Saturday, December 31, 2011
2011: A Statistical Review
0055 February (PR)
1020 July (PR)
0756 August (PR)
0532 October (PR, tie)
0045 December (PR)
July’s total of 1,020 miles is not just a PR for July, but also for any month, crushing the old mark of 800 miles (September 2009). Also this year, I surpassed 30,000 lifetime miles and 1,000 lifetime rides. “Lifetime” is everything since the beginning of 2004, my first year as a serious cyclist.
I think it’s odd that in the course of riding so many miles I did just one standard century (100 miles) and six metric centuries (100 kilometers). The consistency with which I banged out those 30-milers is what allowed me to surpass 5,000.
Only outdoor miles count toward my totals. Inside I spent 34 hours on the trainer. For cross-training I spent 17 hours on the treadmill, went hiking on eight occasions, went snowshoeing twice, and did 177 upper-body strength sessions in my home gym.
Perhaps most significantly, I raced far more in 2011 than ever before. I did my first seven cyclocross races, my first two mountain bike races, and my first sanctioned time trial (plus three unsanctioned TTs) in 2011. That’s more racing than I did in all previous seasons combined.
Expect even more racing in 2012, but fewer miles. I won’t rule out a PR in a cold-weather month; that’s low-hanging fruit. I won’t rule out a PR for a single day; anything more than 113 miles would do. But I have no interest in pursuing 5,114. At least, not now. Maybe when I’m too old to go fast and I’m living in a warmer climate with nothing but time on my hands …
Posted by Dave Hanrahan at 9:00 PM