February 2017 Biking Cycling Bicycling Challenge!

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  • ending_start
    ending_start Posts: 20 Member
    I was using my normal road tire on my trainer and my tire popped. I learned my lesson, picked up a trainer tire so all is right in the world. Goal is still 550km.

    Feb 1-5 – 42.1km
    Feb 6-12 – 71.6km (on going)
  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    Wed 08 - 23.6 miles

    MTD 97.43 / 250, YTD 259.05 / 4000
  • rileysowner
    rileysowner Posts: 7,714 Member
    I think my goal for February is 500 minutes, 150 miles on the trainer.

    Starting today
    February 6th cycled on trainer for 10 minutes and 2.8 miles. Total 10 minutes 490 to go, and 2.8 miles 147.2 to go.
    February 7th cycled on trainer for 20 minutes and 5.8 miles. Total 30 minutes 470 to go, and 8.6 miles 141.4 to go.
    February 8th cycled on trainer for 22 minutes and 5.9 miles. Total 52 minutes 448 to go, and 14.5 miles 135.5 to go.


  • OlySteve68
    OlySteve68 Posts: 413 Member
    We have snow, slush, and nasty stuff right now that I just don't want to pedal thru! I'm up for the outdoor challenge as soon as this weather gets a little bit better. I'm using a recumbent exercise bike in the house every morning but it's just not the same.
  • MountainHiker48
    MountainHiker48 Posts: 17 Member
    February 7th, 1 hour and 10 minutes on the cycle trainer.
    February 8th, 1 hour and 15 minutes on the cycle trainer.

    A good start on my 5 hours per week.
  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    Thu 09 - 23.95 miles: MTD 121.38 / 250, YTD 283 / 4000
  • SingingSingleTracker
    SingingSingleTracker Posts: 1,866 Member
    February 1st 8.53 Miles -- Duration 0:50:31 (MTB)
    February 3rd 18.1 Miles -- Duration 1:00:01
    February 5th 40.6 Miles -- Duration 3:05:57 (MTB)
    February 6th 18.4 Miles -- Duration 1:13:18
    February 9th 26.0 Miles -- Duration 1:30:00

    February Total Miles: 111.53
    February Total Duration: 7:40:46
  • SteveCro
    SteveCro Posts: 806 Member
    I'm in.... Goal 200 again. Fell a little short last month.. Never know what the winter weather will be like.

    I'm only counting my outdoor miles because that is all I can count on a LBS challenge.

    2/1 - 20.58 miles 37*F
    2/2 - 12.65 miles 25*F winds NNW @ 10 feels like 9 accordingly to weather bug lol.
    2/6 - 18.18 miles 45*F
    2/7 - 5.49 miles 52*F so windy 20 mph gust to 30+
    2/9 - 8.38 miles 13*F winds 11 mph feels like 6*

    MTD - 65.31

    YTD - 237.46

    Jan - 172.15
  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    @_nikkiwolf_ I've finally had a chance to try out those electric gloves (I think the original conversation was waaay back in the December thread), and the results are.... pretty inconclusive.

    Yesterday: -1.9C. Started out with normal heavy gloves, fingers numb within a couple of minutes. Switched over to lobster mitts and fingers back to normal after another 5-10 minutes.

    Today: -2.5C. Started out with the electric gloves switched off under the lobster mitts, fingers going numb within a couple of minutes. Switched the electric gloves on, and fingers feeling normal/warmish after 5+ minutes. After another 10 minutes or so, my hands were too hot, so I took off the lobster mitts. At that point, the electric gloves didn't appear to be much if any hotter than I would expect from wearing a thin pair of undergloves; anyway took them off and went with just the lobster mitts, and remained roastie-toastie for the rest of my ride.

    Conclusion - complete waste of time at that temperature, may or may not be worthwhile if it gets much closer. Also, found them really uncomfortable with the battery pack on the back of my wrists, which also made it a royal pain to do up the velcro on the lobster mitts, and to get the cuffs of my jacket over them. On balance, I don't think I'll wear them for cycling again, but I might give them a go when I'm commuting by foot/tube in the cold, where my hands tend to suffer more than when I'm cycling.

