November 2018 Biking Cycling Bicycling Bike/ Bicycle/Unicycle/Tricycle Challenge!

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If you are new to posting on this thread, or if you are new to cycling, We welcome you! If you are returning from a previous thread, We welcome you, too.

This thread is for anyone who rides a bicycle ... or unicycle, tricycle, tandem, etc.

Do you bike to work? Do you pull your children to the park? So you ride weekends? Do you spin at home or in the gym? Is Zwift your thing? Do you race crits, ironman, or centuries? Or, are you just starting out and remembering how much fun you had biking when you were a kid? However you choose to push your pedal, you are welcome on this thread.

There's no set challenge across participants - this is a mixed-ability / mixed-experience / everyone welcome group. Just pick your own target that you want to achieve this month, post that when you join the thread, and post updates throughout the month as you're working towards your target.

Now starting November!

(BTW - Thanks to @CricketKate for starting all this back in 2012)
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Review ... (Distances include cycling + walking + a bit of running)
Mar-15 … 489.8 km (304.3 miles) = 38 hours 4 min
Apr-15 … 491.94 km (305.6 miles) = 43 hours 6 min
May-15 … 361.81 km (224.8 miles) = 35 hours 50 min
Jun-15 … 569.53 km (353.9 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
Jul-15 … 230.7 km (143.35 miles) = 32 hours 45 min
Aug-15 … 211.3 km (131.3 miles) = 28 hours 8 min
Sep-15 … 306.7 km (190.6 miles) = 35 hour 2 min
Oct-15 … 441.82 km (274.5 miles) = 47 hours 43 min
Nov-15 … 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
Dec-15 … 499.91 km (282.8 miles) = 54 hours 56 min
Jan-16 … 864.79 km (537.35 miles) = 65 hours 36 min
Feb-16 … 470.53 km (292.4 miles) = 40 hours 39 min
Mar-16 … 917.73 km (570.2 miles) = 66 hours 13 min
Apr-16 … 417.83 km (259.6 miles) = 40 hours 23 min
May-16 … 267.09 km (165.9 miles) = 36 hours 10 min
Jun-16 … 552.1 km (343 miles) = 54 hours 48 min
Jul-16 … 709 km (440.5 miles) = 60 hours 41 minutes
Aug-16 … 775.9 km (482.1 miles) = 54 hours 52 minutes
Sep-16 … 371.3 km (230.7 miles) = 32 hours 20 min
Oct-16 … 649 km (403.3 miles) = 49 hours 46 min
Nov-16 … 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
Dec-16 … 511.05 km (317.55 miles) = 52 hours 2 min
Jan-17 … 741.9 km (461.0 miles) = 70 hours 3 min
Feb-17 … 600.5 km (373.1 miles) = 57 hours 30 min
Mar-17 … 1113.2 km (691.7 miles) = 78 hours 25 min
Apr-17 … 1181.9 km (734.4 miles) = 76 hours 45 min
May-17 … 426.6 km (265.1 miles) = 39 hours 21 min
Jun-17 … 575.7 km (357.7 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
Jul-17 … 714 km (443.7 miles) = 52 hours 23 min
Aug-17 … 475.8 km (295.6 miles) = 38 hours 41 min
Sep-17 … 455.5 km (283 miles) = 41 hours 25 min
Oct-17 … 647.1 km (402.1 miles) = 57 hours 19 min
Nov-17 … 427.0 km (265.3 miles) = 50 hours 4 min
Dec-17 … 553.5 km (343.9 miles) = 52 hours 12 min
Jan-18 … 590.2 km (366.7 miles) = 57 hours 49 min
Feb-18 … 826.9 km (513.8 miles) = 57 hours 35 min
Mar-18 … 582.01 km (361.6 miles) = 50 hours 11 min
Apr-18 … 176.23 km (109.5 miles) = 29 hours 47 min
May -18 … 167.6 km (104.1 miles) = 29 hours 08 min
June-18 … 349.9 km (217.4 miles) = 36 hours 58 minutes
July-18 ... 324.2 km (201.5 miles) = 24 hours 26 minutes
Aug-18 ... 210.1 km (130.6 miles) = 25 hours 59 minutes
Sep-18 ... 261.7 km (162.6 miles) = 25 hours 11 minutes
Oct-18 ... 230.8 km (143.4 miles) = 30 hours 15 minutes

Goal: More than October!

