Back at the end of April, I took a look at my riding stats for the first four months of the year. Now, the second four months has gone by, so it’s time to update those numbers:
- May-August: 54 rides
- Total mileage: 1167
- Total for 2008:1814
- Average speed: 14.87 mph
- Highest avg. speed on a single ride: 16.8
- Highest maximum speed on a single ride: 39.5
- Longest single ride: 52.5
- Monthly mileage
- May: 298
- June: 203
- July: 344
- August: 322
The biggest difference in the January-April and May-August timeframes is the amount of riding I’ve done. It almost doubled over the second four months. That’s partly to be expected because of warmer weather and more available riding time. The measures of central tendency haven’t changed much, with average speed up only .2 mph. But, I’ve talked before about my preference for just riding over training. What the stats don’t show is that my endurance and strength are better. Despite the occasional dip, I feel like I am a better rider than I was.
Well, you’re far surpassing me in terms of miles! I’ve only gone over 300 once in a month and that was in May. I’m going to turn a new leaf in September though 🙂
You are a better rider than you were. An old college professor of mine used to say “Nothing succeeds like success”. You become a better rider by riding more.
I’ve been doing this seriously for about 4 years now, and as I reflect on my former self I am amazed at what I can do now. I suspect you will do the same.
Sounds like you are doing great. I find its not just about the miles… but the miles reflect an awareness of hills, intersections, sweat, road kill, kind drivers, people who shouldn’t drive, the joy and agony of weather, the limits of machinery, and the possiblities of human powered travel. It is great isn’t it?
Yep, what Tom said. Great job!
Nice job kicking up the miles. Looks like you could get to 3,000 miles this year if you keep it up!