January 2017 Biking Cycling Bicycling Challenge!

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  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    Mon 30 - 23.78 miles

    MTD 137.87 / 250, YTD 137.87 / 4000

    Not going to get anywhere near my month target, but at least I'm back on the bike again
  • _nikkiwolf_
    _nikkiwolf_ Posts: 1,375 Member
    edited January 2017
    Okay, there's no way I'll make my goal. Almost three weeks of ice and snow, during half of which I was sick anyway, and the indoor trainer I ordered got lost during shipment - nice combination of excuses, isn't it? :confused:
    The snow still hasn't disappeared, but the resent shipment arrived today. OMG, I had no idea how hard it would be to ride on rollers! My first attempt was a complete disaster - maybe 5 minutes, during which I rode off the rollers at least ten times. I spent the next half hour watching youtube videos with beginner tipps before I dared to try again. Second time was slightly better, but only because I kept a death grip on the doorway with one hand for the entire 10 minutes. After dinner, I did another 10 minutes. I'll just keep practicing as much as possible, sooner or later I'll hopefully be able to ride with both hands on the handle bar...

    04/01/2017 - 3.2km new chain test ride
    05/01/2017 - 12.5km commute
    07/01/2017 - 3.2km supermarket and back
    09/01/2017 - 11.8km commute
    12/01/2017 - 10.5km commute
    13/01/2017 - 10.6km commute
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    51.8 km (of 150km Jan goal) done
    +
    30/01/2017 - 25min rollers/indoor

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    @sijomial Sounds like a great vacation!
    I think France & Germany mostly have the front brake on the left, Italy and U.K. on the right. No idea about other countries. When I bought my bike, I had to listen to a small lecture from the seller explaining that why swapped the handles (bike of Italian origin, but French owner). His choice was fine with me, since my old bike was German, so the French setup seemed natural to me. Until then, I never even considered that anyone might have the rear brake on the left...
  • _nikkiwolf_
    _nikkiwolf_ Posts: 1,375 Member
    Woohoo! I just spent another 20 minutes on the rollers - the last 7 or 8 minutes of that without holding on to anything!
    That probably doesn't sound very impressive, but after the first try I was afraid it would take forever to learn. It took a helluva lot of concentration, and after finishing I was dripping with sweat despite the fact that my bike computer claims my average speed was just below 20km/h. But I'm still super happy with this last "ride" :grin:

  • Machka9
    Machka9 Posts: 21,456 Member
    Review ...
    (Distances include cycling + walking)
    March: 489.8 km (304.3 miles) = 38 hours 4 min
    April: 491.94 km (305.6 miles) = 43 hours 6 min
    May: 361.81 km (224.8 miles) = 35 hours 50 min
    June: 569.53 km (353.9 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
    July: 230.7 km (143.35 miles) = 32 hours 45 min
    Aug: 211.3 km (131.3 miles) = 28 hours 8 min
    Sep: 306.7 km (190.6 miles) = 35 hour 2 min
    Oct: 441.82 km (274.5 miles) = 47 hours 43 min
    Nov: 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
    Dec: 499.91 km (282.8 miles) = 54 hours 56 min
    Jan: 864.79 km (537.35 miles) = 65 hours 36 min
    Feb: 470.53 km (292.4 miles) = 40 hours 39 min
    March: 917.73 km (570.2 miles) = 66 hours 13 min
    April: 417.83 km (259.6 miles) = 40 hours 23 min
    May: 267.09 km (165.9 miles) = 36 hours 10 min
    June: 552.1 km (343 miles) = 54 hours 48 min
    July: 709 km (440.5 miles) = 60 hours 41 minutes
    Aug: 775.9 km (482.1 miles) = 54 hours 52 minutes
    Sep: 371.3 km (230.7 miles) = 32 hours 20 min
    Oct: 649 km (403.3 miles) = 49 hours 46 min
    Nov: 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
    Dec: 511.05 km (317.55 miles = 52 hours 2 min