    OTOH, the lobster mitts are great: http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/PXLGWL/planet-x-100-waterproof-crab-hand-winter-glove (lobster mitts / crab hands / whatever you want to call them).

    In other news, I've finally found something that will keep my toes warm - I've tried 2 pairs of socks, overshoes, layers of paper between 2 socks, layers of tinfoil... nothing worked. Every time I went over about 45 minutes in low positive degrees C, my toes would go numb.

    Until this:

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    These are actually intended to go into a pouch on the back of the electric gloves, but if you activate one, flatten it as much as possible and stuff it under your toes, you have (a) slightly uncomfortable toes, and (b) warmish and certainly not numb toes.

    The pack itself is about 2" x 1" by about 3mm thick (that's classic Brit measurements for you!), and it stays warm to the touch for hours. The downside is that they're not re-usable, but they're ideal for those really chilly rides. Here's one of the pads itself:

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    FWIW, I got them from here: https://www.primrose.co.uk/filter.php?vars=type+features&default=37&lhcol=lh_refine_by.php&cPath=37&use_default=0#type=11993&features=

    In other news, I rode my bike, in light flurries of snow (hence all the discoveries above):

    Fri 10 - 15.4 miles: MTD 136.78 / 250, YTD 298.4 / 4000
  • twenaj
    twenaj Posts: 37 Member
    January - Achieved 181.79 Miles - No target set.

    1st Feb – 0 Miles
    2nd Feb – 21.17 Miles on Rollers
    3rd Feb - 11.08 Miles on Rollers
    4th Feb - 26.10 Miles on Rollers
    5th Feb - 35.12 Miles on the Road - Eastwood Town to Matlock Bath return.
    6th Feb - 0 Miles
    7th Feb - 14.03 Miles on Rollers
    8th Feb - 0 Miles
    9th Feb - 0 Miles
    10th Feb - 31.04 Miles on Rollers

    Total so far 138.54 Miles
    Target 300 Miles
    161.46 Miles to go
  • Rebsrockem
    Rebsrockem Posts: 26 Member
    2/2 - - 11.1 miles / 35 min. indoor trainer riding with Xtreme Calorie Burn (Colorado) on TV. & listening to = The Pixies
    2/3 - - 11.1 miles / 35 min. indoor trainer riding with Xtreme Calorie Burn (Colorado) on TV. & listening to = Hoodoo Guru's
    2/4 - - 27.24 miles / 88 min. indoor trainer riding with Xtreme Calorie Burn (Colorado) on TV. & listening to = Earth, Wind and Fire

    ***DANG YOU SUPER BOWL !!!*** (not so much the game, just the PARTY DAY, that turned into.......well........3 ) :s

    2/10 - - 11.1 miles / 35 min. indoor trainer riding with Xtreme Calorie Burn (Colorado) on TV. & listening to = Counting Crows

    MTD = 60.54 miles
    FEB GOALS = 130 MILES
  • Rebsrockem
    Rebsrockem Posts: 26 Member
    Been a lifetime cyclist, including a Cat 3 racer in the 70's and 80's (yep I am an old geezer) and have completed the Ironman triathlon 3 times. Currently I do about 5 hours of spin classes per week. Once the springtime arrives, I'll be out on the trails on the mountain bike. I gave up road riding 3 years ago when I hit 65. There comes a time in your life when the traffic starts to scare you a bit more than usual, and that was it for me. I'm good with it though, I love mountain biking! I'll go with my usual 20 hours per month of spinning for now, until the MTB comes out.

    Man, ^^^that^^^ is awesome! I will be 50 in October, I also have a mtn bike and look forward to Spring when I can whip out that 33lb BEAST! (2004 technology, hahaha) It's a nice change of pace and a helluva workout as well.
  • cathyge6983
    cathyge6983 Posts: 84 Member
    February 2nd - 20.1 miles/1:01:31 min
    February 3rd – 10.7 miles/35:03 min
    February 4th – 10.6 miles/35:05 min

    February 5th 40.5 miles/1:55:17 min
    February 8th – 20.4 miles/59:30 min
    February 9th – 20.1 miles/59:38 min
    February 10th – 35.9 miles/1:45:36

    February Miles to date: 158.3
    February Duration to date: 7:51:40
  • cathyge6983
    cathyge6983 Posts: 84 Member
    Last month someone had asked about a stand to put by their bike. There is a laptop table (IKEA) that works really well. You can raise and lower the height of the table as needed and the base is in a Y shape so it fits around he front wheel and can go right in front of you. Oh, and it's about $20 so really economical.

