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2013 Review and 2014 Goals

2013 Review and 2014 Goals

Definitely a year of ups and downs. On the bright side - it was a very good year for cycling. Here are my totals for 2013

  • Count:                        184 Activities
  • Distance:                   9,619.09 km
  • Avg Distance:            52.28 km
  • Time:                          329:44:34 h:m:s
  • Avg Time:                  1:47:31 h:m:s
  • Elevation Gain:          40,608 m
  • Avg Speed:                29.2 km/h
  • Avg HR:                      144 bpm
  • Avg Bike Cadence:   77 rpm
  • Max Bike Cadence:   221 rpm
  • Calories:                     199,031 C

Oh so close to 10,000km. It's pretty obvious that is my goal for 2014. You can see that my average dropped during the last two months but that is to be expected with shorter rides on the trainer indoors. I'm so looking forward to riding outside again. I have videos that help with indoor riding but it still doesn't compare.

No cycling trips planned for this winter/spring since we have the family trip to Jamaica in early February to celebrate my 50th. I really want to plan something for early 2015. I want to try Tucson as it appears to have good cycling roads and is not as expensive as other places. If its as good as I hope it may be my regular winter destination going forward.

Another goal for 2014 is the Ottawa GranFondo or an equivalent 100 mile ride. It's probably only a psychological barrier for me as I'm sure I could do it physically.

2013 was the year I lost Peanut. I will miss her as I still miss Parker. She had a slow decline so it wasn't a shock like it was with Parker but it is still difficult. I have fond memories of walking the both of them in the parks around Kanata. Fortunately I still have Stormy to keep me company. It's interesting to see how all three have had such different personalities. Stormy is so shy with strangers but probably more affectionate with me than either Peanut or Parker. I have no plans to get a second dog right now especially with the move coming.

I have bought a condo at 2 The Parkway but it won't be ready until 2016. But that does lead to another couple of goals for 2014 - save my money and get rid of as much "junk" as possible. I've stopped my camera gear purchasing and I want to keep my bike for at least a few years so that will help with reducing the spending. I did a cleanup in the basement last summer but it's already starting to pile up again! I have to work on that again.

Work was pretty much status quo in 2013 and I don't expect too much change in 2014. I will be getting a new boss soon however and that could make things interesting. We'll see.

The LEAF I bought in December 2011 continues to be very fun to drive. It cost even less to maintain in 2013 than 2012 as I drove less and the dealer charged less for the annual maintenance for some reason. I did bring this up during my condo purchase but I still have concerns about the electric hookup once I move. Since it's a brand new building and by the time it's ready I expect I won't be the only electric car owner it really shouldn't be an issue.

All in all I consider myself very fortunate for the life I had during 2013 and I'm expecting even better for 2014. All the best to everyone for your 2014.

So far this year...

So far this year...

I will easily meet my target for the year of 8,500km:

  • Count: 151 Activities
  • Distance: 8,345.24 km
  • Avg Distance: 55.27 km
  • Time: 286:22:27 h:m:s
  • Avg Time: 1:53:47 h:m:s
  • Elevation Gain: 31,443 m
  • Avg Speed: 29.1 km/h
  • Avg HR: 144 bpm
  • Avg Bike Cadence: 77 rpm
  • Max Bike Cadence: 221 rpm
  • Calories: 169,793 C

 

It's been a good year for cycling. As you can see I increased my Avg Distance by making my default ride after work a little longer. Interestingly I didn't lose as much weight this summer as the last two years. That's OK with me as long as I don't gain too much this winter. We'll see.

2012 Review

As is my custom, I'm recording my mileage and setting a goal for the new year.

I exceeded my goal for 2012 which was 7,500km by a comfortable margin which makes me quite happy:

  • Count:  172 Activities
  • Distance:  8,101.44 km
  • Avg Distance:  47.10 km
  • Time:  278:53:34 h:m:s
  • Avg Time:  1:37:17 h:m:s
  • Elevation Gain:  24,075 m
  • Avg Speed:  29.0 km/h
  • Avg HR:  146 bpm
  • Avg Bike Cadence:  82 rpm
  • Max Bike Cadence:  240 rpm
  • Calories:  168,975 C

I also exceeded the mileage I did in my car again this year - about 5,800km. Of course this year that was all in an electric car (my LEAF) but it still makes me smile that I have more km's on my bike under my own power than sitting on my rear in a car. I still LOVE my LEAF but no car will compare to a bicycle (for me anyway).

I have found it hard to get much mileage done in December on my trainer but I'm planning on changing that now that the holidays are over. My goal is to be in better shape once I do get outside than last year. It took a while before I could do the longer distance rides that I enjoy. Last year my first ride outside was actually March 11th and with the amount of snow we have this year that will be hard to beat. Ideally I would like to do several trips to Gatineau Park this year before it opens to cars. I never got to do that last year due to my lack of fitness. We'll see how this year goes.