    I see last January was a big month for me! My goal for this month will be to match that. :)

    Jan 1 - 101.9 km cycling (321 min)
    Jan 2 - 26.9 km cycling (85 min)
    The story of the Jan 1 metric century:
    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/Machka9/view/beaches-100k-permanent-907843

    Jan 3 - 5.6 km (70 min) walking
    Jan 4 - 6.2 km (77 min) walking + 16 flights of stairs (12 min)
    Jan 5 - 6.65 km (83 min) walking + 20 flights of stairs (16 min)
    Jan 6 - 8.9 km (111 min) walking + 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
    Jan 7 - 4 km (50 min) walking + 26.8 km (85 min) cycling
    Jan 8 - 2 km (25 min) walking + 30.9 km (98 min) cycling
    Jan 9 - 1.3 km (16 min) walking + 21 km (66 min) cycling + 17 flights of stairs (13 min)
    Jan 10 - 8 km (100 min) walking + 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
    Jan 11 - 9.1 km (113 min) walking + 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
    Jan 12 - 8.5 km (105 min) walking + 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
    Jan 13 - 6 km (75 min) walking + 30 flights of stairs (24 min)
    Jan 14 - 6.3 km (78 min) walking + 75 min on bicycle on trainer
    Jan 15 - 48.6 km (150 min) cycling
    Jan 16 - 8.9 km (110 min) walking + 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
    Jan 17 - 5.4 km (65 min) walking + 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
    Jan 18 - 6.2 km (75 min) walking + 30 flights of stairs (24 min)
    Jan 19 - 10.7 km (130 min) walking + 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
    Jan 20 - 4.5 km (55 min) walking + 18 flights of stairs (14 min)
    Jan 21 - 5.7 km (70 min) walking + 75 min cycling indoors
    Jan 22 - 56.1 km (175 min) cycling
    Jan 23 - 1.8 km walking (20 min) + 26.9 km (85 min) cycling + 5 flights of stairs (4 min)
    Jan 24 - 7.5 km walking (90 min) + 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
    Jan 25 - 3.1 km walking (35 min) + 30 flights of stairs (24 min)
    Jan 26 - 161.9 km cycling (510 min)
    The Story: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/Machka9/view/happy-australia-day-911319

    Jan 27 - 5 km walking (62 min) + 5 flights of stairs (4 min)

    Jan 28 - 6 km walking (60 min) + 80 min cycling indoors

    Jan 29 - 0.6 km walking (8 min) + 60 km cycling (190 min)

    Jan 30 - 1.5 km walking (18 min) + 10.8 km cycling (34 min)

    Jan 31 - 3.2 km walking (40 min) + 27.4 km cycling (86 min) + 20 flights of stairs (16 min)


    Totals for January:
    Walking Distance (km) 142.7
    Walking Time (min) 1768.1
    Cycling Distance (km) 599.2
    Cycling Time (min) 2122.2
    Stairs Climbed Number 391.0
    Stairs Climbed Time (min) 312.8

    Total Distance (km) 741.9
    Total Distance (miles) 461.0
    Total Time (min) 4203.1
    Total Time (hr) 70:03:08


    And happily, I reached another goal! I was working toward a "lifetime" (since I've been keeping track) cycling kilometre goal of 160,000 km. This month, I reached that goal and by the end of the month I reached 160,246.8 km. :)

  • askewrj
    askewrj Posts: 13 Member
    edited January 2017
    Hi Everyone, Hope you are all doing well? Here are my training stats for January 2017: 596.7km, 18hrs 33mins.

    Target for Jan was 500km. Stepping it up for February, so shooting for 700km.

