Very impressive. I haven't done much north of the Golden Gate Bridge, but there's plenty down on the peninsula that you can explore in the 2nd half of the year!
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Getting fatter and riding less. Just like I planned.
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Very impressive. I haven't done much north of the Golden Gate Bridge, but there's plenty down on the peninsula that you can explore in the 2nd half of the year!
i’ve yet to find a non-horrible route to and from the peninsula. would like to try some of the routes in the hills but everything in between is just not that pleasant!
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My miles are correct at 3941, but it says my elevation is at 184,551. There’s no way that can be right?? I don’t think. Most of my rides here in Louisville KY seem fairly flat or they sure seem flat compared to a recent trip to the Smokey Mountains.


I really never look at elevation because of that. Anyone else have an elevation measuring issue with the wahoo and or Strava?
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Originally Posted by Greatestalltime View Post
My miles are correct at 3941, but it says my elevation is at 184,551. There’s no way that can be right?? I don’t think. Most of my rides here in Louisville KY seem fairly flat or they sure seem flat compared to a recent trip to the Smokey Mountains.


I really never look at elevation because of that. Anyone else have an elevation measuring issue with the wahoo and or Strava?
nice mileage! the elevation is possible, but an average of 50 feet per mile (which is really twice that on the uphill half!) is a pretty noticeably hilly route.

phone/bike computer elevation measurements are definitely not super accurate, but i find strava is usually pretty good about correcting elevation, to within 15 or 20% of reality. take a look at the elevation profile strava shows for some of your common rides, you should be able to see if there are obviously wrong profiles. also see what happens if you select “correct distance” for a particular ride, or whatever strava calls it, i believe the elevation changes too. you can easily revert it if it doesn’t seem right.
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Checking in, but no longer on the road. A little incident in February changed everything, so now I'm trainer only. But...still riding! Just working on getting back into form, which has proven to be a bit of a challenge.
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Originally Posted by mschwett View Post
i’ve yet to find a non-horrible route to and from the peninsula. would like to try some of the routes in the hills but everything in between is just not that pleasant!
The two best routes to the Peninsula from the city are probably the ones the SF2G commuter group uses (or used, back when people went to the office most days). See the Bayway and Skyline routes on SF2G.com.
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Didn't set up a goal for 2022, but hit a few milestones: Two new rides, one gravel and one road. The gravel is brand new, the road is 21 years old. Put a few hundred miles on each, and need to do a 24.3 mi ride (at least) tomorrow to complete the Shimano 105 challenge on Strava. Have a 100km ride coming up at the end of July, but that's my only riding event scheduled this year. Been running on my off-cycling days, have several foot events coming up this year, culminating in the Philly 1/2 just before Thanksgiving.

As for hills, my gravel route is pretty flat. 235' of climb in the first 6 miles. Roads around here though, oof. I have about a 5.5 mile circuit near my house, 11 miles gives 850' of elevation gain. I do not care for hills, even riding a triple.
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i’ve yet to find a non-horrible route to and from the peninsula. would like to try some of the routes in the hills but everything in between is just not that pleasant!
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Originally Posted by mschwett View Post
nice mileage! the elevation is possible, but an average of 50 feet per mile (which is really twice that on the uphill half!) is a pretty noticeably hilly route.

phone/bike computer elevation measurements are definitely not super accurate, but i find strava is usually pretty good about correcting elevation, to within 15 or 20% of reality. take a look at the elevation profile strava shows for some of your common rides, you should be able to see if there are obviously wrong profiles. also see what happens if you select “correct distance” for a particular ride, or whatever strava calls it, i believe the elevation changes too. you can easily revert it if it doesn’t seem right.
Thanks. I hit adjust elevation and it said “all set” and no changes were made. So I guess It’s right. My avg weekday ride seems very flat, but maybe it’s a very gradual climb??? There’s a few 8% hills, but that’s it.

Maybe it’s right.
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Originally Posted by Greatestalltime View Post
Anyone else have an elevation measuring issue with the wahoo and or Strava?
The Wahoo iOS app uses uncorrected GPS data for elevation, and on my usual routes around my neighborhood, it reports an elevation gain that is almost double that in Strava.

A couple of years ago, when Strava stopped supporting Bluetooth HR monitors, I switched to Wahoo. At that time, I was not aware of the above elevation gain inflation issue, so I thought I was read to tackle some harder climbs a bit further away, only to learn the hard way that those climbs were way harder.
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i do have a goal and i am ahead on both mileage and elevation, so far. i like the heat map. wonder what my most common routes are...
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I did over 20 000km each year for the past 2 years as a result of being semi-retired at over 50 and this year looks to be no different; it isn't a goal, just a by-product of training in my case.

In miles, my mileage so far this year is 7039 miles and 314101 feet.


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I think we have completely non-overlapping heatmaps, for all that we live within a couple hours ride of each other. Also, you can tell from mine that I am a creature of habit.

