How far did I go today? After several longish rides last summer (longish meaning about six miles or so), the question became more important for me to answer. Not for any pressing need, but just to satisfy my own curiosity.
In the course of mining the web for anything bike related, I came across Bike Journal. It’s a place to log your rides online. You can enter the ride date, distance, ride time, average speed, ride type (flat, hills, etc.), and bike. Those are the six default columns for data. If you buy a premium membership for $20 a year, you get many more columns, and the ability to customize the look of your journal. You can also take a look at others’ journals and see what their riding is like.
Bike Journal has built up quite a biking community in the years it’s been in operation. It was just this month that the owner of Bike Journal cut back the number of data columns you get for free, and pushed harder for premium memberships.
I had been logging my rides on an Excel spreadsheet as well, and customized it to match what my Bike Journal data looked like. I added columns for maximum speed, my weight(!), and a description of the ride. I keep monthly totals and year to date totals.
So, how am I doing? Well, that’s why I keep these stats — I’m trying to find out. My average monthly mileage is somewhere between 100-125. In the five months of 2007 for which I kept records, my total mileage was 567.2. Average speed: 13.9. It’s a baseline to build from.
If I keep to my current average, I’ll rack up about 1200 miles this year. Not much, compared to an older friend of mine, who did 2200 miles last year.
However, I don’t feel compelled to pile on the miles to match his number. I’ll try to build throughout the spring and summer, but mainly to get ready for organized rides. And to try to get a handle on my weight, which is around 214 these days. I’d love to get it below 200.
I can see a time when logging my rides will seem like a silly thing to do, but that’s probably a couple of years away. In the meantime, I just realized by reviewing my stats that I’m behind my normal monthly pace. I have to get out and ride some more.