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  • wobblybots
    wobblybots Posts: 52 Member
    Goal 400km

    03/01 - 15km Turbo HIIT session
    04/01 - 12km Turbo session
    06/01 - 15km Turbo HIIT session
    08/01 - 50km road cycle
    10/01 - 10km Turbo Strength & Power session
    13/01 - 22km Turbo Endurance session
    20/01 - 25km Turbo Endurance session
    22/01 - 60km road cycle
    27/01 - 27km Turbo Endurance session

    Total to date: 236km

    I fell way short of my goal but I'm training for a duathalon in March so I'm concentrating on my running which is my weakest aspect. I'm strong on the bike so have no worries there. Next week we're going to be introducing the transitions between running and bike and back to running again. I'm also doing TRX sessions to strengthen my core and therefore support my dodgy back.

    I'll join the February challenge but maybe set my goals a little lower until after March.
  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    "Tue 31 - 23.75 miles

    MTD 161.62 / 250, YTD 161.62 / 4000"

    Missed the monthly target by a mile (well, nearly a hundred miles, to be pedantic), but after losing 8 days to a hacking cough, I'll live with that.

    Onwards and upwards for February! On which subject...February thread is up here
  • pedermj2002
    pedermj2002 Posts: 180 Member
    Jan 1 - 37.3mi
    Jan 3 - 12.4mi
    Jan 5 - 12.0mi
    Jan 7 - 19.1mi
    Jan 8 - 24.4mi
    Jan 10 - 12.8mi
    Jan 11 - 13.5mi
    Jan 12 - 13.6mi
    Jan 13 - 6.6mi
    Jan 14 - 20.5mi
    Jan 15 - 26.5mi
    Jan 17 - 13.5mi
    Jan 18 - 13.9mi
    Jan 24 - 13.7mi
    Jan 25 - 13.6mi
    Jan 26 - 14.7mi
    Jan 27 - 13.0mi
    Jan 28 - 20.7mi
    Jan 29 - 3.1mi
    Jan 31 - 14.4mi

    Month to date total: 319.3mi
    Goal: 300mi

    Made it! Barely, but I made it! :D
  • cathyge6983
    cathyge6983 Posts: 84 Member
    January 1st 12.7 miles/57:49 min
    January 2nd 9.7 miles/41.47 min
    January 3rd - walked on the treadmill; my body has to get used to the saddle again - no biking today
    January 5th - 9.09 miles/41 min
    January 7th - 9.07 miles/44 min
    January 11th – 7.5 miles/32:20 min
    January 12th – 7.2 miles/31:26 min
    January 14th – 7.1miles/24:58 min
    January 15th – 9.6 miles/34:43 min
    January 16th – 20.6 miles/1:04:28 min
    January 17th – recovery day – walked 5 miles
    January 18th -9.6 miles/32:43 min
    January 19th – 13.7 miles/55:22 min
    January 20th – 9.6 miles/43:27 min

    January 22nd – 18 miles/1:00:00 min
    January 23rd – 25 miles/1:22:05 min
    January 24th – 10 miles/31:49 min
    January 26th – 10.2 miles/41:21 min
    January 28th – 25.4 miles/1:41:33 min

    January 30th - 10.9 miles/39:05 min
    January 31st - 30 miles/1:47:19


    January Total Miles: 254.96
    January Total Duration: 15:43:12


    Ended the month on a high note - 30 miles today. I'm loving Zwift!! Really helps indoor riding.

    @nikkiwolf glad to hear you finally received your delivery. Wishing you the best as you get used to the rollers. My husband rides on them so I know how they can be a challenge in the beginning.