Past Novembers:
Nov-15 … 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
Nov-16 … 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
Nov-17 … 427.0 km (265.3 miles) = 50 hours 4 min

Thursday, 1 November 2018 ... 1.8 km walking + 6 flights of 20 stairs

2018 Monthly November
Walking Distance (km): 1.8
Walking Time (min): 22.5
Cycling Distance (km): 0.0
Cycling Time (min): 0.0
Stairs Climbed Number: 6.0
Stairs Climbed Time (min): 4.8

Totals
Total Distance (km): 1.8
Total Distance (miles): 1.1
Total Time (min): 27.3
Total Time (hr): 0:27:18

No cycling yet ... but just wait!!
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Temperature is cranking up here, it was 24°c at 5:30am today, 2.3 hrs, 57km and 500m. Been taking it easy trying to sort out a niggle in the knee.
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awinner_au wrote: »
Temperature is cranking up here, it was 24°c at 5:30am today, 2.3 hrs, 57km and 500m. Been taking it easy trying to sort out a niggle in the knee.

I'm jealous!
Hard frost this morning.

For November I will get out on the roads as much as possible but will crank up my indoor technical training. I'm curious to see if my FTP has improved since the Spring.
Can't say I'm looking forward to the FTP test but the result should be interesting.
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Review ... (Distances include cycling + walking + a bit of running)
Mar-15 … 489.8 km (304.3 miles) = 38 hours 4 min
Apr-15 … 491.94 km (305.6 miles) = 43 hours 6 min
May-15 … 361.81 km (224.8 miles) = 35 hours 50 min
Jun-15 … 569.53 km (353.9 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
Jul-15 … 230.7 km (143.35 miles) = 32 hours 45 min
Aug-15 … 211.3 km (131.3 miles) = 28 hours 8 min
Sep-15 … 306.7 km (190.6 miles) = 35 hour 2 min
Oct-15 … 441.82 km (274.5 miles) = 47 hours 43 min
Nov-15 … 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
Dec-15 … 499.91 km (282.8 miles) = 54 hours 56 min
Jan-16 … 864.79 km (537.35 miles) = 65 hours 36 min
Feb-16 … 470.53 km (292.4 miles) = 40 hours 39 min
Mar-16 … 917.73 km (570.2 miles) = 66 hours 13 min
Apr-16 … 417.83 km (259.6 miles) = 40 hours 23 min
May-16 … 267.09 km (165.9 miles) = 36 hours 10 min
Jun-16 … 552.1 km (343 miles) = 54 hours 48 min
Jul-16 … 709 km (440.5 miles) = 60 hours 41 minutes
Aug-16 … 775.9 km (482.1 miles) = 54 hours 52 minutes
Sep-16 … 371.3 km (230.7 miles) = 32 hours 20 min
Oct-16 … 649 km (403.3 miles) = 49 hours 46 min
Nov-16 … 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
Dec-16 … 511.05 km (317.55 miles) = 52 hours 2 min
Jan-17 … 741.9 km (461.0 miles) = 70 hours 3 min
Feb-17 … 600.5 km (373.1 miles) = 57 hours 30 min
Mar-17 … 1113.2 km (691.7 miles) = 78 hours 25 min
Apr-17 … 1181.9 km (734.4 miles) = 76 hours 45 min
May-17 … 426.6 km (265.1 miles) = 39 hours 21 min
Jun-17 … 575.7 km (357.7 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
Jul-17 … 714 km (443.7 miles) = 52 hours 23 min
Aug-17 … 475.8 km (295.6 miles) = 38 hours 41 min
Sep-17 … 455.5 km (283 miles) = 41 hours 25 min
Oct-17 … 647.1 km (402.1 miles) = 57 hours 19 min
Nov-17 … 427.0 km (265.3 miles) = 50 hours 4 min
Dec-17 … 553.5 km (343.9 miles) = 52 hours 12 min
Jan-18 … 590.2 km (366.7 miles) = 57 hours 49 min
Feb-18 … 826.9 km (513.8 miles) = 57 hours 35 min
Mar-18 … 582.01 km (361.6 miles) = 50 hours 11 min
Apr-18 … 176.23 km (109.5 miles) = 29 hours 47 min
May -18 … 167.6 km (104.1 miles) = 29 hours 08 min
June-18 … 349.9 km (217.4 miles) = 36 hours 58 minutes
July-18 ... 324.2 km (201.5 miles) = 24 hours 26 minutes
Aug-18 ... 210.1 km (130.6 miles) = 25 hours 59 minutes
Sep-18 ... 261.7 km (162.6 miles) = 25 hours 11 minutes
Oct-18 ... 230.8 km (143.4 miles) = 30 hours 15 minutes

Goal: More than October!

