April 2019 Biking Cycling Bicycling Bike/ Bicycle/Unicycle/Tricycle Challenge!

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  • sharondesfor935
    sharondesfor935 Posts: 87 Member
    Hill climbs today, insofar as you can find a "hill" around me. Which is to say, enough for a lady of questionable age and even more questionable fitness, especially after so long a hiatus.

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    40 min, 7.8 miles, average speed 11.6 mph
    Max speed 27 mph downhill and I didn't panic! 👍
  • Ed_Zilla
    Ed_Zilla Posts: 207 Member
    This evening on the KATY Trail between McBaine and Hartsburg, Missouri. 67 minutes. 15+ mph pace.

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  • tcaley4
    tcaley4 Posts: 416 Member
    @Ed_Zilla - what a great place to ride!!
  • sharondesfor935
    sharondesfor935 Posts: 87 Member
    9.9 miles, 45 minutes, average speed 13.2 mph

    I needed to sweat today, so my bike is back on the trainer. 😓 About 66% harder gears, 33% fast cadence work.

    I'm seriously looking forward to a gorgeous weekend with a long (for me) ride on Sunday. Goal for this weekend's ride is 12 miles. I feel ready!
  • Machka9
    Machka9 Posts: 21,242 Member
    Review ... (Distances include cycling + walking + a bit of rowing)
    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
    Nov-18 ... 216.8 km (134.7 miles) = 30 hours 3 minutes
    Dec-18 ... 285.2 km (177.2 miles) = 37 hours 49 minutes
    Jan-19 ... 241.6 km (150.1 miles) = 27 hours 2 minutes
    Feb-19 ... 175.5 km (109 miles) = 19 hours 8 minutes
    Mar-19 ... 170.3 km (105.8 miles) = 28 hours 21 minutes

    Goal: More than March.

    Monday, 1 April 2019 … 5.5 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 1.7 km rowing + 4 flights of stairs
    Tuesday, 2 April 2019 … 5.5 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 1.0 km rowing + 6 flights of stairs
    Wednesday, 3 April 2019 … 1.8 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 16 flights of stairs
    Thursday, 4 April 2019 … 2.8 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 3.2 km rowing + 14 flights of stairs
    Friday, 5 April 2019 … 1.8 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 17 flights of stairs
    Saturday, 6 April 2019 … 0.0 km walking + 16.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 0 flights of stairs
    Sunday, 7 April 2019 … 3.9 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 3.6 km rowing + 0 flights of stairs + weights

    Monday, 8 April 2019 … 5.5 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 4 flights of stairs
    Tuesday, 9 April 2019 … 6.1 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 6 flights of stairs
    Wednesday, 10 April 2019 … 4.0 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 2.5 km rowing + 4 flights of stairs
    Thursday, 11 April 2019 … 1.8 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 14 flights of stairs
    Friday, 12 April 2019 … 4.0 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 4 flights of stairs
    Saturday, 13 April 2019 … 0.0 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 4.7 km rowing + 0 flights of stairs
    Sunday, 14 April 2019 … 0.0 km walking + 21.1 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 0 flights of stairs

    Monday, 15 April 2019 … 6.5 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 7 flights of stairs
    Tuesday, 16 April 2019 … 6.9 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 3 flights of stairs
    Wednesday, 17 April 2019 … 2.4 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 5 flights of stairs
    Thursday, 18 April 2019 … 0.0 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 0 flights of stairs
    Friday, 19 April 2019 … 4.9 km walking + 0.0 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 0 flights of stairs
    Saturday, 20 April 2019 … 0.0 km walking + 20.2 km cycling + 0.0 km rowing + 0 flights of stairs


    2019 Monthly April
    Walking Distance (km): 63.4
    Walking Time (min): 798.3
    Cycling Distance (km): 57.3
    Cycling Time (min): 216.0
    Flights Stairs Climbed Number: 104.0
    Flights Stairs Climbed Time (min): 83.2
    Rowing Distance (km): 16.7
    Rowing Time (min): 104.4
    Other Distance: 0.0
    Other Time: 10.0

    Totals
    Total Distance (km): 137.4
    Total Distance (miles): 85.4
    Total Time (min): 1211.9
    Total Time (hr): 20:11:51
  • sijomial
    sijomial Posts: 19,780 Member
    edited April 2019
    Life was a bit chaotic this week but managed a couple of moderate distance rides, plus one ride trying to push my pace (only had 100 minutes to fit in a ride and ended up cycling for 98mins!) and also a solo Gran Fondo. Weather over Easter has been wonderful in southern England, just about perfect for riding.

    155 miles for the week, 425 for the month.
    Got my first organised event of the year booked for next Saturday, 75 miles from Windsor and into the Chiltern Hills.
  • sharondesfor935
    sharondesfor935 Posts: 87 Member
    Last week's total was 28.53 miles, if you're willing to count my indoor trainer mileage.

