How has the weather been in your neck of the woods?
Conditions here in the North West of England have been positively spring like during November, some stunning clear days and rain staying at bay. Judging by the number of road cyclists out, lots of folk will be arriving in the Spring with better fitness.
The big positive for me during November is average speed. Despite riding 45% more ascent, average speed is up 8% vs. the previous year, which is a good indicator of fitness. Riding a 20km climb in Tenerife in the early part of the month, I felt in a good shape and was able to really motor up, which felt great so long may that continue.
Miles wise I'd hoped to have hit 400 this month as looking at the number of days I had available at the beginning of the month, it all looked good. Missing one vital ride to an unexpected requirement to be at home with a plumber all morning, meant that fell a wee bit short.
December is always a busy month with lots of engagements, parties and home priorities. Would be nice to see if the year can finish around 3,750 miles which - all things told - I'd be happy with.
I hope you've been able to take advantage of some decent conditions in your area, you're mileage numbers are on track and it's been a safe year thus far. Coming up on the blog is the road cyclist Xmas list and best pictures of the year, stay tuned.
Month to Date
Mileage- 345miles/555km (+22% vs. PY)
Ride Time - 20hrs 34mins
Ascent - 16,236ft (+45% vs. PY)
Avg. Speed - 17.3mph (+8 vs. PY)
Avg. HR - 148bpm
Calories (estimate) - 14,854
Ride Ascent Ratio (Ascent/Miles) - 47.1 (Undulating) (+18% vs. PY)
Year to Date
Mileage- 3,488miles/5,613km (-9% vs. PY)
Ride Time - 218hrs 41mins
Ascent - 136,187ft (-4% vs PY)
Avg. Speed - 16.2mph (-1% vs. PY)
Avg. HR - 146bpm
Calories (estimate) - 136,187
Ride Ascent Ratio (Ascent/Miles) - 41.6 (Undulating)(+12% vs. PY)