Past Novembers:
Nov-15 … 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
Nov-16 … 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
Nov-17 … 427.0 km (265.3 miles) = 50 hours 4 min

Thursday, 1 November 2018 ... 1.8 km walking + 6 flights of 20 stairs
Friday, 2 November 2018 ... 2.3 km walking + 4 flights of 20 stairs
Saturday, 3 November 2018 ... 7.7 km running + 13.45 km cycling indoors with Zwift

2018 Monthly November
Walking Distance (km): 11.8
Walking Time (min): 111.3
Cycling Distance (km): 13.4
Cycling Time (min): 41.0

Stairs Climbed Number: 10.0
Stairs Climbed Time (min): 8.0

Totals
Total Distance (km): 25.2
Total Distance (miles): 15.7
Total Time (min): 160.3
Total Time (hr): 2:40:15
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Just one ride this month so far - a chilly 50 miler.

I seem very sensitive to temperature as 12C felt fine and 9C felt like I was cooling rapidly.
• Posts: 416 Member
Nov 3 - 41.9 miles. 3 hrs 7 minutes. Beautiful fall day, but a little windy.
• Posts: 249 Member
9h30m 223km 2647m , warm and windy. Seems like im always riding into a headwind.
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Did my first proper indoor training session of the winter season last night on the Wattbike and included a 20 minute FTP estimation test as part of bench-marking to measure my progress.
Delighted to set a new PR, only marginally up on last winter but it's in the right direction.

Usually it takes me a while to get back in the groove of prolonged high HR work but got my pacing about right, was trying for 225w but got 223w.

Next week's tests are a full 60 min FTP test and a 3 min Maximum Minute Power test. Neither will be enjoyable I'm sure!

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Nov 3 - 41.9 miles. 3 hrs 7 minutes. Beautiful fall day, but a little windy.
Nov 7 - 14.2 miles. 1 hr. First ride in the dark after the end of daylight saving time. Gotta love NightRider headlights.
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Review ... (Distances include cycling + walking + a bit of running)
Mar-15 … 489.8 km (304.3 miles) = 38 hours 4 min
Apr-15 … 491.94 km (305.6 miles) = 43 hours 6 min
May-15 … 361.81 km (224.8 miles) = 35 hours 50 min
Jun-15 … 569.53 km (353.9 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
Jul-15 … 230.7 km (143.35 miles) = 32 hours 45 min
Aug-15 … 211.3 km (131.3 miles) = 28 hours 8 min
Sep-15 … 306.7 km (190.6 miles) = 35 hour 2 min
Oct-15 … 441.82 km (274.5 miles) = 47 hours 43 min
Nov-15 … 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
Dec-15 … 499.91 km (282.8 miles) = 54 hours 56 min
Jan-16 … 864.79 km (537.35 miles) = 65 hours 36 min
Feb-16 … 470.53 km (292.4 miles) = 40 hours 39 min
Mar-16 … 917.73 km (570.2 miles) = 66 hours 13 min
Apr-16 … 417.83 km (259.6 miles) = 40 hours 23 min
May-16 … 267.09 km (165.9 miles) = 36 hours 10 min
Jun-16 … 552.1 km (343 miles) = 54 hours 48 min
Jul-16 … 709 km (440.5 miles) = 60 hours 41 minutes
Aug-16 … 775.9 km (482.1 miles) = 54 hours 52 minutes
Sep-16 … 371.3 km (230.7 miles) = 32 hours 20 min
Oct-16 … 649 km (403.3 miles) = 49 hours 46 min
Nov-16 … 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
Dec-16 … 511.05 km (317.55 miles) = 52 hours 2 min
Jan-17 … 741.9 km (461.0 miles) = 70 hours 3 min
Feb-17 … 600.5 km (373.1 miles) = 57 hours 30 min
Mar-17 … 1113.2 km (691.7 miles) = 78 hours 25 min
Apr-17 … 1181.9 km (734.4 miles) = 76 hours 45 min
May-17 … 426.6 km (265.1 miles) = 39 hours 21 min
Jun-17 … 575.7 km (357.7 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
Jul-17 … 714 km (443.7 miles) = 52 hours 23 min
Aug-17 … 475.8 km (295.6 miles) = 38 hours 41 min
Sep-17 … 455.5 km (283 miles) = 41 hours 25 min
Oct-17 … 647.1 km (402.1 miles) = 57 hours 19 min
Nov-17 … 427.0 km (265.3 miles) = 50 hours 4 min
Dec-17 … 553.5 km (343.9 miles) = 52 hours 12 min
Jan-18 … 590.2 km (366.7 miles) = 57 hours 49 min
Feb-18 … 826.9 km (513.8 miles) = 57 hours 35 min
Mar-18 … 582.01 km (361.6 miles) = 50 hours 11 min
Apr-18 … 176.23 km (109.5 miles) = 29 hours 47 min
May -18 … 167.6 km (104.1 miles) = 29 hours 08 min
June-18 … 349.9 km (217.4 miles) = 36 hours 58 minutes
July-18 ... 324.2 km (201.5 miles) = 24 hours 26 minutes
Aug-18 ... 210.1 km (130.6 miles) = 25 hours 59 minutes
Sep-18 ... 261.7 km (162.6 miles) = 25 hours 11 minutes
Oct-18 ... 230.8 km (143.4 miles) = 30 hours 15 minutes

Goal: More than October!

