The present weather means that I don’t have too much to write about so far as cycling is concerned so I thought maybe I should try to summarise and analyse my cycling year 2010 -2011. I guess it seems a bit early but the weather forecast for the next few days isn’t very promising so I don’t think the figures will change too much.
In the almost 12 months to date this year I have ridden 5311.79 miles in 341.95 hours which works out at an average speed of 15.465 mph.
For the first half of the year I kept my ride records on a spread sheet and after I got my Garmin 605 I have been able to keep far more accurate and detailed records of every ride I take with the Garmin Edge 605 and 500 GPS computers and Garmin Connect records.
These are the figures from my Garmin Connect records since July 27th 20101 :-
Figures from Garmin Connect starting 27th July 2010
At the start of the year my initial aim was to get fit for riding Alpe d’Huez in May. I set myself a gradually increasing monthly target starting with 300 miles in January as I thought the weather was not going to be very helpful and leading up to 500 miles a month by April. Just as well because the weather was pretty grim. Very similar to how it is now actually but it seems to be starting earlier this year.
I managed to keep to my target and was in good enough shape to make the Alpe d’Huez climb. Such good shape that I completed the climb in 1hr 25 minutes, much faster than I had dare to hope for ahead of the ride. I had been imagining around 2 hours. Not bad for a 67 year old I guess. I was more than happy I can tell you. Especially given the weather conditions at the time. There had been 2 or 3 days rain before the day and it did not look very promising on the morning of the climb either. But it had to be done as it was the last available day before we had to head for home and I wasnt going to come all that way and not complete my mission. It was cloudy and over cast and you couldn’t see more than 100 metres up the mountain before the cloud started. I eventually broke through the cloud and into brighter weather but very cold. The ride was completed though and a great feeling of smugness and self satisfaction was to follow.
So that was in May and in June I headed to France again, this time on vacation for 5 weeks. I took my bike with a view to possibly riding Mont Ventoux on our tour around France with the caravan. However the weather interfered again as we had a lot of rain for the first 2 weeks so I didnt get out too much on the bike. Especially not enough to keep in shape to ride Mont Ventoux so I aborted that idea. Maybe a target for 2011 on our French odyssey in June. I did manage a few rides up some mountains after that but nothing famous but I have to say they seemed equally as steep and long to me. They were on very quiet roads and nice and warm and sunshine and spectacular views. We completed the trip by taking in a stage of the Tour De France on our way back up to northern France so that was another mission accomplished. I had seen a stage of ‘Le Tour’ once before on the first occasion it came to the UK but it wasnt the same as the real thing, in France.
After that I settled back down to just regular riding and riding around 600 miles a month until towards the end of the summer when I rode my first 100k Sportive. I managed that OK and subsequently rode 2 more. You will find accounts of all of those, and both of my French trips in the archives of this blog if you look in May and June so I have kept the details brief here. The mileage has decreased a lot since the end of November and I just ride either on the Turbo Trainer down in the garage but its even too cold to go down there at the moment so make use of the exercise bike indoors just to keep my legs turning.
I joined Team MK cycling club in October and have been enjoying some rides with them. They are hard rides which just suits me and its good to be riding in a group again, just like the old days. I have also joined the the League of Veteran racing Cyclists as my target for 2011 is to try my hand at road racing again and possibly some time trialling. They do seem to have quite a comprehensive programme of races all over the country. I will be racing within my age group though so I should get a good measure of my form comparing it with riders of a similar age. However most of the older guys I have met in the cycling club seem to have been cycling continuously since their teenage years unlike me who has had a long break for various reasons and am now coming back to it. But I am looking forward to the competition as I seem to be a naturally competitive rider. I seem to enjoy the feeling of pushing myself as much as I can. I look too closely at the average speed all the time and keep trying to push it up that little bit more.
So I will wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas and a good 2011 and I look forward to posting my progress, or lack of it on here.