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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
I think we have completely non-overlapping heatmaps, for all that we live within a couple hours ride of each other. Also, you can tell from mine that I am a creature of habit.

not quite. one overlapping ride on cañada and (I think) sand hill.

my riding is pretty habitual too, a half dozen basic routes or so (with hawk hill and a loop around the city through the presidio and golden gate park being by far the most common) with minor variations. even in SF within a mile of home and work I stick to a handful of arteries…


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Apparently my 2022 YTD mileage as of today (7/4) is 3,231.
Or 3,035.
Not sure why that discrepancy exists, since the first number is from a simple Excel spreadsheet where I input the distance from my Wahoo at the end of each ride and it sums them cumulatively, and the second number is from RideWithGPS...which ostensibly inputs the distance from my Wahoo at the end of each ride and sums them cumulatively. :::shrugs::: I think my Wahoo doesn't always upload rides reliably.

I never pay attention to elevation, but according to RideWithGPS it's 156,959'
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Like "genejockey", Peninsula rider. I'm in...2022 thus far. Not shown on the heat map, one ride of Mt Laguna in San Diego and the eastern Sierras out of Bishop a couple of weeks ago, Onion Valley, Death Valley Road, Pine Creek Road.

Distance 3,001.3 mi
Elev Gain 256,414 ft


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Apparently my 2022 YTD mileage as of today (7/4) is 3,231.
Or 3,035.
Not sure why that discrepancy exists, since the first number is from a simple Excel spreadsheet where I input the distance from my Wahoo at the end of each ride and it sums them cumulatively, and the second number is from RideWithGPS...which ostensibly inputs the distance from my Wahoo at the end of each ride and sums them cumulatively. :::shrugs::: I think my Wahoo doesn't always upload rides reliably.

I never pay attention to elevation, but according to RideWithGPS it's 156,959'
nice. i do the same with a g sheet, and depending on whether strava distance correction is active there are some small differences in my totals. but they’re very very close, like .5%

here's what i have since jan 2021. also have weighted power, best hour power, calories, etc in the sheet. grey bands are different bikes.

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Originally Posted by cinelliguy View Post
Like "genejockey", Peninsula rider. I'm in...2022 thus far. Not shown on the heat map, one ride of Mt Laguna in San Diego and the eastern Sierras out of Bishop a couple of weeks ago, Onion Valley, Death Valley Road, Pine Creek Road.

Distance 3,001.3 mi
Elev Gain 256,414 ft


love seeing the other bay area heat maps! going to have to bite the bullet and jump on the train for some rides further south.
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Thanks for pointing out these Strava heatmaps; never knew these existed.
Mine cover habitual terrain and routes here in SoCal. It's fun to switch between years and all-time.
Traversing so many parts of The City seems insane to me!
Hell, just driving around those parts can make you go berserk. haha
Like you, I set my 2022 target for 6,000 miles. A mild bout of covid proved a big setback for me.
At the mid-year mark, I totaled a little over 2,400 with about 100k feet of climbing.
With a cruise vacation looming, it looks doubtful for me to reach my goal. I hit 6k miles the past six years.
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Traversing so many parts of The City seems insane to me!
Hell, just driving around those parts can make you go berserk. haha...
i actually greatly prefer riding in SF to most of the more car-centric cities around california; much slower speeds, more four-way stops (vs lights), a fair number of bike lanes and quite a few new "slow streets" or streets fully closed to traffic. definitely takes a little learning what the best routes are to avoid 20% + gradients, buses, streetcars, etc, but there are hundreds of great miles to ride! i routinely do 30 mile rides in which i have to really stop only once or twice, with as much as 3/4 of the ride in protected lanes or closed streets.

on the other hand, the real is getting out into the watersheds, open space areas, hills, etc. but for urban riding, SF has been the best of the various cities i've ridden in the bay.
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i actually greatly prefer riding in SF to most of the more car-centric cities around california; much slower speeds, more four-way stops (vs lights), a fair number of bike lanes and quite a few new "slow streets" or streets fully closed to traffic. definitely takes a little learning what the best routes are to avoid 20% + gradients, buses, streetcars, etc, but there are hundreds of great miles to ride! i routinely do 30 mile rides in which i have to really stop only once or twice, with as much as 3/4 of the ride in protected lanes or closed streets.

on the other hand, the real is getting out into the watersheds, open space areas, hills, etc. but for urban riding, SF has been the best of the various cities i've ridden in the bay.
Golden Gate Park would be a blast, with all the variations of routes. Or going along the coast looks nice. And all that clean air. Good stuff.
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Golden Gate Park would be a blast, with all the variations of routes. Or going along the coast looks nice. And all that clean air. Good stuff.
of course, there's also the relentless wind and occasional fog

there's a basically complete east-west route through the park which is closed to cars - diagonal from bottom left to top right through the park in my heatmap. it also passes a public cycle track, lots of fun. the roadway on the western edge of the city (great highway) is closed to cars from friday to sunday, and is actually closed all the time lately because there's sand on one side of the road. there's a route through the presidio which is closed to cars, and there's a decent bike lane around most of the northeastern perimeter of the city on the embarcadero, which is uninterrupted by intersections on the water side. you can stitch those together into a loop with fairly minimal futzing about between them.
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