Past Novembers:
Nov-15 … 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
Nov-16 … 403 km (250.4 miles) = 52 hours 16 min
Nov-17 … 427.0 km (265.3 miles) = 50 hours 4 min

Thursday, 1 November 2018 ... 1.8 km walking + 6 flights of 20 stairs
Friday, 2 November 2018 ... 2.3 km walking + 4 flights of 20 stairs
Saturday, 3 November 2018 ... 7.7 km running + 13.45 km cycling indoors with Zwift
Sunday, 4 November 2018 ... 21.22 km cycling indoors with Zwift + 7 flights of 20 stairs + 10 min weightlifting
Monday, 5 November 2018 ... 2.6 km walking + 14 flights of 20 stairs
Tuesday, 6 November 2018 ... 4.2 km walking + 4 flights of 20 stairs
Wednesday, 7 November 2018 ... 2.4 km walking + 14 flights of 20 stairs

Thursday, 8 November 2018 ... 1.8 km walking + 4 flights of 20 stairs
Friday, 9 November 2018 ... 5.6 km walking + 6 flights of 20 stairs
Saturday, 10 November 2018 ... 0.5 km walking + 3.6 km running + 16.41 km cycling indoors with Zwift + 10 min weightlifting

2018 Monthly November
Walking Distance (km): 32.4
Walking Time (min): 348.8
Cycling Distance (km): 51.1
Cycling Time (min): 164.3

Stairs Climbed Number: 59.0
Stairs Climbed Time (min): 47.2
Other Distance: 0.0
Other Time: 20.0

Totals
Total Distance (km): 83.5
Total Distance (miles): 51.9
Total Time (min): 580.2
Total Time (hr): 9:40:13
• Posts: 249 Member
sijomial wrote: »

Next week's tests are a full 60 min FTP test and a 3 min Maximum Minute Power test. Neither will be enjoyable I'm sure!

3 mins is great, 20 mins is hard enough, 60 mins is a new form of torture.

16hrs, 388Km and 4619m of climbing for Nov so far.
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edited November 2018
Hi all - I’d love to join you — I need reminders of the joy of biking as I tend to let everything else take priority... I moved to Columbus Ohio 5 years ago and have wanted to train for the Pelotonia. Treated myself to a sweet little road bike (that I haven’t been on in two years), kept my hubby’s street bike (I take it out occasionally) and bought a Peloton so I could train througjh the winter (love the scenic routes!! Beautiful weather anytime of year - lol!)
So my goal for November is simply to ride a few times a week and remember the joy I get from the rhythm, the wind in my face and the never ending road in front of me. Well, at least the scenic rides will remind me of that since I’ll be inside... 😎
I’m fighting a cold so maybe not today, but I’ll be here soon...
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110 miles for the week (half outdoors, half indoors, 161 miles for November.
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It's nice being a Brit - you get to pick and choose from a wide variety of measurement units!
Fahrenheit in summer and Celcius in winter and miles or kilometres whenever it makes a nice round number.

Realised I was coming up to 5,000 miles for the year and also closing in on my most miles cycled in a year previous best so did a metric century ride of 100km to hit my goal miles. Weird huh?

5,053 miles for the year so far and my goal of averaging 100 miles a week this year is in sight.
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I didn't set the bar high this year as it was my first year back cycling. 600k a month and i should make that comfortably, 10,000k is too far away. 300 hrs so far so ill try for 365 hrs.
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24Hrs 590K 7069m for November so far.
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Here is my new Trek Hybrid that I was able to select as a 25th anniversary award for the IT company I work for.

• Posts: 58 Member
Recumbent three wheeler here. Currently doing 25 mins HIIT each day on my rollers. Dropped a dress size in one month - more than riding outside in the summer! This is my baby
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Forgot to mention - my challenge is 365 hrs for the year - currently on 330
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117 miles for the week including one really frustrating attempt at a one hour FTP test indoors.

At first I thought I was having a really bad day, felt far too hard to maintain my goal watts, couldn't hit my normal cadence and HR went beyond sustainable after just 10 minutes. Had to abort at 30 mins which was really frustrating.

My best guess is that someone had calibrated the power meters on the bike and made a mess of it - if you do it while pedalling it takes whatever power you put through it as zero. Next day I went out and did one of my regular routes and cadence, power and speed were really good.

Worst thing is I'll have to do the FTP test again next week. Grrrrr.