2014 turned out to be an amazing year of cycling for me. But it didn’t start out that way!
Due to a knee injury (plica syndrome) sustained in late November 2012, I did no cycling at all in January. I only rode 60 miles in the whole of February, plus some turbo-trainer sessions. So I didn’t really get started until March, but my knee was still causing problems well into April. It took off exponentially after that. For example I did 777 miles in May! It looked like the year might end in the same way as it started when I suffered another knee injury (the other knee this time!) midway through November which caused a reduction in rides (and severity) towards the end, but a spate of rides in late December have been successful with my knee seeming to be doing OK.
|Total Distance (mi)||5373|
|Total Time (hrs)||370:37:26|
|Average Speed||14.5 mph|
|Total Elevation (ft)||304,113|
|Longest Ride (mi)||156|
The Colnago saw most of the action:
|Colnago CLX 3.0 di2||3,996 miles|
|Giant Defy Composite 2||1,378 miles|
|Rides over 25 mi||81|
|Rides over 50 mi||52|
|Rides over 75 mi||15|
|Rides over 100 mi||8|
|Rides over 125 mi||2|
|Rides over 150 mi||1|
I had loads of great rides, challenges and adventures in 2014. Some of the standout moments were:
- My first 100-mile ride
- My first 200k ride
- My first 250k ride
- Many night rides including:
- Three audaxes
- My first TT (for 40 years!)
- Ride into Essex by ferry
… plus loads of great rides with the club, a couple of Sportives and many rides to and along the coast.
I also conquered loads more hills, including:
It looks like 2015 is off to a good start. I notched up 10 PBs on Strava with today’s ride, including FOG (Fastest Old Git – ie over 55) on Fairlawne Park Flypast at an average of 33mph. And I still have a couple of ECs in reserve: 1) I am still recovering from a cold, and 2) I had the bulk and weight of all my winter kit.
Looking forward to 2015.