January 05, 2009

December & annual cycling summary

Follow-up to November cycling summary from Steve's blog

I had 193 miles to fit into December before the 23rd to reach my annual target and managed it by the 18th, which was quite pleasing. Otherwise, December was reasonably uneventful.

I went on to a total of 3034 miles in the year and almost 192 hours of cycling, for an average speed of 15.2mph. That’s a nice improvement on last year’s 14.6mph. Of those 3000-odd miles, 1700 were commuting miles, 1130 were done during my lunchtime excursions, and the remaining almost 170 were just random pottering about. June was my best month this year, with just over 400 miles – my highest monthly total ever.

As well as the mileage target I did aim to fit in a few longer rides this year, specifically at least one 50-mile ride a quarter. I managed that too, with one of those rides being the 68-mile Macride in September. That’s my longest ride so far, and I was quite pleased when I could still walk afterwards! My knees held up pretty well. Makes me think I should aim for something move challenging this year. More on that later. I also raised £500 for Macmillans through that event – thanks to all who sponsored me.

All-in-all my best cycling year yet. Further and faster than previous years. Time to start thinking about what to aim for this year…

The numbers:

Month Time Distance Target Difference Ave Speed
Jan 15:38 222 254 -32 14.2
Feb 13:03 196 238 -42 15.0
Mar 14:00 210 254 -44 15.0
Apr 20:01 313 246 67 15.6
May 18:00 281 254 27 15.6
Jun 25:02 400 246 154 16.0
Jul 9:50 162 254 -92 16.0
Aug 16:58 272 254 18 15.7
Sep 15:00 250 246 4 15.0
Oct 13:42 241 254 -13 14.7
Nov 15:57 260 246 14 14.7
Dec 14:40 226 254 -28 14.7
Total 191:54 3034 3000 34 15.2

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  1. Century Trainer

    Congratulations on reaching your target. I am interested to see your longest ride was 68 miles. Considering the fairly high mileage you are consistently putting in on the saddle I am surprised that you have not considered riding a century.

    I too am a sucker for logging my stats and using the monthly totals to motivate me. Having a century or other long distance ride on the horizon gives me extra motivation….maybe you should consider a 100 miler???!!!!

    20 Jan 2009, 23:47

  2. Steve Rumsby

    I’m working up to a century slowly. I have slightly dodgy knees and so don’t want to be too ambitious. I wasn’t completely sure of being able to complete the 68. Now that I’ve done it, and could still walk afterwards, I’d like to aim for more. I think I need another step between that and 100 though.

    I’m still working on my plans for this year, but may well try and work towards fitting in a century. We’ll see.

    21 Jan 2009, 09:28

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