As for a goal for 2013 - that's a tough one. Of course the weather will be a factor (last year was fantastic). I actually think that I really can't plan for too much more unless circumstances change - if I got laid off for example. So that all said I think I'll set it at 8,500km. If I get more trainer km's in than last year and the weather cooperates then it should certainly be achievable.

One other goal for this year is to spend less and save more. I went kind of overboard last year on biking stuff and camera equipment. I have no trips planned for this year but I do for 2014 (my 50th birthday bash) so saving up is mandatory.

 

Cycling Update

I think my goal for the year of 7,500km is still achievable. If the weather holds out and I don't get sick again (missed a week and a half with a bad cold already) then I should make it.

  • Here's the year so far:
  • Count:   115 Activities
  • Distance:   5,139.34 km
  • Avg Distance:   44.69 km
  • Time:   178:05:55 h:m:s
  • Avg Time:   1:32:55 h:m:s
  • Elevation Gain:   13,781 m
  • Avg Speed:   28.9 km/h
  • Avg HR:   147 bpm
  • Avg Bike Cadence:   83 rpm
  • Max Bike Cadence:   240 rpm
  • Calories:   110,136 C

A look back at 2011 and forward to 2012

A very good year! I posted on Facebook that I did get my LEAF in December. Absolutely love the car! It is so much fun to drive. I'll post more about it soon.

I just wanted to update my cycling totals for the year:

  • Count:149 Activities
  • Distance:6,508.50 km
  • Avg Distance:43.68 km
  • Time:225:44:13 h:m:s
  • Avg Time:1:30:54 h:m:s
  • Elevation Gain:17,531 m
  • Avg Speed:28.8 km/h
  • Avg HR:149 bpm
  • Avg Bike Cadence:86 rpm
  • Max Bike Cadence:238 rpm (obviously screwed up this somehow)
  • Calories:
  • 138,611 C

 

So exceeded my goal of 6,000 by a little bit. I actually did more mileage on the bike than in my cars (about 5,500 km)! Of course now I have to set a goal for 2012. I'm going to stretch it a little and go for 7,500 km. I think it's certainly doable if I start work earlier every day (7:30) so I can finish at 4:30. This should allow me to do 50 km a day and still be home early enough to get Peanut out for a walk at a reasonable time. I'm so looking forward to riding outdoors now that I'm counting the days to when I can start. We've received less snow this year so maybe I'll be able to start sooner than last year (March 30th).

I also have a new Cervelo frame this year so it's even more incentive:

 

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5000 (More or less)

This is from the beginning of 2011 so some of it was indoors on my trainer or rollers. I think going forward I will set a goal for all of 2012. Unless I can think of a way to easily keep track in Garmin Connect of the type of rides.

  • Count: 116 Activities
  • Distance: 5,169.62 km
  • Avg Distance: 44.57 km
  • Time: 179:14:08 h:m:s
  • Avg Time: 01:32:42 h:m:s
  • Elevation Gain: 14,165 m
  • Avg Speed: 28.8 km/h
  • Avg HR: 147 bpm
  • Avg Bike Cadence: 86 rpm
  • Max Bike Cadence: 238 rpm
  • Calories: 109,672 C

The Gats

Also, here is my last trip up to Gatineau Park. I hope to do this trip more often so I can improve my hill climbing. It's tough but I enjoy it!

3000

So I said that I hoped to complete 6,000 km on the bike this year. Here are my numbers year-to-date:

  • Count:76 Activities
  • Distance:3,049.14 km
  • Avg Distance:40.12 km
  • Time:107:35:17 h:m:s
  • Avg Time:01:24:56 h:m:s
  • Elevation Gain:7,964 m
  • Avg Speed:28.3 km/h
  • Avg HR:149 bpm
  • Avg Bike Cadence:85 rpm
  • Max Bike Cadence:238 rpm
  • Calories:67,063 C

5000

Today i accomplished my goal of riding 5000 km for the season. I'm pretty happy but now I have to set a new one for next year! I think 6000 should be possible if I extend my weekend rides a little. Anyway, here are the details:

  • Count: 127 Activities
  • Distance: 5,001.41 km
  • Avg Distance: 39.38 km
  • Time: 174:55:25 h:m:s
  • Avg Time: 01:22:38 h:m:s
  • Elevation Gain: 16,962 m
  • Avg Speed: 28.6 km/h
  • Avg HR: 144 bpm
  • Avg Bike Cadence: 86 rpm
  • Calories: 136,210 C

30 km/h

Yesterday I broke 30 km/h for my average speed on my usual after work ride. I've done it before but I find it quite hard. It's funny but I can do 29 km/h without too much trouble but to go one faster is hard!