    Not sure if the person is still looking for something but thought I'd mention it.
  • _nikkiwolf_
    _nikkiwolf_ Posts: 1,375 Member
    edited February 2017
    @35dollars Thank you so much for your review of the electric gloves and the lobster gloves!
    Sounds like lobster gloves are what I want. It's supposed to warm up to 10°C next week, then I'll be fine in my running gloves again, but I'm sure the winter isn't over yet...

    --

    I tried out the sufferfest videos for my indoor training today.
    Unfortunately, the windows version only supports ANT+, and my speed&cadence sensor can only communicate vie bluetooth. Supposedly bluetooth support will come later in 2017 - for now, I used another app on my phone to record the sensor data, and my laptop for watching the workout video.
    I did one of the shortest videos I found, called "Half is Easy", but it was still hard! There were two 10min sections with 20 times each "15s hard, 15s easy". It was surprisingly fun, too :smiley:
    Today was nearly twice as long as my roller rides so far, with only three stops of a few seconds - once I stopped on purpose to wipe my face with a towel, once I rode of the rollers when I tried for the first time to switch to the lower drop bars, and once I slipped off as I accellerated too choppily for one of the intervals.

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    1.2.17 - 10.1km commute
    2.2.17 - 5.3km (14min) indoor/rollers
    3.2.17 - 12.7km commute
    5.2.17 - 2.5km (8min) indoor/rollers
    6.2.17 - 7.2km (20min) indoor/rollers
    7.2.17 - 7.4km (20min) indoor/rollers
    11.2.17 - 12.8km (38min) indoor/rollers "Half is Easy"
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    58km (of 150km goal)
  • twenaj
    twenaj Posts: 37 Member
    January - Achieved 181.79 Miles - No target set.

    1st Feb – 0 Miles
    2nd Feb – 21.17 Miles on Rollers
    3rd Feb - 11.08 Miles on Rollers
    4th Feb - 26.10 Miles on Rollers
    5th Feb - 35.12 Miles on the Road - Eastwood Town to Matlock Bath return.
    6th Feb - 0 Miles
    7th Feb - 14.03 Miles on Rollers
    8th Feb - 0 Miles
    9th Feb - 0 Miles
    10th Feb - 31.04 Miles on Rollers
    11th Feb - 0 Miles
    12th Feb - 40.68 Miles on Rollers

    Total so far 179.22 Miles
    Target 300 Miles
    120.78 Miles to go
  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    Sun 12 - 39.3 miles: MTD 176.08 / 250, YTD 337.7 / 4000

    My new official longest ever single ride. Also learnt a few interesting things about Garmin / Garmin Connect and Strava. (1) be careful what buttons you press while messing around trying to get the map to update, or you might end up inadvertently pausing your ride for ~25 minutes - doh! (2) Garmin Connect will only reflect the unpaused time - double doh! (3) Strava OTOH, will magically reconstitute the full ride time and distance - woohoo!
  • SingingSingleTracker
    SingingSingleTracker Posts: 1,866 Member
    February 1st 8.53 Miles -- Duration 0:50:31 (MTB)
    February 3rd 18.1 Miles -- Duration 1:00:01
    February 5th 40.6 Miles -- Duration 3:05:57 (MTB)
    February 6th 18.4 Miles -- Duration 1:13:18
    February 9th 26.0 Miles -- Duration 1:30:00
    February 11th 37.3 Miles -- Duration 2:33:09 (MTB)

    February Total Miles: 148.83
    February Total Duration: 10:13:55
  • cathyge6983
    cathyge6983 Posts: 84 Member
    @35dollars congrats on the new distance! So glad you were able to "magically" get your full ride time and distance back.
  • askewrj
    askewrj Posts: 13 Member
    OK, last week wasn't great, I was away with work 3 days so no opportunity for any cycling, although I did a couple of gym sessions in lieu.

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    Total distance this month to date is 274.3km, hoping to get back on track for my 700km target this week as I'm at home.