    Today's "long" ride was planned to be 12 miles, and I did 12.7 miles. That's about 20% longer than last weekend's "long" ride. (I'll be grateful when a 20% increase gets me more than 2 extra miles, but it's my own fault for getting fat and lazy for ten years.)

    Chicago suburbs are finally seeing spring, and I couldn't be happier. Nicer weather means more outdoor time, and more time on my bike! 😁😁😁
  • awinner_au
    awinner_au Posts: 249 Member
    Much cooler this month, good riding weather but an incident packed month including seeing a friend fall on a group ride after being hit by the draft of semi trailer passing to close, nearly ended up under its wheels.

    Got a 160+Km ride in last Friday with 2500metres of climbing with several 10% climbs.

    27hrs, 672Km and 8865M of climbing so far in April.
  • Ed_Zilla
    Ed_Zilla Posts: 207 Member
    Yesterday on the KATY Trail. 17.9 miles - 71.5 minutes - 15.0 mph pace.
  • sharondesfor935
    sharondesfor935 Posts: 87 Member
    5.42 miles, 36 minutes, average speed 9.1 mph, elevation gain 132 feet. I can't vouch for the accuracy of MapMyRide, since I did the same "hill" four times and got this ride profile:

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    Today I did some grinding up one of the longer local slight inclines (more accurate than saying "hill"), to try to build up my poor, neglected quads and hamstrings. I remained seated as long as I could, stood when I absolutely could not go any further seated, and repeated that until my lunch break was over. I guess I should be glad I live in an area so flat I will probably never have to climb more than 150 feet in a mile. Possibly in a whole day's ride.
  • sijomial
    sijomial Posts: 19,780 Member
    Weather anxiety!

    After record breaking warm Easter weather in southern England it's now gone downhill and looks awful for my organised ride on Saturday. If it's going to be 5hrs of wet and cold misery don't think I'll bother.

    It's a shame as otherwise both me and the bike are ready. Did a solo 100km on Sunday and was a little disappointed not to hit my goal pace so did another one on Tuesday and did hit my 17mph desired pace despite being held up by heavy traffic.

    A bike maintenance session of adjusting the gears, deep cleaning the chain and fitting a new front tyre has restored it to running smoothly and cornering nicely.
  • sharondesfor935
    sharondesfor935 Posts: 87 Member
    sijomial wrote: »
    Weather anxiety!

    After record breaking warm Easter weather in southern England it's now gone downhill and looks awful for my organised ride on Saturday. If it's going to be 5hrs of wet and cold misery don't think I'll bother.

    It's a shame as otherwise both me and the bike are ready. Did a solo 100km on Sunday and was a little disappointed not to hit my goal pace so did another one on Tuesday and did hit my 17mph desired pace despite being held up by heavy traffic.

    A bike maintenance session of adjusting the gears, deep cleaning the chain and fitting a new front tyre has restored it to running smoothly and cornering nicely.

    Oh, no! That's terrible, @sijomial 😥 The worst thing about organized rides is that once they're organized, they're immobile. Sadly, if the weather is too nasty to actually enjoy your ride, there really isn't any point. Hopefully the bad weather will hold off a day or two. If not, take the day off and go out solo on a day when the weather is more pleasant. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. The weatherman is often wrong; perhaps Saturday will surprise you?

    Good luck with the weather and your ride. It the worst happens, at least you now have a freshly cleaned, adjusted, and lubricated bike!
  • CricketKate
    CricketKate Posts: 3,608 Member
    First ride in a few weeks and first with my children since my rubbish ride to the park last month. Air in the tires did the trick, I'm back to riding my brakes so I don't outstrip them terribly.

    4/25: 6.18 miles
  • sijomial
    sijomial Posts: 19,780 Member
    sijomial wrote: »
    Weather anxiety!

    After record breaking warm Easter weather in southern England it's now gone downhill and looks awful for my organised ride on Saturday. If it's going to be 5hrs of wet and cold misery don't think I'll bother.

    It's a shame as otherwise both me and the bike are ready. Did a solo 100km on Sunday and was a little disappointed not to hit my goal pace so did another one on Tuesday and did hit my 17mph desired pace despite being held up by heavy traffic.

    A bike maintenance session of adjusting the gears, deep cleaning the chain and fitting a new front tyre has restored it to running smoothly and cornering nicely.

    Oh, no! That's terrible, @sijomial 😥 The worst thing about organized rides is that once they're organized, they're immobile. Sadly, if the weather is too nasty to actually enjoy your ride, there really isn't any point. Hopefully the bad weather will hold off a day or two. If not, take the day off and go out solo on a day when the weather is more pleasant. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. The weatherman is often wrong; perhaps Saturday will surprise you?

