January 2015 Stats

For the month of January, I biked 126.57 miles in 23 days. I also ran 2.6 miles.

I’ve been sick the past few days, so I haven’t done much riding. Some thoughts about Freezing Saddles in my next post, when I feel better.

End-of-the-Year Totals for 2014

For the month of December, I biked 88.66 miles in 19 days. I also ran 8.2 miles. I ran 55.3 miles in 26 days this year, which still boggles my mind.

For 2014, I biked 1855.88 miles over 217 days. On average, I biked 18 days a month. The month when I rode the most days was April with 23 days. The month I rode the most miles was July, with 230.47 miles.

(For the record, I previously miscalculated the number of days in certain months because SportTracks counts number of rides instead of number of days. I’ve made corrections to the relevant posts.)

Aside from the rides listed in my last post, I also rode the Errandonnee and the tail end of Soupaneuring rides, a pastry ride, the Vasa Ride, the Ocean to Bay Ride, my first (hopefully not my last) Tour de DCPL, a hot dog century, and the 13 Colonies Ride.

My riding kind of shifted this year. I moved away from randonneuring and more towards commuting and social rides. Part of this was because of having limited time due to finishing up classes for my certificate, and part of this was the realization that I’m just not dedicated enough to spending the time becoming physically fit for brevets. I enjoy riding and taking my time.* Pretty lame, but there it is.

This winter, I’m participating in Freezing Saddles for the first time this year, just for fun. I’m going to be riding through the winter anyway, so why not share some camaraderie with fellow crazy folks? I’m also going to continue to run once or twice a week for as long as I can.

I hope you all have a great year in 2015. See you on the road.

*and eating

Goals for 2015

I like to try more rides that are new to me, just for variety. Here are the ones I’d like to do for next year. Yes, most of them are from last year’s list.

Indian Head Century
Monument to Monument Ride- I should clarify that I would like to do the reverse ride from DC to Baltimore and back. If anyone’s interested in joining me, please let me know.
Climate Ride- for multi-day rides for 2015, I think I’d choose this over RAGBRAI, because it’s for a cause I want to support.
Cyclocross- I’d still really like to watch this sometime.
At least one permanent- although at this point, I want to do a permanent populaire, and preferably one in the 100K range. I have a couple of routes that are close to where I live, and these are the ones I’d like to do. If any of your local randonneurs would like to join me, let me know.

I do have a couple of modest goals for running as well: run at least one 5K, and possibly train for a 10K later on in the year.

Are there any rides you’d like to suggest? Comment below!

Goals for 2014: Fell Short

These are the rides I thought I’d like to do for this year, and what I actually did:

Indian Head Century- did not do (scheduling conflict)
Great Pumpkin Ride- Done!
Monument to Monument Ride- did not do
Schuylkill Century- did the 40-mile ride. Someday, I’d like to do either the metric or the full 100 miles.
Climate Ride- did not do (scheduling conflict)
Cyclocross- I didn’t even get to watch a ride that was nearby because I was out of town. (Notice a theme?)
At least one permanent- I didn’t get my act together this year.

Well, so much for that. I think some of these will carry over to 2015.

November 2014 Stats

For the month of November, I biked 94.33 miles in 18 days. Not a lot.

For the 8 weeks of training plus the 5K, I ran 49.79 miles over 24 days. Also not a lot, but given that my total running miles before October totaled zero, it’s something.

For December, I want to try to run at least once a week, as well as bike to work once a week. We’ll see if the weather manages to confound my plans.

Bicycling vs. Running

I suppose it’s not quite fair to compare the two, but here’s what I’ve discovered so far in training for a run versus training for a ride.

1. I recognize my limitations in running better than I do in biking.
After multiple injuries and difficulty in breathing from running, I am less apt to push myself. On one hand, I’m less prone to injury, and train more gradually. On the other hand, I have much less confidence in my abilities as a runner.

I seem to willfully ignore my limitations as a bicyclist. I can blame whatever problems I have on the bicycle, or I can fool myself into thinking that coasting and taking breaks can keep me going indefinitely. I can push myself much harder on the bike, and sometimes with deleterious effects.

2. Fueling is completely different for each activity.
After a long ride, I am ravenous and want to eat all the things. I need to replenish my fluids right away, lest I become dehydrated. After a run, I am not at all hungry or thirsty until much later. I forgot this, and after Thursday’s run, ate a granola bar because I thought I had to. Big mistake– that bar sat like a rock in my stomach for the rest of the morning.

3. Bicycling is a more social activity for me.
I like biking on my own, and I do that fairly often, but I think it’s more fun when I’m with friends who enjoy bicycling too. Running is still not altogether fun for me, and although I like running with R, I don’t think I can run in a large group. That stems partly from my lack of confidence in keeping up, and also in that I feel like I should suffer alone.

4. And yet, running improves my mood better than bicycling.
I’m not quite sure why this is. Perhaps running at the current distance and speed is the perfect setting for an endorphin rush for me, and I run out of energy from pushing myself too hard on the bike? I don’t know, but as long as I can stay healthy, I’ll continue to run on a regular basis.