    Great job everyone for January. This thread has really helped me. Looking forward to February.
  • SingingSingleTracker
    SingingSingleTracker Posts: 1,866 Member
    edited February 2017
    January 1st 51.6 Miles -- Duration 4:00:09
    January 3rd 10.1 Miles -- Duration 00:31:00
    January 4th 11.0 Miles -- Duration 1:00:28
    January 5th 17.9 Miles -- Duration 1:03:00
    January 6th 9.88 Miles -- Duration 00:33:00
    January 7th 15.1 Miles -- Duration 1:45:32 (MTB)
    January 8th 30.8 Miles -- Duration 2:15:17
    January 10th 20.5 Miles -- Duration 1:09:58
    January 11th 15.8 Miles -- Duration 1:00:00
    January 12th 27.0 Miles -- Duration 1:30:00
    January 14th 26.9 Miles -- Duration 2:31:34 (MTB)
    January 15th 54.2 Miles -- Duration 3:51:02
    January 17th 22.7 Miles -- Duration 1:19:58
    January 18th 9.9 Miles -- Duration 1:02:18 (MTB)
    January 19th 22.8 Miles -- Duration 1:15:58
    January 21st 26.9 Miles -- Duration 1:29:58
    January 22nd 55.4 Miles -- Duration 4:00:04 (MTB)
    January 25th 18.1 Miles -- Duration 1:00:00
    January 29th 21.4 Miles -- Duration 1:05:00
    January 31st 23.5 Miles -- Duration 1:15:00

    January Total Miles: 491.48
    January Total Duration: 33:39:16
  • rileysowner
    rileysowner Posts: 7,714 Member
    January basically turned into a write off for me due to illness and other factors. Looking forward to doing better in February.
  • _nikkiwolf_
    _nikkiwolf_ Posts: 1,375 Member
    @nikkiwolf glad to hear you finally received your delivery. Wishing you the best as you get used to the rollers. My husband rides on them so I know how they can be a challenge in the beginning.
    Thanks! I'm more or less optimistic now that I'll figure it out with a bit more practice. I did another 40min on them yesterday - 5min before breakfast, 15min after work, 20min before going to sleep. I'm still bumping against the doorway with my shoulder or elbows every couple of minutes, but I only rode completely off the rollers once. And that was stupidity - I was watching a video of a bike ride on youtube, and when the cyclist filming it suddenly had to evade somebody stopping into his path, I instinctively jerked my bike to the side as well >:)

  • SteveCro
    SteveCro Posts: 799 Member
    I'm in this month. I missed being in it last month. I will set my goal at 200 miles combination of indoors and outdoors. Depends on the weather and snow for outside.

    1/4 - 8.27 miles - outside 18*F with 18 mph winds weather bug says feels like 3*F
    1/5 - 8.0 miles - outside 12* F
    1/6 - 7.91 miles - outside 8*F
    1/7 - 10.39 miles - outside 12*F
    1/9 - 8.53 miles - outside 27*F
    1/10 - 6.5 miles - indoors on trainer - 30 to 40 mph winds with rain
    1/11 - 12.18 miles - outside 50*
    1/13 - 11.50 miles - outside 29*
    1/14 - 15.74 miles - outside 28*
    1/15 - 9.99 miles - outside 28*
    1/17 - 10.65 miles indoors on trainer rainy os
    1/22 - 8.19 miles outside 52*
    1/24 - 17.27 miles outside 38*
    1/26 - 12.30 miles 32*
    1/27 - 7.71 miles 26*F
    1/28 - 12.60 miles 30*f
    1/29 - 9.89 miles 26*F
    1/31 - 11.69 miles 38*F

    YTD - 172.15 outside
    17.15 inside on trainer
    Total - 189.30 miles
  • dtcjem
    dtcjem Posts: 76 Member
    dtcjem wrote: »
    Great to see this again! Starting off the year strong, for me anyway, I have made a transition from TrainerRoad to Zwift...At least for now. Tomorrow is a new FTP test!

    1/2 6.3 Miles - TrainerRoad
    1/3 6.3 Miles - Zwift Ride
    1/4 7.1 Miles - Zwift Ride
    1/5 12.9 Miles - Zwift Ride
    1/6 6.9 Miles - Zwift Ride

    January Total: 39.5 Miles
    2017 Total to Date: 39.5 Miles

    Just back from Pneumonia so the month was a little week...

