On My Bike?

When I ride, I usually record my ride on my Garmin GPS device and upload the data to Garmin Connect. I decided tonight to review the data I have recorded. I was a little surprised to see how little I have ridden over the last 20 months.

The monthly totals are as below

 Time Period Count Distance Time Elevation
Gain
 Oct 2012 2 30.14 02:25:16 413
 Sep 2012 28 360.16 26:46:31 5,246
 Aug 2012 15 186.69 24:24:54 2,822
 Jul 2012 36 460.53 36:51:54 5,627
 Jun 2012 24 289.07 27:56:31 4,793
 May 2012 23 470.4 38:24:26 10,846
 Apr 2012 27 525.53 56:33:48 10,368
 Mar 2012 40 727.14 57:51:05 12,270
 Feb 2012 26 593.2 36:50:20 7,917
 Jan 2012 31 528.73 44:11:38 10,108
 Dec 2011 16 180.23 21:26:12 2,897
 Nov 2011 9 117.77 09:56:16 1,663
 Oct 2011 12 148.52 12:16:13 2,625
 Sep 2011 23 279.91 21:11:58 5,696
 Aug 2011 31 410.29 35:55:49 6,093
 Jul 2011 25 365.65 28:53:29 5,807
 Jun 2011 21 347.92 29:19:41 5,049
 May 2011 6 285.18 22:16:09 7,090
 Apr 2011 11 295.96 23:06:35 5,830
 Mar 2011 19 292.58 23:07:22 7,303
 Feb 2011 4 49.63 03:54:39 456
 Summary 429 6,945.25 583:40:45 120,918

I’ve just been doing some looking at my cycling records over the last 20 or so months. There are a small number of rides missing off this record, but it gives an idea of how much cycling I have or have not done.

In approximately 20 months I have done 429 rides. Commuting to and from work has been  counted as 2 rides. That works out at approximately 21.5 rides per month. It varies from only 4 rides in Feb 2011 (as I got my GPS at the end of that month), 6 in May 2011 of which 5 were in the USA through to 40 rides in March 2012.

In March 2012, I rode 727 miles. This was mainly going the long way round to work and averaging 18 miles per ride. Conversely in November 2011, I only rode 117.77 miles. This was mainly because I was working away from home and not able to cycle each day.

According to the data from my GPS, in the 20 months I have climbed a total of 120,918 feet. This is the equivalent of cycling from sea level to the summit of Mount Everest 4.16 times. And I did it without needing oxygen., mind you I did come close on several occasions.

 

The weekly totals since coming back from the USA are

week commencing Count Distance Time Elevation Gain Avg Distance Calories
 30/09/2012 2 30.14 02:25:16 413 15.07 1,109
 23/09/2012 7 96.27 07:36:39 1,952 13.75 5,140
 16/09/2012 6 80.45 05:52:09 1,033 13.41 3,591
 09/09/2012 8 104.62 07:33:52 1,394 13.08 5,093
 02/09/2012 7 78.83 05:43:51 866 11.26 3,819
 26/08/2012 1 20.02 02:20:21 203 20.02 1,031
 12/08/2012 6 72.2 04:48:51 830 12.03 3,377
 05/08/2012 6 70.25 15:32:26 1,476 11.71 3,311
 29/07/2012 4 48.71 03:32:28 564 12.18 2,148
 22/07/2012 9 130.75 10:09:09 1,581 14.53 5,906
 15/07/2012 10 127.89 10:42:58 1,558 12.79 5,736
 08/07/2012 9 106.01 08:42:30 1,414 11.78 5,051
 01/07/2012 6 71.4 05:28:05 820 11.9 5,089
 24/06/2012 8 103.71 08:31:18 1,516 12.96 4,368
 17/06/2012 6 73.64 05:47:45 1,086 12.27 3,101
 10/06/2012 6 71.59 10:22:17 1,299 11.93 3,076
 03/06/2012 4 40.13 03:15:11 892 10.03 1,795
 27/05/2012 6 77.19 06:01:14 1,266 12.86 3,322
 20/05/2012 6 75.08 06:02:35 1,158 12.51 3,053

 

I am surprised to see that only once since I came back from the USA in May have I managed 10 rides in a week. This means that only once have I ridden to / from work every week day. That is a shocking statistic. Sadly this week will not beat that as I was off work yesterday, so can only ride to/ from work on 8 occasions this week. The maximum weekly total I have ridden in a week is 130 miles. I have only done 100 miles in a week on 5 occasions. That is a rather pathetic effort and one I aim to put right. I am going to be unable to commute to/ from work for a period of around 3 weeks in November, but despite this, I intend to average at least 100 miles per week between now and Christmas. I reckon its 11 weeks until I break up for Christmas. I intend to complete 1100 miles in that time (including today). So now its 1069.86 miles left to do. I will need to put some longer commutes in to make sure I reach the target despite the time off commuting when working away.

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About spen666

I'm a 40 something football fan and cyclist. I've been a football fanatic most of my life and have completed the 92 football league & premier league grounds Added to this numerous non league grounds, a number abroad and you start to get the picture. I took up cycling in around 2000. Although my father was a former World Vets Champion, I got into cycling accompanying my son to ride in London. This was followed by my commuting to work each day into Central London. Then doing some Sunday rides, then some audax events (www.audax.uk.net) and then a week's cycling holiday in France with a friend. From there, I got more and more into cycling and in 2009 completed LEJoG and in 2010 rode in the USA with the Police Unity Tour. I completed blogs for those events at www.aminearlythere.blogspot.com and www.bothesidesofthepond.blogspot.com Feel free to read them and learn more about me. I live alone which suits me as it gives me time at weekends to pursue my interests of cycling and football. (Well what did you expect me to say? That I'm sad at being single?) I'm currently looking for my next challenge. Any suggestions gratefully received.
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