    Good luck with the weather and your ride. It the worst happens, at least you now have a freshly cleaned, adjusted, and lubricated bike!

    @sharondesfor935

    You were spot on with the "immobile" comment!

    The event was cancelled as the forecast got even worse with winds of over 40mph being predicted.
    Got the news while I was out today having a gentle spin to keep my legs fresh so thought might as go for it as nothing to save my legs for.
    Hit some nice PR's on the way back on segments I've ridden 160+ times so looks like my preparation for the event that never was got me in decent condition.

    I've got the routes saved and downloaded to my Garmin so I'll ride them solo at some stage.
  • sharondesfor935
    sharondesfor935 Posts: 87 Member
    edited April 2019
    @sijomial I'm sorry your ride was cancelled, but better to be safe, yes?

    I think you're sharing your weather with Chicago. When I checked the forecast this morning, our weather is expected to deteriorate rapidly. Tomorrow is now going to get colder by the hour, with rain turning to snow. Brr. So I raced through my work today to try to fit in my "long" ride. The sad saga of that follows.
  • sharondesfor935
    sharondesfor935 Posts: 87 Member
    Remember, my goal was 15 miles this weekend. I rode until my bike computer said 15 miles (and barely got back in time for my son's school bus.) But MapMyRide told me I'd only gone 13.7 miles! Uh-oh, I think it's time to recalibrate my computer.

    13.67 miles, 95 minutes, average speed 8.6 mph.

    In defense of my sad pace, the new trail I tried out was inadvertently much more technical than I anticipated. The first six miles were unpaved and multi-purpose. Lots of deep ruts and hoofprints that had solidified after the last rain. Plus an 18 mph headwind/crosswind with gusts of 30 mph. I rarely got over 7 mph on that section. Not a trail I will take again, at least not on my road bike. 😳

    After that, the trail was paved, but I only got another couple of miles before I had to turn around to get home for the bus. I took actual roads coming home, plus that 18 mph wind was now at my back! Those miles were mostly around 12-15 mph.

    Last ten minutes I just spent working on technical stuff: slow circles, figure eights, cloverleafs.

    One really good thing did happen, though. I've been fighting to lean my turns instead of turning the front wheel. I know the why and the how, I just couldn't make it work. Suddenly around mile 8 today, it just happened! I was able to consistently lean my bike into the turns and keep my front wheel straight. Whew, that's such a relief.

    So I'm putting the bike back on the trainer for the next week or so until the weather clears. Not as much fun, but it is still April, after all.
  • sijomial
    sijomial Posts: 19,780 Member
    Four decent rides this week despite Storm Hannah disrupting my plans.
    148 miles for the week and closing in on 600 miles for April.

    Chilly ride today but rode a nice long, but not too extreme, climb through woods full of bluebells.
  • sharondesfor935
    sharondesfor935 Posts: 87 Member
    edited April 2019
    I fixed my bike computer, yay! Recalibrated the odo/speedo so it's accurate for my wheel size (apparently changing the battery made it decide that I had bigger wheels?) AND got the cadence sensor working! No idea how I fixed that, but there was cleaning and wiggling involved.

    So in honor of my freshly working computer, and because I have a personal day today, I tried again on the long ride. Not sure an indoor ride on the trainer really counts, but at least I got some seat time.

    16 miles, 84 minutes, average speed 11.4 mph, average cadence 65 rpm. Although, to be honest, my cadence was all over the place from 50-70 rpm - something new to work on.

    I think, ultimately, my goal for this summer is to be able to comfortably and consistently ride 30+ miles. All the fun routes from my old triathlon days were in the 30-60 mile range. I'd like to be able to do those again.
  • AgileK9
    AgileK9 Posts: 257 Member
    I didn't actually record most of my rides this month but did do some riding. Spent a couple days playing on some built jumps and ramps prepping for a trip to Moab. I spent a long weekend at a Trek Dirt Series camp in Moab, and rode some trails with some fabulous ladies. Got back here to Montana and the weather has been pretty miserable.

    Got one mountain bike ride in and one road ride after we got back. Here's to a nicer May, even though we have snow in our forecast for tomorrow!

    April 6 - 10.9 miles trail (The Maiden Voyage of my new bike)
    April 12 - 4.7 miles trail in Moab
    April 13/14 - Trek Dirt Series (miles unknown)
    April 19 - 4 miles playing on the rocks
    April 27 - 19 miles road

    Gratuitous picture of my new ride in Moab!

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  • awinner_au
    awinner_au Posts: 249 Member
    Weather was great this month, quite a bit colder over the weekend, 35hrs 864 kms and 11894 metres for April