    1/7 10.15 Miles - Zwift
    1/9 7.58 Miles - Zwift
    1/10 13.62 Miles - Zwift
    1/13 6.42 Miles - Zwift

    1/25 6.4 Miles - Zwift
    1/26 13.1 Miles - Zwift
    1/31 5.6 Miles - Zwift

    January Total 102.4
    2017 Total 102.4


  • ending_start
    ending_start Posts: 20 Member
    Final tally for January; 509.8km. So 9.8km over my goal.


    Jan 30 – 31 – 38.7km
    Jan 23 – 29 – 240.8km
    Jan 16 – 22 – 138.1km
    Jan 9 – 15 – 81.3km
    Jan 2 – 8 – 10.9km
  • Rebsrockem
    Rebsrockem Posts: 26 Member
    Jan 5: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to Pearl Jam
    Jan 7: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to Buffalo Tom
    Jan 10: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to Van Halen
    Jan 11: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to Queen
    Jan 12: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to The Connells
    Jan 14: 19.8 mi. / 69 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to Toad the Wet Sprocket
    **sore left calf muscle** :s (rested it 4 days)
    Jan 19: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to Blues Traveler
    Jan 22: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to John Cougar Mellencamp
    Jan 24: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to The Outfield
    **Business Travel this week, but did do 30 min's each day on hotel elliptical **
    Jan 29: 11.1 mi. / 35 min. watching Extreme Calorie Burn (Road To Victory, Colorado) & listening to Foreigner

    Jan. Totals: 119.70 Miles / 6.40 hours

    Well, I am _floored_ at some of you. Ho Lee Beandip! Do you have jobs? LOL. Some serious miles / time y'all logged. Give yourselves a hand!!! Well done!!!

    SO GLAD I JOINED THIS CHALLENGE. I've never done anything like this and my indoor trainer would've barely been used like last year, and the year before. Hope to tack on another 10% in FEB!!!

    Thanks to all of you! See you in the FEB CHALLENGE!!!!
  • jhowells42
    jhowells42 Posts: 2 Member
    I failed miserably this month, I didn't do as well as I thought in January, only did 56miles. 3 outdoor mountain bike rides and 2 indoor. Just got myself connected to zwift so hopefully February I will do a lot better, need to step up, I have won a place to do the Fred Whitton challenge up in the Lake District this may.
  • rileysowner
    rileysowner Posts: 7,714 Member
    jhowells42 wrote: »
    I failed miserably this month, I didn't do as well as I thought in January, only did 56miles. 3 outdoor mountain bike rides and 2 indoor. Just got myself connected to zwift so hopefully February I will do a lot better, need to step up, I have won a place to do the Fred Whitton challenge up in the Lake District this may.

    Hopefully we will both do better in February.
  • Jthanmyfitnesspal
    Jthanmyfitnesspal Posts: 3,167 Member
    Weather in MA is not conducive to outdoor cycling at the moment. Considering buying an indoor trainer. Cycleops Fluid2, perhaps. Anyone tried it?
  • pedermj2002
    pedermj2002 Posts: 180 Member
    Weather in MA is not conducive to outdoor cycling at the moment. Considering buying an indoor trainer. Cycleops Fluid2, perhaps. Anyone tried it?

    I have the Kurt Kinetic Road, not the smart version. I like the one I have for the most part. It works well with Trainer Road, and I've seen real progress since I began using TrainerRoad back in November. The one thing I'm not too thrilled by is that the trainer isn't controlled by my phone. This means it's up to me to manage gearing to get the power and cadence on target. Despite that, it does the job very well. From what I've read elsewhere, I'd avoid the smart version of this trainer. It uses a proprietary connection type, which means that any of the bike tools out there that speak ANT+/BLUE won't connect to it.

    I know it's not the Cycleops Fluid2, but hopefully it can give you another comparison point for what you do buy.