Sunday, July 01, 2007

2nd Quarter Bike Stats

Here's my ride data for April, May and June!

And, here is all the data so far this year. (Is it really possible that the year is half gone?!)

I seem to be on track for meeting my goal of 4000 miles for 2007. It's ok that I'm not at the halfway point of 2000 miles because there will be more riding at the end of the year than the beginning of the year due to the weather being better.

I guess I had hoped to ride a few more days each month, but it's important to keep the biking in balance with the rest of my life! I'm pretty happy with the mileage and it reflects the fact I'm going longer distances on the days I do ride. Other than keeping life in balance, weather is sometimes a constraint and other times I just need a rest day after the longer, faster rides I've been doing. The muscles need time to build up again!

I won't bore you with more tables of data, but tracking my average speed over time is motivating for me. In January and February, I was averaging ~16mph. In March and April I averaged ~17mph. In June, I was able to kick that up a notch to ~18mph! I can now cover short distances, like 10 miles, at 20-21mph. This is all dependant on terrain, of course, and long or steep climbs would slow me down a lot, but I'm feeling pretty strong on the hills we have in our area. I can sprint into the high 20's, but I think I am better at endurance than sprints. My fastest downhills have been in the low 40's and I'm not feeling too ambitious about going any faster than that at this point!

One of the best things about cycling is riding with friends. Yesterday, we had a wonderful visit with Debby and Chris! They came over to Rhode Island to ride into Newport with us to see the usual ocean views as well as the tall ships at anchor in the harbor. It was a perfect summer day!

4 comments:

Devorah said...

How wonderful! Way to go!

Kristen said...

I am so impressed and inspired by your biking. Isn't it great how your stamina builds up? 40+ mph? That is incredible. With my handy dandy little speedometer I saw I was going 25 mph downhill yesterday, which was fun but I feel out of control without tapping the brakes. I repeat - 40+ mph?!!!!!?

knitseashore said...

Congratulations on your milestones!! That is wonderful. We had such a great time with you both and hope we can do it again soon. It was beautiful day.

hege said...

You are doing a great job! It sounds like fun to be out riding in this beautiful weather.